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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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

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/

Hillsong Partnering with the NAR’s Bill Johnson

The Hillsong Conference to be held in Los Angeles on August 2, 2019 is set to feature the New Apostolic Reformation’s Bill Johnson, of Bethel, Redding infamy. Alongside head pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, the lineup will also have Word-Faith superstar Joseph Prince, and Passion Conference host Louie Giglio. See https://hillsong.com/conference/guest-speakers/

Though their music is popular and played by churches far and wide, few are aware of the heretical roots of Hillsong.  [See https://churchwatchcentral.com/2016/01/23/the-origins-of-hillsong-the-new-order-of-the-latter-rain-part-1/  < > and see https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/10/13/apostle-steve-shultz-james-goll-talk-about-nar-recognizing-hillsong-and-brownsville-as-being-part-of-it/ 

One of the ways Hillsong has been gradually revealing it’s doctrinal affinities is through it’s lineup on the Hillsong Channel – a lineup now similar to TBN’s Word-Faith programming.

Hillsong’s aberrant nature is also revealed by it’s choice of conference speakers. Few are more aberrant than the NAR’s Bill Johnson. In 2016, we saw Johnson inviting Hillsong’s Brian Houston to speak at his ‘Open Heavens’ 2016 conference. In May 2016, Bethel’s Brian and Jenn Johnson appeared at the Hillsong conference in Sydney, Australia. Now, next year Houston will return the favor to Johnson.

Sadly – apparently their music is so popular that many have intentionally overlooked their aberrations and even provided cover for them. On the December 3, 2015 KWVE radio broadcast of ‘Pastor’s Perspective’, Calvary Chapel leader Brian Brodersen dismisses a caller’s concerns about Hillsong and openly endorses them on the nationally syndicated program – with Brodersen declaring, “They’re orthodox, they believe in the Gospel… I appreciate the contribution that Hillsong is making to the advancement of the kingdom in this generation.”

Factually, Hillsong is one of the most dangerous groups in modern Christianity. They are the cutting edge of the invasion of  the word-faith/NAR paradigm. Using their music as a front, they have effectively penetrated mainstream churches, and are now bringing their heretical friends with them.

Also see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/02/15/hillsong-sponsoring-contemplative-alpha-allows-catholic-mass-at-conference/

And see: https://hillsongchurchwatch.com/2015/01/31/why-hillsong-music-is-dangerous-to-sing-in-your-church/#comment-16103

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Brian Brodersen posts video by “Muslims around the world – The positive message” group

In July 2018, Calvary Chapel leader Brian Brodersen posted a video shared directly from the group ‘Muslims Around the World – The Positive Message’. The video is entitled “Pediatrician Shuts Down Leftists on Puberty Blockers.”

At the bottom of the post (see above screen capture) is a large print link to the Muslims Around the World – The Positive Message website – which as a Islamic proselytizing site – whose page banner (see below) proclaims (in big block letters) “Praise to Allah, who has removed us from sadness”.

The Islamic FB page indicates Brodersen shared the video directly from that page.

Questions: If Brodersen simply wanted to share a message about the facts on gender issues and ‘puberty blockers’, WHY choose one from an Islamic proselytizing site? HOW MANY people will Brodersen’s reckless post stumble?

If, let’s say, a Hindu cult had posted on some social issue Christians happen to agree with, should it therefore be shared by Christians – at the risk of exposing people to those doctrines? I hardly think so! So WHAT is Brodersen doing posting this?

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UPDATE: On ‘Pastors Together’ and Holland Davis

Update on the ‘Pastor’s Together’ group – see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/07/09/holland-davis-and-pastors-together-go-contemplative/

Rather than offering any explanation for the activities of the PT group, and particularly, their recent outing at a Catholic retreat – They have instead deleted the evidence – the entire album (39 photos) that they had posted of the ‘Pastors Together’ retreat at the ‘Prince of Peace’ Benedictine (contemplative) monastery on May 6, 2017. (See: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PastorsfellowshipOC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156581032822708  (Thankfully we have screen captures)

If there truly is no problem with their “retreat”, why has the documentation been deleted? What are they trying to cover up? Where is the accountability? Below is a screen capture of the photo album posted to the PT group’s Facebook on May 6, 2018

Rather than being held accountable to the church, instead Holland Davis has gone on the offensive and engaged in personal (‘straw man’) attacks – calling this reporter a liar and a slanderer. Exactly how posting screen captured image documentation taken from their own social media pages can possibly be “slander” or “lies” is never addressed.

In a message to me on 7/14, Holland says: “Mark… you’ve slandered me again. I pray the Lord shows you mercy for the lies you continue to propagate. You are of your Father the devil…” etc. I believe that if pastors have a problem with their activities being exposed, maybe their activities are the problem. My bible says to “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them!” – Ephesians 5:11

The above screen captured image of the invitation to the PT group’s 2014 retreat at the ‘Prince of Peace’ Catholic monastery shows the “Agenda” of the retreat includes “Silence, solitude” and “Practicing spiritual disciplines” – all indicative of contemplative mysticism.

To this day, no explanation has been given for the group’s ecumenical activities, and for events such as their 2014 retreat. This event featured a ‘Spiritual Formation’ seminar by Dr. Michael Bischof of Souleader Resources. http://www.souleader.org/leader-retreats

We saw the same diversionary ‘Straw man’ tactics after my 2016 post on the PT group. Intimidating or attacking me or my friends is simply a diversion to obscure facts that can’t be refuted. Accusing me of “slander” for posting screen captured primary source documentation is disingenuous to say the least. Until Holland, (and/ or the others) adequately publicly respond to the questions brought up in my articles, there is nothing to discuss with them.

Aside from the aforementioned, the original issue with the PT group was and remains the ecumenical compromise involved in the group. In my previous post I’d listed some of the churches involved. Why is Holland’s church and two other Calvary Chapels doing communal meals, prayer, worship, retreats, etc. with heretical and otherwise aberrant churches? Do they not understand that this lends legitimacy to these churches and may be stumbling many? Do they care? Here are screen captures of some of the questionable churches – at least two of which are involved with NAR doctrines and practices.

[Note: “PT” = Pastors Together – AKA Pastors Fellowship of South Orange County]

 

All in The Family: Nepotism at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa?

Calvary Chapel Pastors & Leaders Conference 2018 – to be held June 25-28 at Costa Mesa, will have Brian Brodersen’s wife, Cheryl, and his oldest son, Char Brodersen [hereafter ‘CB’] as featured speakers. Aside from the issue of having Brodersen’s wife address the conference’s mixed audience, there are problems with Brian’s son. CB is Senior pastor of Refuge Christian Fellowship in Santa Rosa, Ca., which is not officially affiliated with Calvary Chapel, but is a member of the New Calvinist Gospel Coalition. [See https://www.refugecf.com/beliefs/]

The problem with incorporating CB, a New Calvinist, into the CC Pastors & Leaders conference is compounded by his apparent affinity for a number of aberrant teachers. CB has posted scores of social media posts by contemplative and/or otherwise aberrant teachers. There are frequent posts by Eugene Peterson, Tim Keller, and Eugene Cho, and posts of Catholic contemplative gurus Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, Dallas Willard and Thomas Merton.

CB’s Refuge CF website lists “Books and resources mentioned in sermons” [see https://www.refugecf.com/booksandresources/] Amongst the books listed are contemplatives Dallas Willard’s Divine Conspiracy, Brennan Manning’s Abba’s Child, and Eugene Peterson’s Practice Resurrection, and Peterson’s The Jesus Way.

April 2017 – CB posts on his blog that, “I’ve been reading Henri Nouwen’s book – Show Me The Way – for Lent this year… I’m so thankful for his writings.

On Jan. 30, 2017 CB posted an advert for “Come Together” – which says to “Join in *Interfaith friendship and support for Sonoma County’s Muslim community”.

Char Brodersen is also now listed as leading the 2019 Israel Tour for CC Costa Mesa, alongside his mom & dad – Brian & Cheryl Brodersen. [See https://www.refugecf.com/calendar/israel-2019-informational-meeting]

 

For more on the problems with this CC Pastors Conference – see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/06/05/calvary-chapel-pastors-conference-to-feature-contemplative-reformed-speakers/