Olli Dürr Society Spiritism has arrived in the evangelical churches

Spiritism has arrived in the evangelical churches

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In the connection between Christian churches and spiritism, one naturally sees the Roman Catholic church first. But the mysticism brought into the world by Gnostics has long since found its way into the once Protestant churches.

Current conditions had long been predicted

When spiritism moves into the Protestant churches, the last hours are approaching. This statement, made in the late 19th century, comes from Ellen G. White, the world’s most translated author, yet relatively unknown to the general public. The disintegration, indeed the rottenness of the Protestant churches really picked up speed around the middle of the 19th century. At every nook and cranny of the biblical truths once emphasized by the reformers, leaders of these evangelical denominations planted mold. Ellen G. White recognized this development very clearly in her time and was absolutely right with her prediction. Just looking at the situation in the churches that were detached from the gospel is enough to confirm the “terrific” success of the Counter-Reformation that began in the 16th century.

The teachings propagated by institutions that still call themselves evangelical are as far removed from the gospel as the West is from the East. This can already be seen in the wide range of offers for the disoriented flock, which are more reminiscent of an entertainment center than places of worship. Be it the imaginatively designed “worship services” of some “liberal theologians” or entire institutions for new experiences, today’s people simply want to be entertained. “Dry Bible readings” seem as attractive in a society overwhelmed by stimuli as pretzels in the Sahara. So you meet them and present something that gives hope for full houses. This is where spiritualism comes in handy and it is already omnipresent in the evangelical churches.

A “Spiritual Center”

Meditative exercises

Spirituality – Because people need it that way

The Evangelical-Lutheran Deanery District of Munich offers a Signposts for the varied offerings related to church services, prayer groups, Bible discussions, faith courses and also meditation and spirituality. The searcher also receives a “golden” tip with a direct reference to the “Spiritual Center St. Martin“, an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and thus also a beneficiary of the withheld church tax.

People needed spirituality

This evangelical institution believes that people have a growing need for practiced spirituality and sees itself as a pioneer in this field within Germany. Two extra jobs created in 2011 are intended to satisfy people’s “needs” by teaching them “spiritual exercises”.

This church justifies its move with a very strange justification. So far, the practiced spirituality “has not been a trademark of the Protestant Church” because up to now there has been a “shyness of righteousness by work and self-redemption”. But in the meantime “many people have understood that grace and practice are not mutually exclusive”. For many people, the purely cognitive appropriation of the gospel is no longer enough. The longing for spiritual experience is increasing and that is legitimate. Contemplative heart prayers, among other things, serve to fulfill longings.

Ecumenical Daily Exercises

Religion mix

A little bit of everything – colorful mix

This “spiritual center” wants to recognize the difference between its own offerings and the spiritual experiences that are possible from outside the church. “Serious and less serious exercise offers are booming, some of which have an esoteric character and some draw on the wealth of experience of Eastern religions”. However, the highlighted own teaching areas paint a similarly chilling picture. It is the language of “everyday exercises” and “dedicated and serious spiritual offerings”. The needs of the people are great and this is proven by the success of the “ecumenical everyday exercises”.

Promoting meditation

The Evangelical Church in Munich also maintains a facility for the support of meditation for the “disoriented”. Now the Bible does know meditation, but it is very different from the understanding of this once Protestant church. This is not about “meditative reflection” on biblical statements, but about “prayer in silence”.

“Silent saying of a prayer”

This association, which is held by the church, is also of the opinion that more and more people need something special, driven by the “primordial human longing for the experience of the root of our life”. From this statement alone it can be seen that the gospel plays no role at all. For there the answers are contained in simple and “unmystified” language. This already begins with Genesis 1:1.
This club is convinced that “awake attention” to breathing and “silently speaking a word or prayer” can help people to find in “our inner space of stillness” what often remains closed in the hustle and bustle of everyday life . This inner space is always waiting for us to enter.

Pastor with Tai Chi training

The evangelical pastors who have a say in this support association have, among other things, completed training as a Taijiquan teacher (Tai Chi) and explain to people how one can approach the “bulky word” of God, such as the presence or the dimension of the Being is to be understood and how the path to “Christian mysticism” works.
This would be the link to Far Eastern spirituality, which was rather rejected by the “spiritual center”.

The Bible is right, as always

The justifications or declarations of these two evangelical institutions cannot better confirm the following biblical statement:
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

The handwriting is clearly Loyola’s

Moreover, these pseudo-theological teachings could not have been formulated any better. “Spiritual Exercises” and “Everyday Exercises”. The origin of this character’s “meditative introspection” is clear. Ignatius of Loyola. Founder of the so-called Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order), the “spearhead” of the Catholic Church and organized as a military order. The “spiritual exercises” or “Ignatiatic retreats” developed by Loyola describe exactly this procedure, as practiced by the spiritual institutions of the evangelical church.

In contrast to the Far Eastern meditation, which aims at a spiritual emptiness, with these exercises, according to Loyola, one deals in pure spiritual garbage. The modern pioneers of this spiritual movement include Karl Rahner, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Paul Knitter. A colorful mix of mysticism, spiritualism and New Age. These actors were all – one can almost guess – Jesuits. This order was founded solely to completely destroy the Reformation that had broken loose and to help the papacy to regain its original power. This job is already done. Protestantism was buried with “all honors” on October 31, 2017.

It is clear. The spiritualism cultivated by the Roman Catholic Church since its beginnings has long since found its way into the Protestant Churches. One day the sowers will overtake the reapers, and by the looks of things, the events prophesied in the Bible are indeed about to roll over.

Bible verses from King James Version

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