[Henri] Nouwen divulged this when he said: “Thus he [Merton] was more impressed when this Hindu monk pointed him to the Christian mystical tradition. Or is this actually a spiritual belief system that is contrary to the true message that the Bible so absolutely defines—that there is only one way to God and that is through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice on the Cross obtained our full salvation?
If contemplative spirituality (as promoted at Biola) is legitimate, then the Gospel is not needed, and those of us who believe in it are the worst of fools.
Some reading this may be thinking, well, just because Dr.
Since then, we have watched as Biola has gotten whole-heartedly on the contemplative band wagon with its own Institute for Spiritual Formation through Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.
Fast forward nearly twelve years to the fall of 2017 when the longstanding president of Biola, Dr.
Note: Any Biola student, professor, or staff member who would be willing to read the book we publish that explains contemplative spirituality, we will be happy to send a free copy. 2014 – Letter to the Editor: Rick Warren, the Road to Rome, and More Trouble at Biola University 2013 – Biola Conference Welcomes Ruth Haley Barton as it Continues Heartily Down Contemplative Path 2008 – Lee Strobel’s Son – Founder of Contemplative Ministry – Biola Named as “Partner,” Lee Strobel as “Supporter” 2008 – Biola Magazine Managing Editor Admits Biola Promotes Contemplative Spirituality 2008 – Biola University Student Reports on Contemplative Chapel Services – Warns Parents to Avoid Biola 2006 – The Shape of Things to Come: Biola University Embraces Contemplative Spirituality 2006 – Biola University … ____ Email Our Reader Received from Prairie: What’s NEW for our upcoming year New Student Orientation begins tomorrow!
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For those who are new to understanding contemplative spirituality, THAT is the foundation of contemplative prayer (i.e., Spiritual Formation) – God in everyone, which of course, if was true, then Christ died for us in vain as man would not need a Savior separate from himself.
This is why we have given our lives up to warn the church about the infiltration of this panentheistic spirituality that now affects over 90% of the Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries.
It is as New Age, panentheistic, and universalistic as it gets.
Henri Nouwen, whom you have most likely heard about in some of your classes at Biola, said this statement near the end of his life after spending years practicing contemplative prayer: Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not.
You can see on the Biola website that Calhoun spoke at the school in 2013 as well.