I used to be known as the #1 critic of Calvary Chapel and I’m still called an “anti-CC” pastor by some.
The perceived damage I’ve done is nothing compared to what some are attempting today, which is to split the non denominational denom from within.
I tried to deal with facts and documents, these folks with fear and accusations.
I received emails all week about George Bryson’s current witch hunt against anything that smacks of Calvinism within the movement.
Jacob Prasch is taking things up a notch with two recent articles, the contents of which will be a staple as he visits like minded Calvarys to spread the love.
The gloves start to come off when after describing the conference Prasch adds “The announcement follows a public financial scandal reaching the secular press at the same church in 2008.”
I remember that…don’t remember ol Jacob supporting the investigation though…
First up in the article is the usual toasting of Rick Warren and the “emergent church”.
“One should hardly be surprised that the Calvinistic preacher John Piper has jumped into bed with Rick Warren. With his erroneous Replacement Theology, Piper has always been a teacher of error anyway. While we cannot confirm Mr. Piper’s motives, we should rather be surprised if John Piper had not ventured further into error; he was always misled with his reformed nonsense to begin with and has always misled others on various other points, so it is natural he should introduce his church to more error.”
Then he hits high gear…some samples:
“Why would doctrinally grounded pastors partner with someone like Rick Warren whose dishonest and backtracking antics on the same-sex marriage issue are plainly wrought in hell? Why would they share platforms with a multi-faith advocate who mutilated the scriptural Gospel they claim to believe in? Why would they ignore their own heritage concerning the importance of studying the return of Christ and share a platform or grant public sanction to someone whose endorsement of the Emergent church is conspicuously of Satan? Why would they share a platform with a virtual New Ager like Leonard Sweet unless it was to debate him? Why this sad, sick compromise? How could a preacher ever endorse a vile specimen of blasphemous heresy like The Shack unless he himself is false?”
For those keeping score that was a shot at Piper, Eugene Peterson, Skip Heitzig and Gayle Erwin.
“I have readily defended Chuck Smith publicly from the unjust attacks on him and on his character by Christianity Today magazine, the “Phoenix Preacher” and others. But how can I defend some of those claiming to be Calvary Chapels who no longer by their actions believe or do what Chuck taught?”
I’m honored by the mention…
“Much to his credit Chuck Smith always tossed heretics such as Lonnie Frisbee and John Wimber out of Calvary Chapels and more recently Chuck Smith has rightly (and at considerable personal cost) withstood those introducing Emergent Church practices and beliefs into Calvary Chapels. There are indeed many godly men in Calvary Chapels whose ministry I can endorse without hesitation such as Don McClure, Raul and Xavier Reese, Edmund Coronel, Jack Hibbs, Damian Khyle, Lloyd Pulley, Claude Stauffer, Jim King, Dwight Douville, Bill Gallatin, Daryl Skinner, Greg Jones, Ray Bentley, Mike MacIntosh, Rob Yardley, John Higgins and many others from America, to the Far East, to New Zealand, to Britain and Europe. I sanction the ministry of all of them without hesitation. There are also however, others who leave me confused, leave the church of Jesus misguided, and leave themselves on the wrong road often due to “The Second Sin of David”; it is no longer about Jesus but about the numbers or about something having nothing to do with Jesus.
What do I do when Gayle Irwin cover endorses a heretical specimen of blasphemous trash like The Shack authored by a man who says there is no hell? Following an ugly financial scandal in the newspapers, what do I do when Skip Heitzig invites a teacher of New Age in pseudo-Christian packaging from an extreme axis who most would define as “Emergence’ like Leonard Sweet with worship by a Roman Catholic who adheres to the false Christianity of Rome? Chuck Smith made it clear that he does not want this Emergent influence in Calvary Chapel and he is correct. What do I do when good men of God like Roger Oakland and Paul Smith are marginalized by theocratic politics?”
There is more nonsense in that one paragraph than I have the hands to document.
Heitzig, for all of his numerous faults, is about as “new age” as I am Arminian.
Gayle Irwin teaches people how to know and love Christ and that’s the fundamental difference between him and the ODM’s.
One is all about Jesus…one makes it impossible to see him.
It’s not the Calvinists who want to bring division to your churches, my CC friends.
It’s Bryson and his new found friends in the ODM community that fear losing their power and profits…and fear even more that you will think for yourselves.