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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    A Word of Caution

    I do not wish to appear overly critical/ harsh/ controlling/ judgmental/ condemning of my Christian brothers and sisters, particularly of Dr. JP Moreland who has contributed greatly to the life of the mind of Christians over his long devotion to the body of Christ, but I am deeply concerned about his current leadership and direction, particularly his mystical turn ''Christian mysticism'' and the popularizing of Third Wave theology and moving toward the New Apostolic Restoration that is evident in his recent book, The Kingdom Triangle. Dr. Moreland, as is typical of his insight, clearly and plainly identifies the problems with the prevailing worldviews of both naturalism and postmodernism, but does not elaborate, or even mention a growing segment of new age, mystical and pagan/ neo-pagan worldviews, likely because he is advancing those same mystical spiritual practices by advocating and highly recommending: 1. Renovation of the Heart, Dallas Willard 2. Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster 3. The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen 4. The Lost Virtue of Happiness, Klauss Issler 'co-written with JP Moreland' The first 3 titles in the list above, I own and had read when I was deeply involved with the emergent church movement, which Dr. JP Moreland aptly cautions the reader about in the Postmodern chapter, particularly alerting the reader on page 67 where he states: 'For now, I simply register my concern about what I believe is their 'the Emergent Church' unnecessary association with postmodern language and thought.' On page 159, Dr. Moreland encourages the reader to participate in an unbiblical form of mediation which is more akin to the religious practices of Yoga and Eastern mysticism than orthodox Biblical Christianity where he details a 2-step process first alluded to in the Lost Virtue of Happiness book. In step one, he tells the reader to '[f]ocus the center of your attention on your physical heart muscle.' This is within the section that discusses ways in which to develop the 'inner life.' The Bible itself is clear that obedience to God's Word is the true manner in which to develop the 'inner life,' and to have a complete transformation. In Christianity, we are to hide God's law on our hearts and meditate upon His word, not our 'physical heart muscle,' that is a materialist 'or possibly even an animistic' view of the human condition. When the Bible mentions our heart, the emphasis is not on the physical heart but rather upon the whole person or the mind, the thought-life of a person if you would. In the section devoted to miracles and healing, Dr. Moreland highly encourages the reader to delve further into this the topic with: 1. Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere whom he lavishes praises upon in Kingdom Triangle, and emphatically endorses by highly encouraging one to read 2 of his more prominent works. 2. Power Healing by John Wimber is also encouraged. A very insightful critique of the fallacies within John Wimber's theology can be found in the now out of print book, Healing and the Kingdom by Paul G. Hiebert, a colleague of Wimber's at Fuller Seminary, where he addresses what the Christian response should be to a renewed interest in miracles as was earlier seen in the Vineyard movement and connected to the 'Toronto Blessing' 'of which the Association of Vineyard Fellowships has since distanced itself.' 3. Healing by Francis MacNutt, who is the de facto originator of various 'healing services' within many churches across all denominations, among both conservatives and liberals. Another recurring theme of Kingdom Triangle is that of having a sense of drama within the Christian life. If one is searching for drama, then it is certainly to be found in a life of obedience to Christ and his word in the Bible rather than rooted in the traditions of man and various 'spiritual exercises,' meditation upon the 'heart muscle' and other esoteric 'disciplines. The Bible is f

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