Spiritual Formation Exposed

Spiritual Formation Exposed

Is Spiritual Formation Christian?
Is Spiritual Formation Christian?

A new wave of spirituality has merged into Christianity over the last few years, and in reality has been in our midst longer than most of us realise. It is dangerous to say the least, it is deceptive and has been unseen and undetected by many – far too many. But upon a little research, one will find that this new system of religion is really only new by name, but the practice is a very old, supernatural and satanic science that has been used to deceive humanity for many years, even centuries. It has been Satan’s studied effort and plan over the entire Great Controversy to ensnare and then control the minds of people to his persuasion without their awareness. While he was defeated by the life of Christ on earth and His death on Calvary, he has since bent his energies to take down Jesus’ family, firstly His bride – the church – and His children, in any way he can. He has worked and experimented with all his conjured-up deceptions and methods to deceive, but as we come right down to the end of time, and Satan knows full well we are at the end of this world’s history, he will exercise all the last six odd thousand years of scheming and planning to deceive any and every one – even if possible the very elect. This will be so subtle, it will almost resemble the truth, so much so that even the phrases and terminology will be so much like the true message – yes, a counterfeit of the highest order.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Will the church be exempt from all this dark, dangerous intrusion? Hardly. It has already had a foretaste of such deception and difficulty working through it. How did the early church see this danger?

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

What is Spiritual Formation

Pagan Prayer Labyrinth
Pagan Prayer Labyrinth

Spiritual formation is a satanic deception, based upon Jesuit pantheistic spirituality. It is the primary subtle tool that Roman Catholicism will use to gain control of the whole Christian world. Spiritual formation counterfeits the work of the Holy Spirit that directs our minds to the heavenly sanctuary. The great deception is that people are directed to believe they can come into God’s presence whenever they desire, communicating with Him through ‘centering’ and contemplative prayer, which brings them eventually into the mystical state of silence. Furthermore, they are taught the false pantheistic claim that Jesus, in His fullness, can be found in every human being and in all his creation, everywhere. The people who take this avenue and enter into this spiritual experience,  are certainly energised, wanting to work for God. They feel God is leading them in every step, available to guide every step at every moment of time. They are definitely being led by a spirit, but the end-fruit indicates – it is not the Holy Spirit of God. The practices of the Spiritual formation, such as going into silence, emptying of the mind, contemplative and centering prayer, lectio divina, labyrinth walking and other mystical exercises and divination tools are the very means of getting people transformed into what they say is character of Christ in order to disciple communities into a vibrant, love-filled, exuberant religion and thus supposedly attract them to Jesus. But this is a deception as it is truth mingled with the deadliest error in a most subtle way.

Ignatius Loyola - Bible holding Reformer under his feet
Ignatius Loyola – Bible holding Reformer under his feet

Who was Ignatius Loyola Martin Luther and Ignatius Loyola were contemporaries. Both were drawn to God and were convicted of sin and both sought to deal with the guilt of sin in their lives to relieve their consciences. Both were trying to find God and gain that victory. But they looked in different places in their search. Martin Luther turned to the Bible and found the God of creation, while Ignatius Loyola turned to the world of the spirits and believed he found the God of creation. Martin Luther found the power of God through simple faith in the promises in the Bible. He found he must come as a babe and in humility, and give all to God as if in His presence as a friend. In all, he found the Bible an unerring standard of faith and doctrine for every true Christian containing all the needed instruction for salvation in Jesus Christ. Ignatius Loyola on the other hand, chose to suppress his guilty conscience, refusing to think or deal with his sin and guilt. Instead of searching the Bible, he sought to follow through with the supernatural world. He desired to see God in everything, everywhere, all the time. “Inigo (Ignatius), instead of feeling that his remorse was sent to drive him to the foot of the cross, persuaded himself that the inward reproaches proceeded not from God, but from the devil; and he resolved never more to think of his sins, to erase them from his memory, and bury them in eternal oblivion. Luther turned toward Christ, Loyola only fell upon himself. Visions came erelong to confirm Inigo in the convictions in which he had arrived…. Inigo did not seek truth in the Holy Scriptures but imagined in their place immediate communication with the world of spirits. Luther, on taking his doctors degree, had pledged his oath to Holy Scripture… Loyola, at this time, bound himself to dreams and visions; and chimerical apparitions became the principle of this life and his faith. – D’Auburgine History of the Reformation of the 16th Century. Catholics Role in Spiritualism

St Ignatius Loyola - Isis Horus Set (IHS)
St Ignatius Loyola – Isis Horus Set (IHS)

Loyola would long for these supernatural experiences, believing them to be evidence of God’s presence and power. As he became deceived, he turned to the writings of the Roman Catholic mystics and saints, longing for God to reveal Himself in everything, all the time. He desired God’s presence on his terms, and Satan made sure he would think he found Him. From these experiences, he was changed and for the rest of his life was sure God miraculously gave him the enlightenment of a lifetime in just a few moments. The concept of God, as in Loyola’s mind in these mystical experiences, was that God was pantheistic in nature, His person being in the everything of His creation. He also developed what is called today Spiritual Exercises which are the text and foundation for today’s modern spiritual formation. From these spiritual exercises comes the most important practice of the ‘examen’, a daily practice of prayer and medita – essential to spiritual formation. The contemplative in action, according to St. Ignatius Loyola, not only contemplates the active world and sees wonderful things, but also sees in these wonderful things signs of God’s presence and activity. The contemplative in action is deeply aware of God’s presence even in the midst of a busy life; It is a stance of awareness – awareness of God. That leads us to a second goal; finding God in all things. By now you have seen how everything can be a way to experience God… In all things and in all people. We’ve talked about an easy way to jump-start that awareness to help you find God in everything – the ‘examen’. The contemplative in action seeks God and seeks to find him in action. That means that he or she sees the world in an incarnational way, a third definition. God dwells in real things, real places and real people. Not just ‘up there but all around.’… “So tying it altogether, you could say this: Contemplatives in action seek to find God in all things by looking at the world in an incarnational way, and in their quest, they realise their desire of freedom and detachment, which helps them move ever closer to God. That’s probably a fair summary of Ignatian spirituality.” -James Martin, SJ, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost Everything), page 391,392 Who are the Jesuits?

All Roads Lead to Rome
All Roads Lead to Rome

One may have to read that through twice to comprehend what is actually being portrayed, because with a quick read through, many subtleties could be missed and it be taken as okay, yet it is diametrically opposed when read and analysed carefully. Ignatius Loyola’s experience was mysticism and he taught it to all those enlisted in the Jesuit order, which he founded. In his book ‘The Jesuits’, Malachi Martin writes of Loyola’s passion for mysticism. Each companion in the Society (of Jesus) was burning and busy to find every trace of God and God’s handiwork throughout the cosmos where he, God the Workman, ‘dues fa be r’ of the medieval mystics, was ever at work creating…. Of course, I saw God at work in all things – vivifying, beautifying, freshening and quickening human beings and all of nature into life-nourishing cycles. Throughout, I thus saw God in all things. But more than that, I strove with my spirit and with my whole being to arrive at the summit of love where I could see all things in God, see them rather as manifestations of His power and beauty, as rays of light descending from the sun, as streams of water leaping from the spring well. Seeing all things in God with their being and their beauty, the scales would fall away from my flesh-bound eyes. Quietly, unresistingly, coherently all would be adsorbed in Him for me; and the dust and ashes of their mortality and of my own mortality would be consumed in the stainless lustre of His eternal existence and beauty.

Black and White Pope
Black and White Pope

“Ignatius Loyola presumed that every Jesuit would have this same perpetual preoccupation with finding God in all things.” — Malachi Martin, The Jesuits, p206,207 The spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, is the foundation upon which the modern spiritual formation is built. The theology taught in all spiritual formation seminars is that of Ignatius Loyola. The language, the phrases, the terminology that describe the mission of the teaching are taken from these seminars and used right in the churches, and Seventh-day Adventist churches are not exempt from this training. It is the teaching and the language of none other than Roman Catholicism. The basics behind what is being taught in the very missions and institutes where Seventh-day Adventists have gone to learn spiritual formation is the theology of Loyola; pantheistic, mystical and Roman Catholic. It includes contemplative prayer, leading on into an altered state of conscientiousness believed to be the ‘presence of God’. Adolfo Nicolás the Superior General of the Society of Jesus promotes Spiritual Formation (Ignatian Spirituality). He claims that we can use the ‘tools’ of spiritual formation and seek the answers for daily problems within ourselves. Far cry from the biblical principle that says we should go to Christ and Christ alone:

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

The Bible also clearly says that our hearts (within us) are desperately wicked & who knows it? Jeremiah 17:9.

Superior General of the Society of Jesus Adolfo Nicolas – The Strength of Ignatian Spirituality

For more information about the Jesuits the following link is a 10 fact sheet about them http://worldtruth.tv/10-facts-you-must-know-about-the-jesuits/

Dangers of Spiritualism

Spiritual Formation Disguised in Christianity
Spiritual Formation Disguised in Christianity

No matter how enticing the spiritual formation (also renamed as ‘Biblical spirituality’ or ‘Contemplative spirituality’) may be, no matter how well it may be coated in the biblical language and claim to be the means of transformation into the character of Christ – it yet misses one crucial  thing, and thus fails a test of God’s Word. Namely, it preaches NO repentance for sin, of which Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 as ‘godly sorrow that worketh repentance to salvation’.  Consequently, if one has failed to surrender all to Christ and received NOT a gift of repentance, and thus hasn’t been made a new creature with the law of the living God enshrined in the heart, which is manifest in the outer outflow of God’s love and righteousness, if one hasn’t had a true experience of conversion and righteousness by faith, true victories over sin in own life, true experience of sanctification, would he or she not seek something else to make up for the lack? Hence, Spiritual Formation – truth mingled with the deadliest error in a most subtle way. The whole Bible is a cry out of Babylon, a cry out of the understandings, beliefs and rituals of the pagan nations that surround and is contrary to Christian beliefs. Christ said himself that we should not do as what the heathen/pagan do and gives an example of repetitive prayer, an act that is essential to spiritualism often called ‘contemplative prayer’;

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Repetitive Prayer
Repetitive Prayer

At the end of the day we can only serve one master and no one else

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

In short, it is a practice that brings God down to us, we dwell on His presence being in us and in everything around us. It takes away the personality from His majestic being and His dwelling place in the highest of heavens. It was a strange teaching that was needing to be met and dealt with firmly as a deadly heresy.  

Conclusion We may be totally unaware that a next brochure we pick up at our church will contain some hints at Spiritual formation practices as constructive for our spirituality and evangelism; or a next sermon we may hear may offer us some new exciting ‘tools’ towards transformation, or a next retreat we may visit will be lecturing on ‘Lectio divina’ instead of its regular Bible Study class.  Unsuspecting we may be, let us not perish in ignorance. All this is real, and it’s out there, and it is coming to our churches, and its goal to lead your soul into perdition. Please, watchmen on the walls of Zion, do not slumber! Study with alterations was provided by www.autumnleaves.co.nz

Recommend Purchase:

So many parts of Spiritual Formation and Contemplative Prayer sound good, maybe even familiar. Satan is delighted that his age-old seductive weapon of spiritualism is now seeping into our churches.  In this book, The Dangers of  Contemplative Prayer by  Howard Peth, you will learn to see more clearly the treads of satanic charm that have fascinated men and women for centuries and, by God’s grace  you will be warned against them.

 

 

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Resources: Alberto Rivera was trained as an under-cover agent. He was a Jesuit Priest assigned to infiltrate and destroy protestant churches and seminaries. He had finally woken up to the truth and has put his experience and knowledge in comic book style articles, please click on the images to download the pdf’s

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True Life Story of Alberto Riviera – Jesuit
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Part 2 – True Life Story of Alberto Riviera – Jesuit
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The Prophet – Alberto, the Muslim-Catholic Connection
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Alberto – The God Fathers, the Jewish Connection
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The Secret History of the Jesuits – Edmond Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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