Soaking Prayer/Music – Is It Biblical or Mystical?
Overview, soaking music takes you to altered state of consciousness
“Soaking is just resting in God’s presence – drawing closer to him allowing him to touch you in a deep way, maybe giving healing emotional or physical… some people call soaking – Carpet time.”
But where do we see this practiced endorsed & recorded in the life of the NT Believer? – answer is we DON’T…
is it of God – can we access God’s presence this way – through a method… ? NOPE…
Jesus said: in John 14 v 6 (KJV)
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
anytime we have a method – promoting a way to get to God, connect with the father – “host the presence” etc etc that excludes or sidelines Jesus – Our glorified risen saviour & fails to worship him on that basis we can be sure it is a) not Biblically grounded b) a deception & c) leads us to the wrong Father..
Remember that the Father of lies – will present as an imposter – he is a counterfeiter – a deceiver- anything “spiritual” we receive under these circumstances will be a doctrine of demons..
Our relationship with the Holy Spirit is to be worked out & walked out – daily through all of life’s circumstances – that is what grows us & establishes us in the things of God… we demonstrate the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5) it is a process… how in the world could this ever be “achieved” through laying on a carpet & having “experiences’ in a meeting or 2…? it is simply shallow to think this way, & has zero substance in reality.
Now there is nothing wrong with laying down on the floor to pray – (if you wish you may do so – there is no legalism in obtaining correct prayer positions) the point is that it is always about the heart stance – the right standing before God – the submission & humilty before him. – that we as believers should be pursuing- constantly seeking to be “right” before him “Soaking” is not about that… it goes way beyond those bounds. The focus of “soaking” is not about “getting right with God” it is about experiencing “something” (of him) – The problem is that it is a technique- a formula that has been “developed” in order to achieve this outcome… This whole premise (of techniques)- is completely unfounded in scripture… “Acheiving” One ness with God & connection with the divine are new Age Concepts… & if we hold to this idea in this way we negate the Cross of Christ – the biblical truth that HE has made the way & is the only way.
Worship enhances focusing on the Lord, while some soaking music doesn’t do that. The focus of the music is the key. Worship music is about Jesus and worshiping him. Much of the soaking music is about us (going inside of self the same the new agers try to accomplish). This is New Age or Gnosticism thinking:
- Faith and knowledge based primarily on personal or mystical experience rather than the Word.
- Emphasis on self-knowledge and emotional well-being or healing, rather than Biblical knowledge of God and His freedom through the cross and cleansing through His blood (already accomplished).
- Illogical and feeling-based interpretations of His Word.
Worship music extols His greatness, His character. Soaking music is often filled with prophetic encouragement about the destiny we have ahead of us. Soaking music may talk about how much we desire the Lord, the longing of our heart for Him, and that is wonderful, but it is still about us more than it is about Him (the Lord). This is not true across the board, but it is a general theme I have noticed.
“Soaking” is at its premise self-serving and may yield what occult practices do – a false peace and a false joy. I think it appropriate to compare this “soaking” experience movement with the occult practices of Yoga and other world religions which do not honor the one true God by acknowledging Jesus Christ as the only LORD and Savior.
Do pagan world religions not incorporate this same mindless meditation? Aren’t people instructed to wait and conjure up things? Doesn’t this seem consistent with what we see in the “soaking” experiences we see coming into the church world? The object of worship in false religions is ultimately self. “Soaking” is waiting and basking with self-help (helping self) at heart, not worshiping God in Spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:23-24). Is this not all a vain endeavor to better our depraved selves? “
& if an endeavour to better our depraved selves we then have a faulty understanding of the Power of Jesus Blood of redemption.. it always comes back to that…