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in 1887 by A. B. Simpson. Born out of Pentecostalism, the deeper life movement,
and the divine healing movement, the C&MA has roots in
Christian mysticism and contemplative Christianity.
 A.B. Simpson wrote, “There is, in the deepest centre of the soul, a chamber of
peace where God dwells, and where, if we will only enter in and hush every
other sound, we can hear His still, small voice.” This is mysticism by its very definition. According to mysticism, truth comes from within and can be
discovered by disengaging the mind and clearing the mind of conscious
thought. John MacArthur gives the following explanation of mysticism:
Mysticism is a system of belief that attempts to perceive spiritual reality apart from objective, verifiable facts. It seeks truth through feelings, intuition, and other internal senses. Objective data is usually discounted, so mysticism derives its authority from within. Spontaneous feeling becomes more significant than objective fact. Intuition outweighs reason. An internal awareness supersedes external reality.
objective, and unchanging and is found in the Word of God (John 17:17). In the Christian worldview, truth is not discovered by emptying one’s self of conscious thought but rather
by engaging the mind in the careful study of God’s revealed Word.
The C&MA and Mysticism
writes that “God can and does speak to us in multi-level methods as we open
up all the vents of our soul to listen.” He goes on to list thirty ways in
which God supposedly speaks to believers, including mental pictures,
imagination, visions, and even journaling conversations with God.
All of these mystical practices are unorthodox and unbiblical—even
anti-biblical—and are being embraced by the C&MA as a denomination.
contemplative Christianity and mysticism, also integrating elements of the heretical
emerging church movement, new-age spirituality, and postmodernism.
Seminaries affiliated with the C&MA are openly and actively
promoting mystical practices and contemplative and emergent spirituality.
The Lighthouse Trails Research Blog listed the C&MA as one of the top 50 organizations with a significant role in bringing contemplative Christianity
to the church. Also included on this list were such organizations and
denominations as Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer, the
Emergent Village, and the highly liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America and Presbyterian Church (USA). As defined by the
Lighthouse Trails Research Project,
Contemplative Spirituality [is a] belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common terms used for this movement are “spiritual formation,” “the silence,” “the stillness,” “ancient-wisdom,” “spiritual disciplines,” and many others.
Contemplative prayer, also known as soaking prayer and centering prayer, is the
unbiblical and mystical practice of emptying one’s mind of conscious thought
and turning to one’s inner self to find the presence of God. Contemplative
prayer is being practiced and taught at official Alliance seminaries. Because
all Alliance pastors are trained at one of these official schools, the false
doctrines imparted to these students will eventually permeate the local
churches affiliated with the denomination. Ron Walborn, dean of Alliance
Theological Seminary, endorsed a book by James P. Danaher entitled
Contemplative Prayer: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century. Danaher
is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Nyack College,
an official school of the C&MA. Incidentally, the postmodernist Franciscan
Friar Richard Rohr also endorsed Danaher’s book. Rohr is an advocate of
“alternative orthodoxy,” a supporter of homosexuality (even presiding over
a lesbian “marriage”), and the author of The Naked Now: Learning to See
as the Mystics See—a book that Danaher unapologetically taught to his class
at Nyack College.
understand Jesus in light of a postmodern perspective.” Richard Rohr also endorsed
this book. The following is a telling quotation from the book’s description:
In his book, James Danaher successfully shows that a post-modern perspective, which questions the cultural, historical, and linguistic presuppositions involved in interpreting the Gospels, frees us to hear anew the culturally subversive, yet ultimately transformative message of Jesus’ Good News. The author carefully uses postmodern insights to illustrate that what we see in the Gospels is largely a product of how we see, and how we see comes from our social constructs, not what we interpret to be God’s objective revelation.
with the postmodern concept that truth is changing. This is the perspective being
embraced and communicated by institutional centers affiliated with the C&MA and
will continue to have a progressive impact on the denomination as the students
trained at these institutions are installed as pastors in local churches.
University College, Toccoa Falls College, and Simpson University are all incorporating
“Spiritual Formation” into their academic programs. While the term “Spiritual Formation”
may sound harmless enough, it is essentially a cryptic word used by advocates
of emergent and contemplative spirituality to infiltrate the unsuspecting
church with their heresy. The Lighthouse Trails Research Project states
that Spiritual Formation is
[a] movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case, you will find contemplative spirituality and its “pioneers” such as Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, and Henri Nouwen. Spiritual Formation is based on “spiritual disciplines” that can be practiced by people of any faith to make them more “Christ-like.” Rebirth through Jesus Christ and regeneration through the Holy Spirit are not essential. Rather it is a works-based “theology” that has strong roots in Roman Catholicism and ancient paganism.
Seminary are to increase awareness of “your personal spiritual reality” and to nurture a
“continuing desire to grow beyond your current spiritual reality.” Again, while the
reference to a “spiritual reality” may seem innocuous, the concept of spiritual
reality is rooted in Eastern mystical religion. Mysticism teaches that spiritual
reality is a transcendent metaphysical order that may be known by emptying
one’s self of conscious thought and desires.
Rather, they are an intrusion of false religion brought about through the
subtlety of false teachers (1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1). Nowhere in Scripture
do we find any type of warrant for the mystic beliefs and practices being
adopted by the C&MA. Christian mysticism is simply a contradiction in terms
and is a heresy secretly being introduced into the church by false teachers
(2 Peter 2:1). It is our duty to exercise discernment and to call out these false
teachers and warn Christians of their presence (1 Tim. 1:3). Related resources
from Pro Veritate:
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Ministry. Retrieved August 17, 2014, from
Simpson, A. B. (1924). The Holy Spirit, Or, Power From On High. New York:
The Christian Alliance Publishing Co., 160.  MacArthur, John. (1993).
Charismatic Chaos. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 35.  Smith.
Listening Prayer. Retrieved August 17, 2014, from https://online.ambrose.edu/alliancestudies/dsmith/djs_prayer.html  Ibid.