Experiencing God Through Deceitful Mysticism

Many today in the evangelical church speak as if they are daily receiving personal revelations from God much like the prophets of old.  God speaking not through his word, but rather directly to them. Thus establishing the individual as the source of truth whereby all others are rendered defenseless to counter any false prophecies, wild speculations or personal deceptions.  For if God is speaking to them, who will dare speak a word against them?

Of course this is not limited to the evangelicals as it is found in many churches where it is all too common in Charismatic circles.  Here it seems every preacher out there has a word for someone.  And as the teacher preaches so follow the pupils.

And it goes beyond just personal revelations as some on this path will journey deeper where they will enter the realms of mysticism and seek even deeper contact with God.  A trend we see flooding the church today being welcomed in by many big names in Christiandom, especially those in the Emerging/Emergent Church movement.  The video below speaks to this which I hope many will watch and forward to those caught up in this movement.  – bro Michael

p.s. Click here to find a series of articles at Apprising Ministries that delve deeply into mysticism.

Introduction to video from Berean Beacon:
Professional deception and clever fraudulence are running rampant in mystical claims to experience God. Thus, the signature of Satan is seen in St. John of the Cross, Ignatius Loyola, Madame Guyon, Carl Jung, Richard Foster, and in such as Mother Teresa, Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Leonard Sweet, Phyllis Tickle, and other deceivers of the Emerging Church movement who transmit this plague. In this illustrated DVD, Richard Bennett and James Sundquist expose the deceitful shams that prevail at the present time. They also explain the scriptural method of biblical meditation and genuinely experiencing God.


7 thoughts on “Experiencing God Through Deceitful Mysticism

  1. I aim on saving this video and making it known to many. Ken Silva actually says SBC may sometimes stand for “Slowly Becoming Catholic”, not “Soon Becoming Catholic”. I used Ken’s phrase in critiquing my former purpose driven church.


  2. Very informative, and sad to see so many accepting it and damning themselves to hell because of it.

    As for SBC, it might have once been, “Slowly Becoming Catholic”, but I think we can change the “Slowly… to “Soon”.


  3. Great post. I have posted on my own blog on this subject. So, let me say I am glad to see someone else attacking mysticism for the evil that it is!


  4. What was that commandment again, something about “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain . . . For God will not hold guiltless anyone who misuses His name”? Saying “God told me this or that” in order to make money or gain power–what’s more in vain than that? Every time these people open their mouths, they break one of the 10 Commandments, which puts them on equal footing with murderers, adulterers, etc. ‘Nuff said.


  5. Hi Michael,

    What proportion of Evangelicals are practising contemplative spirituality? Mysticism with its special revelation is rife in Pentecostal, Charsimatic, Third Wave and Word of Faith churches, From what you say, I get the impression it is growing strongly in non-Charsimatic Evangelical churches. Is my impression correct?

    A large number of people involved in this probably accept the inerrancy of the bible but they implicitly (and often explicitly) deny the sufficiency of the Scriptures.

    John Arthur


  6. John Arthur,
    Your impression is correct. Contemplative Spirituality is growing like an unchecked cancer all throughout Evangelicalism. The Emergents, that is, those who have accepted the Emerging Spirituality of which Contemplative Mysticism is a major part, who comprise a fast growing membership in a wide range of denominations, are regularly practicing this return to mystical darkness. All with promises of a “deeper relationship with God” “deeper prayer life”, “deeper understanding of the Spirit”.


  7. I agree with you Jon and what RS has said…

    Mysticism is very seductive.. It copies our biblical ways of praying to the Lord and calls it contemplative prayer to try and lure the unstable into a “deeper walk with Christ”. It takes the biblical form of meditation where we meditate on God’s word and on the LORD and fill us up with the truth and seduces people to think that practicing the eastern form of meditation of emptying yourself brings you closer to God. It is ecumenical in bringing people together no matter what your beliefs are for the sake of unity and brotherly love..

    It’s extremely dangerous and is infiltrating the Church..


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