Don’t Meet Jesus at the Cross, Meet Him at the Labyrinth!

Thanks to my friend at exnazarene for this post:

From a recent web announcement from Highland Park Church of the Nazarene in Seattle:
(see photo at end of article)

You are invited to experience prayer in a fresh way.  The Prayer Labyrinth is not a maze, it’s a journey with an internal destination. It is an opportunity to meet with Jesus and take him with us as we go out into the world. Call the church office at 206.762.8044 or complete the form below and sign up to experience an updated use of an ancient tool for prayer and reflection centered on Christ.

The Prayer Labyrinth requires approximately one hour to complete.  You will contacted to confirm your desired start time.

Giving people a dose of experience through ancient mystical methods is all the rave today.  Highland Park states that you can meet with Jesus through this experience and take Him with you like your newly adopted buddy into the world when you go through the labyrinth.

Who needs to meet Jesus at the blood-stained cross anymore?  Who wants to open the Law to sinners and show them their condition and the penalty for sin?  Who wants to preach repentance for sins and tell of the good news of a loving Savior?  THAT is all so negative, and in the words of Brian McLaren, “false advertising for God”.  We want to appeal to people’s self-esteem and give them a dose of warm fuzzy theology so that they will want to come back for more spiritually high experiences like a crack addict.

No, shepherds don’t lead their flocks to green pastures, feeding them from the full counsel of the Word of God; they lead them into pagan labyrinth experiences, sprinkled with a little scripture and measure their success by all the star-gazed faces and smiles….Cue:  (”Jesus is my boyfriend” type of music)  Hold Me Close To You.

2 Timothy 4:2 - 4 Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.  (NKJV)

Spiritual maturity is brought about through the preaching and TEACHING of the Word, not through spiritual experiences.  Even though we live in post-modern times, we are STILL commanded to preach the word…..even if it is out of season.


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Prayer LabyrinthYou are invited to experience prayer in a fresh way.  The Prayer Labyrinth is not a maze, it’s a journey with an internal destination. It is an opportunity to meet with Jesus and take him with us as we go out into the world. Call the church office at 206.762.8044 or complete the form below and sign up to experience an updated use of an ancient tool for prayer and reflection centered on Christ.

The Prayer Labyrinth requires approximately ONE HOUR to complete.  You will be contacted to confirm your desired start time:

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5 responses to “Don’t Meet Jesus at the Cross, Meet Him at the Labyrinth!

  1. I think this is a great idea…one that I know I have been able to see Jesus work in me and through me to His glory!

  2. Even Satan had some great ideas, Mikey. It all started in the garden of Eden when he spoke to Eve and fooled her.
    How does use of a prayer labyrinth line up with the word of God? And does not the Bible teach us to avoid bringing in pagan practices? Labyrinths have a deep rooting and origin from pagan religions, and have nothing to do with the Bible and God’s word.

    What do you yourself use to figure out what is acceptable to God, and what is not? Your feelings, your experiences? If you do, those are not totally reliable.

    How do you yourself determine what is a false teaching, Mikey?
    (I assume you believe that there are false teachings).

  3. Since I have no where else to turn to ask this question (an internet search turned up nothing either way) I am asking you: Did John Wesley use and or adapt Lectio Divina?

    I ask because I have found a book on the shelves at the Nazarene Church I go to that states that he did.

    Lectio Divina Bible Studies
    Listening for God Through James
    Wesleyan Publishing House
    Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
    Page 3, second sentence

    “Throughout history, great Christian leaders including John Wesley have used and adapted this ancient method of interpreting scripture.”

    There is no author given.

  4. Here’s some info my friends helped me with (thanks guys, as you can see in my current post, a very busy day!).

    Here’s Eric’s comment: “I have seen this kind of thing many times. Here are some thoughts. First, if I were trying to validate this point I’d be certain NOT to footnote it because it so appears to be unreliable hearsay. Its one thing to write an opinion or commentary about an issue (which I do regularly) but its quite another to say “Wesley did whatever…” and then not substantiate the source.

    This sounds like a rewrite of history…no footnote, no author, etc. Anybody can say anything and try and validate their desire for what they want others to perceive. This is what curriculum writers have been and are getting away with unchallenged and its part of why we’re where we are in the culture. Could it be that those who push these kinds of ideas are just following the lead of the secular educators who so detest valid conservative facts from history?”

    Also, another friend came up with the following quote, which may be the basis for them to say John Wesley supported lectio divina. It is from an exceprt from this source:

    http://www.npc-youth.org/Documents/Lectio%20Divina%20Description–A%20Basic%20Pattern%20of%20Meditation.doc

    As they say in baseball, you make the call! Here it is:

    It might also be of use, if, while we read the Bible, we were frequently to pause, and examine ourselves by what we read, both with regard to our hearts and lives… and whatever light you then receive, should be used to the uttermost, and that immediately. Let there be no delay… So shall you find this word to be indeed the power of God unto present and eternal salvation.
    —John Wesley

    I believe it is a stretch that they should infer from this that Wesley practiced lectio divina, a practice that was invented by Origen hundreds of years ago. He was a known heretic, who among other heresies, believed that Jesus was a created being!

    Hope this helps.

    Blessings,
    Manny

  5. It’s no wonder people don’t understand the dangers of practices like Lectio Divina. The books they are reading misrepresent both the leaders they trust and the practice that is being promoted. This book lists 9 steps (not 4) and the last one is “personal application” (or “incarnatio”). Whoever wrote this took an “ancient” form of bible reading, blended it with a form most of us are familiar with, left out the part where you enter an altered state of consciousness and presented it as true and accurate…

    Thank you for your time and answer. It was very helpful.

    Fighting the battle where I stand,
    Melanie

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