Radio Bible Class – Influenced by Contemplative?

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Radio Bible Class was founded by the respected Dr. De Haan in 1938. On the RBC website it states: “His commitment to ministry was to lead people of all nations to personal faith and maturity in Christ.” Dr. De Haan faithfully delivered God’s Word for nearly thirty years. We believe if he was here today, he would agree with us when we say that Radio Bible Class is erroneously quoting and promoting contemplative authors and in so doing straying away from the goal that Dr. De Haan had … to maintain biblical purity and present the Word of God in accuracy and truth.

Several instances from RBC will be listed here to show why we are concerned:

June 6, 2006 – Henri Nouwen
July 13, 2005 – Henri Nouwen
2002 – The Lord is My Shepherd – Henri Nouwen (p. 21)
April 2, 2002 – Brother Lawrence
January 25, 2007 – Brennan Manning
September 15, 2005 – Brennan Manning
2003, When Fear Seems Overwhelming (p. 32) – Richard Foster, Brennan Manning, Gary Thomas, Larry Crabb, Dan Allender (emerging leader), Daniel Goleman (New Age mystic)
December 15, 2005 – Larry Crabb (numerous other references to Larry Crabb in other issues)

We have contacted RBC in the past but have never heard back from anyone. Today, we have sent another email stating:

We have noticed that you are making numerous references to contemplative authors like Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster and Brennan Manning. Because we have serious concerns about the spirituality they teach, we hope you will reevaluate your use of these authors. May we send you a complimentary book we publish that clearly, and in a graceful attitude, shows the documentation regarding this? Thank you for your time.

We hope that Dr. De Haan’s grandson, Mart De Haan (who now runs RBC) will look at all the facts about contemplative spirituality before referencing contemplative teachers in the future and will remove those references that are already there.

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