Question: What is mysticism?
Response: Mysticism is the process of turning from the objective truth of God’s Word to the subjective realm of the imagination, feelings, and emotions. Noah Webster defines the doctrine of the Mystics as manifesting immediate communication with the spirit realm. That realm is reinforced by the lies of seducing spirits and doctrines of demons: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils… (1 Timothy:4:1).The initial attraction of mysticism is the lie that it will help a person draw closer to God. That concept is promoted today primarily through the contemplative spiritual movement in Christendom. The seduction centers around emotions and feelings. Doctrine is disdained and is believed to generate an unloving and uncaring mentality. The chief technique of contemplative spirituality is meditation that involves emptying the mind of all thoughts and then filling it through personally experiencing and hearing from God. It claims to transition one from a normal self to a higher self (a person’s “God Self”). The ultimate goal is to “merge into God,” also known as self-realization. The theological concept for mysticism is called pantheism and panentheism (God is everything, and God is in everything). It is highly ecumenical, and is at the heart of most of the world’s religions. It is also promoted as the basis for everyone coming together to form a one-world religion.
Mysticism includes physical and non-physical experiences, the practical and the spiritual. Practical mysticism involves methods that address the condition of physical illnesses or afflictions such as stretching exercises through yoga, stress reduction, guidance, reiki, and therapeutic touch. Spiritual mysticism involves energies such as chi (ki, qi, prana) which is said to be the universal power source of the cosmos. It impacts the individual through bodily sensations such as chi power, kundalini chakras, "a burning in the bosom," manifestations of light, and hearing voices.
Mysticism in its broad sense involves the abandonment of reality. Satan, the source behind mysticism, has no creative power. He can only work within what God has created and all his efforts are ultimately destructive. Satan and his minions can do nothing to alter, fix, adjust, or remedy the reality that they have turned from and corrupted. They are ultimately destructive in all their manifestations and their ultimate objective is leading people away from God and His Word.
Closely related to mysticism is sorcery which in the Old Testament involves input from demons manifesting occult powers. Old Testament terms used to describe sorcery are witchcraft, mediums, idols, wizards, soothsayers, spiritists, magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, astrologers, and one who interprets dreams or omens. Sorcery in the New Testament, in addition to Simon the Sorcerer (Acts:8:9-24), who bewitched people with his magic/sorcery as did Elymas and Bar-Jesus (Acts:13:6,8), involves the use of drugs (sorcery in the Greek is pharmakeus related to our word pharmacy). There’s little doubt that this use of sorcery in the Last Days indicates the utilization of mind-altering hallucinogenic drugs.