Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Several years ago, I learned that our church was planning to do a labyrinth walk. A pattern had been set up in one of the rooms, and stations were placed along the path at which to perform rituals and meditate. From my experience in the New Age prior to becoming a Christian, I knew this was something Christians should not be doing. I found information on the Internet about the background and purpose of the labyrinth, which I presented to our pastor.
Some years later, I came across Warren Smith’s book, Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Life. It caught my attention, as our church was studying, The Purpose-Driven Life. As I read the book, I could see that quotations used were by New Age or non-Christian people. Also, the statement that “God is in everything and everyone” is not true.
At the same that I was made aware of this book, I was hearing about contemplative prayer being practiced. This was done by sitting in silence for up to half an hour in order to hear from God, perhaps chanting a word over and over in order to make your mind go blank. I had done this when I was in New Age in order to develop ESP (extrasensory perception ). It was called “transcendental meditation,” and, I found out, would attract demons. I made a presentation to the elder board, along with another lady, to inform them of the error in contemplative practices.
It was not long after that my husband and I left that church and found one that was not doing The Purpose-Driven Life or contemplative prayer.
A few years later, we returned to that former church, which, by then, had a new pastor who was preaching directly from the Word. As there was still some material being used promoting contemplative prayer, I used some information I had received from The Berean Call (stating that the study of psychology could lead to the practice of contemplative prayer) to present to the pastor. As that was exactly what had happened to me, I shared my experience with him. Through our Women’s leader, who is aware of the deception, I have been able to give out booklets from Lighthouse Trails, which she shares with the staff and ladies of the congregation.
Although I have not always known the result of sharing this information, I believe it has made the pastors more aware of the deception that is occurring in evangelical churches today.