LTRP Note: Texas Wesleyan University is connected to the United Methodist Church. This would be considered a mainline denomination (e.g, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian). These have traditionally pioneered the way in accepting heretical beliefs and practices into the church. Contemplative spirituality has, for the most part, been received with wide open arms in these denominations; later it moved into the more evangelical conservative churches (as we are witnessing today). With regard to TWU’s willingness to have a Muslim prayer room on campus, this would make perfect sense. Embracing other religions and becoming interspiritual (all paths lead to God) are the “fruit” of the contemplative prayer movement. When one begins meditating, one’s spiritual proclivities change (this is because in meditation, one comes under the influence of deluding spirits). The Cross of Jesus Christ seen as the only path of salvation loses its value, and an interspiritual view is eventually accepted. What we are seeing wholeheartedly today in the mainline denominations (i.e., acceptance of homosexuality, a move toward evolutionary thinking, and embracing of other religions) is what we are beginning to see in the evangelical denominations. You may want to read this article by Ray Yungen, which explains why mainline denominations are drawn to the mystical: When Mysticism Fills the Vacuum of Nominal Christianity.
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
FORT WORTH, TX – Controversy is stirring over a recent news report surrounding a special prayer room at Texas Wesleyan University that was established at the request of a Muslim student group.
The Rambler, the student publication for the university, published an article on November 19th about the prayer room, explaining its purpose, the story behind its inception and its uses.
“The reasons for this (prayer room) are twofold,” Chaplain Dr. Robert K. Flowers told the publication. “One, to show hospitality to our foreign students and, two, our campus needs to be open and tolerant of other faith traditions whether it is Islam, Hindu, Jewish, or otherwise.”
The prayer room was established last year at the request of Mohamed Khalid Alshafei, the president of the Saudi students club, who met with university President Frederick Slabach about the matter. The article noted that Saudi–or Muslim–students pray about five times a day and have certain rituals surrounding their observances. Click here to continue reading.
Related Articles (these are articles we have posted over the last number of years, showing the progression of apostasy/interspirituality by the United Methodist Church):