Do Christian Leaders Understand The Contemplative Prayer Movement?

Do the leaders of your Mennonite Brethren church, school, youth group, seminary, or college understand the legitimate concerns about the contemplative prayer movement?

Do Christian Leaders Understand The Contemplative Prayer Movement?

By Christopher Lawson

Do Christian leaders understand the dangers of the Contemplative Prayer – Contemplative Spirituality [Spiritual Formation] movement? It appears that countless numbers of them do not. Countless others do not seem to care and others are hostile to those who expose the dangers of this so-called, ancient-future spirituality.

Contemplative Spirituality can be clearly defined this way:

Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce alteredstates of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all).


The concern that has motivated the writing of this article stems from the fact that many Christian leaders are ignorantly engaging in and outright promoting this dangerous spiritual method. The core of this methodology, which can lead to extreme spiritual hazards, is meditative, contemplative – centering prayer.

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