“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
The devil is a tricky fellow.
One of his best tricks is to introduce chaos. One of the ways he does this is to make language meaningless. IF words have no meaning, how can one understand what is being said.
Confusing the meaning of words is a form of lying–and lying is a specialty of Satan.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
And so it is with something called “Christian mysticism.”
And so it is with something called “contemplative prayer.”
What is Christian mysticism?
Basically, it’s combining practices which are antithetical to Christianity and slapping a “Christian” label on them.
Sort of like calling murder “Christian murder” or fornication “Christian fornication” or pornography “Christian pornography.”
Christian mysticism refers to the development of mystical practices and theory within Christianity. It has often been connected to mystical theology, especially in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity (both the Eastern Orthodox Church and Oriental Orthodox traditions).
Readers can tell a lot about Christian mysticism by looking at where the word “mysticism” originates.
“Mysticism” is derived from the Greek μυω, meaning “to conceal”, and its derivative μυστικός, mystikos, meaning ‘an initiate’. In the Hellenistic world, a “mystikos” was an initiate of a mystery religion. “Mystical” referred to secret religious rituals and use of the word lacked any direct references to the transcendental.
In other words: these practices are connected to contacting the demonic and, eventually, accessing demonic power: illegitimate supernatural power.
Which is forbidden to Christians.
Some of these practices come from that great fraud, the Roman Catholic Church. Some come from false religions, especially those from the East. Other practices originate from the synagogue of Satan.
All of this is written in order to address one of the practices which came out of this forbidden mess of mysticism and is promoted in many churches today by counterfeit Christians: contemplative prayer (also called soaking prayer, centering prayer, breathing prayer or listening prayer).
In Christian mysticism, contemplative prayer or contemplation, for which the Greek term θεωρίαtheoria is also used, is a form of prayer distinct from vocal prayer (the recitation of words) and, strictly speaking, from meditation (a form of mental prayer, also called methodical prayer, based on discursive reflection on various considerations.
Practitioners believe that one must clear the mind of outside concerns so that God’s voice may more easily be heard and that one may be united with the “divine spark” within.
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, people from many religious and spiritual traditions gather on Sunday nights to encounter the divine through stillness, silence, music, meditation, prayer, and ancient liturgies and sacraments.
Here’s a clue: any time the reader sees the media referring to “the divine,” it’s almost ALWAYS a reference to demonic power. Same goes for references to “mystical experiences.”
When men say they want to contact the “divine spark” or the “divinity within,” they are referring to contact with illegitimate supernatural power: demonic power.
Whenever the reader sees a reference to “getting in touch with the divinity within (or the inner child, or inner anything), it’s a reference to demonic power. An “encounter with the divine” is an encounter with demonic power.
Oh, the ones making such references will protest: that’s why they use these terms.They wish to confuse the issue through their use of language.
There is no “divine” in man: that is an old, old lie from Satan.
It’s one of the original lies told by the serpent in the garden of Eden.
“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Yes, Christians have the Holy Spirit residing within from the moment of conversion. But the Bible is silent about the need to contact the Holy Spirit. There is no need: Christian are to be led by the Holy Spirit.
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,”
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Practices which go by the names of contemplative prayer, soaking prayer, centering prayer or any other name are not Christian. They are practices which seek to neutralize the mind of the person involved, opening their consciousness to the enemies of God.
Contemplative prayer (by whatever name it is presented) and Christian mysticism are NOT parts of Christianity. Both are antichrist deceptions.
They are attempts to confuse the unwary and lead them astray.
They seem to be doing a wonderful job.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”
Has the reader been deceived into practicing contemplative prayer or similar antichrist rituals?
Has the reader deceived others into entering into contemplative prayer or any such practices?
It’s not too late to change directions: repent and seek the mercy of Almighty God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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