Originally posted on Alan Fadling: Notes from an Unhurried Life:

Conservative Evangelicals sometimes assume that spiritual direction is a Catholic thing. I appreciate this paragraph from David Benner’s Sacred Companions that illustrates otherwise:

“The Protestant Reformers were all active in providing spiritual direction to others. Marlin Luther did most of this by means of correspondence, much like the apostle Paul fourteen centuries earlier. Ulrich Zwingli, while recommending confession of sins to God alone, urged Christians to consult other wise and mature Christians for assistance on the spiritual journey. And John Calvin, while stressing that the individual Christian’s subservience should be to God alone, offered spiritual direction and proclaimed its merits.” (David G. Benner. Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction. Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002, pp. 89-90.)

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