Hi Lighthouse Trails:
I am a recipient of the newsletter, and I recently ran across a new term for Spiritual Formation:
BibleGateway is now advertising a new feature on their website in partnership with Taylor University:
“Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement.”
At the top of the page on the BibleGateway website, there is a new feature listed. I clicked on it, and got a list of things that qualify as “Spiritual Engagement.” Lectio Divina [a practice used in the contemplative prayer movement] was at the top of the list!
If you already are aware of this, that’s great. Below is a page from the Taylor University website.
Thanks for all of your hard work to expose the false teaching and signs of the one world “church” coming together.
Two Comments by LTRP:
1) On the BibleGateway website under Lectio Divina Resources, several articles and two books are listed to learn more about Lectio Divina. They also tell visitors to check out the BibleGateway store where there are even more resources on Lectio Divina. If you do not understand how Lectio Divina is a contemplative practice, please read our article/booklet on this. The truth is Lectio Divina is often used as the introduction or early steps into full-fledged contemplative mysticism.
2) Today, other terms are being used in place of Spiritual Formation. Some of those terms are Christian Formation, Christian Spirituality, Contemplative Prayer, Spirituality, Christian Spiritual Formation, and now we have “Scripture Engagement.” If you type in Scripture Engagement into Google, the first listing is www.scripture-engagement.org. On that site, there is an array of contemplative books, articles, and quotes including those by contemplative proponent Eugene Peterson (author of The Message “Bible”). His book promoting Lectio Divina, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading is promoted on the site. That website is owned by the Forum of Bible Agencies International, which members include American Bible Society, Open Doors, Jesus Film Project, and several other mainstream evangelical organizations. This is just another illustration of how utterly integrated contemplative spirituality (which is rooted in interspirituality and panentheism) has become within the evangelical/Protestant church.