Anyone have this feeling? I wish I was wrong. I wish I didn’t know what I was talking about. I am really getting frustrated thinking about how many churches are falling for this falsehood. All this interconnection. The Bible says you’ll know them by their fruits. Wonder if it also applies that you’ll know them by their roots? (I do not want to write something new into the Bible, so don’t take “know them by their roots” as a Biblical statement…). Trace the fruit. You hear your pastor say something about “just say a word while in prayer, say it over and over again but not at all in an eastern meditative way…” during a sermon. So, you begin to wonder where this is coming from. I mean, your church went through the 40 days series (is it three books now???) and religiously uses Hybels materials in small group. Your women go to Beth Moore conferences, and you note your pastor mentions new names. Campolo, Willard, Donald Miller…every week a new author. Follow the vines.
My old pastor positively quotes Donald Miller and in fact used his material for a recent sermon. www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com has an article that shows what Donald Miller’s roots go down to. I quote from their page…
“In Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller, in the Acknowledgements, Miller thanks New Age meditation proponent Daniel Goleman, who writes books about mantra meditation, Buddhism. He was the editor for Healing Emotions: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mindfulness, Emotions, and Health
“For me, the beginning of sharing my faith with people began by throwing out Christianity and embracing Christian spirituality, a nonpolitical mysterious system that can be experienced but not explained.” Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz, p. 115 See The New Missiology”
Following to the root shows that the plant is not wheat but weeds. Ugh.