The Bible Project co-founder Tim Mackie’s unwise contemplative endorsement

The Bible Project co-founder Tim Mackie essentially endorsed contemplative Thomas Keating in the Foreword to Tyler Staton’s book, Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools. According to Mackie, “My hope is that you will come to experience prayer and the presence of God in the way Keating describes it:”[1]

My hope is that you will not allow Keating to spiritually influence you in any way. In the following interview–less than two minutes in length–Keating’s spiritual advice seems to be that we understand there is a God, try to become God, then realize there is no God…we and God are One.

This demonic deception is the result of contemplative prayer.

In a sermon, Mackie again mentions the “Catholic priest Father Thomas Keating, who I’ve learned a lot about prayer from…”[2]

It now seems certain that Tim Mackie of The Bible Project, like Keating and many others, is an unabashed advocate for contemplative prayer.

Mackie states:

Now maybe not in this room, but I know that many in especially Western Protestant conservative environments when you start talking this this way, people get twitchy. And when you start talking about elevated levels of consciousness and experiencing the mystical presence of God, first of all let me respond in as non-snarky a way as I can. For someone’s who’s like, this sounds like Eastern mysticism or something like that, let us just remember, where did the Jesus Movement originate? It originated in the East. And I really don’t think Jesus was just reciting Bible verses all night long like on the mountain. I’m sure that He was reciting whole psalms and that those psalms were sending His consciousness traversing the universe with His Father in prayer.[3]

Contemplative prayer can addle and alter theology. I believe it is foundational to the rising false church.

Source Notes:

1. Tyler Staton, Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools, Foreword by Tim Mackie, xiii

2. Tim Mackie, Paradise Now–Luke 23 36:46

3. Tim Mackie, Paradise Now–Luke 23 44:49 in video

2 thoughts on “The Bible Project co-founder Tim Mackie’s unwise contemplative endorsement

  1. When there is no anchor, the boat drifts.
    Ephesians 4:11-14 ESV
    [11] And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, [14] so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
    Unless the boat is guided by the shepherds-/pastors-and-teachers grounding everything in Scripture (apostles, prophets and evangelists), there’s no knowing where the boat will end up. Contemplative prayer is no substitute for Biblical meditation.

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