Combatting Christian Occultism Part 2

(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal Beginning on page 6) Part 2 in a 2-Part Look at Occultic-like Beliefs and Practices in the Church By John Ferrer Introduction In the last Journal article “Occultism in the Church” (Part-1),1 we surveyed what the occult is: how it represents a certain world view geared toward secret knowledge or power and being typically characterized by certain categories of practice. These practices include fortune … Continue reading

Contemplating Contemplative Prayer: Is It Really Prayer?

(Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) “God’s first language is silence.”1 “Progress in intimacy with God means progress toward silence.”2 “The important thing is that we are relaxed and our back is straight so that the vitalizing energies can flow freely.”3 Contemplation is “a pure and a virginal knowledge, poor in concepts, poorer still in reasoning, but able, by its very poverty and purity, to follow … Continue reading

Wildly Unbiblical

(Originally printed in the Summer 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 1) Real Men Don’t Hug Unless… {All “real men” would answer C’ to the posed questions.} 1. Alien beings from a highly advanced society visit the earth. You are the first human they have encountered: and as a token of inter-galactic friendship, they present you with a small but incredibly sophisticated device that is capable of curing all diseases, provide an … Continue reading