by Mike Ratliff
18 Διὰ πάσης προσευχῆς καὶ δεήσεως προσευχόμενοι ἐν παντὶ καιρῷ ἐν πνεύματι, καὶ εἰς αὐτὸ ἀγρυπνοῦντες ἐν πάσῃ προσκαρτερήσει καὶ δεήσει περὶ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων 19 καὶ ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ, ἵνα μοι δοθῇ λόγος ἐν ἀνοίξει τοῦ στόματός μου, ἐν παρρησίᾳ γνωρίσαι τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, 20 ὑπὲρ οὗ πρεσβεύω ἐν ἁλύσει, ἵνα ἐν αὐτῷ παρρησιάσωμαι ὡς δεῖ με λαλῆσαι. (Ephesians 6:18-20 NA27)
18 By means of all prayer and petition, praying always in the Spirit, and to this end keeping watch with all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints, 19 and for me, that to me may be given utterance in opening my mouth in boldness to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 on behalf of which I am an ambassador in chains, that in it I may be bold as it is necessary for me to speak. (Ephesians 6:18-20 Possessing the Treasure New Testament V1)
In the last couple of posts we have looked at CSM or Contemplative Prayer and one of its most visible proponents in the visible church, Tim Keller. Contemplative Prayer is a cleaned up, “Christianized” name for Transcendental Meditation, which is another name for Eastern Mysticism, which God calls Divination and strictly forbids (Deuteronomy 18:10). God forbids divination as a way to know him and his will. On the other hand, he has given us sanctioned ways, by his grace, through which those who are his can know him and his will. The primary way is through his Word as the Holy Spirit guides us according the will of God by his grace. We pray and ask God and he draws us to him and imparts wisdom, discernment, and through his Word, we gain knowledge of him and his ways. On the other hand, outside of those parameters is what men like Tim Keller calls Contemplative Prayer, but it only a dressed up version of divination and God hates it. Those who practice it are given over to it, are deceived by it, and soon believe the lies they are hearing from those evil spirits are coming from God himself.
The issue is that some the most popular leaders in the visible church are either heavily influenced by CSM and are in partnership with others those who are practicing it or both. These people have large numbers of adoring followers who buy their books and become incensed when we attempt to bring these truths into the light. I have encountered pressures in churches from leadership who think that Tim Keller’s books are the greatest and to bring up this stuff about CSM is just being divisive and when I refuse to back away from that, I am considered unteachable and, well, it’s time to move on.
As I stated in Tim Keller and Contemplative Prayer, he also has an unbiblical view of the gospel. To him, it is not the account of the Christ’s incarnation in order to live a perfect life, die on the cross to be the propititiation for those He came to save, et cetera, but it is the church’s mandate to transform society, to transform the world, et cetera. Find that one in the Bible. You see, as my brother and friend Ken Silva said here, ‘As I pointed out elsewhere, this really couldn’t be any clearer that what we’re actually dealing with here is a new form of Gnosticism. Can you see; above we have the truly spiritual “initiated” and “enlightened” ones who are the superior Christians in the “know,” because they “work in the area of spiritual direction.”’
Now in light of these things and the pressure to keep silent that is continually upon us during this time, please pray for Ken and I and everyone on the Discernment group that we would be bold and no matter what sort of unreasonableness comes our way in these times, that we will not hesitate to obey God in all things as He provides the means for us to do so. His will be done.
Soli Deo Gloria!