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Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation, or has your pastor been preaching on it? Have you been involved in “Christian Yoga, Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, or Lectio Divina? Well, this series of posts in the new Category of posts that I have entitled, ‘MYSTICISM MONDAYS,‘ will attempt to not only peel back the layers of the many forms of spiritual deception that have been entering the church in order to reveal them to you as being lies of the enemy of our souls, but also the intention of these posts are to present you with the truth of God’s Word in order to expose the spiritual dangers of these practices.

Lord willing, at least once a month on a Monday, I will be sharing teachings with you from Christian experts on the subject, some of whom have even been personally involved with these dangerous practices. All of these teachings that I will be presenting to you will focus on many Scriptures; those who speak on these topics will not just be talking about these practices, because it’s only the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices and set a deceived person free.

Lord willing, when time allows, I will be writing many posts in the future zeroing in on specific Christian programming and Christian teachers who are promoting these deceptive practices, (One coming very soon –Lord willing) but since my time is getting rather limited these days because of other important responsibilities that I now have, I will oftentimes simply be sharing a video with you.

When time allows, I truly hope and pray that you will take the time to listen to these messages and read the upcoming posts on these important topics so that you can be aware of these false teachings that are deceiving many Christians –possibly even you.

Please be sure that you test the teachings of all those whom you listen to against Scripture as God’s Word shows us that we are to do (Acts 17:11) so that you will never be deceived.

Now for today’s Mysticism Monday:

If there’s ever a topic that I cannot warn you enough about, it’s Spiritual Formation! Many churches today are presenting Spiritual Formation classes to the people in their churches not only by their own pastors and teachers, but also through the teachings of women such as Ruth Haley Barton and Mindy Caliguire, as well as offering Bible Studies by women such as *Beth Moore and *Priscilla Shirer. *(Consider reading THIS POST to learn about Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer). These women strongly promote unbiblical, New Age/New Spirituality mystical practices in their teachings! (More about these women in upcoming posts –Lord willing).

While these Spiritual Formation teachings may be presented to you as ways to help you grow in Christ, as well as to grow closer to Him and help you to become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, the practices they incorporate into their teachings, such as Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, silent prayer, and entering into “the silence,” are unbiblical; they are all forms of Eastern Meditation cloaked in somewhat Christian terminology. Instead of leading you closer to Jesus Christ, these practices will lead you away from Him and into spiritual deception and even into the world of the occult!

When teachings become more focused on leading you to have experiences with God, and less focused on teaching and preaching verse by verse through God’s Word, or when verses are taken out of context to make it mean something entirely different in order to promote these mystical practices, those should be huge red flags to you that the direction they are going in is unbiblical!

Consider checking your church’s web site and the classes that they offer, as well as the topics of the sermons that they present to you. If you see Spiritual Formation and/or any of the above forms of prayer or people that I previously mentioned, you need to be on guard!

If there is no doubt in your mind that these mystical practices are being presented at your church, then it very well may be time for you to prayerfully consider leaving your church and looking for another church where God’s Word is preached verse by verse through many books of the Bible, and the pastor guards his sheep by exposing these false teachings and false teachers.

I hope and pray that all of you who are Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ are constantly testing what your pastors and teachers are presenting to you against the truth of God’s Word as we are shown in Scripture to do (Acts 17:11) no matter how long they have been in ministry, because many pastors and teachers are now embracing and presenting Spiritual Formation teachings and mystical practices to their people.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11)

Mysticism in the church is one of the many ways that Satan is now using to bring about the oneness and unity that is being promoted in the world to bring about the One World Religion. Sadly, many pastors and teachers lack discernment and have now become tools in Satan’s hands to promote these mystical practices. We must keep in mind what God says in His Word:

“Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:11)

Are you a follower of  a man (or woman) and their ministry? Or are you a follower of Jesus Christ? Will you be a Berean and examine the Scriptures daily to see if what they are saying is true? Will you walk in the light and in truth and leave, if necessary, if Spiritual Formation and mystical practices  are being promoted at your church? Or are the relationships that you have developed over the years while you have attended your church more important to you than being obedient to God and the truth presented in His Word? True followers of Jesus Christ will follow Him –no matter what the cost.

“For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.” (2 Corinthians 2:9)

I hope and pray that you will guard yourselves and your precious children and leave your church if these mystical practices are being promoted and taught at your church before you and your loved ones are led into spiritual deception!

Lord willing, in future posts I will be going into greater depth concerning the pastors who are promoting Spiritual Formation (such as Rick Warren of Saddle Back Church and Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church), and I will also be warning you about some of the other writers and speakers who are teaching these things. But for now, in order to continue to inform you and to show you how  mysticism is entering the church, here is what I would like to present to you for today’s Mysticism Monday.

When time allows, please pray for discernment and listen to the following  short presentation of Mike Oppenheimer and Ray Yungen as they discuss mysticism and the Emerging Church movement and compare everything  against Scripture. Many names of those who have written about these unbiblical,  mystical, new age practices are also mentioned so that you can become aware of what names to watch out for, because sadly, some of these writers and their books are being promoted by some pastors and teachers, and their books are sold in many Christian book stores, as well.

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”          (1 Timothy 4:1)

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”          (2 Peter 2:1-3)

“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” (3 John 1:11)

“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall he speak: and He will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13)

“And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:25-31)

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE:

Due to many responsibilities that I now have, and the need to get up very early for my new three days a week part-time job, I still have not had the time to finish my main post on Mysticism. Lord willing, I hope to have it finished within the next couple of weeks.

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Capture Eyes with tears 1UPDATED 10/9/15 7:42 P.M. SEE BELOW #7 AND #8

Welcome to another post in the series of posts that I have entitled, Warning You With Tears Wednesdays. Lord willing, at least once a month on Wednesdays I will be writing and sharing one of these posts with you so that I can make you all aware of some important information that I come across on the Internet that you may not have heard about.

Since I knew that I would soon be starting a new part-time job (and I did start in June) and that my free time would then be somewhat limited, I was trying to think of something that I could write on a regular basis that would be short and to the point (at least that was my intention). And since I am a detective-at-heart and desire to make you all aware of the importance of testing things that pastors and teachers say (and do) in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11), the idea to do these posts — as well as the name — came to my mind in November of 2014, based on Acts 20:26-31:

“For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”

So with all of that in mind, here is what I’d like to share with you in today’s WARNING YOU WITH TEARS WEDNESDAY:

#1 Rapture Ready Radio: “Ray looks at the dangerous teachings of contemplative prayer teacher, the late Thomas Merton in light of the pope’s recent message to Congress.”

BLOG TALK RADIO – MANY SHALL COME IN MY NAME WITH RAY YUNGEN

#2 In case some of you have not yet heard Pope Francis’ message before Congress in which he favorably mentions mystic, Thomas Merton more than once, here it is:

 

#3 Glenn Chatfield of The Watchman’s Bagpipes posted this article concerning ROMAN CATHOLICS AND SATANIC DECEPTION 

 

#4 Facebook posted yet another helpful Suggested Post for me (however, I didn’t have time to quick capture it at that moment) which made me aware of the fact that IHOP (International House Of Prayer) is having another event:

Capture Onething December 28-31 2015(SOURCE)

Sadly, that unfortunately means that many more unsuspecting Christians who truly desire to draw close to God will be drawn into IHOP’s web of deceit, false teachings, and spiritual mysticism because they are seeking to have an experience with God instead of seeking to know God by reading and studying His Word. Especially now since Francis Chan is continuing to align himself with Mike Bickle and many of those who are involved with IHOP:

Capture Onething 2015 Francis Chan(SOURCE)

 

#5 Then I discovered today that the Herescope blog posted this very good article yesterday, which relates to IHOP:

MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES – A SUBSTITUTE FOR TRUE SPIRITUALITY

#6 For those of you who are not aware of the serious concerns that many have about IHOP, when time allows please watch these videos:

 

 

 

 

#7 The following video was published 9/30/15 – Further evidence that apostasy is taking place: David Jeremiah calls for American Pastors to stand with 2016 Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump:

American Pastors Pray For Donald Trump – Dr. David Jeremiah, Kenneth Copeland, Paula White,

The video above was taken down by the user, so here’s another video in case this one is removed, as well. The quick capture below is from the following video:

Capture Donald Trump Being Blessed - David Jeremiah, Paula White, Kenneth Copeland

#8 Earlier today a dear sister-in-Christ shared the following shocking information with me that you will see in the video below. I have searched to verify if this story is true or not, and even though this story has been circulating for over two months now, I have found nothing to either solidly confirm this story to be true, or to declare this story to be false. A month or so ago someone posted a story on Facebook that stated Pope Francis had rewritten the Ten Commandments, but after searching for information on that, I discovered that story was false. However, as shocking as the following story may sound, at this point it appears to be true! If so, the return of Jesus may be sooner than we could possibly think!

 

 

10/1/15 UPDATE: Since I do not want to lose my credibility with those of you who read this blog from time to time, over the weekend I will be adding more information that I had heard about a couple of years ago that gave me pause for thought to at least consider the possibility that the above story might be true instead of dismissing it completely when I first heard about it.

Without revealing any details, I also wanted to say that the person who told me about this story said that the person who runs the website that she saw it on has also written for a well respected website, which also added to bringing me to the decision of posting the above story. I am very skeptical upon hearing stories like this, but, let’s face it. Many things in our world are rapidly changing! Did you ever think that you would witness the redefinition of marriage in our lifetime? Watch and pray!

UPDATED: SUNDAY 10/4/15 As I mentioned in the above update, a few years ago I came across some shocking information that caused me to pause and consider that the information in the above video might also possibly be true, so I decided not to dismiss it completely. The  information that I found said that Israel had sold Jerusalem to the Vatican! Even though I am still searching through the many files of information that I started putting together when I bought my computer back in 2008 so that I can find the exact article, I did come across some related information in one of my files and I also found more information stating the same thing after doing further searches.

In the following article you will discover that a document was written up and ‘agreed upon in Jerusalem on July 15, 1992 and confirmed at the Vatican on July 29 1992.’ This shows that there are indeed some startling  things that have been taking place for quite some time that seems to be the unfolding of Bible prophecy right before our eyes!

FUNDAMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOLY SEE AND ISRAEL (DECEMBER 1993) – JEWISH VIRTUAL LIBRARY

Here’s a video with information similar to the article that I found a few years ago:

Earlier today I contacted a friend of mine who frequently travels to Israel and I asked her if she knows if Israel has indeed sold Jerusalem to the Vatican, and she sent me a message that said the following:

I have heard from a reliable Source that in fact the Vatican does in fact own much of Jerusalem mostly the old city where all the input stuff is.”

Below you will see a quick capture of a portion of an article posted by World Net Daily on December 15, 2013 that again shows that plans were underway two years ago to give certain portions of Jerusalem to the Vatican:

Capture U.S. Plan Gives Jerusalem Holy Sites To Vatican (SOURCE)<–Click here to continue reading.

This article, which I found on Facebook and quick captured a portion of, is the same article that was mentioned in the video concerning the ‘Protestant Leaders Declare Reunification Of Churches Under The Holy See.’

Capture Protestant Leaders Declare Reunification Of Churches Under The Holy See(SOURCE) <– Click here to continue reading and to see many more who posted this article.

Gary Kah is the former Europe and Middle East Trade Specialist for the Indiana State government. He travels and speaks extensively on topics pertaining to end times events in light of what is taking place in the world today. Here are some of his presentations that relates to the information in question:

GLOBAL SPIRITUALITY

THE UNITY OF THE POPE AND THE PROTESTANT CHURCH

 

GARY KAH – OBAMA THE VATICAN AND THE COMING GLOBALIZATION

 

UPDATED 10/9/15 Most of you are already aware of how the late Tony Palmer met with Kenneth Copeland at his church presenting a call for “unity” and declaring “the protest is over,”and how Pope Francis also shared a message calling for “unity” among Christians.

 

 

One can only wonder just how many have been deceived into actually believing that the teachings of Catholicism are truly in line with Biblical Christianity!  This is one of the reasons why I am taking some time off from posting as frequently as I have been doing; I need to finally finish reading my Catechism of the Catholic Church book so that I can present a post to  show you just how little of Catholicism’s teachings line up with the truth of God’s Word! This is the reason why there are so many Christians who were once Catholics. When a Catholic reads God’s Word and thinks for themselves, the truth of His Word will expose the many false teachings of Catholicism — or whatever false religious system that a person is involved in — and, for the first time. they will be able to see the glorious good news of the gospel!

The information in the ‘Protestant Leaders Declare Reunification Under The Holy See‘ article and video may not be true, but you can be certain that there is enough evidence these days to show that the One World Religion is indeed forming right before our eyes! We must never forsake Biblical truth in order to have unity! And that’s just what is happening when Christians are allowing themselves to be led by their emotions!  Instead, we must always  test messages like Tony Palmer’s and the words of Pope Francis, etc., in light of Scripture, and be taught and led by the Holy Spirit –the Spirit of Truth — as we read God’s Word so that we will not be misled by the teachings of men (or women) who attempt to use their words to manipulate our feelings.

Tony Palmer’s message, as well as Pope Francis’ message, is not the unity that Jesus spoke of in John Chapter 17. Catholicism presents “another Jesus” and “another gospel,” and anyone who was once a Catholic and is now a ‘born again’ Christian will completely agree with that statement because it is backed up by Scripture. (2 Corinthians 11:4, Galatians 1:6-9)

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If you have not come to the point of placing your complete trust in what Jesus Christ did when He lived the perfect sinless life that we could never live, to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins by taking the wrath that God intended for us because of our sins upon Himself, and how He died in our place to pay the debt for all of our sins — no matter how horrible they may be — that time is now! Jesus died, was buried, and conquered death by rising from the dead on the third day. Repent and turn from your sins, and turn to Jesus Christ today, for tomorrow may be too late! Tomorrow is promised to no one!

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

“For He says, In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

 

#9 I’ll end this post with an article by Warren B Smith (which is actually a new tract that you can order from LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH)  that will bring God the glory and honor that He is so deserving of:

Capture Rejoicing Through It All - Warren B SmithQuick captured the above picture from BEREAN RESEARCH’S FACEBOOK PAGE which is how I originally saw the following article.

REJOICING THROUGH IT ALL – WHAT SCRIPTURE SAYS – WARREN B. SMITH

 

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UPDATE:

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I will be taking some time off so that I can finally be able to finish reading my Catechism Of The Catholic Church book which is well over 700 pages long so that I will finally be able to write the post comparing the teachings of Catholicism to God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Lord willing, I will still post a few things over the month of October, but just not as frequently as I have been.

Because of what we are all seeing taking place in our nation and in our world today, I also want to spend more time praying for our country and  my family, as well as taking more time to read and study God’s Word. Time is short, and eternity is forever.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory