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Jesse Middendorf promotes the new age/Catholic practice of Spiritual Formation

Posted by nazarenepsalm113 on April 16, 2009

This is from the NNU website speaking about the General Assembly Spiritual Formation Retreat.

Dr. Jesse Middendorf, general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, recently expressed his support of this event, noting that “Spiritual formation is at the heart of our understanding of a Wesleyan-Holiness lifestyle. Our theology requires that we apply ourselves to growth both in understanding and in practice. I applaud the effort to provide this event for members of our global family in the Church of the Nazarene.”

link and source-

So now the general superintendent of the Nazarene Church puts his stamp of approval on Spiritual Formation which originated in the Catholic Church as well as this retreat being held at a Franciscan retreat center.

Also all references to Dr. Alden Sproull have been removed.

Well at least we can now see where the GS stands on the Emergent Church which he helped bring into the Nazarene denomination along with his son Jon.

Agree with it or not at least we know where Jesse stands whether the petition from Missouri forces the whole board to make a statement or not.

Sad that Jesse in his position speaks for a lot of Nazarenes when in practice he does not.

We need to pray for Jesse and Jon Middendorf  that the Holy Spirit opens their eyes to the deception that has overcome them.

I am an ex Catholic and do not hate Catholics or the wonderful Franciscan teachers and priests I have known in my life growing up in Arizona.

However the Catholic Church teaches another gospel and another jesus.

Spiritual Formation uses a guide or spiritual director to lead you through various forms of spiritual disciplines that are not biblically based at all.

From Richard Foster who promotes this new age form of prayer and practice-

By now enough water has gone under the Christian Spiritual Formation bridge that we can give some assessment of where we have come and what yet needs to be done. When I first began writing in the field in the late 70s and early 80s the term “Spiritual Formation” was hardly known, except for highly specialized references in relation to the Catholic orders. Today it is a rare person who has not heard the term. Seminary courses in Spiritual Formation proliferate like baby rabbits. Huge numbers are seeking to become certified as Spiritual Directors to answer the cry of multiplied thousands for spiritual direction. And more.


Ruth Haley Barton on Spiritual Formation
Former Associate Director of Spiritual Formation at 
Willow Creek Community Church 

“A few years ago, I began to recognize an inner chaos in my soul . . . No matter how much I prayed, read the Bible, and listened to good teaching, I could not calm the internal roar created by questions with no answers.”“Beyond Words: Experience God’s presence in silence and solitude “

“I sought out a spiritual director, someone well versed in the ways of the soul … eventually this wise woman said to me, … “What you need is stillness and silence so that the sediment can settle and the water can become clear.’ … I decided to accept this invitation to move beyond my addiction to words.”

To find out more about Spiritual Formation go to this link at Lighthouse Trails for solid biblical information.


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