Monday, July 21, 2008

A Warning from Lighthouse Trails

I received this email today from Lighthouse Trails Publishing (link at bottom of post). While I don't necessarily agree with every jot and tittle they put out, the folks at Lighthouse are good people, and good apologists. I think the following is an excellent editorial warning for a Monday morning.

Contemplative/emerging spirituality is on the rise. And unfortunately, Christian leaders are helping to make this a reality. Popular and often trusted Christian speakers are sharing platforms with those who strongly promote un-biblical spiritual persuasions, and when they are challenged for doing so, they say it must be done in order to further the Gospel insisting that these differences are minor and insignificant. Other trusted leaders are placing their endorsements on the books of contemplative/emerging figures, and when challenged, they simply flash their educational credentials and ignore the concerns.

Slowly (and sometimes not so slowly), these Christian leaders are changing. Putting financial security, popularity, fear of loss, and personal pride above doing what is right without compromise, they have begun to take on the characteristics of those they have endorsed, promoted, and stood next to.

Where once many of them preached the unadulterated Word of God, now they speak of community, unity, mystical experience, and a kingdom they call God's that in actuality is a kingdom of this world. They say the Gospel cannot be effective unless everyone is willing to work together, and when they say everyone, they mean everyone.

In contrast, the apostle Paul preached the Gospel to all who would listen, but when it came to false doctrines, he made it very clear where he stood. If these leaders continue on their present path, the day may soon come when such a blending and weakening has occurred that the gospel they preach will be no different than the gospel of this world, which is no gospel at all.

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The Apostle Paul:
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (Galatians 1: 8-10)

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. (II Timothy 4:2-3)

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." (II Corinthians 6:17)

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Strong Tower said...

I watched with wonderment as my former SBC church would engage in visioning and the like. Subtle things like periods of silencing the heart, prayer walking, etc...

Perhaps these can be benign, but I don't think them healthy. In many ways the contemplative has been a reality in the SBC for decades covertly in different terminology.

What I think is happening is the merging of commonly held beliefs under a common vernacular that were once separated by diversity of practice and denominational division.

The occult reality of mechanistic worship is rife among evangelicals and tends hand in hand with pragmatism. It is what I call magic talisman Christianity. When the means of grace become tools which one exercises to gain favor with God we've subtly slipped into sacramentalism, or as above mechanistic worship. Simply, it is what pagans do.

Phil Perkins said...

SOOOOOO true. Good article!

Strong Tower,
Your instincts are right. It isn't healthy. However, it goes farther than that. It is sinful to adapt pagan religious practices to the worship of Yahweh. Read Deut. 12. The old time Reformeds had it right.

In Christ,
Phil Perkins.