Index of FAQ about "Christian" Mysticism


Are Richard Foster’s Spiritual Disciplines the Bible’s Disciplines?


Richard Foster’s spirituality is based on monastic mysticism. It is not based upon the clear teaching of Scripture. Referring to spiritual disciplines, he says, “Recent converts—for that matter people who have yet to turn their lives over to Jesus Christ – can and should practice them.”1 This statement reveals that whatever spiritual disciplines Richard Foster is writing about, they are not the same disciplines that the Apostles wrote about.2 True spiritual disciplines, according to Scripture, stem from the influence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a genuine Christian.


1. Foster, Celebration, 2.
2. In his book A Time of Departing, Ray Yungen writes:
During a trip across the country, I stopped to research at the world headquarters for the Unity School of Christianity, a New Age metaphysical church located in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. In their bookstore under authors A-Z (a who’s who of New Age writers), I found no less than five of Foster’s titles. A number of New Age bookstores also carry his books, under the headings of mysticism.
After seeing Celebration of Discipline at one New Age bookstore (a store operated by devotees of a famous Hindu swami), I asked the store’s book buyer what he thought of Foster. “He is wonderful,” the man enthusiastically replied. “His views on prayer are absolutely wonderful.” I then asked if he knew Foster was considered a conservative Christian in many circles. His reply was intriguing: “Well, if he was a fundamentalist he wouldn’t be sold at a bookstore like this one.” He ended the conversation with further praise of Foster.
Perhaps the most unsettling example of all is in a book titled The Miracle of Prayer. This book could not be any more blatantly New Age in viewpoint, filled with occult concepts and references. Yet under suggested reading, in the back of the book, Foster’s book, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home is recommended.
(Yungen, A Time of Departing, 78.)

Works Cited

1. Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. Harper Collins, 1988.
2. Yungen, Ray. A Time of Departing. Eureka: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2006.  2nd ed.


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Author: Timothy Zebell, 2014