The numbers are staggering. Seventeen million people in the United States alone are embracing meditation or eastern mysticism or divination that is intended to put them in direct contact with spirit guides or familiar spirits, taking them into a spiritual realm that is strongly warned against in the Bible. Leviticus 19:31
The Purpose Driven Movement and the Emergent Church Movement both strongly embrace this practice through "contemplative prayer." In conjunction with this, Lighthouse Trails has reported that:
Doctor Confirms Meditation Explosion
By Ray Yungen and the editors at Lighthouse Trails
In 2003, Time magazine reported (in a feature article on meditation) that 10 million Americans practiced meditation. Now, four years later, Dr. Rick Levy, in his book Miraculous Health, claims that number is now 17 million in the United States alone. This means that since A Time of Departing came out, 7 million people in this country have embraced the practice of meditation. Dr. Levy makes it clear that the type of mediation of which he speaks is the eastern-New Age kind as the essence of his book is that meditation is a door way to the "superconscious.
This is a very significant revelation to us at Lighthouse Trails because in the Time magazine article it revealed that meditation had grown by about 1/2 million people a year between 1993 and 2003. Now, it appears to be growing at three and a half times that rate at about 1.7 million people a year.
Keep in mind that we are not talking about people that have just embraced a particular belief system intellectually or rationally. We are talking about mystics, people who are in touch with the supernatural realm on a continous basis. We believe this remarkable acceleration is due to two factors.
First is the tremendous explosion of the interest in Yoga. Yoga, for those that don't know, means union, as in the mystical sense, the union with the divine or the Hindu concept of the divine. Most people may think it is just stretching and a form of calisthenics but Yoga and meditation are supposed to go together. You can't really have one without the other and still call it Yoga. Secondly, and more important from the perspective of Lighthouse Trails is the explosion of the interest in "contemplative prayer," which is a westernized form of meditation. We believe this can be contributed to the rise of the Purpose Driven movement and the emerging church movement. The emerging church movement seeks to jettison the traditional doctrinal expressions of Christianity and replace it with a more mystical experiential type of Christianity, one that fits in well with the philosophy of interspirituality. Continued at Lighthouse Trails
The Bible tells us there is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ. I Timothy 2:5; yet we have millions of people, professed Christians and otherwise, in the United States alone who are being deceived by false teachers. The Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray in a very simple fashion in His name only and with no mystical or hidden practices to get through to God the Father. In the Book of Deuteronomy in the Bible, Chapter 29:29, God told the Israelites through Moses "that the secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."
The word "occult", of which "contemplative prayer" has its origins, along with your other New Age mystic practices, means secret or hidden or mysterious knowledge, and also referred to as divination in the Bible and this we are to stay away from.
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