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Posted September 29, 2015

A Substitute for True Spirituality

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him
must worship Him in spirit and in Truth
(John 4:24, emphasis added)


IHOP's mystical young adult conference[1]

Mysticism is a substitute for true spirituality, true Christianity. True Christianity is rooted in Truth, the Gospel of Salvation: Jesus is "the Way, the Truth, the Life" (John 14:6). Mysticism seeks God another way, not through the Cross of Christ: "For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:28). 

The irony about the rise of mystical practices in today's postmodern church is that in people's endeavors to attain a heightened spirituality they rely upon methods of the flesh that induce mental and emotional "highs." Indulging in either sensual excesses of the flesh (loud music, strobe lights, e.g.) or deprivations of the flesh (extended fastings, rituals, e.g.), "produce[s] a kind of activity in the mind... which is merely giving loose to the imagination and emotions, as they follow out a wild train of incoherent thought, or are agitated by impulses of spontaneous and ungoverned feeling."[2] This heightened state of "communion" with the spirit world results in a "infelt consciousness of [God's] perpetual presence," which can result in receiving "new revelation."[3]

“People who are attracted to mysticism usually assume that what is hidden in God is other than what is revealed, or that it is deeper or more interesting or spiritually nourishing.”[4]

Thus many who practice pietistic mysticism in the church today adopt an attitude of prideful elitism. They believe their zealous faith is superior to yours because they engage in actions that evoke religious feelings, passions, imaginations, sensations, visions, and experiences of hearing or seeing God (including seeing the dead or visiting heaven) -- even performing signs and wonders. Through these hyper-spiritual methodologies new theologies are more readily adopted. People's belief systems are easily susceptible to change when they have encountered mind-bending experiences.

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Posted September 24, 2015

A Word in Season
2 Peter 2:1-3
Commented upon by Matthew Henry (1662-1714)


But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

(2 Peter 2:1)

In all ages of the church, and under all dispensations, when God sends true prophets, the devil sends some to seduce and deceive, false prophets in the Old Testament, and false Christs, false apostles, and seducing teachers, in the New. Concerning these observe,

1. Their business is to bring in destructive errors, even damnable heresies, as the business of teachers sent of God is to show the way of truth, even the true way to everlasting life. There are damnable heresies as well as damnable practices; and false teachers are industrious to spread pernicious errors.

2. Damnable heresies are commonly brought in privily, under the cloak and colour of truth.

3. Those who introduce destructive heresies deny the Lord that bought them. They reject and refuse to hear and learn of the great teacher sent from God, though he is the only Saviour and Redeemer of men, who paid a price sufficient to redeem as many worlds of sinners as there are sinners in the world.

4. Those who bring in errors destructive to others bring swift (and therefore sure) destruction upon themselves. Self-destroyers are soon destroyed; and those who are so hardened as to propagate errors destructive to others shall surely and suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

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Gog against God: An Exposition and Study of Ezekiel 38-39

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