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What is Spiritual Formation (Contemplative)?

By David Sheldon

Last Updated: September 26, 2020

Spiritual Formation (Contemplative)

Spiritual Formation, or what some may know as contemplative, might best be defined as a deception within many of the movements we explain on our False Movements page.

Understanding this deception might be easier than you think. It is rather simple at its’ core. It is displacing the sole mediation of Jesus Christ and the gifts of grace that are presented to us in the Scripture because the believer has ALREADY come to know Him, who is THE WAY, in the gospel. It is replacing that reality with TECHNIQUES that, sometimes, even sound rather Biblical – but they have taken us away from the foundation of Jesus Christ – and put us on a mystical journey. The entrance gate: a universal call to “constantly enter and embrace” the unknown/journey/way versus the call to repent and trust Jesus Christ, because the door has been opened from heaven to man in His Person and finished work at Calvary. Because the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scripture is displaced – it is deadly.

This deception invaded our seminaries beginning back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This modern deception has as its lead figure the Quaker, Richard Foster. He wrote Celebration of Discipline in 1978 (See Book Review) and it gained much notoriety.

Related Material:
→  Ancient-Future Heresies By T.A. McMahon
→  What Did Henri Nouwen Really Believe? By Ray Yungen
→  Review: Celebration of Discipline by Richard J Foster By David Sheldon
→  Richard Foster – Celebration of Deception By Bob DeWaay
→  Contemporary Christian Divination: The False Claims and Practices of Christian Mystics By Bob DeWaay
→  The Dangers of Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Disciplines: A Critique of Dallas Willard and The Spirit of the Disciplines By Bob DeWaay
→  The Vineyard Movement Grabs Hold of Contemplative Spirituality Lighthouse Trails
→  Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome: The Abandonment of Sola Scriptura as a Formal Principle By Bob DeWaay

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