LTRP Note: It appears that Wycliffe Bible Translators has been introducing the deception of contemplative spirituality (i.e., Spiritual Formation) to its members as the letter to the editor and our own documentation below show.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Wycliffe has now added Spiritual Formation heresy to its ranks. Sue Russell, the Spiritual Formation “specialist” has two Webinars on the website. One is about “hearing God” and the second, entering God’s presence in “The Silence.” Yes, we are to enter in with reverence and awe and confession in Jesus name, but the phrase, “The Silence” is now the universal platform for all to enter in no matter what faith. I also personally talked to a missionary from Wycliffe who said he reads Dallas Willard and feels people just have “misunderstood” Spiritual Formation.
Lighthouse Trails Comments: Lighthouse Trails has substantiated our reader’s letter about Wycliffe Bible Translators as you can see in the links we have provided below:
2022: Wycliffe Global Alliance teaching Lectio Divina. (WGA is a separate organization but works in conjunction with Wycliffe Bible Translators and is very closely affiliated with it.
Current: The following information was found on Sue Russell’s Facebook page where she states she has been a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators for 20 years. She states that in 2013 she attended Talbot School of Theology at Biola University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. Undoubtedly, this is where Ms. Russell learned the contemplative way; as many of our readers know, we have addressed Biola and Talbot’s contemplative nature numerous times over the last 20 years.
It is not our intention to single out Sue Russell. Obviously, there are those in Wycliffe’s leadership that have allowed contemplative spirituality via Spiritual Formation to find a home in Wycliffe, and they would not have allowed it if they did not agree with it so Ms. Russell does not stand alone in this.
As we watch contemplative spirituality enter into another organization, we wonder in dismay when the church (namely, its leaders and pastors) will begin to take the contemplative issue seriously and warn about it rather than aiding and abetting it. If they understood the true nature of the Spiritual Formation movement (e.g., it’s panentheistic and mystical New Age roots), perhaps they would re-evaluate their complicity. Then again, we know that once a person starts meditating, he or she is drawn to the euphoric altered state, which gives him or her a deep yearning for this other-worldly experience; and tragically delusion sets in.