Interspirituality: The Results of Contemplative Prayer A Denial of the Cross
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While the majority of the Christian church has become seduced and mesmerized by Purpose-Driven, mysticism, the emerging church and so on, interspirituality is on the move. Evangelical leaders as well as New Age gurus and other religious leaders across the world are joining in this effort.
The common ground between them all? Contemplative spirituality
God in Everything?
The Premise of Contemplative Prayer
by Ray Yungen
It was Alice Bailey (the famous occult prophetess who coined the term New Age), who made this startling assertion:
It is, of course, easy to find many passages which link the way of the Christian Knower with that of his brother in the East. They bear witness to the same efficacy of method.
What did she mean by the term "Christian Knower"? The answer is unmistakable! ... [O]ccultism is awakening the mystical faculties to see God in everything. In Hinduism, this is called reaching samadhi or enlightenment. It is the final objective of yoga meditation: God in everything—a force or power flowing through all that exists. William Johnston believes such an experience exists within the context of Christianity. He explains:
What I can safely say, however, is that there is a Christian samadhi that has always occupied an honored place in the spirituality of the West. This, I believe, is the thing that is nearest to Zen. It is this that I have called Christian Zen.
The famous psychologist Carl Jung predicted this system would be the yoga of the west. Christian Zen? Christian yoga? These seem to be oxymorons, like military pacifism or alcoholic sobriety. Christians, conservative ones at least, have always viewed these concepts as heretical and anti-biblical. The word most commonly used for it is pantheism—all is God. But when one looks at the Christian Zen movement one discovers a similar term, which for all practical purposes, means the same thing. This term is called panentheism—God is in all things....
[Does] panentheism have a legitimate place in orthodox Christianity? This is a vital question because panentheism is the foundational worldview among those who engage in mystical prayer. Ken Kaisch, a Episcopal priest and a teacher of mystical prayer, made this very clear in his book, Finding God, where he noted:
Meditation is a process through which we quiet the mind and the emotions and enter directly into the experience of the Divine.... there is a deep connection between us ... God is in each of us.
Here lies the core of panentheism: God is in everything and everything is in God. The only difference between pantheism and panentheism is how God is in everything. This position of the panentheist is challenging to understand: Your outer personality is not God, but God is still in you as your true identity. This explains why mystics say, all is one. At the mystical level, they experience this God-force that seems to flow through everything and everybody. All creation has God in it as a living, vital presence. It is just hidden.
The theological implications of this worldview put it at direct odds with biblical Christianity for obvious reasons. Only one true God exists, and His identity is not in everyone. The fullness of God’s identity, in bodily form, rests in Jesus Christ and Him only! Click here to read more of this excerpt from A Time of Departing, 2nd ed. pp. 28-30
Listen to the words of a few who are bringing interspirituality on the world scene.
"The rise of community among cultures and religious traditions ... makes possible what we can call 'interspirituality': the assimilation of insights, values, and spiritual practices from the various religions and their application to one's own inner life and development." —Wayne Teasdale who coined the term "interspirituality," The Community of Religions (Bear in mind, Brian McLaren endorsed the back cover of a book, The Seeker's Way by Dave Fleming, which included an entire chapter written by Teasdale)
"A 'highest common factor' links the world's religious traditions [through] 'the metaphysic that recognizes a divine reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds.'"—Ronald S. Miller and the Editors of the New Age Journal, As Above, So Below
"I must add, though, that I don't believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion. It may be advisable in many (not all!) circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain within their Buddhist, Hindu, or Jewish contexts."—Brian McLaren (leader of the Emerging Church movement), A Generous Orthodoxy
"[M]ysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam."—Tony Campolo, Speaking My Mind
"[I]nterspirituality: a crossing-over boundaries that mysticism makes possible and concrete. The spiritual common ground which exists among the world's religions will be identified, and its theological implications suggested."—Wayne Teasdale, Mysticism as the Crossing of Ultimate Boundaries: A Theological Reflection *Note: This is taken from Bede Griffiths' web site, The Golden String. Brennan Manning told Ray Yungen The Golden String was a favorite
book of his.
Rick Warren Teaches Jewish Rabbis the Purpose Driven paradigm. Watch the video clips of this meeting - www.synagogue3000.org/video.html .
Theology and Objectives of the Church
by Professor Johan Malan, South Africa
"The deceived church of the end-time is not merely the product of human errors of judgment caused by poor spiritual insight, but it clearly also shows signs of a satanic spirit of error.
"It is becoming more evident by the day that the kingdom of darkness has a calculated plan to deceive and misdirect the Christian church to the extent that members will become unfaithful to the true Christ and give their cooperation to prepare the human-centered, earthly kingdom of the cosmic Christ of all faiths (the Antichrist). The image of Christ is gradually, as unnoticeable as possible, changed to become conformable to the multireligious image of the Antichrist."
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Global Day of Prayer
On May 15th, 2005, all across the globe, millions of people gathered in stadiums to pray together. While this may seem like a wonderful event to many, and who should question a prayer gathering of this magnitude, the underlying framework of this event must be examined.