New Age Christianity Part Four
Start at the beginning. Read Part One
Fourth Day living includes growing in
spiritual disciplines and historic Christian traditions by studying Roman
Catholic mystics, such as St. Teresa of Avila and the Desert Fathers (known as
the Fathers of Contemplative Prayer). During these event books by Evelyn
Underhill and many others are also recommended as nurturing and guiding
Underhill was an Anglican mystic who
believed that Eastern mysticism (meditation/contemplative prayer also known as
“The Silence”) was the vehicle in which all religions could come into contact
with the “Absolute,” which is God however
one perceives him to be. This is not
a concept found in scripture nor is it compatible with the exclusive gospel of
As previously stated, in application and
experience, there is little to no difference between transcendental meditation
and contemplative prayer.
Contemplative prayer is transcendental meditation, the only difference being
that instead of repeating a traditional mantra such as the Hindu, “Om,” the
Christian contemplative might repeat the name Jesus or one of the various names
of God, or even a short Bible verse. And the end result for the Christian is
identical to that of the Hindu or any other practitioner of transcendental meditation.
If the Christian mystics get it just right, they will achieve a state of
altered consciousness. And if they get it really right, they might even
experience a good high. And all, Christian and non-Christian alike, eventually
become awakened to the unity and oneness of all creation and come to the lofty
[though unbiblical] understanding that God is in everyone and everything.
How have such blatantly unbiblical heresies
managed to take root within the Christian Church to the degree they have? What is
the impetus that gives this movement such momentum?
that at least a partial answer to this question could be…money.
In following the money trail on some
interfaith organizations that put on a big show of being “Christian,” but are
certainly not the kind of Christianity we find in the Bible, we discovered a
common denominator in many of the financial grants bestowed upon faith based so-called
“Christian” outreaches. One of the stipulations of receiving the money was that
grant recipients would commit to participation in “the restoration of ancient, historical, Christian traditions.”
the educated reader, the term, ancient,
historical, Christian traditions, generally
means mystical, contemplative, Roman
traditions. It has no relation or meaning to the average protestant Christian. The
term, ancient, historical, Christian traditions, refers to restoring a Christianized
form of transcendental meditation called contemplative prayer (also known as
centering or soaking prayer).
Proponents of contemplative
prayer claim to be restoring the practice to the Church. This is interesting,
because there has never been any such tradition as contemplative prayer in the
Protestant church, so how can something be “restored” that was never there to begin
Such is the deceitful nature
of the dialogue of spiritual-formationists.
The Bible does not support “Historic Christian Traditions.” So, scripture cannot be considered a component in leading protestant
evangelicals down the path to contemplative mystical oneness. As we have shown,
the Bible begins to exhibit less impact and influence in the lives of
contemplative Christians but diluting the authority of scripture is not enough
for those driving the spiritual formation movement. There are those with deep
pockets willing to take a crack at buying out evangelical Christianity.
And they do not seem to be at a loss for
For instance, The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program grants
thousands of dollars each year to churches who will send their pastors to their
retreats and who will commit to recovering what they call the “wisdom of the Christian tradition for our contemporary situation” (that’s code for contemplative).
Prior to 2014, the foundation boasted of
investing more than $29,000,000 into more than 700 congregations since the year
2000. The Lilly Endowment also feeds other grant foundations which, according
to them, are “enriching contemporary
religious life by an appreciative recovery and critical re-appropriation of the
riches of the Christian tradition.”
Christian congregations are being paid
handsomely through grant monies, to allow their pastors the “privilege” of
attending clergy renewal retreats where they can travel, worship, explore their
faith, and recover the wisdom of
historic Christian traditions together with other leaders from all
The result of these retreats is that Christian
leaders are being brought into a more ecumenical and global mindset. Would that
logically be the first step to ultimate acceptance of a one world religion?
In looking at the retreat rosters for the
year 2000, it was expected that Universalists, Unitarians, Roman Catholics, and
some of the more ecumenical protestant congregations would participate in the
clergy renewal programs. And they were there. But what was shocking was that,
from the very beginning, traditionally conservative Christians such as Baptists
and Mennonites, among others, were among grant recipients and retreat
participants as well.
What is worse, the number of conservative
congregations selling out by sending pastors on these heretical retreats has
been steadily increasing, with each passing year seeing more and more churches
and denominations participating.
Among grant recipients for the year 2007,
there were many more Baptists than were represented in the year 2000. There was
more than one Mennonite congregation, a Moravian congregation, and a Church of God.
The following is an excerpt from the National Clergy Renewal Program 2014 press release: “Since 2000, more than 1,900 congregations across the nation have received grants in the National Clergy Renewal Program to support the renewal programs of their pastors. Congregations in the 2014 program received grants totaling more than $5,000,000. Christian congregations were invited to apply for program grants of up to $50,000. Up to $15,000 of the grant could be allocated to fund interim pastoral leadership as well as to support renewal activities within the congregation.”
In 2014, 140 churches received grant monies
from the Lilly Foundation through their National Clergy Renewal Program. The list
of recipients includes:
- Many Non-Denominational churches
- Christian Reformed
- United Methodist
- Church of the Nazarene
- United Church of Christ
- Church of Christ
- Christian Church
- Christian Methodist Episcopal
- Church of the Brethren
- Antiochian Orthodox Church
- Reformed Church
- Catholic Churches
- United Protestant Church
- Community Church
Each of the 140 churches represented by the
above denominations received up to $50,000 in exchange for sending their
pastors on an extended sabbatical which included a clergy renewal retreat where
they would be directed into spiritual formation along with a commitment to support renewal activities within their
congregations back home as well.
This is frightening.
And the Lilly Endowment is not the only philanthropist organization buying out the Christian Church. There are many organizations bestowing big bucks in the form of grant money on Christians willing to sell their birthrights for bowls of pottage.
- Money is the bait
- Ancient, “historic,” Christian traditions is the
- Contemplative spirituality is the line
- And a paradigm shift straight into a
panentheistic hell is the sinker
The church is selling, and philanthropists
Do we even want to know who is behind the
It is as our Lord said, the love of money
truly is the root of all evil.
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Lilly and Company is an
American global pharmaceutical
company. In 2009, Eli Lilly pleaded guilty to illegally marketing the drug
Zyprexa for off-label uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, particularly the treatment of dementia in the elderly. The
company paid a $515,000,000 criminal fine, at the time the largest in history.
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