The Chapel Store Inc. Still Selling Aberrant Materials

The EmergentWatch blog was started in response to aberrant material that were found in various church bookstores, particularly Calvary Chapel’s Chapel Store online bookstores. Chapel store Inc. is controlled by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s Brian Brodersen. YELP confirms: “The Chapel Store is an outreach ministry of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa…”

One of EmergentWatch’s first bookstore surveys was of CC Downey [CCD], where over 1,700 items by aberrant authors was discovered. A video was done, entitled “Calvary Chapel Downey – Who’s Minding the Store?” – which showed screen captured documentation – webpages from the CC Downey store. The list is here:

The video got quite a response, but was shortly removed from You Tube for an alleged “copyright violation” filed by Chapel Store inc. However, CCD subsequently pulled down their online bookstore, and we hoped and prayed the bad materials would be removed. See https://emergentwatch.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/calvary-chapel-downey-whos-minding-the-store/  See also: https://emergentwatch.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/chapel-store-inc-has-our-video-removed-claiming-copyright-infringement/

The online store was down for quite some time, and I had checked occasionally to see if it was back online. I happened to check it recently and found it to be back up online @ http://www.chapelstoredowney.com/CustomModule.asp?pageid=201

From the brief survey that was done recently, it appears that the majority of the aberrant materials are no longer there. However CCD’s Chapel store is selling music by the aberrant Bethel Music, Bethel Redding’s Jesus Culture and Hillsong.

As the above image shows, their bookstore page @ http://www.chapelstoredowney.com/Product.asp?sku=0793573095060 is marketing Bethel Redding’s Jesus Culture, and declares: “Jesus Culture’s own Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala carry their signature call to intimate worship and bold praise.” and: “Jesus Culture is a community of worship leaders and musicians who’s heart is to see a generation impacted by encounters with the presence of God… is focused on equipping a generation to transform society by bringing people into an encounter…”

Some of the aberrant materials still sold by CCD’s Chapel Store include books by:

Francis Chan [4 items]; Jim Cymbala [7 items]; Steven Furtick [1 item]; Louie Giglio [4 items]; Timothy Keller [12 items]; Beth Moore [6 items]; Priscilla Shier [7 items]; Ann Spangler [6 items]; Andy Stanley [5 items]; Lysa Terkeurst [10 items]; and Gary Thomas [14 items]

The Chapel Store of CCCM’s online store link says: “We are in process of rebuilding our online store”. However, their Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/CCCMChapelStore] shows that they are now (Oct. 2018) selling materials by:

Tim Keller, Priscilla Shirer, Francis Chan, Emergent Chip Ingram, and Gary Thomas, Jim Cymbala, Max Lucado, Ann Spangler, Craig Groeschel, Lysa Terkeurst, John Piper, Stormie Omartian

Of particular concern are materials by Ann Spangler and Gary Thomas. Spangler is an advocate of ‘Spiritual Formation’ [see https://www.annspangler.com/spiritual-formation/ ] and dangerous ‘contemplative prayer’. In her books Spangler uses citations by Dallas Willard, Thomas Merton, Eugene Peterson and other contemplatives.

Spangler is also the editor of the Catholic Women’s Devotional Bible, which states that it’s contemplative “Meditations are drawn from a rich variety of authors, including: Esther de Waal Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich, Mother Teresa and Teresa of Lisieux” [see: https://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Womens-Devotional-Thomas-Nelson/dp/0310900573]

Author Gary Thomas has been popularized as ‘an expert’ on marriage. However his roots are deep into contemplative mysticism. In his book, ‘Sacred Pathways’, he tells his readers to “Choose a word (Jesus or Father, for example) as a focus for contemplative prayer. Repeat the word silently in your mind for a set amount of time, until your heart seems to be repeating the word by itself.” [pg. 185]

Thomas’ book Sacred Pathways is listed at #23 on Lighthouse Trails Top 50 “Christian” Contemplative Books – a NOT Recommended reading list [See https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=9707

See the EmergentWatch video on Christian Bookstores

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Francis Chan and the Heretical ‘Send 2019’ Event

Francis Chan has once again joined hands with the dangerous false teachers of the New Apostolic Reformation [NAR]. In his latest foray into apostasy, Chan will be a featured speaker at Lou Engle’s upcoming NAR-fest “The Send 2019” – set for Feb. 23, 2019 in Orlando, Fla. [see https://thesend.org/about/]

Chan will be speaking alongside Bethel’s Bill Johnson, IHOP’s Mike Bickle, YWAM’s Loren Cunningham, Heidi Baker, Todd White, Ben Fitzgerald, Daniel Kolenda, as well as Lou Engle.

Chan even does a video promotion of the Send 19:

The Send 2019 is sponsored by the aberrant ministries of Bethel Redding, IHOP, YWAM, TBN and others.

Also see Heterodox Research Initiative’s video expose:

For more on Francis Chan, see: https://emergentwatch.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/francis-chan-endorses-the-apostate-nar-movement/

Levi Lusko Speaks Like A Wolf

Aberrant Pastor Levi Lusko continues to promote himself and his books – This time using the marketing theme and logo of a wolf.

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” [Matt. 7:15];

“After my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” [Acts 20:29];

“Through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…” 2Pet. 2:3

See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3XU0-LL_t8&t=1s

And see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op2UoqNx7bk NOTE: “Through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…” – 2Pet. 2:3

Voice of the Apostles and Demonic Transference Exposed – part 2

This is part II of my video expose’ of the New Apostolic Reformation’s Voice of the Apostles [VOA] conferences. Featured is a new clip with NAR rising star Brian Starley, laying hands of people in Indonesia on Oct. 1st, 2018. The video also compares the effects of what the NAR false apostles call “impartation” to Eastern occultic kundalini “Shaktipata” and it’s demonic “kriya”manifestations.

See also: Voice of the Apostles: Deceiving Spirits and Demonic Transference 

https://emergentwatch.com/2017/10/24/voice-of-the-apostles-deceiving-spirits-and-demonic-transference/

World Parliament Of Religions Promoting Paganism and Anti-Christian Radicalism

The seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions [POWR] is now in session in Toronto, and runs Nov. 1-7th, with its theme of “The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.” See: https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/2018-toronto

The POWR appears to be one of the early building blocks of the modern New Age Movement – as well as of the ecumenical movement. The first POWR, in 1893, featured the occultist, and leader of the Theosophical Society, Annie Besant; as well as Swami Vivekananda – a key figure in the introduction of the eastern philosophies of Hinduism and Yoga to the Western world. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_the_World%27s_Religions

Karen Hamilton, co-chair of the Parliament’s Toronto hosting committee and former General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, pointed to failure to take climate change seriously, attitudes toward women, and the ways religion “has been used to support genocide, wars, persecution and injustice.”

Indigenous people of Canada will participate in the opening ceremonies, and a “sacred fire” will burn throughout the event. POWR 2018 will be divided into tracks covering “The role and dignity of women in religion; countering war, hate and violence; climate change; indigenous peoples; youth; and working to achieve a more just, peaceful and sustainable world”.

The 2018 Speakers include: heretical leftist “Christian” activist Jim Wallis, who will give the opening speech; Buddhist “Dharma Master” Hsin Tao; Dr. Kanwaljit Kaur, President of Global Sikh Council; Dr. PL de Silva, of the International War-related Trauma & Humanitarian Intervention Trust; Swami Sarvapriyananda, Minister-in-Charge of The Vedanta Society; Ingrid Mattson, former head of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and PhD scholar of Islamic Studies, expert in interfaith relations; Dr. Carol P. Christ , author of “Why Women Need the Goddess” co-founder of the “Goddess movement”. Listed in the “Voices of POWR” are:

An example of the pagan slant of the POWR is seen in the members of the “Indigenous Task Force“, and the leader Andtas Corban Arthen, who is the spiritual director of the EarthSpirit Community. Andras also lectures on the indigenous European pagan religions throughout the U.S. and abroad. See https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/content/pagan-response-parliament

One of the 12 “programs” of the POWR is “Faiths Against Hate”, which utilizes info from the radical leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and states: “those who order and give meaning to their lives based upon supremacy are dangerous – dangerous to those who, in their eyes, are inferior or different, dangerous to the wider company in which they live, dangerous to their own religious, national, ethnic, and cultural entities, dangerous it turns out to themselves.”

And they state: ” The interfaith movements across the globe could provide a new resource for challenging the re-emergence of supremacy crusades… ” Note that this section of the POWR site links those who claim exclusivity in religious matters (i.e. Jesus’ words) to “supremacists”! and of course everyone know supremacists are very bad people, even “haters”. See also: https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/program/faiths-against-hate

Speaking of hate – the first comment posted in “Faiths Against Hate” states that the above article is: “All the more urgent in light of Jeanine Hill Fletcher’s recent book THE SIN OF WHITE SUPREMACY: CHRISTIANITY, RACISM, AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY IN AMERICA, in which she lays out how White Supremacy is rooted in Christian Supremacy. But as Hill-Fletcher also make clear, claims of Christian supremacy are rooted in the New Testament… their sacred texts themselves.. to truly carry out its program of anti-supremacy, [NOTE] *as you encourage, the individual traditions will have to confront, I think, the roots of supremacy in their own texts.”

God’s Word tells us: “The mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only [NOTE] *He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie…” – 2 Thessalonians 2:7-11

Churches Using Worship Music by Aberrant Groups are Contributing To Those Groups

Many (if not most) churches nowadays are using ‘worship’ music by known aberrant groups such as Bethel Music, Jesus Culture and Hillsong. Because the music is ‘popular’, the heretical roots of these groups are overlooked. Some have asserted that even if the group or church is heretical, ‘the music is still really good’.

Many apparently don’t realize (or don’t care) that the “Jesus” of these groups is NOT the Christ Jesus of the Bible, but a different “Jesus” – and that those churches factually preach a different Gospel and utilize a different “spirit” [see 2Cor. 11:4 & Gal. 1:6]

This author has pointed out the fact that sharing pulpits with, as well as using material by aberrant teachers/ groups can have the effect of legitimizing those same. The possibility of stumbling believers – inspiring them to  follow those aberrant people/ groups.

What has been completely overlooked is the fact that every church that uses music by heretical groups is actively contributing to those groups via royalties that are paid directly to them, and which are used to support their heretical ‘ministries’. Let that sink in…

The following is a link to an interesting article entitled: ‘Should Your Church Sing Jesus Culture & Bethel Music’ by Costi Hinn. (Note: This is not an endorsement of Mr. Hinn’s  reformed theology)

See: http://www.forthegospel.org/should-your-church-sing-jesus-culture-bethel-music/

See also: https://emergentwatch.com/2017/07/17/hillsong-bethel-music-and-the-great-seduction/

and see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/09/10/hillsong-partnering-with-the-nars-bill-johnson/

and also: https://emergentwatch.com/2014/04/12/the-christian-music-industry-exposed-part-ii/

Mood-Tracking “Mindfulness” App Promoted by Bethel Redding Pastor

Feeling tired? Stressed? Spiritually disconnected? Now there’s an app for that! You [do NOT] need the new Soultime (https://www.soultime.com/) Christian Meditation app to “look after the needs of your soul”.

The website tell us: With Soultime, you can “Learn Christian meditation with insightful courses from experts like (Bethel Redding’s) Danny Silk. Beautiful, modern, emotionally aware meditations on a wide range of topics, that bring you peace and joy.”

You can also “Take our sophisticated questionnaire to help you understand and track your emotional and spiritual make-up. Let Soultime design a personalized course of meditations just for you.” And, if you’re truly needy, you can “Get personalized meditation suggestions – spoken, musical, scriptures. Stay on track with the mood monitor, reminders and your own journal.”

Aside from the well known dangers of the teachings of Bethel Redding & friends, a separate warning is issued here to those who might consider entrusting their spiritual life and daily moods, etc. to any app such as this. This could be opening oneself to great danger from deceptive intervention in one’s life. These people traffic in seducing demonic spirits – be warned. Read God’s Word and let The Good Shepherd “look after the needs of your soul”.

See also https://www.facebook.com/soultimeapp/?__tn__=,dk,P-R&eid=ARBDSEl5vlJAX_ylwljoFVsLdwepFvMj2POhnFnQ4pWB7IMEmQnJUOc81Lk2yNBQzQC3VN-hlQEPmjYl