by Christopher Lawson

Do Christian leaders understand the dangers of the Contemplative Prayer - Contemplative Spirituality [Spiritual Formation] movement? It appears that countless numbers of them do not. Countless others do not seem to care and others are hostile to those who expose the dangers of this so-called, ancient-future .

by Lighthouse Trails Editors
June 16, 2018

As the Word of God becomes less and less important, the rise in mystical experiences escalates, and these experiences are presented to convince the unsuspecting that Christianity is about feeling, touching, smelling, and seeing God. The postmodern mindset is the perfect environment for fostering Spiritual Formation.

by Lighthouse Trails Editors
March 31, 2021

Ray Yungen explains what contemplative prayer is and how it is drawing from the same wells as Eastern mysticism. He discusses the teachings of Richard Foster, the man who initiated the practice of contemplative prayer into the evangelical church.

by Lighthouse Trails Editors
September 24, 2019

We have been warning about Catholic priest and mystic Richard Rohr’s influence over young evangelical men for awhile now. Ray Yungen reported in his book Simple Answers that Rohr's biggest group of followers is comprised of young evangelical men.

by Ray Yungen

It is fair to say there has been a mystical revolution throughout the Western world over the last forty years. Whereas mysticism was once uncommon within mainstream society, it has now become accepted and normal.

by Ray Yungen
June 14, 2019

The Desert Fathers believed as long as the desire for God was sincere - anything could be utilized to reach God. If a method worked for the Hindus to reach their gods, then Christian mantras could be used to reach Jesus.

by Rosilind Jukic
July 18, 2016

We live in a very stressed-out culture that is constantly looking for ways to unwind and destress. Just about any doctor or health expert will tell you to do one thing: meditate.

by Dave Hunt

The subtlety of eastern religion is that it enters like an odourless poison gas, seeping under the door, through the keyhole, in through the open window, so that the man in the room is overcome without his ever realising that there was any danger at all - Os Guiness

by C.H. Fisher
January 31, 2017

The dangers of the movie are first its heterodoxy that one can apostatize to avoid martyrdom and remain a child of God. An equal danger is the obvious allure of Contemplative Spirituality. This diabolical movie may prepare innumerable anemic professing Christians to compromise their faith under the pressure of persecution.

McMahon, T.A.
November 1, 2016

As noted in part one of this series, there is a coming world religion and it is advancing rapidly. One of the significant elements that expedites its growth is mysticism, which is a belief system that ultimately rejects teachings that involve objective laws, rules, requirements, obligations, dogmas, doctrines, and the like, in favor of subjective experiences and intuitive feelings.

by T. A. McMahon
September 29, 2016

According to the Scriptures, in the last days prior to Christ’s return a religion will appear that will deceive virtually the entire world into following it. It will be led by the Antichrist who will be worshiped as God.

by Ray Yungen
October 17, 2015

Pope Francis sees the various religions as one family. He is bringing Thomas Merton’s ideas of unity to the table of global unity among all humanity. Thomas Merton’s “contemplative style” saw no contradiction between Christianity and Buddhism. When Pope Francis praised Thomas Merton, he gave a green light for everyone to embrace interspirituality. And where there is interspirituality, there is no place for the Cross of Jesus Christ.

by Bob DeWaay
June 2009

In this article I will show that Foster's "journey inward" is unbiblical and dangerous. I will show that most of the spiritual disciplines that he calls "means of grace" are no means of grace at all—but a means of putting oneself under spiritual deception. Foster describes the idea of the disciplines that are the topic of his book: "The classical Disciplines of the spiritual life call us to move beyond surface living into the depths. They invite us to explore the inner caverns of the spiritual realm."  So Foster has conceptually repudiated sola scriptura on page one to replace it with a journey inward to explore the realm of spirits.

by TruthKeepers

Ray Yungen describes how the New Age Movement intends to conquer Christianity. He quotes Alice Bailey, a New Age leader, who realized that Christianity was becoming weak and vulnerable. She declared that a time would come when New Age philosophy would be illuminated through Christianity. The tactic is clearly defined by Yungen when he writes:  “In other words, instead of opposing Christianity, the occult [New Age] would capture and blend itself with Christianity and then use it as its primary vehiclefor spreading and instilling New Age consciousness”

by Cedric H. Fisher

Did all the significant Christians in the past 2000 years get it wrong?  Were they all ignorant of the true path to God?  If you answered “no” to these questions then you are probably not associated with the Emergent Church and its Contemplative Spirituality.  You have probably realized that sudden radical departures from historical (biblical) Christianity in the last days is not of God.

by Lighthouse Trails Editors
July 24th, 2015

There’s a lot of talk about it today; umpteen books are published and more are on the way about lectio divina; and an increasing number of evangelical/Protestant figures are writing about it, endorsing it, and teaching it. Some people think lectio divina simply means to read a passage of Scripture slowly then ponder or think on that Scripture.

by Ray Yungen
October 7th, 2014

Contemplative advocates propose that there has been something vital and important missing from the church for centuries. The insinuation is that Christians have been lacking something necessary for their spiritual vitality; but that would mean the Holy Spirit has not been fully effective for hundreds of years and only now the secret key has been found that unlocks God’s full power to know Him.

by Ray Yungen

The final outcome of contemplative prayer is interspirituality. The premise behind interspirituality is that divinity (God) is in all things, and the presence of God is in all religions. Interspirituality is a uniting of the world’s religions through the common thread of mysticism.

by Southern View Chapel
February/March 2012   

Almost everyone on the cutting edge of Christianity is talking about spiritual formation.  From books to magazine articles to sermons to seminary courses, spiritual formation is a hot topic.  What is spiritual formation?  What does it teach?  Is it something to embrace, ignore or fight?

by Christine Pack
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

An excellent article by Pastor Gary Gilley of Southern View Chapel explains why Contemplative Prayer practices (which are now in every Christian denomination that I know of) are unbiblical. Contemplative Prayer often enters into churches under the following guises:

by Prof. Johan Malan

There is a widespread resurgence of Eastern meditation among nominal Christians in the West. In many churches and other Christian circles, prayer is increasingly replaced by meditation, which is also described as contemplation, centering prayers, or quiet prayers. Meditation is often accompanied by Yoga relaxation exercises and relaxed breathing in order to promote a mental shift from the rational left brain to the intuitive right brain.

by Lighthouse Trails Research Project

I. The very person who coined the term New Age, occultist Alice Bailey, saw a direct link between Christian mysticism (i.e., contemplative prayer) and Eastern mysticism.

by Warren Smith

The New Age/New Spirituality has continued to make great inroads into the church—particularly in the area of meditation and so-called “contemplative prayer.” Despite grave warnings from many of us that came out of the New Age movement, the church remains extremely vulnerable to deceptive, supernatural experiences that appear to come from God.

by Warren Smith

The apostle Paul went to great lengths to warn the Corinthians not to be deceived by - a "Jesus" that wasn't Jesus Christ the Son of God, a spirit that wasn't the Holy Spirit and a gospel that was not the true biblical Gospel.

by Anonymous

A form of prayer that has gained wide popularity in Catholic and Protestant circles during the last number of years is Centering Prayer.   This is another term for mystical contemplation and meditation. 

by Ron Rhodes

Having read a substantive volume of material on today’s emerging church movement, I find myself in agreement with a writer who said, “Any author attempting to profile the phenomenon of the ‘emerging church’ faces a daunting task.”1

by Ray Yungen

There is a practice that is becoming more and more popular within the evangelical church. It is called contemplative prayer or centering prayer. Youth organizations and seminaries are particularly drawn to this, thus impacting the Christian youth in this country.

by David Cloud
October 15, 2008

The Bible repeatedly warns about the danger of spiritual delusion and exhorts believers to be very careful.

by David Cloud

M. Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating are very influential in the centering prayer movement which is sweeping through evangelical and Baptist churches. Their writings have helped popularize monastic retreats among evangelicals.

by Ray Yungen

Contemplative advocates propose that there has been something vital and important missing from the church for centuries... something necessary for their spiritual vitality. That implies that the Holy Spirit has been fully effective for hundreds of years, and that the secret key that unlocks our knowledge of God has yet to be been found ....