Can Christians Do “Good” Contemplative Prayer?

candles in a dark room

The people who claim that contemplative prayer is not of Eastern/occult association and those who gladly affirm its occult roots reference and recommend the same list of experts. The top experts classify contemplative prayer as unmediated, exclusive, wordless, and dangerous. This handout connects the dots for Christians who have questions about this practice. Get it here.  

“What’s Next—Temple Prostitutes?”

ruins of Aphrodite's temple in Turkey

That title was a crack I made around 2006 when I became aware of the new wave of false teaching entering the church. One aspect of that teaching hinted that our experience with Jesus was (should be?) sexual. (Christians who use a mantra, as in contemplative prayer, and go into an altered state of consciousness sometimes have erotic experiences, which…

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Mantra Meditation in the Cults

This is a caution against mantra meditation (contemplative prayer) in the church. In mantra meditation, a word or phrase is repeated for several minutes until an altered state of consciousness is reached: complete absence of thought, emptiness; contemplative prayer promoters call this state “the silence,” the “cloud of unknowing” . . . I’ve reread a book, Youth, Brainwashing, and the…

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Be Still/Still, Small Voice

These days, when a writer focuses on Psalm 46:10 and 1 Kings 19:12, heads up: a number of such writers are promoting mantra meditation (“contemplation”). Note that Psalm 46:10 does not mean, “There, there. Lull yourself into an altered state where you can really know God.” (And—if you keep this up—you’ll ultimately conclude that you ARE God.) The chapter’s context…

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Dark Night of the Soul

The phrase “dark night of the soul” is usually quoted in association with St. John of the Cross. But he didn’t mean just going through a tough time. It’s a level/stage/time in contemplative prayer (mantra meditation) and/or possibly in the general contemplative life. Supposedly one has to pass through this to reach the goal: union with the divine (that is,…

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