Mystical Spiritual Formation vs Biblical Spiritual Transformation

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

There is a teaching going on among many churches  these days that is very dangerous, and this is called “Spiritual Formation”.  This teaching has penetrated a local bible camp that has been supported for years by the church my husband and I attended for 4 years.  Spiritual Formation is the reason why my husband and I had no choice but to leave the church because when he found out about this teaching he brought it to the attention of the elders at our church and the head elder will not address it nor get involved, choosing rather to let things be at the bible camp the way they are now.  Very sad for the children who attend.  Formerly they received sound bible teaching, but now they are being taught something different. 

What is Spiritual Formation?  I had never heard of it before.   Here is part of an article from  Got Questions that explains it:

 The spiritual formation movement is very popular today. It is, however, in many ways a move away from the truth of God’s Word to a mystical form of Christianity, and it has infiltrated, to some degree, nearly all evangelical denominations. This idea of spiritual formation is based on the premise that if we do certain practices, we can be more like Jesus. Proponents of spiritual formation erroneously teach that anyone can practice these mystical rituals and find God within themselves.

Too often, adherents of the current spiritual formation movement believe the spiritual disciplines transform the seeker by his or her entering an altered realm of consciousness. The spiritual formation movement is characterized by such things as contemplative prayer, contemplative spirituality, and Christian mysticism.

True biblical spiritual formation, or spiritual transformation, begins with the understanding that we are sinners living apart from God. Our faculties have been corrupted by sin so that we cannot please God. True spiritual transformation occurs as we yield ourselves to God so that He may transform us by the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit. At least half of every New Testament epistle is geared toward how to live a life well pleasing to God—by obedience and submission to the Holy Spirit in all things. Scripture does not only call us the redeemed, saved, saints, sheep, soldiers, and servants, but teaches us that only through the power of the Spirit we can live up to what the names mean.

link to the rest of the article:   http://www.gotquestions.org/spiritual-formation.htm

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