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Contemplative Prayer Develops Holiness in Us — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“’Sometimes people think contemplative prayer is self-centered and not action-oriented enough…This is because they do not understand its power to heal and transform us into the people God means for us to be. Contemplative prayer leads to the development of real holiness, so that our whole life is lived in God’s light, the way God intended. The truth is, we become like the God we worship, the God who speaks to us in prayer. It turns out that contemplative prayer is the ground for all true intercession. It is a healing practice that takes us out into the world where we become good news.’”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, Kindle locations 1475-79

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Use Treasures as Channels of God’s Love, Not as Tools of Oppression — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“Excess wealth leads to power, Woolman says, which tends to lead to the abuse of power, which ultimately leads to war. ‘To labour for a perfect redemption from this spirit of oppression is the greatest business of the whole family of Christ Jesus in this world.’ But to bring about such liberation, Christians must own their complicity in evil systems, a truth brought home to Woolman through a mystical experience. During a severe illness Woolman experienced a vision in which he saw slaves working in a mine. In the vision the slaves cursed Christ because Christians were the ones who oppressed them, benefiting from their labor and using treasures they produced from the mine. If Christians were this oppressive, the slaves reasoned, Christ must be a ‘cruel tyrant’ indeed… The primary business of Christians, according to Woolman, is to ‘turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love.’”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, Kindle locations 902-907,916-916

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Faith Sometime Requires Commitment Before Having Outward Confirmation — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“Even if she [Phoebe Palmer] never felt any religious emotion for the rest of her life, she wrote, she resolved to walk by faith and ‘hold on in the death struggle.’ To demand an affective experience as proof of sanctification was tantamount to the sinful Pharisees demanding another sign in order to believe the words of Christ… Palmer would indeed feel religious emotion in the future, including the profoundly healing assurance of God’s love. She would come to experience the presence of God in numerous ways, including visions, dreams, and spiritual combat, and she would preach and teach with so much power that more than twenty-five thousand people would enter ‘the way of holiness’ through her ministry.”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, page 62

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Holiness is about Devotion to God, Not Behavior — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

[On Methodist mystic Phoebe Palmer’s understanding of holiness:] “Holiness [is not] essentially about following a checklist of rules governing behavior, appearance, and religious activity. Holiness… is about a life given irrevocably to God, which then in union with Christ the Sanctifier is empowered to be in God’s redemptive mission in the world.”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, Kindle locations 504-507

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God’s Love is about Restoration, Not Condemnation — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“When we believe in and experience love as God’s meaning, love becomes our meaning, for we become like the God we worship. When love becomes our meaning, the ramifications for evangelism are immense. We are cleansed of legalism, judgmentalism, coercion, and exploitation. We are liberated so that we can now see the ‘total fact’ of others, which is so much more than their guilt and sin, or their wounds. This is not a sentimental, soft love. It is a tungsten power that respects others, says ‘no’ to injustice, and unflinchingly involves itself in the muck and mire of broken lives. We can love in this way only because God first loves us. As those who gaze day by day into the eyes of the One who sees us ‘with pity and not with blame,’ we are changed.”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, Kindle locations 435-440

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The Dark Night of the Soul Frees Us from Good Things to Get the Best Things — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“The dark night of the soul is precisely that — a divinely initiated process of loss — so that the accretions of the world, the flesh, and the devil may be recognized and released… Rather than being a process of complete separation from people and things we love (though at times it does mean separation), detachment in this context is best understood as the transformation of one’s relationships with self, others, the created world, and God, so that increasingly one ‘holds loosely’ all loves, with open hands and heart. To hold loosely is to let go of fearful clutching and control, and is to set free that which is loved.”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, Kindle locations 162,198-202

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The Mystic is First Transformed by God Before Being Able to Help Others be Transformed — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“Christian mysticism is about the holy transformation of the mystic by God, so that the mystic becomes instrumental in the holy transformation of God’s people.”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, Kindle location 80

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Mystics’ Style of Evangelism is to Connect People to God Intimately — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“To be holy is to be set aside exclusively for God’s purposes… The great exemplars of holiness — the Christian mystics — are without exception the first and best teachers of the theory and practice of evangelism. Their contemplative vision of the love of God and the redemptive purposes of God in the world shatter our programmatic and market-driven assumptions about evangelism. Their passionate surrender to Christ exposes imperialistic, exploitive, and manipulative versions of evangelism, and highlights the falsity of accusations that evangelism is just one more way the church is in collusion with the world.”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, Kindle locations 70-73

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