The Wine Of Heaven: What I Learned At A Mystic, “Drunk on the Glory of God” Charismatic Meeting
Pulling into the parking lot, my friend and I were a good forty-minutes late. I had just spend several hours in a meeting planning and programing a ministry our Church is launching in several months. Church business, good or bad, was on my mind. But as we stepped onto the church property and approached the double-doors of the sanctuary, we were greeted by a tattooed, 30-something man who acted as if we were long lost friends. “HEEEEY, you brothers ready to get drunk tonight? OOOOHHH.” Squinting his eyes, and staggering over he wrapped his arms around us and told us to press our bellies together. “Jesus is in our bellies!”, followed by some odd sounds of euphoria. “We lack nothing! If God had given us anything more, we would be a threat to the trinity!”
We laughed with him and walked in.
That was my introduction to the New Mystics Movement, a collective of mystical-minded Christians who are reconnecting with the bliss and glory of what it means to be in his presence and in the realization of who we are in Christ.
And though I was immediately uncomfortable with all the charismatic “joy” that was going on in the room, I prayed a quick prayer: “Father, do not let me be overly critical, but allow me to see these people for who they are and help me understand what they are saying, doing, and experiencing.”
To my surprise, the man who had greeted us so lovingly (and “drunkenly”) was the key note speaker for the night—Dave Vaughan; also known as the “drunk monk.”
He launched right in.
The church today is experiencing a plague which is sweeping the body. This plague is “scurvy” (yelled out in his best and most passionate pirate voice). We are malnutritioned. We have forgotten to eat and be part of Christ and the Holy Spirit. For too long we have tried to feed ourselves with our own religious rituals. For too long we have tried to “do” church ourselves—making ministry work by our programs and purpose driven efforts.
All we need to do, Vaughan informed us, was to get whacked and drunk on the glory of God—perpetual bliss in his presence! How can his presence not be euphoric?
Assuredly we should feel transported and blissful if we have experienced the Holy Spirit or to be in his presence, but I had never been that joyful over Christ, my redemption, and His presence. This bliss is what transforms us. When we realize who we are in Christ—really realize, not just some head knowledge—our nature and our bondage to sin melts away. We are liberated from our sin and made perfect in Christ, lacking nothing.
His message bears much truth. And although mingled with uncouth behavior and oddities, timely truths lay underneath his giggles and “drunken” bliss in Christ.
I am still not sure about these New Mystics, but I am intrigued and will be looking into them a bit more—seeing what they have to say about who we are in Christ and what prompts this bliss they experience.
For a bit more on this man and this movement, check out these videos. But I must warn you, their behavior is odd. Approach it with an open mind and listen to what he is teaching.
The following is a brief introduction to the Glory of God by John Crowder, one of the founders of this movement.
The following is a sample of Dave Vaughan’s teaching.
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