Blight is a symptom that affects plants which have become infected by a disease causing organism. It begins with a browning, then death of the leaves, branches, twigs, and eventually the fruit.

Today a similar infectious disease appears to be rampant among the Mennonites. It is a spiritual disease, with a spiritual result. It begins with an undetected ‘infection’ by a disease causing ‘organism’ which rapidly spreads, until it creeps into the fruit. This disease is called Menno-blight.

A Menno-blight infection begins in the dark where Truth and Light are not present; in dark sanctuaries or contemplative retreats in the silence, during the repetition of Christian mantras, while using imagery and visualization practices, listening prayer, Jesuit spirituality or breathing and relaxation exercises, combined with the stilling and emptying of the mind. This disease causing ‘organsim’ of contemplative spirituality blows in on the winds of strange doctrine, often disguised as part of a healthy DNA and recommended by church growth experts. It spreads unnoticed at first, from a trained spiritual director to a few individuals at a silent contemplative retreat. Then it quickly finds its way through the church body like leaven in the dough, through unsuspecting cell groups and classroom settings. Soon it is transmitted from the pulpit, and diffused into new contemplative church plants and retreat centers, further advancing this ancient spiritual epidemic from the dark ages. Before anyone even realizes it, Menno-blight reaches the fruit.

Thanks to contemplative spiritual direction and retreat centers, Menno-blight spores have drifted into many Mennonite churches today. Some predict that this will eventually infect millions. Could Menno-blight spread to the entire crop, severely affecting the health and quality of the harvest? Is there any way to help stop Menno-blight before it spreads any further?

Yes. There is a cure for this contagious contemplative plague, but not many are brave or faithful enough to go through with it, even though it’s modeled many times in the Word of God. It is called repentance.

Joel 1:13-20



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“And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.” Ezekiel 3:11

And they did not hear, and they refused to listen.


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