"The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic...or he will be nothing" (quote attributed to ROMAN CATHOLIC JESUIT philosopher Karl Rahner). The antichrist of tomorrow may be a mystic/magician/sorcerer/witch/wizard/enchanter/worker with familiar spirits chanting to the devil, but the Christians of tomorrow will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they will not love their lives unto the death.
In his book, What is the Emerging Church?, author David Cloud notes the following about the emerging church [of the devil]--A contemplative mysticism permeates everything. The Lighthouse Trails ministry, which has done groundbreaking research into this new mysticism, made the following important observation in their newsletter:
"Some books and several articles have now been written about the emerging church, and interestingly, nearly all of them lack the most important element--the emerging church...is a conduit for mysticism and is heading right into the arms of Catholicism and eventually a universal interfaith church. THE EMERGING CHURCH IS FUNDAMENTALLY MYSTICAL as can easily been seen by the leaders who feed the emerging movement a steady diet of contemplative spirituality" ("Emerging Church Confusion," Coming from the Lighthouse, Oct. 16, 2007)
This is exactly right. Mysticism is at the very heart and soul of the emerging church.
Roger Oakland observes that "wind is to a sail boat what contemplative prayer is to the emerging church" (Faith Undone, p. 81).
Emerging church leader Leonard Sweet says:"Mysticism, once cast to the sidelines of the Christian tradition, is now situated in post modernist culture near the center. ... In the words of one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, JESUIT philosopher of religion/dogmatist Karl Rahner, 'The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, one who experienced something, or he will be nothing'" (Quantum Spirituality, 1991, pp. 11, 76). Excerpt taken from page 116 of What is the Emerging Church?by David Cloud (bold emphases ours).
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