Spiritual Formation infiltrates Adventist Church

"When I first began writing in the field in the late 70s and early 80s the term “Spiritual Formation” was hardly known, except for highly specialized references in relation to the Catholic orders." (Richard Foster, Heart to Heart: A Pastoral Letter from Richard J Foster, 20 May 2003)

But those Catholic orders have been busy, and now:

"Spiritual formation is not a new idea or concept, and "a lot of Protestants are in the same boat—we are rediscovering it"" (Jon Dybdahl cited in Wendi Rogers, ANN Feature: Church, Congregations Increase Focus on "Spiritual Formation", Adventist News Network, 2 Feb 2004):

"My brother, I've been to your house.  I've had the dirty bird."  (One Project 6 - Tim Gillespie - The Heresy Response, http://vimeo.com/71480214, minute 14)

These merry monks engage in a variety of unconventional sex practices, but I'd never even heard of the dirty bird before.

So I located the "TOP DEFINITON" http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dirty+bird (see at right, click to enlarge) --

"LEARNING TO LOVE WELL" 

a group sex act.



In addition to pastoring CrossWalk SDA in Redlands http://www. crosswalkvillage.com/pages/staff, Brother Gillespie leads out at the One Project. 

CLAIMS THESE PECCADILLOES ARE PERFECTLY NORMAL

According to Pastor Gillespie, this sort of thing is now mainstream:  "we belong to the great tradition and greater trajectory of orthodox Christian thought. We're not something different." (One Project 6 - Tim Gillespie - The Heresy Response, http://vimeo.com/71480214, minute 14)  "A few months ago Kink.com CEO Peter Acworth reported on his blog that IP addresses that traced back to the Vatican had been identified as having illegally downloaded bondage porn from Kink.com. He responded to the incident by stating “In many ways, the Church isn’t so different from Kink. The peculiar vestments, the intricate rituals, the absolute surrender to authority — these are all things we practice in the consensual BDSM.”" http://sexindustrymafia.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

BUT ALL THIS SPIRITUAL FORMATION WAS NOT ENOUGH

"I think there's more work to do on the love portion"  (One Project 6 - Tim Gillespie - The Heresy Response, http://vimeo.com/71480214, minute 35):  "The priests, it seems, are allegedly being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes who worked at a sauna in Rome’s Quarto Miglio district, a health spa in the city center, and a private residence once entrusted to a prominent archbishop. The evidence reportedly includes compromising photos and videos of the prelates—sometimes caught on film in drag, and, in some cases, caught “in the act.”" (Barbie Nadeau, Did a Cross-Dressing Priest Sex Ring Bring Down Benedict XVI?, The Daily Beast, 22 Feb 2013)

Who knows?  Maybe they were even doing the dirty bird.

"Those who have recently redefined “spiritual formation” as something dark, demonic, and dangerous are simply mistaken." (Henning Guldhammer, On The Phrase “Spiritual Formation”, http://www.wwuchurch.org/article/92/ministries/spiritual-development-ministry/information-on-spiritual-formation/on-the-phrase-spiritual-formationUnless, of course, they're blackmailing you!

SPIRITUAL FORMATION COMMONPLACE AT GENERAL CONFERENCE

"Question: Does the Adventist Church condemn those who practice homosexuality or any other type of sin? No." (Randy Folkenberg, Love and the Church, Walla Walla University newspaper The Collegian, 23 Oct 2014, p 8)

Since "“Church membership runs the gamut between actively gay people and those who deny that reality,” said Willie Oliver, co-director of the Adventist world church’s Family Ministries department. “We’ve encountered [these realities] everywhere for years.""(Preserve Identity of Church, But Minister to Gay and Lesbian Community, Panelists at Adventist Sexuality Summit say, Adventist Review, 18 Mar 2014)(see graphic at right)

SPIRITUAL FORMATION PROMOTED IN ADVENTIST REVIEW 

The Adventist Review has pitched in with a glowing recommendation of Leaves of Grass, which tells the story of gay poet Walt Whitman seducing a young man while lying amongst leaves of grass in a field:    "I loved Leaves of Grass". (Clifford Goldstein, It is so, Adventist Review, 16 Jan 2014)




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Walter Veith: Jesuit Spiritual Formation Infiltration of Adventist Church 

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