Finally, some questions for Mennonites about those contemplative exercises, practices and methods they are teaching, participating in, and condoning, from TA McMahon’s excellent article on contemplative prayer…
Where do you find any of these methods or techniques in the Bible? Did any prophet or apostle, New Testament or Old, practice any of these “spiritual” exercises? No. Then how can these exercises be considered God’s way of knowing Him?
How much of this movement with its mystical saints and classic works is Catholic, advancing the Catholic way of salvation? Are you interested in having your youth group follow the “check your mind at the door” teachings of St. Ignatius found in his spiritual exercises—such as, “If we wish to proceed securely in all things, we must hold fast to the following principle: What seems to me white, I will believe black if the hierarchical [Roman Catholic] Church so defines”?7
Have you ever found the biblical gospel in any of the classic or modern contemplative materials? Could there be any significance in the fact that this movement practically died out after the Reformation, only to be revived today! How does one discern whether or not the God being “heard” through the subjective, experiential mode of communication is truly our Lord speaking—especially if the authority and sufficiency of His Word is downplayed, even rejected?
Finally, if you truly love those young souls whom Christ also loved and for whom He died, will you be a Berean, carefully checking these things in the light of Scripture—for their sake (Acts 20:28)?
Please Contemplate This
by T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call Newsletter