The new blog CHURCH AND THE SIDELINING OF JESUS reveals that:
Wanting to draw more people to the Mark Center, Steve Klassen has started a new program called “Step out of the Traffic”. If you want a REALLY CLEAR PICTURE of what the Mark Centre does the video posted below is a MUST WATCH. It is an instructional video featuring Steve Klassen. Don’t take my word for it. WATCH FOR YOURSELVES…
Online Spiritual Retreat Demo | Step Out of the Traffic
Read more about this here:
MARK CENTRE – PROFITING FROM GOSPEL OF MARK
To see why the practice demonstrated on this video may lead to idolatry, please read this:
Incidentally, the same Elijah who Klassen uses as an example in the above video to support the use of short repeated breath prayers, was vehemently opposed to such idolatry. For example:
In their contest with Elijah the prophets of Baal prayed a “breath prayer” until they were out of breath. “O Baal, answer us,” they prayed over and over from from early morning until high noon (1 Kings 18:26). But Jesus directly instructed his disciples not to pray like that. He warned, “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them” (Matthew 6:7-8a). The direct command of Jesus our Spiritual Director is enough for me to avoid any resemblance to pagan praying. As a pastor and in submission to the Lord’s and the apostles’ teaching on prayer, I cannot in good conscience recommend the practice of praying breath prayers.
– Breath Prayers, Pastor Larry Debruyn
***NOTE: If you cannot play the above video, use this youtube URL to watch:
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