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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Who is Henri Nouwen?

Having come from a church that has openly promoted Mystic and Emergent leaders, I am going to be posting profiles of many of these teachers in the next few days. Most of this will be links to Apprising Ministries and Pastor Ken Silva who is second to none when it comes to Biblically exposing the claims made by these false teachers. Please take the time to check out his archives. Thanks Ken for all you do!

They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and clasp hands with pagans. (Isaiah 2:6)
Chanting With Roman Catholic Henri Nouwen In A Baptist Seminary
If you’ve been following this work in the Lord at Apprising Ministries you will have seen that I have written quite a bit lately about apostate Roman Catholicism. Amazingly people who are supposed to hold to Reformed Protestant theology like Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren have apparently become convinced that the Reformation is over and that all of this is somehow behind us now. If you feel this way, my question to you would be: Says who? Because I can tell you, it certainly wasn’t God Himself.
A huge part of how this arrogant imprudence has been spreading into evangelicalism itself is through spiritually petrifying mainline denominations, such as the United Methodist Church, the Congregational Church and much of the Episcopal Church to name a few, which have been involved with neopagan Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) for quite some time. Instead of being willing to stand for the absolute Truth of the Gospel and to actually come into conflict with false religions within this pagan society so steeped in relativism now many evangelicals have simply begun to meditate right along with them.
In his Critical Issues Commentary article The Dangers of Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Disciplines: A Critique of Dallas Willard and The Spirit of the Disciplines Bob DeWaay brings out why:
Practices called “spiritual disciplines” that are deemed necessary for “spiritual formation” have entered evangelicalism. Recent encounters with this teaching narrated to me by friends caused me to investigate these practices. The first experience involved my friend and co-worker Ryan Habbena who went back to seminary to finish his masters degree. Here is his experience in his own words:
I recently took a seminary course on the book of Luke. It was a summer intensive and was one of only two classes being offered at the time. About midway through the week, while the class was steeped in trying to discern the intent and significance of the book of Luke, we began to hear the echoes of mystic chanting coming through the walls. As it turned out, the other class being offered was parked right next to ours. The paper thin walls were carrying the choruses of a class exploring the life and teachings of Catholic mystic Henry Nouwen.
We proceeded, trying to concentrate on studying the Scriptures while tuning out the chants that were carrying on next door. Perhaps what was more unsettling though is the class studying Nouwen was chock full, while there were plenty of empty seats next door for anyone wanting to learn about the inspired book of Luke.
How can this be? A Baptist seminary was favorably studying the teachings of this Catholic mystic whose own biographers describe as having had emotional problems and homosexual inclinations.(Online source)
Men and women, transcendental meditation for the Christian aka Contemplative/Centering Prayer first began invading the Christian community with the apostate “fourth- and fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers” who became involved in this exact same compromise with religions of the East that we are witnessing right now within the American Christian Church. However, shouldn’t a red warning flag be raised as we note the word Egyptian in association with these heretical hermits? That quote by the way is taken from the back cover of a book by Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) called The Way Of The Heart (WoTH), which is one of Nouwen’s most oft-quoted books.
So Why Are Evangelicals Listening To Nouwen? Click title for entire article.

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