Interesting post over at:
Monday, June 19, 2017
Discernment review: The mystical practice of Lectio Divina
It covers some basic concerns.
I added my own comments here:
What think ye of this message….I’ve often thought of ways to communicate why I left this practice almost 10 years ago, the message is simple enough but controversial especially to the women, and not helped by the support of the Pastor bandwagon.
The issues of heart, mind, soul and strength are delicate. This is one reason, I now focus on reading the Bible, studying historical confessions and catechisms, using old commentaries like John Gill or Matthew Henry and trying to avoid the lure of Catholic practices, the “exclusive” focus on the emotional, love gospel, and general blending of worldly mystical practices.
Of course discernment on a practice like this touches people’s foundational beliefs, so it’s hard to dialogue.
Mat 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
The hard thing here is that these new practices that have been introduced into today’s churches…in the past 40-50 years, by teachers like Foster and Willard, are seen as the old paths, but that connection is rooted in our Roman Catholic heritage, the so called dessert fathers, and the practices of other ancient religions. Very tough today to just be a Puritan or more classic historic Protestant!