Spiritual Formation Mantra Chanting and Mysticism in Adventist Church

"Spiritual formation is an intentional Christian practice much like that of Eastern Mysticism".  (Spiritual formation, Wikipedia)

WHICH IS WHY ANDREWS UNIVERSITY TEACHES IT

"The teaching of courses in spiritual formation in Adventist universities and colleges has become a matter of much debate in the last few years. Recently, the Seventh- day Adventist Theological Seminary and Andrews University have been under scrutiny for offering courses in spiritual formation to their students."  (Teaching Biblical Spirituality, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary)

Under scrutiny by the likes of Inquisition News (see tweet at left) and Dr. Veith's Amazing Discoveries.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION PRACTICES

"By now most of us have heard about spiritual formation. This term has become a buzzword for various, questionable attempts to gain a meaningful experience with God by using such methods as centering prayer, emptying your mind, repeating mantras and other forms of mysticism."  (North Pacific Union Conference officers and the presidents of the Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Upper Columbia and Washington conferences, A Statement from Northwest Adventist Church Leaders, gn - Northwest Adventists in Action, http://gleanernow.com/news/2015/07/statement-northwest-adventist-church-leaders?utm_content=buffer76550&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

EMPTYING YOUR MIND OF ALL TRAFFIC LAWS, AND THEN TEARING UP THE ROAD

"I'm going to zip through the lanes, and change, and honk my horn, flash my lights, and I'm going to go as fast as I want to go". (Japhet De Oliveira, Peter Sermon, One Project Gathering Boulder 1:1 2015, https://vimeo.com/136131640 minute 4)  "Without question, these are all practices that are unbiblical, are dangerous and should have no place in the Christian life."  (North Pacific Union Conference officers and the presidents of the Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Upper Columbia and Washington conferences, A Statement from Northwest Adventist Church Leaders, gn - Northwest Adventists in Action, http://gleanernow.com/news/2015/07/statement-northwest-adventist-church-leaders?utm_content=buffer76550&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)(see graphic at right)

Which raises a number of questions, like 1) why is this man the pastor at Boulder SDA?, and 2) why is the One Project spiritual formation initiative sponsored by the North American Division and North Pacific Union institution Walla Walla University?   https://the1project.org/about/sponsors

REPEATING MANTRAS AT THE ONE PROJECT SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION

"As we talk about different mantras or different mission statements, we just, we wanted to keep it as simple as possible.  For us, Jesus full stop all really encapsulated this revival". (Tim Gillespie in Reflections on the One project, 20 Nov 2014, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fGJy6MQr68, minute 1) 

THE ROOTS OF THIS "REVIVAL"

Spiritual formation "has it roots in the ancient practices found in those of Catholic religious orders" (Spiritual formation, Wikipedia): "Orders such as the Capuchins, Discalced Carmelites, Discalced Augustinians, Augustinian Recollects, Cistercian Feuillants, Ursulines, Theatines, Barnabites, and especially Jesuits worked in rural parishes and set examples of Catholic renewal" (Counter-Reformation, Wikipedia):

"EXAMPLE OF RENEWAL"

"I get too mean, I get too arrogant, too snarky, and too cynical." (Timothy Gillespie, The Way of Jesus, One Project Seattle Gathering 2014, http://vimeo.com/89451702 minute 17)(see also tweet at right)  Tim Gillespie has successfully infiltrated the Seventh-day Adventist church, and currently pastors Crosswalk SDA in Redlands. http://www.crosswalkvillage.com/pastor-tim-1/

Since love, rather than meanness, malice, and murder, is ever-present at our wonderful Adventist churches, from the super-friendly greeting right through to the glorious fellowship meal, we know that Pastor Gillespie is "something else". (see tweet at left)

Tim Gillespie and Japhet de Oliveira are part of a team founded about 500 years ago:  "The Jesuit order (the Society of Jesus) had been created in the sixteenth century to fight Protestantism." (Sylvia Neely, A Concise History of the French Revolution, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, p 26)  And whether on the freeway in Colorado, or  though false doctrines presented at "Gatherings" around the world, these men are doing their level best.  (see tweet at left)  "We believe such things are a threat to our spiritual lives."  (North Pacific Union Conference officers and the presidents of the Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Upper Columbia and Washington conferences, A Statement from Northwest Adventist Church Leaders, gn - Northwest Adventists in Action, http://gleanernow.com/news/2015/07/statement-northwest-adventist-church-leaders?utm_content=buffer76550&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

STUNG BY THE CRITICISM, THE PRIESTS MET FOR A SPIRITUAL FORMATION RETREAT

"We met together in Room 602 in the Holiday Inn Denver."  (Japhet De Oliveira and Tim Gillespie, Reflections on the One project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fGJy6MQr68 minute 0)  This fine hotel is equipped with a fitness center and two bars.  http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/denver/denst/hoteldetail 

"SEE, WE HAVE LOVE TOO ..."

"We had decided that we'd spend these two days just to hang out".  (Japhet De Oliveira and Tim Gillespie, Reflections on the One project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fGJy6MQr68 minute 0)  Together in the spa, together in the sauna (see at right), and even together at night, there in Room 602.

DEEP URGES BECAME TOO POWERFUL TO RESIST

"But what do you do when a call to unity is something that is so deep, so intrinsic, and so individual"? (Tim Gillespie, One Project San Diego Gathering 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8j4uQ0sDa4 minute 1)

Especially when your significant other is looking oh so buff after a hard workout in the Holiday Inn gym.

ONE PROJECT LEADERSHIP TEAM FINDS LOVE

"My brother, I've been to your house. I've had the dirty bird"(Tim Gillespie, The Heresy Response Sermon, One Project 6 Gathering, http://vimeo.com/71480214 minute 14)(see screenshot at right)  The dirty bird is a group sex act.

MANAGEMENT'S RESPONSE

"Now, while we understand it is possible that some Adventists are, or have been, involved in some of these unbiblical spiritual practices, we believe this likely applies to only a very small percentage of those in God’s church. We also feel it important to clearly state that our church leadership within the North Pacific Union Conference does NOT condone such practices, nor any related part of this emerging church movement." (North Pacific Union Conference officers and the presidents of the Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Upper Columbia and Washington conferences, A Statement from Northwest Adventist Church Leaders, gn - Northwest Adventists in Action, http://gleanernow.com/news/2015/07/statement-northwest-adventist-church-leaders?utm_content=buffer76550&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

Which is why One Project chairperson Alex Bryan (see tweet at left) is on their payroll. http://www.wwuchurch.com/




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