From Apostacy to paganism - CNN article

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  1. ReformedBaptist

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    Maybe she believes that "It is possible for someone who does not know Jesus to be saved. But anyone who is going to be saved is going to be saved by Jesus.." ~Dallas Willard
     
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    In the manner of a infantile coward, you have abandoned the discussion where you first brought this up (beginning in post #28), and are trying to misrepresent Dallas Willard, a brother in Christ, by taking a quote completely out of context and trying to apply it to a completely different type of situation.

    I would expect this kind of behavior out of a rebellious teenager, but not out of a man who is a pastor and supposed to be a mature Christian example.
     
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    First, the quote is here for all to see in its context. Second, you just run around in circles and advance nothing. Since you and I were the only ones to discuss (on topic) that thread I gave it up. Third, this is exactly the same type of situation. That is again available to be seen by anyone who wants to.

    We disagree on doctrine. And because of that you refer to me as infantile. The heresy espoused by Willard is beyond infantile or sophomoric, it is straight out deceit. Now you can runaround this board and follow me all you want to. But my position will remain the same.

    So you can create drama by making irrelevant claims of abandoning threads,misrepresentation, and infantile rebellious behavior. But that is an example of what you are accusing me of. Move on.
     
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    I read the Willard article myself. Yes, he is teaching heresy. From what I can tell, he is part of those folks trying to re-introduce mysticism into Christianity.
     
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    Mysticism and ecumenicism or Universalism.
     
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    Psa 14:1 To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." ........
     
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    Yep, although you are using it out of context.

    I obviously disagree with your characterization, but I do agree that the discussion is there for everyone to see, and I encourage everyone to read it.

    Yes.

    Nope, I base that assessment on your actions. I disagree doctrinally all the time with people, but they know how to treat others fairly and with respect. And they also don't stoop to false accusations and misrepresentations of others.

    I'm hardly following you around, but I don't appreciate seeing false accusations about anyone. Now I see you've added another false accusation (that is, "straight out deceit") without any evidence.

    No drama. Just pointing out that you're misrepresenting a Christian brother.
     
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    I would disagree, but you have the right to your opinion. I would suggest you spend more time with Willard's thinking (move beyond that one article, written as a guide to an apologetic method for an apologetics publication) before you write him off as a heretic.

    Certainly he teaches that believers hear the voice of the Shepherd (as Jesus teaches), so that makes him a "mystic" to many Christians. However, "mysticism" is such a broad and imprecise term, I'm afraid folks don't draw careful distinctions between pagan mysticism and biblical mysticism.
     
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    Mysticism = Yes, although according to the biblical standard.

    Ecumenicism = Yes, although according to the common faith of Christian individuals, not religious institutions.

    Universalism = No, not by any sane or honest definition.
     
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    There is no biblical mysticism. More heresy.But you go right ahead and keep on exposing yourself.

    http://thinkuni.startlogic.com/page3.html

    http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-mysticism.html
     
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    We draw plenty of careful distinctions. Both are satanic, but the latter is more deceptive passing off as Christian and seeking to decieive even God's elect.
     
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    Uh, yeah...


    This is a site by followers of Unity, a cult founded my Charles and Myrtle Fillmore based on the New Thought movement. It does not and has never had anything to do with Christianity. Neither Willard nor I approve or endorse this garbage.

    Citing this link as an example of what Willard or I believe is comparable to me linking to a Jehovah's Witness site and claiming that's what you believe.

    I've only glanced through the article, but it seems clear the author isn't really talking about what Willard advocates. He's also trying to draw distinctions between dying to self in favor of Christ and emulating Christ, which to people like me and teachers like Willard are not at cross-purposes. Jesus taught His disciples how to live be His example. He also instructed them the only way they could do it effectively was to die to themselves. There is no contradiction.
     
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    Oh you mean like this:


    http://www.dwillard.org/articles/artview.asp?artID=131
     
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    I have no idea what that man is talking about. I just know He isn't talking about Jesus, the Bible, or truth.
     
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    That is because you have not come to the place where you have lost your self awareness so you can experience human phenomenon and become one the the "all".:laugh:
     
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    He's a philosophy professor, so he tends to write very densely. Let's break it down carefully:

    Simply put, he is saying that many Christians get nervous about the phenomenon of Christians not being self-conscious in the midst of worship and other exercises of devotion to God.

    Loss of self-awareness happens in all kinds of situations, not just religious situations, for instance, when engrossed in a good book or watching a movie, sometimes you lose your sense of time, awareness of what is going on around you, and a normal sense of physical needs (like hunger pangs).

    In many (perhaps most) types of non-Christian mysticism, there is the belief that the individual nature of personhood is an illusion to be overcome and the goal of the religion is to lose a sense of self.

    Christian mystics recognize that we are individual persons created by God who are called to exist in loving relationship to God and each other. We are not "becoming God" or seeking to be dissolved into God, losing all personal identity.

    Mysticism (that is, experience involving our spiritual nature) is common to humankind.

    All mysticism is not alike. What he is talking about in the Christian tradition is vitally different than what is going on in Eastern religions.

    Willard is pointing out that mysticism must be tied to a belief system...

    ...and that belief system must have the power to actually transform our lives. Living the good life requires personal and ethical heroism (putting the needs of others before your own). In other words, dying to self and living toward God.

    Willard routinely pounds home a number of themes in his teaching. One of which is that every human being who has ever lived is being spiritually formed. The problem is that those without Christ are being spiritually formed in profoundly flawed ways. Obviously some ways are worse than others (Stalin vs. Oprah), but all fail to produce the transformed character in human beings that inherently produces someone who courageously and consistently does good works from the proper motives.

    The New Testament is full of references to Christians and non-Christians being judged according to their deeds. The New Testament writers assumed Christians would be transformed through their denial of self and emulation of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Today many Christians stumble over those passages because it doesn't match their experience and then condemn those who see those passages as completely consistent with the teachings of Christ as those who are teaching a gospel of "works" instead of understanding good works are empowered by a gospel of grace.

    You can't have a vague Oprah-type spirituality. It must be based on something.


    Devotion to Christ is the foundation of Christian mysticism/spirituality.

    I'm not very familiar with Florence Nightingale's life, but apparently Willard sees her spiritual formation in terms of reaction to the prevailing religious culture of her time.

    Apparently he sees her deviation from the popular church teachings of the day (which Willard obviously believes was lacking) was because of her zeal for Christ, not the embrace of "color-less" mysticism (as referenced previously).

    Another of Willard's major emphases is that he believes the teachings of Jesus can be compared to any other religious or secular teacher and be objectively recognized as superior. That if a person didn't know what to make of Jesus, Willard would suggest that the person put the teachings of Jesus into practice to see that His words are true, and that Jesus is true. And not only are the teachings of Jesus true, Jesus consistently lived by the ethics He taught and demonstrated He was Who He said He was through His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and the gifting of the Spirit which He promised to His followers. Even today, those who reach out to Jesus experience Him personally and can hear His voice through the scripture, through the words of other believers in the community of faith, and through personal communication.

    I share that opinion.

    I have to disagree. He's definitely talking about the biblical Jesus (of course, most of what is here is defining what is and isn't mysticism) and truth.

    He did not mention the Bible in this excerpt, but rest assured, he has a very high view of scripture. He recommends committing large portions of it to memory as part of discipleship.
     
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    If that's what you got out of it, no wonder you're confused.
     

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