Most Christians are unaware of the onslaught of mysticism upon them in these days. For most of the movements that promote mysticism do so very subtly and with a veneer of orthodox language. Perhaps you yourself have confronted it and yet had not recognized it as unscriptural. You might have taken part in meetings where everyone seeks to know God through mystical experiences like “listening prayer” or “contemplative prayer”. May be when everyone has done their breathing exercises and have reached a state of trance, they read a word from a verse or a verse in full or a passage, to get a response from your soul and make resonance sentences. It could also be those movements which teach its people to write down their dreams and interpret it for hidden messages from God. There are others who are very open about their association with Eastern religious concepts like those who promote Christian yoga.
Whichever group and whatever methods they employ, whether subtle or explicit, they all fall outside the boundary of orthodox Christianity. In this week’s Contending For Truth, Theoblogy has a series of resources helpful in unmasking the dangers of these movements.
Articles on Christian Mystics and Mysticism :
What is contemplative spirituality? Read
What is contemplative prayer? Read
Who Is Henri Nouwen? Read
Henri Nouwen and Buddhism Read
Richard Foster—Celebration of Deception Read
The Subtle Body — Should Christians Practice Yoga? Read
Mysticism and Christianity by B.B Warfield Read
Heresies by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Read