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Pastor Bill McCumber

Posted by nazarenepsalm113 on April 18, 2009

“This Jesus”
God’s One and Only Son
Our One and Only Savior

Let me tell you why I wrote this little book.

First of all, I love Jesus and I welcome any means of telling others about Him. Second, I am troubled by “emergent theory” that is moving toward an “emergent church.”
Leaders of this “conversation” or “movement” call themselves “post-modern” and I guess if you need a tag that one is about as good as another. My concern about them springs from their distortions of Scripture and their diminishing of Jesus …
More disturbing to me is the fact that the Jesus they talk about is not the Jesus of Scripture …
Only the Jesus disclosed to us in the New Testament is relevant to our times and adequate for our salvation. To diminish Him is to destroy ourselves.

(taken from the Introduction of “This Jesus“)

This is a great little book, truth from the Bible.

Pastor McCumber’s book gives the Christian assurance that the Bible clearly reveals truth (all truth). He does a great job identifying the “True Jesus”. I have immense respect for this Pastor for calling the “Emergent Church” what it is and that being a different Jesus. Thank you Pastor for the courage to take a stand.

If you are looking for details on what the “Emergent Church” believes, this book does not give enough information. A great site for understanding what is coming into all denominations (Even the Nazarene Denomination) is “Lighthouse Trails“.

Do not think we of the Nazarene Denomination are immune to Emergent Theology. If you use material from Nazarene Publishing House, then you have heard of Spiritual Formation.

Spiritual formation was first introduced into the churches back in the 1980’s, by Richard Foster. Spiritual Formation programs are taking root within every denomination. From the book: “My Denomination Does Not Promote NEW AGE SPIRITUALITY Through Spiritual Formation!” by Jocelyn Andersen quotes:

Spiritual Formation is defined as, the teaching and application of “spiritual disciplines.” The spiritual disciplines of Spiritual Formation, as we will show, can be found nowhere in scripture. The spiritual direction facilitated by Spiritual Directors is loudly touted as being an ancient Christian tradition. What is usually not mentioned is that it is not a Protestant Christian tradition or even a tradition practiced by the early church, but rather a Roman Catholic tradition. Seminary graduates, of every doctrinal persuasion, are being trained in ever increasing numbers to introduce certain spiritual disciplines into the lives and prayer habits of those within their spheres of influence. It must be understood, that when the term “spiritual discipline” is used, it is almost always referring to incorporating contemplative prayer into the lives of Church members Many churches are even introducing contemplative prayer into their children’s programs.

Coming from The Nazarene web site

(So . . . You Want to Talk with God?)
Prayer can seem mysterious to kids. However, this booklet will help children realize the wonderful privilege of talking with God. They will learn different types of prayer and effective ways to pray. Visit http://www.wordaction.com/go/PRAY for a downloadable leader’s guide.

If you take the time to read this it will cause great distress to anyone who has children. Why is this being taught, especially to our children?

Contemplative prayer is by far the main practice promoted by the Spiritual Directors who lead church members onto the slippery slopes of spiritual formation. Contemplative prayer is also called soaking or centering prayer. The terms spiritual formation and contemplative prayer are practically synonymous. And what the average Christian does not know, is that there is virtually no difference between what Christians call contemplative prayer and what New Agers and Occultists call Transcendental Meditation. Contemplative prayer, soaking prayer and centering prayer are simply old fashioned Hinduism dressed up in modern Christian terminology. Of the two movements permeating the evangelical church, the most widely accepted and pervasive within mainstream congregations is Spiritual Formation. What Is Contemplative Prayer? There is a great deal of confusion among Christians as why the practice of contemplative prayer should conflict with the biblical practice of our faith. It is difficult for many to grasp the fact that contemplative prayer is actually not prayer at all, but rather a “Christianized” form of unbiblical, spiritually dangerous, eastern meditation. Most of us know it by the name, transcendental meditation (TM). And it is rightly associated with Hinduism, all forms of Occult and New Age Spirituality. If you go to the children’s programs sight hit resources, which will take you to

Webster’s dictionary defines a contemplative as one who practices contemplation. To contemplate means to ponder, to meditate upon. So what’s wrong with that? Well, nothing is wrong with pondering or meditating upon things-as long as they are the right things, and as long as the pondering and meditating does not become obsessive.

The only thing upon which we can appropriately meditate on obsessively is the Written Word of God. Psalm one instructs us to do that. So how do we apply Webster’s definition of contemplate to what is known today as contemplative prayer ? We can’t. It is simply not possible. There are those, at this point, who will say this conclusion is not correct as many are being taught to choose a word or phrase out of the Bible and meditate on it as a spiritual discipline. But on closer examination meditation upon the Word of God (which is scriptural and healthy) is not what is being promoted. But let’s take a look at what is really being taught. Christians are encouraged to select one word or very short phrase then repeat it over and over (Mantra Meditation). The purpose and effect of this is to clear the mind of all thought. That makes the term contemplative prayer an oxymoron. How does one contemplate, clear the mind, and pray all at the same time? These are separate activities which cannot be done simultaneously. Contemplative prayer is nothing less than the practice of eastern meditation (transcendental meditation [TM]), which is “clear your mind of all thought.” How does one meditate on something with a blank mind? The answer to that is-they don’t. They can’t. It simply is not possible.

Jocelyn doe’s a great job helping Christians understand the difference between what is being taught through programs involving Spiritual Formation and what the written Word of God teaches us about pagan practices such as these.

Pastor Bill McCumber: Thank’s for a job well done!

May God continue to raise up men like him to speak in an age when it is not being heard from the pulpit any longer.

Praise God! I am grateful for this book

reader beware there is another Jesus being promoted today!

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