I may have sent this out earlier, but I decided to read it more carefully.
For myself having once been quite into these readings and practices, I was able to separate from them some 10 or so years ago. Now I only deal with difficulty with friends family and pastors who find it part of their way of faith.
One might debate whether this is good or bad, but it certainly seems that the East and West have met, and that New Age (read about Alice Bailey) is interconnected in words and practice.
These certain questions might be: does this present a different gospel, different ways to salvation, and of course are we to rely on the Bible being our sole source of truth.
The WCF has an operating statement about this in Chapter 1:
4. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.
5. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is, to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God: yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.
6. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word: and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word, which are always to be observed.
The author argues that despite supposed good intentions….
Show me a Scripture in the Bible in which the Holy Spirit is activated or accessed by contemplative prayer. If such a verse exists, wouldn’t it be the keynote verse in defense of contemplative prayer?
Contemplative Prayer or the Holy Spirit – It Can’t Be Both
January 19, 2018 by Lighthouse Trails author
By Ray Yungen