Guru Woo Woo
Mantra Mania - What Good are Doctrines?
Tags: Church Growth, Church Growth Movement,
Church growth consultants, worship leader, conservative, liberal, Conservative Christian,
Conservative Christian theology, Evangelical, evangelism, post modern church, modernism,
praise and worship, hymns, hymn singing, New Worship, mantra, meditation, Rhon Rhodes,
Culting of America, Babylonian
priests, sacred sex, he Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Babylon, Kenneth Hagin,
Bodhidharma, Zen Buddhism,
Devices such as utilizing a repetitive mantra are the means to that meditative end. The mantra allows the worshipper to take his mind out of the affairs of the world so that he can transcend into the desired elevated state. Eastern meditation, wrote Ron Rhodes in The Culting of America, typically employs techniques such as concentrating on objects, exercising controlled breathing, and uttering mantras (holy words) with a view of emptying the mind of all distractions. This supposedly enables a person to reach an altered state of consciousness a state of supreme harmony with himself and the universe.
This form of worship is completely false and was rebuked by Jesus when He declared, And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (Matt 5:7 NIV) The word babble here is translated as vain repetition in the King James.
In order to enter into the divine "mysteries", the Babylonian priests utilized drugs, "sacred sex", and meditation which included incantations (or mantras) which repeatedly called out the name of some God. Thus, through these means they would be transported into the spirit world.
(While meditating), the The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying states, I sit quietly and rest in the nature of mind; I don't question or doubt whether I am in the correct state or not. There is no effort, only rich understanding, wakefulness, and unshakable certainty. When I am in the nature of mind, the ordinary mind is no longer there. There is no need to sustain or confirm a sense of being: I simply am.
So the whole point of worship to the
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Ps 119:105 KJV) In spite of Hagans representation, communication with God involves mental activity. Therefore, it is primarily in the Bible that Christians find their revelation of God. In the words of Scripture can be found solace, guidance along with direction concerning the nature of God. These are the doctrines of the faith and the manner in which God has chosen to communicate with His people.
In contrast, pagans seek after revelation
through mystical experiences. Bodhidharma, who originally brought Zen Buddhism to
In another instance this same Buddhist mystic declared, "The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way. The Way is wordless. Words are illusions. . . Don't cling to appearances, and you'll break through all barriers. . . " Again he stated, "Erudition and knowledge are not only useless but also cloud your awareness. Doctrines are only for pointing to the mind. Once you see your mind, why pay attention to doctrines?" So, to the pagan worshipper, doctrine gets in the way of communing with God.
And today we are witnessing this same aversion to doctrine in the ecumenical Christian fold. Ecumenicalism is a worldwide effort to bring all religions together under one umbrella with no consideration of doctrinal differences. It is an attempt to instigate unity by bringing diverse faiths together on common ground. In the case of Charismatics this common ecumenical ground is the belief in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. From that point onward the entire group represents a hodge podge of beliefs that differ even on the nature of salvation.
These Ecumenical Charismatics have formed organizations such as the Network of Christian Ministry that demand that its members abstain from public criticisms of each others doctrines. The whole idea is, in the name of unity, to suppress public debate about doctrinal differences. Yet the anti doctrinal stance adhered to by these modern charismatic ecumenicals merely echo the teachings of the ancient Buddhist Bodhidharma who likewise failed to realize the value of objective truth.
What good are doctrines? the mystic continues to ask. With this in mind, it is no wonder that so much of the music that emanates out of the Charismatic Movement is vague in its theology while so repetitively directed in God-consciousness. Doctrine has not been an important item on the list of those particular Charismatics who tend to emphasize experience over biblical truth.
According to the mystic, the knowledge of God is attained through non-thought, because thoughts get in the way of seeing God. As the Buddhist text clearly states, this non-thought is the open door to relativism: "More and more, I have come to realize how thoughts and concepts are all that block us from always being. . . in the absolute. . . When the view is there, thoughts are seen for what they truly are: fleeting and transparent, and only relative."
Therefore Babylonian worship has nothing to do with absolute truth. It shuns doctrine. It cares nothing for Gods attributes and nature because their god is a spirit only and does not have any particular characteristics. So the way to commune with the supernatural world is through getting the mind out of the way with the use of the repetitive mantra.
With this in mind the Roman Catholic Hindu mystic Philip St. Romain wrote: I began to find mental prayer (discursive meditation) completely unproductive, and so. . . I stopped reflecting on the Scriptures during prayer. . . (which was) an immense obstacle to experiencing God. . . Only total passivity to the kundalini experience brings serenity. Only then, too, is there a sense of Gods presence.
Stay Tuned for More!!!!
If you liked thisCLICK HERE or call Author House @ 888.280.7715 to purchase a soft or hard cover copy of Don Wigton's book "Holy Wars" upon which this blog is based.
Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!
HTML Comment Boxis loading comments...
Check out this powerful Southern Cross song!
An Incredible revival is occuring in Northern India and Nepal. CLICK HERE to find out more!
Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!
HERE or call Author House @ 888.280.7715 for a soft, hard
cover or E-Book edition of our new comprehensive book on
. . .a powerful and dynamic "must have" for every Christian who is seeking to worship God in the midst of the tempest of our modern world.
Pastors, worship music ministers, small group
leaders, praise bands and members of over
We pray that these materials have provided all of you with untold blessings!
An offering of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the
worship edification of the Body of Christ.
Praise and Worship Songs to bless God. . .
"I might not be a religious
man myself but I know good music when I hear it, and this is very good! . . . I dont think that I have ever given such high
ratings to so many songs before. But the fact is that they are well deserved
because the music is amazing. Simply wonderful religious ballads and they
really get to your heart. . .everytime."
was formed as a service to the body of Christ to encourage scriptural worship. To accomplish this goal Wigtune Company offers free praise words, worship music, free hymn downloads, Christian mp3, Christian rock, contemporary praise music and hymn mp3 and chart material along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training. In order to bridge the gap between the old and the new the worship study book gives solid theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.
Click on one of the links below to enter into the area of the Wigtune site that interests you for praise and worship charts, praise and Christian praise songs, and Bakersfield CA recording studios availability!
Vision Statement Wigtune Story Free On-Line Worship Studybook
Free Praise and Worship Music Mp3s and Charts
Wiggy's Top Ten Praise MP3s
Radio: Listen to Wigtune Worship Music on Live Internet Radio
Wigtune Praise Worship and Hymn CD's
Testimonials: What they are saying about Wigtune Music
Contact Us Spread the Word!
Bible Study Helps, a Multitude of Christian Links and Other Goodies
Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations
Add URL Statement of Faith
Special Report: Christianity in Russia - Has Anything Changed?
This WEB page created by
Wigtune Company Praise and Worship Music Resource Center
Copyright © 1999 Don Wigton. All rights reserved.