Back in 2010 when I wrote this article my aim was to inform professing Christians, who had convinced themselves that it’s okay to practice “Christian yoga,” that it is not okay at all. At that point yoga, which has it’s roots in Hinduism, had taken the Christian community by storm. As you will see in […]
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AWANA Now Teaching Children to Hear the Voice of God?
“It is important to remember that a conversation involves two people talking. We need to make sure that we are taking time to listen to God speak to us too.” Apparently that is how AWANA Club students are being instructed to hear extra-biblical voices. But the Bible never tells us to pray this way. When […]
Rick Warren gets bolder in promoting breath prayer
Several years ago when Rick Warren promoted the pagan mantra technique of Centering Prayer on his Pastor’s Toolbox site, the post was yanked down when concerned Christians became alarmed and spoke up. Perhaps he was dipping a toe in the contemplative water to see if others would join him in the shallow end of the […]
Lotz-a-palooza: God Circle-Prayed The Creation?
For those who haven’t heard the news, Anne Graham Lotz was chosen to succeed Shirley Dobson as the Chairman of the National Day of Prayer. To make it official something called a “prayer mantle of leadership” was bestowed on Mrs. Lotz. You may remember that Glenn Beck recently received a “new mantle for the […]
Adult Coloring and Meditation – What Every Christian Should Know
Evidently adult coloring books are all the rage so many professing Christians have taken to coloring. Why’s this a problem? Because it involves way more than the sort of coloring children do. Adult coloring can involve meditation — and it’s not biblical meditation. “Meditative coloring,” explains Jessica Pickowicz “is the practice of coloring specific patterns […]
“Psst…Lectio Divina…Your Mysticism is Showing”
The first time I heard the term lectio divina I thought it was from the Harry Potter books, probably a spell cast by Harry to render an enemy helpless. But, no, as it so happens it’s Latin for “sacred reading” and we’re urged to practice it as we read our Bible and pray. Not surprisingly, lectio […]
Christian meditation: what’s biblical and what’s not
By Marsha West In Joshua 1:8 God said: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” So, what exactly did God have in mind when He told […]
Mindfulness! Heard of It? What does it mean, and where is it showing up in Christian circles?
For those who have never heard of “mindfulness,” it is a Buddhist meditation practice that’s emphasized in Zen Buddhism. Many professing Christians are involved in this pagan practice and shouldn’t be. The following is from Lighthouse Trails. According to researcher and author Ray Yungen: In recent years, a type of meditation known as mindfulness has made […]
IHOP-KC’s Mike Bickle: Powerful evangelist for contemplative prayer
John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire offers many reasons Bible believing Christians should not practice contemplative prayer or have any involvement in Christian mysticism which has its roots in Roman Catholicism, as you will see. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ According to International House of Prayer founder Mike Bickle, “God is calling everyone. Everyone in the Body of Christ […]
IHOP-KC’s Mike Bickle on “fake” and genuine Holy Spirit manifestations
John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire gave us Related Southern Baptist Convention president to speak at IHOP-KC;s “Onething” gathering. In part two Lanagan covers IHOP-KC’s false teachings, Catholic leanings, NAR ideology, and long term contemplative influence. Be sure to view the video. Mike Bickle tells the IHOP-KC students, “I know that I know the value of genuine manifestations. […]