We received the following email today from a pastor in Belgium. We are posting it because we believe there are many Christian churches who start off with biblically-based pastors but end up with pro-contemplative, pro-emerging replacement pastors because they are often choosing new pastors from Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries, of which the majority are training future pastors right into the “new” spirituality. If your church is in search of a new pastor, please use wisdom, knowledge, and discernment, praying always that the Lord will guide you. And if your particular denomination is one that is especially bent toward the contemplative/emerging spirituality (sadly, most of the denominations are this way – some more than others), then you have a bigger challenge than you may have realized.
I’m thankfull for the great testimony from the pastors in Kenya. Also the nice work of the missionaries there. I have also a question. I have been a pastor/missionary for 3_ years now in this church in Belgium, and my age is __ and so Iam praying and looking for somebody wo can follow me up [when he retires]. If you know somebody who thinks about missionary work to help churchbuilding, I will be grateful if you can bring us in contact with this person. Thanks and God bless you and your work. Pastor ________
Thank you for writing. One thing we can suggest is contacting some of the Christian colleges that we have on our website that are, at this point, NOT going toward the “new” mystical spirituality/spiritual formation. Perhaps there is a young man in school preparing himself for such a thing as you mention. Here is the link to that page: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/collegesgood.htm We cannot guarantee what each of these colleges teaches or believes on various doctrinal issues– you would need to look into that. I hope this helps a little.