Mysticism Part 4

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“A mystic is anyone who experiences God,” says Heather Prkinson-Webb in her article, “Reading the Mystics as Spiritual Formation on pages 56—58 of Spring 2008 Conversations.

She suggests, “Mystic ways is simply the process of sanctification, what happens as we grow in faith.” 57

I think both conservative evangelicals and wild charismatics need to pay attention to her next words.

If we make ourselves only students of doctrine, we run the risk of becoming, like the Pharisees, devoid of deep devotion and a living relationship with God. But, on the other hand, if we pursue only an experientially based religious life and don’t focus on doctrine and theology, we may end up as heretics. There is a delicate balance we need to maintain in being people of the Book but also people of the heart. Both are essential if we are to maintain a living relationship with God. 58

  1. Charlie
    December 19, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    In your own words to me not too long ago, “Balance, my friend, balance.” I believe that this is a profound struggle for many Christians. It is so easy to live on the extremes. We need grace to maintain that “delicate balance” mentioned in the quote.

    Buon Natale, my friend:-)

    • December 19, 2008 at 9:25 pm

      I said that? Much easier to say rather than live it out!

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