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Spiritual Formation/Contemplative: Conclusions & Links

Understanding this deception might be easier than you think. It is rather simple at its' core. It is displacing the sole mediation of Jesus Christ and the gifts of grace that are presented to us in the Scripture because the believer has ALREADY come to know Him, who is THE WAY, in the gospel. And it is replacing that reality with TECHNIQUES that, sometimes, even sound rather Biblical – but they have taken us away from the foundation of Jesus Christ – and put us on a mystical journey. The entrance gate: a universal call to "constantly enter and embrace" the unknown/journey/way versus the call to repent and trust Jesus Christ, because the door has been opened from heaven to man in His Person and finished work at Calvary. And because the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scripture is displaced – it is deadly.

Warning: Evangelicalism is being immersed, right now, into spiritual formation and contemplative and the mysticism associated with such. It is associated within a broad spectrum of various denominations. It is often preceded by sensual/feel-good worship that has invaded many of the evangelical churches. So don't be taken aback but don't be passive. If you know or are involved with any of the below leaders, for example, within evangelicalism or you see these practices begin to occur in your church; pray, talk with the leaders, bring them good materials to make your case, request that they see the danger and repent and God will help you from there.

Chuck Swindoll Points Us To Roman Catholic Mystic Henri Nouwen…Again - By Ken Silva
Family Life Today Promoting Gerald Sittser's New Book, "Water From a Deep Well." - Lighthouse Trails

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Also, for an excellent DVD or book on contemplative, please go to Lighthouse Trails Publishing

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