SDA Leaders Recommend Attending Catholic Spiritual Formation
Are you familiar with the Adventist Chaplain News Letter for July - September 2003? Here is the cover page:
And here is page 2:
There are eight pages to the letter but the introduction by Martin Feldbush tells the tragic story of deception and betrayal of Christ and The Three Angel's messages !
Martin tells us that he recommends that we attend Catholic and other training institutions of Roman Catholic Spiritual Formation. For those who do not know what "Spiritual Formation" is ; it is the teachings of Ignatius Loyola the founder of the Jesuit Order. The Jesuits were started in 1540 to destroy the Protestant Reformation !
The Catholic Church believes that God is in everything ! In the sticks and stones, in the trees and animals and that we all have a spark of "divinity" in us making us all a part of god. As you know that is the teachings of "pantheism" , "god in everything and therefore we are all a part of god" !
Remember: this was the teachings of Kellogg in his book; "The Living Temple". The Spirit of God warned us that Kellogg's teachings were the "ALPHA" of "APOSTASY" and that the "OMEGA" would be of a more startling nature".
Well now; is it not startling that Martin Feldbush would write in the Adventist Chaplain News Letter that Adventists should attend Roman Catholic training institutions and become "Spiritual Directors" able to teach Roman Catholic Spiritual Formation, which includes "Pantheism", as well as "hypnotism" , chanting, repetitive prayer, praying to the dead, and other pagan practices!
Is it not startling that the Adventist News Network would report that many Adventist "leaders" are recommending this be taught in Adventist churches and institutions around the world ? Here is the ANN article.
ANN Feature: Church, Congregations Increase Focus on "Spiritual Formation"
Spiritual formation is a topic being raised by many pastors and church leaders in a growing number of Christian denominations.
February 3, 2004 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Spiritual formation is a topic being raised by many pastors and church leaders in a growing number of Christian denominations. It's no longer enough to just know doctrine and facts--in today's hectic society people are searching for something deeper and more meaningful, something that makes sense in their whirlwind lives.
For the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a "wake-up call" was sounded after a 2002 survey showed that though doctrinal understanding was high, there were several "areas of concern," including low involvement in daily prayer and Bible study, active Christian witness to the community, and participation in community service (see ANN October 9, 2002).
These concerns can be linked to how the church rates in the area of spiritual formation, which has been defined by one Adventist Church pastor as "the process of becoming a mature Christian disciple of God." Another person describes it as "whatever you do to specifically nourish your relationship with God."
Today this subject is receiving serious emphasis in Adventist institutions, as well as in local congregations. Though the church doesn't have an accredited educational program dealing with spiritual formation at any of its theological schools, it's seeing this subject become more common in today's modern, seeking world.
Spiritual formation is not a new idea or concept, and "a lot of Protestants are in the same boat--we are rediscovering it," says Dr. Jon Dybdahl, president of Walla Walla College, an Adventist institution in Washington State. And, he adds, the Adventist Church has some work to do.
"Traditionally the Adventist Church has emphasized intellectual truth and accepting certain facts and ideas about God," Dybdahl says. "At least in many places it has not talked so much about the importance of directly experiencing God. The difference is between knowing about God and knowing God. Sometimes what we teach people is knowing about God ... That's part of the nature of things. It's much easier to communicate a fact than it is to wield people to experience."
Pastor Martin Feldbush, associate director for Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries whose work brings him in contact with leaders of several other denominations, says that the Adventist Church is not alone in its quest for deeper spiritual formation among members. "A lot of churches out there are struggling with the same issues as we are. We're not in isolation as though there's something wrong with us. I think churches particularly that are conservative in their orientation and take their mission very seriously, and I believe we should do all of that, may have a tendency to stress the 'doing' as opposed to the 'being' and the formation."
But why is there a need for spiritual formation? If people are part of a religious organization, shouldn't they already be at a certain level of spiritual formation?
John Jenson, pastor of the 150-member South Bay Adventist Church in Torrance, California, says, "There's a need for spiritual formation with the [Adventist] Church because we have been so doctrinally oriented that people might be able to quote some or all of the 27 fundamental beliefs [of the church], and may have neglected having daily devotions that day or week or month." He explains that there's an overload of knowledge and information, but how to translate that into meaningful instruction and "marching orders" for daily living is key.
Jenson says that without spiritual formation, a person would be "spiritually uncivilized." It "is the process by which they can go from being a spiritual infant to spiritual maturity ... Developing the potential that God's put within you."
Dybdahl adds that people need to "Begin to recognize that knowledge without life experience can be dead. [They need to] recognize how crucial it is to people's lives [and] how much the younger generation values experience."
Dr. Jane Thayer, assistant professor of Religious Education and coordinator of the Religious Education Program at Andrews University, adds, "We have a big blank when it comes to taking care of people once they have accepted the Lord ... I think what people need to know is 'how do you live the life.' Spiritual formation or discipleship needs to show how you live like Christ."
Nikolaus Satelmajer, from the church's Ministerial Association responsible for continuing education for Adventist clergy, believes there's now a shift from emphasis on doctrine to more emphasis on spiritual formation within the Adventist Church. He also says that, "We're finding a serious lack of knowledge of our people [church founders], our doctrines ... I think we have de-emphasized them." Satelmajer says this is true particularly with the younger generation, and the cause of any spiritual formation growth stunt is not because of a focus on doctrine.
Though it's not a concept that's easy to grasp for an organization as a whole, spiritual formation is something each individual member can work on, Feldbush says. "When you think about it as an individual, we're so used to gearing our spiritual experience on the 'wow' moments--the ones [in which] we can see the great things happening, whether it's personally or organizationally. It's easy to see God's movement in those times. Real spiritual formation is a process of growing more and more in tune to discernment of God's voice as well as more and more tuned to discernment of God's moving in my life, in the ordinary of life, as well as even in the difficult times of life. That's where real spiritual formation, or at least the value of spiritual formation, is seen."
Spiritual formation is not about what one does, but what the motivations behind one's actions are. Dr. Roger Dudley, professor emeritus of Christian Ministry and director of the Institute of Church Ministry at Andrews University Theological Seminary, and the 2002 survey coordinator, says there are stages of moral development. "A person who studies the Bible every day because he'll be lost if he doesn't has a low level of moral development; or a person who pays tithes and offerings because he expects an extra blessing. Higher levels would be a different level of motivation."
"That overemphasis on doing to the detriment of being and particularly the detriment of being in the spirit and being in Christ as the very formational and foundational experience of the individual member and the church itself, I think that's one of the big challenges," says Feldbush. He adds that the three strategic values of the church--unity, growth and quality of life--adopted in 2002, demonstrate personal spiritual growth.
Spiritual formation takes on several forms: "There are disciplines of devotion, meditation, prayer, listening and so on," Feldbush explains. "It's a discipline which can be heeded through the assistance of a person who is trained in helping people grow in these ways." But, he says, it's mostly "growing more and more tuned to God's movement in my life here and now." And, he says, spiritual formation is not something that happens overnight.
"We [as a church] think that spiritual formation comes through socialization. But we need to be intentional (((the word intentional is a favorite Catholic word))) about it," says Thayer. "The culture we live in is so pervasive that the models there are more persistent and prevalent than the little models we have just in terms of the time we've spent." Thayer refers to a need for showing others how to live like Christ in the real world.
Dudley adds that if more members are encouraged to study and pray more and are able and willing to share their faith, there may be spiritual development for the church as a whole. "Spiritual development is something that happens with individuals."
Satelmajer adds, "And within congregations as well. Spiritual formation is the implementation of spiritual principles in my life and in my actions," he says. "I think we're missing something. It's not just learning how to 'meditate'--spiritual formation is learning how to implement spiritual things that I know or am learning or experiencing into my life and then into my everyday life..."
The Adventist world church created the International Board of Ministerial and Theological Education (IBMTE) in September 2001, designed to provide overall guidance and standards to the professional training of pastors, evangelists, theologians, teachers, chaplains and other denominational employees involved in ministerial and religious formation, or spiritual formation, in each of the church's 13 regions around the world. (((WARNING: The General Conference voted in 2001 to teach Roman Catholic Spiritual Formation in every Adventist church and institution around the world and they are doing just that !)))
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The General Conference has in these two "official" papers of the organization stated clearly that they now believe and teach Roman Catholic Spiritual Formation!
John Harvey Kellogg, wrote the book "The Living Temple" and said that "God was in everything", the trees the flowers, the grass and in man".
For a most wonderful read of this crisis, open your Ellen White CD and type the words "Kellogg pantheism" and read by browsing, read till you come to this statement:
"In the book Living Temple there is presented the alpha of deadly heresies. The omega will follow, And will be received by those who are not willing to heed the
warning God has given. The Early Elmshaven Years Volume 5 1900-1905 , P. 305 . Also in: 1SM, p. 200.
Roman Catholic Spiritual Formation; teaches; pantheism, hypnosis, self - hypnosis, heathen meditation and forms of prayer, such as, repetitive prayer, silence, chanting, communication with Catholic Saints and other beings in other realms and the need of a Spiritual Director or mentor to guide you!
We are now in the midst of the OMEGA APOSTASY, and which goes much farther than Kellogg went. It is full blown SPIRITUALISM and Roman Catholic Mysticism and is a fulfillment of the Scripture:
"some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils". 1 Timothy 4: 1
And The Holy Spirit's Testimony that:
Special Testimony for Ministers and Workers. -- No. 11 PG- 8
"Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan. If doubts and unbelief are cherished, the faithful ministers will be Removed from the people who think they know So much. "If thou hadst known," said Christ, "even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes."
Martin Feldbush, says we should attend Roman Catholic and other training institutions that teach Spiritual Formation and train as Spiritual Directors. But, not only does Martin Feldbush recommend that we do so, but The General Conference is now teaching Spiritual Formation around the world and therefore has approved Martin's recommendation ! One of the places he lists is Shalem. Here is the link:
Shalem, is jointly operated by Roman Catholics and Buddhists.
Is it not STARTLING that The General Conference admits that it is teaching this "doctrine of devil's" invented by Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order ! The sole purpose of the Jesuit Order is to destroy Protestantism !
Since The General Conference is teaching this Roman Catholic Mysticism, we must conclude that The General Conference is also under the control of the Devil ! They have "changed leaders" as The Spirit of God said they would do ! And of them it must also be said,
Hosea 13:9 "O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself.."
I have found this site wchich is explaining the deep pagan implications of this so called "Spiritual Formation"!