For a while, thought the Moravians were scripturally solid. However, last year, I heard a radio broadcast from Wretched Radio, and Todd Friel was speaking of said cult's beliefs (Similar, but not exactly, to this clip). I read more into it, and sure enough they believed heresy. They believe the Holy Spirit was a woman, who was born when Jesus was stabbed with a spear in the side. They would idolize the "Little Side Wound" almost as much as their false god, including whole hymns and sermons dedicated to it, and paintings of it with everyday functions such as walking and talking going on inside of it. This is right along with some more perverse paintings I wouldn't feel comfortable describing. Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf, the leader of the Moravians actually said that the Holy Spirit was a mother to all believers. He also said, "His side is the womb in which my spirit was conceived and carried." In fact, they even went as far as to attribute erotic qualities to Jesus. They even question God's gender so they wouldn't have to adhere to homosexuality while being sensual towards the savior. Each of their heresies mostly came as a result of this poor motif of Bridal Mysticism (Having a romantic view of God). (Sources for every previous claim can be found here: Source).
After hearing about this, you would hope this Bridal Mysticism and Eros Mysticism Having a sexual view of God) would be limited to 16th century Bohemia. However, this train of thought can be found in 21st Century United States, and one specific example is Jesus Culture. They attribute romantic and amatory qualities to Christ in their songs (Just look at "My Romance"). In their song called "I Am In Love With You" (The title alone should be a huge red flag), they said, "Everyday my heart is in lust for you." In lust with Jesus? I have three thoughts. 1. Yuck. 2. Weird. 3. Blasphemous. However, this Bridal Mysticism has almost become a central interpretive motif, or the one thing in light of which they read the rest of the Bible, to Jesus Culture and Bethel (The cult they serve).
The love we feel for Jesus should not be eros (romantic, sexual), it should be agape (self-sacrificing). We should not be feeling some romantic attraction in a "O Kiss me please" (Written by Moravians) or "A sloppy wet kiss" (Popularized by Jesus Culture) sort of way. We should have a reverent, respectful and yet close love to Him. When Matthew 22:37 tells us to love the Lord our God, it does not use the Greek verb "eros", it uses the Greek verb "Agapēseis", which comes from agape. If we were to think about this logically, if Matthew 22:37 leads to loving God with a romantic love, then we have a problem with verse 39 just after it. That verse says to love (Agapēseis) your neighbor, which would throw monogamy to the wind.
Bridal Mysticism leads to Eros Mysticism, which leads to the same heretical pitfall as the Moravians (I would say that these motifs are heresy). We need to avoid those who use these hermeneutics lest they pull us down in the pitfall with them, and that means putting Moravian books down and taking Bethel Music (Who writes Jesus Culture songs) out of our hymnals.
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