Book Review - True To His Ways: Purity & Safety in Christian Spiritual Practice
Cassandrah Batya accepted Christ thirty-five years ago, at the age of eight. She lives in the United States, holds a Master Degree and has interests in God, biblical history, eschatology, apologetics, reading and writing. She enjoys spending time with my wonderful husband and other family members. She writes a monthly column for Christian Worldview http://Network.com and is occasionally, a featured speaker for Christian radio talk shows. Her testimony, '"The Great, Subtle Lie" of Contemplative Spirituality' is a true account of her experiences practicing esoteric/contemplative spirituality as a Christian. It has been read by thousands of people worldwide. '"The Great, Subtle Lie" of Contemplative Spirituality' continues to be the most popular article on her weblog, A Christian Journey. http://achristianjourney.blogs.comView all articles by Cassandrah Batya
True to His Ways: Purity & Safety in Christian Spiritual Practice
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“Satanic high priest Aleister Crowley once observed [and he had an uncanny knack for stating things the way they are] that Magic is the common denominator of world religions [see chapter 11]. Mr. Crowley observed that people of all nations are practicing the same religion and serving the same god, whether they call themselves satanists, Hindus, Buddhists, Druids, witches, what have you. Their god is Lucifer, the god of mystic love, occult powers, spiritual drunkenness, manifestations, and enchantments; and also the god of all the miseries we have seen.
But there is one religion Mr. Crowley excluded from his equation, and rightly so: Christianity.”
- R. Davis, True to His Ways, p.p. 261-262
True to His Ways: Purity & Safety in Christian Spiritual Practice by R. Davis is a must-read book. Ms. Davis, a former charismatic follower, has compiled an incredible amount of research on the correlation between the charismatic faith, the occult and eastern religions [including yoga]. She presents a sound apologetic argument for why it is essential for Christians to use biblical objectiveness to test every spirit, rather than a contemplative subjective view of accepting any spirit which “feels” to be of God.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. - I John 4:1 [KJV]
One thing I have written before is that Satan, our enemy, loves to imitate the things of God and make a mockery of the things he cannot imitate. In her book, True to His Ways, Ms. Davis goes into great depths pointing out the biblical errors in major counterfeit religious beliefs of our day. The information given on the spiritual dangers of yoga is invaluable in regards to biblical discernment. Christians who think that yoga is a harmless form of exercise to relieve stress are deceived. Just like Eve, these Christians are eating a forbidden fruit of spiritual destruction.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: - Genesis 3:4 [KJV]
And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. - Genesis 3:6 [KJV]
I believe as the Bible states that we are in spiritual warfare, but I also believe that many Christians for lack of biblical knowledge are choosing the wrong methods to combat the fiery darts of the enemy. I have always thought there was something, not only dangerous, but also wrong with battling a demon in order to exorcise it. In the Bible, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and his disciples never spent hours or days casting out a demon. They merely spoke simple words of abolishment and evil spirits instantly left. In the section “Spiritual Warfare: The Orthodox vs. The Occult Approach,” I agree with Ms. Davis’s following assessments in chapter 16, “The Pursuit of Spiritual Authority:”
“Spiritual warfare is real, but there is an occult counterfeit.”
“…our greatest protection from satanic attack is the cultivation of holiness in character and conduct – that is walking in God’s will. The apostle John wrote:
‘We know that whosoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him [I John 5:18].’
…As to intercessory warfare, the orthodox approach is first to pray, plead and reason with God on behalf of those who need His mercy and power. Second – and equally important – we intercede for people by teaching and declaring God’s truth…”
- True to His Ways, p.p. 222-223
Chapter 6, “Right Ways to Seek God; The Entrance of His Words Brings Light,” is my favorite chapter for its simplicity and beauty. In chapter 6, Ms. Davis highlights the right ways to worship God. She covers the following foundational attributes of the Christian faith:
1. On Learning Truth: Finding and Growing in The Knowledge of God
2. On Obedience: Communion With God
3. On Prayer: Communication With God
4. The Simplicity of Right Practice
Any Christian who devote themselves to growing spiritually in Christ using these four basic methods of worship will not be found lacking.
I was impressed with the vast amount of information Ms. Davis researched. Though the entire book, she remained true to The Word of God. Her book is a biblically sound resource, which points out the errors in esoteric faiths. I encourage you to read True to His Ways: Purity & Safety in Christian Spiritual Practice by R. Davis, a Biblical Christian sister. After you finish reading it, be sure to pass it along to someone else.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: - I Peter 5:8 [KJV]
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;’
- Ephesians 6:10-18 [KJV]