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Defining Mysticism

After watching a video by Eric William Gilmour I wrote these comments-

"I would add that God reveals Himself in the teaching and preaching of Scripture. The Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures to give His children a revelation of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. All Christians are lovers of God's Word the Bible. Christians must test their spiritual experiences by what is revealed in God's Word. There are many false teachings/spiritual experiences in the world and we must test every teaching/spiritual experience by what is revealed in the Bible. As we experience God we fall deeper in love with His Word. Check out this book, "Spirituality Old & New: Recovering Authentic Spirituality Life" by Donald G. Bloesch. Also check out this old book, "Holy Wisdom Or Directions for the Prayer of Contemplation Extracted out of more than Forty Treatises" By The Ven. Father F. Augustin Baker-my favorite spiritual writer/spiritual director is St. John of the Cross-as you read his writings he is always quoting Scripture-the Christians of the past practiced "lectio divina" reading the Scriptures leads to prayer-prayer leads to meditation and then contemplation-read "Ladder of Monks And Twelve Meditations" by Guigo II and "Lectio Divina: The Medieval Experience of Reading" by Duncan Robertson-peace Jonny"

The last week I really got into watching the videos of Eric William Gilmour. I found it interesting how Gilmour combined Christian Spirituality with Pentecostalism. I am not a Pentecostal and feel uncomfortable with some of their teachings, but I also feel uncomfortable with some aspects of Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. (I also feel uncomfortable with certain aspects of American Evangelicalism/Reformed Faith.)

I do feel uncomfortable with any Christian group or tradition that does not embrace the authority of Scripture. I am a Christian who loves the Bible. I love not the book but the God of the Bible. The foundation of our knowledge of God is built on Scripture. And there is a knowing of God that is unknowing, but that spiritual knowledge never contradicts what is revealed in the Bible. Christians are first of all to be out proclaiming the Gospel and not seeking spiritual experiences (mystical experiences). I do believe there are Christians who have profound spiritual experiences, but it is a grace and not something lusted after. I do believe there are Christians called to be monks, hermits, contemplatives, prayer warriors, nuns etc. . .

I do believe in American Christianity there is too much stress on activity and not sitting in silence before God to receive out of His infinite fullness/divine grace "And of his fulness have all we received, grace for grace" John 1:16. I do believe Christians should live lives of prayer. And that there different levels or stages of prayer.

Anyway more could be written but I wanted to share some of my thoughts on Eric William Gilmour's videos. I do believe every Christian should be God intoxicated/ a holy madness.

This morning I was reading Psalm 19 and I will quote it here because it goes with the above thoughts.

Psalm 19

[1] The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
[2] Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
[3] There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
[4] Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
[5] Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
[6] His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
[7] The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
[8] The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
[9] The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
[10] More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
[11] Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
[12] Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
[13] Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
[14] Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

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