“Nouwen was no friend to Bible believers. He was not a trustworthy guide or teacher. He assigned meanings to Bible passages that were not there and applied salvation universally to most except those who opt out. In his scheme there was no stated need of personal repentance and faith in Christ for salvation…”
(John Lanagan – The Word Like Fire) “You know already that the young, attractive, affectionate, caring, intelligent, spiritual, and socially conscious gay man has only one name: God!” (Henri Nouwen, Love Henri, pg. 336, from his letter to a gay friend named Everet)
What did Nouwen mean in his letter? That God is gay? That man is God? Or something else entirely? Nouwen was a kind man, a celibate homosexual Catholic priest who was a prodigious writer. But he was lost in the deception of his contemplative practices, and his understanding of God was far from biblical.
Although he died in 1996, Nouwen’s books are still endorsed by a number of well known Christians today. This is unfortunate, because his writing serves as a potential gateway into contemplative prayer.