1. Cyndi

    Thank you Lighthouse Trail Editors for this well researched and informative article.

    For those of you defending Dallas and Foster consider what scripture says “Lord, Lord didn’t we…..?–depart from Me you workers of iniquity I never knew you!” Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Despite the evidence the author has provided you choose to stay willfully blind.
    God describes a false prophet as one who “presumes to speak in My name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods” (Deuteronomy 18:20). In Jeremiah 14:14, God says these evildoers prophesy lies, offering “false visions, divinations, idolatries, and the delusions of their own minds.”

    Read these verses regarding false teachers and prophets. If you haven’t changed your mind then you are without excuse for staying in your blindness.

    PS Ortberg was kicked out of his church–read about his family–he was a disciple of Willards and Foster. Demonic influence comes thru this type of teaching.

  2. Klazina

    no one in my spiritual life has helped me draw closer to Christ than Dallas Willard.He has deeply impacted many people in a very positive way.Showing how to live. The man was a saint. Shame on you.

  3. Mark

    If i may point out, the Willard site continues to cite Foster’s Celebration & Stanford’s The Healing Light

    I took Hunt’s Seduction with me to South Africa in 1986 and the first church I visited practiced visualising Jesus in its ‘pre-service prayer’.
    My wife is now researching this topic because the fellowship she sought solace in has used the lockdown to spread it.
    Keep up the good work

  4. Gordon

    We knew Dallas for quite a few years and in fact we still visit with his wife occasionally. While Dallas always maintained that he was not part of the emergent church, Brian Maclaren, acknowledged top gun in the emergent church “movement” proclaims Dallas Willard to have been a mentor to the emergent church. Dallas claimed that “the church” has been a miserable failure as a result of rejecting the works of the desert fathers, catholic mystics, etc.. this only led to his claims that he saw no reason why good hindus or good budhists would not have eternal life along with Christians. His works were nonsense in terms of truth but I will confess that his works bring to mind pathways that I left behind when I chose salvation over LSD and eastern religions. Christians should be aware that the deceivers prophesied to come will not be wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the word “DECEIVER”.

  5. I agree with you that there is too much bitterness in the heart of some traditionalists when it comes to this topic of contemplative prayer. Much of it, I suspect, is based on jealousy and fear. Still, the subject raises legitimate questions and concerns that need to be addressed. (hopefully in a civilized manner).

  6. Gwen

    Ps 62… for God alone my soul waits in silence. Ps 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. Ps 36:7 Be still and rest in the Lord. God was recommending it way before New Agers got hold of it

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