(458) SPIRITUAL FORMATION – Emerging Trends in the Church Today
SPIRITUAL FORMATION & CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER BY JOHN MACARTHUR
We will look at the topic of Spiritual Formation. Additional postings are planned. This one is from John MacArthur.
I can’t say I always agree with John MacArthur, but I must also say that I respect his view of the Bible and his gift of teaching from the Bible. A valuable and rare gem in today’s world of television personalities and among authors invited to speak at churches and seminaries.
He answers a question about CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER and SPIRITUAL FORMATION in the church. He brings up the point that in the Evangelical Church today, many are following after a so-called DEEPER path to becoming close to God. They are “Digging DEEP to find their spiritual core and spiritual center” with Bible words thrown on top to make it all sound good. The assumption is that Spiritual truth is something originating inside of you and found intuitively. MacArthur is quick to say – Not true – it is outside of you. It is in a book – God’s word. Divine revelation is external to you. Looking deep inside of you is not where God’s truth lives.
It is when that truth gets into our minds, then we can look at that truth inside of you (e.g. in your mind).
Popular teachings today are re-introducing MYSTICISM to the church. Ancient so-called wisdom from early church fathers, Roman Catholicism, and Emerging Church leaders such as Dallas Williard and Richard Foster have become popular today withing the church.
Christian leaders are confused themselves about this subject and it has embedded itself in Christian colleges, seminaries and now churches. More to follow.