Rohr believes that the future of the church is ecumenical:
Rohr teaches the "non-violent" Jesus, which he claims was lost since Constantine (313 AD):
1) "Honest, broad, and ecumenical Jesus scholarship"
2) "Contemplative mind" which negates a "dualistic" mindset.
See video here about "non-duality" (that bad form of Greek judgmentalism):
3) "Non-negotiables" that Christians firmly adhere to were never what Jesus taught or said. The "new kind of Reformation" is developing, which does not oppose the old reformations, but incorporates them. We can never be 100% right (paraphrased)
4) What are the new "community (fascist) structures" which abhor denominational structures.
Rohr was a speaker at the 2012 Wild Goose Festival (Giant Emergent Fest), http://wildgoosefestival.org/wild-goose-west-announces-first-lineup.
Way of Life stated in:
"THE EMERGING CHURCH, PAGANISM, CATHOLICISM, AND THE NEW AGE (Friday Church News Notes, March 20, 2009, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is hosting an emerging church conference for three days beginning March 20. Speakers include Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, and Shane Claiborne. It is billed as “the first large gathering of Roman Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical, and other Christians seeking to explore this emergence and convergence together.” Rohr is a Franciscan priest who is heavily involved in contemplative mysticism and liberal “social-justice” works. He holds to a universalistic, panentheistic doctrine and believes that much in the Bible, such as the Garden of Eden, is mythical. Like Thomas Merton, Rohr integrates pagan contemplative practices with that of ancient Catholic “saints.” He has adapted such things as Buddhist koans and Hindu mantras. In January 2008 Rohr and his organization sponsored a conference called “Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening.” The announcement said, “The teachings of both Jesus and Buddha call us to transformational honesty. They are both teaching us how to see, and how to see all the way through! They both knew that if you see God for yourself, you will see the Divine in all things.” Rohr says that his philosophy teaches “us to be both-and” and “keeps us from either-or.” It “keeps us from the false choice of liberal or conservative” and “allows us to enjoy both sides of things”; it “is far beyond my religion versus your religion” and “allows us to be both distinct and yet united.” In fact, this is the essence of Hinduism, the New Age, and the Emerging Church. Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, teaches us that there is truth and error, right and wrong, good and bad, God and the Devil, light and dark, that there is only one way of salvation and many false ways, and that men are either saved or lost. The end-time New Age Tower of Babel is being built before our very eyes."
Mission America shows Rohr's homosexual friendly approach at: http://www.missionamerica.com/articletext.php?artnum=190, full text below:
Emergent Church Heresy Growing
PAGAN PRACTICES AND SEXUAL SIN EMBRACED
The "Emergent" church needs to be on everyone's radar. Their ideas and approach are poison. This is NOT authentic, biblical Christianity, and it's becoming more evident all the time. Many of the leaders are truly "coming out of the closet" and unashamedly advocating heresy.
The Emergent Church leaders are now collaborating with a pro-homosexual Catholic priest, Richard Rohr. He is on the docket at conferences with Brian McLaren, Shane Claiborne, Phyllis Tickle and others.
Just a quick background: these "Emergent" leaders advocate pagan spirituality dressed in new clothes."Practices" not belief, "spiritual formation" and other approaches are unveiled as alternatively "progress" or a return to ancient church practices. But it's mystical "knowledge" (i.e., contact with some spirit) that is sought over faithful doctrine informed by Scripture.
Contemplative prayer, seeking some "experience" of God, is an open door to deception, and is not the prayer model of Scripture, nor does God ever teach us that sensational experiences are the key to knowing Him. These are sensualists, not authentic believers.
How did Jesus tell us to know Him? "...If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. Then you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32) "Spiritual formation" comes through authentic belief in Christ as Savior, repentance of sin, and embrace of all the truth He teaches. Failure to accept that, is failure to have the Holy Spirit enter your heart. It's that simple. The only "spiritual formation" that will then happen will be through demons. And it may seem like revelation and enlightenment. But it's a sham.
Truth becomes really unimportant in the Emergent model.The message is that Christ is not necessarily the only way to salvation, and we need to reconsider homosexuality, and abortion,and not be hateful like the fundamentalists are.They engage in near-constant trash-talk about the "religious right," meaning those who want to expose this deception and remain biblically-faithful. Youth are gobbling this up, especially those with little biblical background, because it is packaged as a way to embrace worldly sexual sin and still believe one is a "christian."
If you see any of this creeping or galloping into your your churches, beware. These are the doctrines of demons.
Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, talks about "practices" being the key--he advocates running away from doctrine--and there's a reason he avoids doctrine. His angle is not just the "social gospel," i.e., feeding the poor brings salvation, although he does talk about this.
His web site really shows his main focus: "rites of passage" masculinity retreats for men, where they get in touch with themselves by blending male and female, the "yin" and "yang" of Eastern faiths. This gender synthesis experience is open to males as young as 16 and open to males without fathers.So you see where this is leading...
Rohr has a letter of endorsement on the web site of Soulforce, the homosexual religious group pressuring colleges and churches for manipulative "dialogue." Rohr writes: "Our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered brothers and sisters have been left outside of his [Jesus'] realm of grace for far too long...."
Not true. They exclude themselves because of their proud sin. Jesus is open to any of us who are repentant. These folks aren't. They want Jesus to change. Ancient sin, new packaging."
Mennolite.wordpress.com reveals the effects of Rohr on Anabaptists: http://mennolite.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/richard-rohr-impacts-the-mark-centre/, in which the following quote from Rohr:
In a recent video clip for a conference on Franciscan Mysticism: I Am That Which I Am Seeking, Rohr says that most of us believe things because our church told us to believe them, but there is something called The Univosity of Being (one voice)…
Rohr is also a promoter of the Cosmic Christ, whom he believes is the foundation for interfaith dialogue. He writes:
"The term “cosmic Christ” reminds us that everything and everyone belongs. We’re all unworthy but the mystery of the Incarnation means the divine indwelling is in all of us. We’re indeed the body of Christ. God’s hope for humanity is that one day we will all recognize that the divine dwelling place is all of creation. Christ comes again whenever we see that matter and spirit coexist. This truly deserves to be called good news."
Apostasy Alert has this startling revelation at: http://www.apostasyalert.org/REFLECTIONS/mystic.htm, wherein this:
"Kything Prayer":This is a way of calling up another person's spirit to enter you, so that you can use their energy and gifts for yourself. You can also let others "centre" into your spirit to call your spirit to them. You can do this with saints as well as others who are dead and it's all done in the name of Christian Prayer. Kything was popularized at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a Catholic monastic retreat whose founder, Franciscan priest Richard Rohr(pictured at right) wrote a book called, "The Enneagram, A Christian Perspective." "The Enneagram is from Sufism," according to Catholic scholars, that "was developed by…an occultist and Sufi master" who "held the view that the universe is ‘a living and evolving structure administered by conscious beings’ and, that universe is also ‘an intelligent organism.’"
Theolyn explains that communication with Nephalim is possible through kything:
From http://www.theolyn.com/nephalim: "The Nephalim are recorded in ancient texts as being part-human, part-divine and, since 2009, I have been communicating with twelve of them using a new technique called kything. I describe this as three-dimensional channelling and I have discovered that the Nephalim are here to help us become like them — 100% human and 100% divine. You too can learn how to kythe with the Nephalim and realise your own potential as a complete person, fully embracing your divinity and your humanity."
Rohr gives an occultic enneagram lesson here: