by Ray Yungen
How ancient mystical practices are uniting Christians with the world's religions
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Description: A revealing account of a New Age spirituality that has infiltrated much of the church today. Exposes the subtle strategies to compromise the gospel message with Eastern mystical practices cloaked under evangelical terminology and wrappings.
Author Bio: Ray Yungen, author, speaker and research analys studied religious movements for over twenty five years. He is also the author of For Many Shall Come In My Name. His exuberance for life and his love for Jesus Christ and for people are evident in his writing and speaking.
Questions this book answers ...
1. Is Rick Warren's Purpose Driven paradigm promoting the contemplative prayer movement?
2. How and through whom is great delusion moving into the majority of churches today?
3. What is wrong with "Christian" yoga?
4. What is the emerging church really all about and why is it a dangerous spirituality?
Also find out about practices such as the labyrinth, reiki, meditation, breath prayers, spiritual directors and much, much more.
An important source for increasing discernment
Well written, concise statement of the issues related to mystical practices being insidiously incorporated in Christian teachings and worslhip. I recommend it for every Christian who is concerned about getting involved in deceptive religious activities.
A Time of Departing is a clear warning to christians
A dictionary source gives the meaning of the word, 'clear' as: Free from darkness. Certainly Ray Yungen's book, A Time of Departing, takes us out of the darkness on ancient mystical practices. The author has obviously researched his topics. Most importantly, he backs up what he writes with scripture; he explains why the spiritual formation/new age/contemplative prayer/yoga/emerging church/ movements' are not biblical and are indeed another gospel( Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4) For me, these movements are anti-Christ. God does not wink at any of this. I truly thank God for the men and women who are not afraid to speak out against apostasy/heresy.
Eyes and Heart Opening
I so enjoyed reading this book....we are so blessed to know the truth, God is always in control! Definitely have been sharing this book with my sisters in Christ.
A Time of Departing
I've read this amazing work several times, but wanted to have additional copies to give to friends who are unaware of what is happening in the evangelical church. When Ray Yungen wrote this book years ago, I was totally oblivious to the apostasy occurring in the Church (contemplative spirituality, Emergent theology, etc.). It was just six years ago that I realized my church was going Emergent and contemplative--and it took Ray's work, along with Roger Oakland's, to awaken me to the nature and extent of the deception that has crept in. If it happens in your church, you will understand the confusion and sense of betrayal that one feels upon coming out of an apostate church. This book enabled me to understand and deal with the experience and armed me to educate others as to what is going on. Far too many are being lulled to sleep by New Age, mystical, humanistic thinking by pastors and teachers. This is a must read!
Ray went on before us, but he left behind a masterpiece. A fascinating, educational book you will want to read over and over, and share with those you love and care about.
You can discern Ray's kind and caring heart shining through all he writes. He brings years of invaluable research and conveys it to us in a clear and easy to comprehend style.
This serious book will educate those lost in contemplative deception, and offer to them the capacity to choose spiritual life rather that death.
A must read
I highly recommend this book, especially to pastors. If I could place a copy of this book into the hands of every Christian in North America, I would. Occultic and New Age ideas have slowly become part of our thinking, even as believers. Big thanks to the late Ray Yungen for exposing these lies so that we who have accepted them unquestioningly can recognize the deception.
"A Time of Departing" is one of those books that I return to from time to time, and always learn something deeply, spiritually new. It should be read by all believers who desire to walk in the light in a day of darkness.
A Time of Departing
For anyone unfamiliar with the background of the tsunami of mystical teaching sweeping through the church today, this book is an excellent and thorough resource.
Wow, the things I did not know.
It is a well-documented book on the story of New Age and mysticism and contemplative prayer / spirituality as it sweeps through Christian leaders and many churches. This second edition was dated 2006. I can only guess how wide-spread this is now in 2016 (ten years later). I'm concerned that it hasn't slowed in its acceptance, which illustrates the lack of spiritual discernment within the church, the leadership, and individual Christians. It now must be our responsibility to be individually equipped to discern the truth through God's holy Scriptures and to be well-versed in biblical doctrine...
A Real Eye Opener
A few years ago a friend at my church came up to me looking quite disturbed and said, "Can you believe our church is teaching contemplative prayer?" I just looked at her in shock and asked, "What's wrong with contemplating and praying?"
She said, "No, no, no! You don't get it - it's not that - it's CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER!!"
I asked again, incredulously this time, what's wrong with contemplating and praying. "I don't have a problem with that – at all."
She said, "You don't get it - but I'll bring you a book next week that will explain it." And she brought Ray Yungen's, A Time of Departing.
It helps to have an open mind. If a Christian brother or sister tells you they have something they want you to consider – at least be willing to consider it. I started the book with an open mind and was quickly engrossed by it. It very methodically and logically lays out the case against contemplative prayer/spirituality/meditation.
By the end of the book I realized what our church was doing was really dangerous and completely unbiblical. It's a prominent well-known mega church in New York City where I had heard the pastor speak out against eastern/mystical meditation from the pulpit so I naively thought he must not be aware that the church was promoting it in several of its weekend classes.
After reading Yungen's book and doing a little further study, I had the information I needed to go to the leadership of the church to warn them what they were getting into. I say naively, because as it turns out, they knew exactly what they were doing and they had every intention of continuing it. They knew it was unbiblical but they didn't care. And that's all I needed to know to make my decision whether to stay or leave the church. I decided to depart. It truly was a time of departing for me!
I will be forever grateful to Ray Yungen and this book for being the instrument God used to open my eyes to this new/old teaching that is consuming churches everywhere. Every Christian in America needs to know about this – even if you’re in a good church. Even good pastors can be fooled by it because it’s so subtly deceptive. And it’s absolutely pervasive. It is everywhere.
So arm yourself with knowledge and A Time of Departing is a great place to start!
A Time of Departing
I truly appreciated all of the work that Mr. Yungen put into his book in order to better prepare us in the body of Christ to speak out against ancient mysticism.
A Time of Departing
This was one of the first books that the Lord used to help me realize that the counterfeit (contemplative spirituality) that I was trying to hybridize with Christianity was not of God. It is demonic and cannot be reconciled with genuine Christianity.
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