“For Many Will Come in My Name, Saying, ‘I am Christ'”
A commentary from C.H. Fisher (TruthKeepers) in regards from an article by Ray Yungen (http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17451). It is unfortunate that several large Christian Evangelical denominations have already started their slide down the Contemplative path. I personally have to come to grips with the progression of my own denomination down this path so I will reserve comments about this aspect of his article for the time being –
I had always wrestled with the phraseology of the statements, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ’”. I thought, “How can they come in His name, and yet declare to be Him?” It would seem that they must say, “In the name of Christ, I am the Christ.”
After reading about the New Age belief in “Christ Consciousness,” becoming a Christ through Contemplative Prayer invading Christianity, it struck me that it could be a fulfillment of prophecy. However, consider the statement of Tilden Edwards, founder of Shalem Institute and meontor of Ruth Haley Barton.
“This mystical stream [contemplative prayer] is the Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality.” – Tilden Edwards, Spiritual Friend, p. 18
Consider that Joe Stumbo, George Wood, and other leaders of denominations that influence millions of people, are involved in and are promoting Contemplative Spirituality. George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, even invited Ruth Haley Barton to speak at the denominations General Council in spite of letters, emails, and phone calls by concerned members and other people explaining her New Age beliefs.
Consider that many Christian colleges and universities are now accepting Spiritual Formation, which involved Contemplative Prayer. Many leading Christians are beginning to accept and promote the “Christ Consiousness.” The book, “Yeshua: Mystic Christianity and The Path To Christ Consciousness,” by William Walker Atkinson and Lateef Terrell Warnick is a blatant promotion of the heresy.
Unsuspecting professing Christians are blindly accepting Contemplative Spirituality through their pastors, in Conferences, and via books written by popular professing Christians that support Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, and other Contemplative mystics. This is not something to be taken lightly. I have observed that everyone who begins Contemplative Praying makes radical changes in their belief systems. They lose their discernment and begin to accept the major heretics and their heresy. Contemplative Prayer appears to be the door into the great and final deception and apostasy.