Good morning, friends!
I have recently been seeing the idea of "Spiritual Formation" being universally panned on certain blogs and forum discussions.
Here is my question - is it fair to condemn the concept as a whole? It would seem to me to be healthier to evaluate each on a case-by-case basis.
- Thomas Merton and his teachings on contemplative prayer are disturbing and should be categorized as flat out mysticism rather than a Christian practice.
- Dallas Theological Seminary has a "Spiritual Formation" program that is essentially a biblical study of identity and sanctification.
These two examples of so-called Spiritual Formation appear to be quite different.
If I understand Spiritual Formation as pursuing Christ through study of His Word, prayer, fasting, journaling, etc., it would seem as though I am describing a healthy Christian walk.
If I understand Spiritual Formation as an inward focused, pseudo-mystical, works focused thing, I am entering into mysticism.
Forgive my ignorance, but am I correct in seeing a distinction here? One is a healthy spiritual formation, the other is obviously dangerous.
I appreciate your thoughts, affirmations, and corrections!