Spiritual Disciplines and Spiritual Practices are all the rage in postmodern, seeker-driven churches. The popular books and products of Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, John Ortberg and Pete Scazzero all promise the buyer that if they master the practices taught in their books and DVD's they will not only grow spiritually but will also be able to have direct mystical experiences of the divine. Yet, what these men are not telling the public is that these practices and disciplines were originally developed in Roman Catholic monasteries by men who were mystics and rejected the Biblical Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone by Christ's work alone. (That means that these mystical monks were not Christians. Instead, they were heretics who were trying to earn God's favor and salvation through their monkery.) These practices which were developed by these Roman Catholic Monks are now being repackaged and sold to Protestant pastors and laymen without any consideration as to whether or not they are even compatible with the Historic Christian Faith.
Despite what these men may tell you in their sales pitches, these practices are not found in the Bible and were not practiced or taught by Jesus nor His disciples. As you'll hear in my interview with former mystic Christine Pack of the Solasisters, these practices not only contradict the scriptures by teaching that we can experience God apart from Christ and His Cross they may in fact connect you with the demonic realm.
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