You thought the Gospel of Judas was heretical? It is, but there’s much more subliminal ways to destroy Christianity by making it into just another cult. These ways have tricked the likes of Beth Moore and Max Lucado, well-meaning people with no knowledge of the heresy. The subtlety is frightening.
Recently, 20th Century Fox released a movie called Be Still and Know That I am God, with a cover boasting names of “contemplatives” such as Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Calvin Miller and Priscilla Shirer, as well as Beth Moore and Max Lucado. Brennan Manning and Dr. Charles Stanley are referenced in the acknowledgement list at the end.
Here’s the advertisement for the video:
Eight hundred people gathered at Mariner’s church in Newport Beach, California for this amazing event that was broadcast live to over 2000 churches nationwide. Richard Foster and Priscilla Shirer shared passionately about the vital need to spend time listening to God and Dr. Henry Cloud challenged everyone with practical steps to help incorporate this type of prayer into busy, everyday life. Kendall Payne’s soulful â€˜Be Thou My Visionâ€™ set apart the close of the evening with Richard Foster leading the group in a time of silent, listening prayer based on a scripture reading from Luke. As one woman shared afterward, â€˜I loved learning about this new kind of prayer that is actually so old from so many different views. There really was something for everyone…â€™
â€œContemplative prayer is â€˜listening prayer,â€™” says Richard Foster, “It is attentiveness â€¦ It is being â€˜all earsâ€™ to what the Father has to say to us.â€
The DVD shows people reading their Bibles, while similar descriptions progress. Okay, so I am to listen to God while reading the Bible?” asks writer and former new-ager Brian Flynn. “I do that already. God informs me through His word. Whatâ€™s new about that?”
The thing about this DVD is that it mixes “contemplating” on Scriptures with “contemplative” prayer. The spiritual discipline of silence and solitude is not new, but emptying ones mind certainly is.
“â€¦the first step in faith is to stop thinking about God at the time of prayer,” says Brannon Manning describing contemplative prayer method in his book Signature of Jesus, ” The second step, â€without moving your lips, repeat the sacred word [or phrase] inwardly, slowly, and often.â€
Finally “The third step concerns what to do when inevitable distractions come. The answer is to simply return to listening to your sacred word. Gently return your mind to your sacred word.”
I’m not sure about you, but personally, I’m not about to “repeat the sacred word” over and over until my mind is emptied and God can “speak.” That’s Hinduism and New Age, not Christian. The true spiritual discipline of silence is solitude is “the voluntary and temporary abstention from speaking so that certain spiritual goals might be sought.” (Donald Whitney) These goals include reading, writing, praying, and studying. It is having outward silence, yet inwardly having a “conversation” with God.
We can follow Christ’s example of silence and solitude. He went to the desert to pray (Matthew 4:1), He woke up early in the early morning and prayed in solitude (Mark 1:35), and He repeatedly left the multitudes to pray in solitude and silence. But he did not “empty his mind” by repeating “the sacred word.” If we are quiet, we can hear the whisper. If we are alert, we can hear Him. Of course, it’s not essential to be able to hear God to be in quiet and solitude, but it is much easier to hear “undistracted the voice of God.” (Donald Whitney)
Once again, we must understand the occultic nature of contemplative prayer, seen in the “warning” given by Richard Foster in his book Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home:
I also want to give a word of precaution. In the silent contemplation of God we are entering deeply into the spiritual realm, and there is such a thing as a supernatural guidanceâ€¦. While the Bible does not give us a lot of information on that, there are various orders of spiritual beings, and some of them are definitely not in cooperation with God and his way! â€¦ But for now I want to encourage you to learn and practice prayers of protection.
I really don’t want to have a demon come into my mind and I’m sure you would like to avoid that as well.
I believe we as Christians need to understand the implications of contemplative prayer, and to examine it fully. We need to go to the core of the issue, looking to find out what it truly is. We need to ask ourselves why Christ did not tell us to pray like this, and why these men and women are promoting this practice of making Christianity just another cult.
Statement From Beth Moore:
Recently I was interviewed for a program on prayer in which I was asked certain questions without any knowledge of what other participants would say or share. Since its release, I’ve been baffled by some inquiries into whether or not I am a proponent of approaches to prayer with overtones of Eastern meditation. Not only is my answer no, the thought never even occurred to me. I’m a Southern Baptist, for crying out loud!…read the rest!