Marsha West tackles Christian mysticism and makes the case that Bible-believing Christians must not involve themselves in Contemplative Prayer and so-called Christian yoga, as both of these practices are not only unbiblical but they can be spiritually harmful. She begins:
For a couple of decades there has been a big push by numerous evangelical leaders to incorporate pagan practices into the visible Church. These unbiblical practices have their origins in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, likewise the New Age movement. Roman Catholic Trappist Monks fully embraced Eastern religion’s pagan practices. Through the writings of Thomas Merton, Basil Pennington, William Menninger and Thomas Keating these practices have been introduced into mainline Protestant churches as well as independent, nondenominational, charismatic and Pentecostal churches.