With all the nonsense filling up denominational churches these days, I’m surprised that no one has come up with a ecumenical Labyrinth. Just think about the possibilities? Anyone in the congregation could celebrate Christmas every day of the year. Or Pentecost for that matter. Churches that have a Labyrinth have congregations March around them in prayer or to take a pilgrimage to Israel. All to be seen by other congregational members. You could also use the Labyrinth during processional hymns by having the choir encircle them before going to there seating area. You could even have a sleepover at the church and put a hotel on the Labyrinth so the members could go to any city in the world and pretend to stay there. This is just another example of playing Church. And just wait! Some church will actually pick up on this idea? I wouldn’t be surprised a bit.
I have a bargain for you today. How would you like to go on an all-expense-paid trip to the Holy Land without ever leaving your town? Just go to a church that has one of these labyrinths and you’re all set. One of the functions of these labyrinths is that you can have a pretend trip to Israel. You see, Labyrinths can be used in church for both prayer and trips to the Holy Land. Each option causes you to be seen by men which is against the teachings of Jesus Christ on prayer. Pray that you know what not to do for prayer, how should you pray? I will take that up next time.
Here before you is the new prayer closet that the church has adopted-This is a labyrinth. Church members can stay within the lines to pray. But isn’t this what Jesus warned us about? So why has the church created the Labyrinth mmonstrosities? Jesus provides us with very clear instructions as to how to pray. It would seem that the church has their own way over that of Jesus’ way. Which do you prefer and which do you intend to practice?
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Father Joseph believes that Labyrinths are of pagan origins dabbled with New Age jumbo jumbo. He is correct. Surprisingly, at the St. Joseph Gardens there is a large labyrinth in the middle of the garden. He clearly stated that pagan origins can be covered over With new meanings. That is how the Catholics manipulate doctrines into reality. At These Locations you can pray to be seen by men Just as Jesus Christ warned about. Get out those Catholic mystical crayons again. Many Catholics pray the rosary with this pagan circle. Double whammy. It is here where Roman Catholic join hands with Many Protestant Denominations that Are liberal To Practice what Jesus warned Against. Remarkable!
In the past I’ve shown you many labyrinths that have been found inside the church building. Here is one just outside the church building. Again, labyrinths are used for prayer an imaginary vacation such as to Israel. Unlike a maze which is difficult to get out of a labyrinth has a path to the center. People that pray on them for some reason like to be seen when the Bible says that prayer should be in our private closet. Jesus tells us that open prayer to be seen by men is hypocritical. And Jesus says, do not be like them. So why in the world would the church want to have a labyrinth? Maybe it’s for those that can’t afford a vacation to Israel? But should we be doing such things in church? To me it seems a little foolish. If you can’t afford a trip to Israel you can always rent a video to watch the highlights at home. The body of Christ is to cast down imaginations and every High thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. It seems that Labyrinth stand against the knowledge of God. Again, why have these labyrinths either in or out of the church? Maybe they’d be better served in a community park? Thoughts on this issue?