(429) EMERGING TRENDS IN THE CHURCH TODAY: JOHN MACARTHUR – SPIRITUAL FORMATION & CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

bible-11JOHN MACARTHUR: SPIRITUAL FORMATION & CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

I respect John MacArthur’s approach to teaching the Bible to equip saints to live a life dedicated to God.  I don’t agree with him on every subject – Calvinism, Spiritual Gifts, Politics…..etc.  But, again, his approach in actually viewing the Bible as God’s word (radical, isn’t it) is refreshing to hear and is becoming a rarity in mainstream Evangelicalism today.

In the following video, he brings up some concerns about the latest trends roaring through Christian churches today – CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER, SPIRITUAL FORMATION, SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES, YOGA...etc. 

  • MacArthur states that it is “a lot of bunk……it is intuitive spirituality…..nonsense, but they throw Bible words at it….it is mysticism…”.
  • Dangerous aspect is mysticism – “Assumes spiritual truth is somewhere inside of you intuitively” – but that is not true. It is outside of you (i.e. God’s word – the Bible) – external to our minds. We find truth in God’s word, not somewhere hidden inside of us.   
  • Spiritual Formation – churches offering dance classes to learn to get into the rhythm. 
  • Dallas Willard & Richard confuse people because they use the name of Jesus and they talk about God and they use Bible verses”….etc.
  • Deconstructing this type of teaching is important
  • It is embedded itself in Christian colleges, organizations, churches….etc.

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