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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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

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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Holland Davis and ‘Pastors Together’ Go Contemplative?

As I reported in March 2016: From posts on their own social media pages – Calvary Chapel pastor Holland Davis (CC San Clemente) and his friends in the “Pastors Together” group appear to have been involved with ecumenical and contemplative activities for years now. > See https://emergentwatch.com/2016/03/26/pastors-together-together-in-ecumenical-apostasy/

Now, in a May 6, 2018 pic posted on Facebook page of the “Pastor’s Fellowship of South Orange County” [aka ‘Pastors Together’], Holland can be seen with Ron Sukut (Cornerstone San Clemente) and two other unidentified men, posing outside the Benedictine Catholic “Prince of Peace Abbey” in Oceanside, CA. > See photos https://www.facebook.com/pg/PastorsfellowshipOC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156581032822708

As I have documented, this is apparently an annual retreat for the ‘Pastors Together’ [PT] group, since at least 2014. Note that this is a Benedictine monastery devoted to contemplative practices – that is what they do there. At least one of these retreats was led by Dr. Michael Bischof, of  Souleader Resources [http://www.souleader.org/leader-retreats]. Souleader itself is a contemplative group that specializes in facilitating “Spiritual Formation” seminars.

In one of their adverts, ‘Prince of Peace’ Monastery says: “We are monks of Prince of Peace Abbey, a monastery of the Order of St. Benedict, in the Catholic Church. We seek and serve God IN OUR [NOTE] CONTEMPLATIVE HORARIUM of liturgical worship and personal prayer…”

WHY has the PT group chosen to hold their retreats at a Catholic monastery – even a Benedictine one – whose monks are specifically contemplative. If they wants a secluded, peaceful atmosphere, there are dozens of beautiful retreat centers in SoCal with much better accommodations – and free from the Catholic contemplative, Eucharistic influences. Again – if they are not involved with contemplative practices, why do a retreat at a contemplative Benedictine monastery? WHY was a contemplative facilitator [‘Souleader’] used?

Aside from many questionable social media posts promoting groups like Jesus Culture, Bethel Music and Hillsong, Holland went out of his way, with multiple posts, to promote NAR frontman Nick Hall and the NAR/ ecumenical “Together 2016” event.

The ‘Pastors Together’ ecumenical group meet regularly – at least monthly, for prayer luncheons. They also do occasional special events and nights of “worship and prayer”, ‘Easter Together’, etc.

Churches involved with “Pastors Together”:

Capo Beach Church [Hosts Chuck Jr. contemplative events]

Celebration Church San Juan Capistrano [NAR affiliate!]

Calvary Chapel San Clemente (Holland Davis)

Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo

Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch

Cornerstone Church (Ron Sukut) – San Clemente

Heritage Church – San Clem. [they do ‘Sozo’, ‘Soaking’ prayer & hosts NAR events]

Saddleback San Clemente [Purpose Driven & Contemplative practices]

St. Michael’s [heretical] Charismatic Episcopal – San Clem.

St. Clement Catholic Church – San Clem.

Ten Ways False Teachers Ensnare People

Rick Becker from ‘Famine In The Land’ continues to warn believers of the greatest enemy of the cross – false teachers. We are warned to guard ourselves against false teachers by being armed with the best weapon against the ‘peddlers of error who masquerade as teachers of truth’ – by rightly discerning the Word of God.

1. They are Established in the visible church.

The false teachers that present a very real and present danger are not those living on some isolated plot of land with a few hundred followers.  To the contrary, they are the ones revered in the industrial evangelical complex with thousands of followers.  Disguised as apostles of Christ, they speak of revival, fill stadiums, operate in signs and wonders, and claim to have new revelations for the body of Christ. Their books dominate the shelves of christian bookstores, and their conferences and courses flood the market. They are on GOD TV, TBN, and the Sid Roth show.  In his epistle, Jude exhorted the saints to “earnestly contend for the faith” because “certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” Jude 4

Paul forewarned the elders at Ephesus that false teachers would come from within:
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;  and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 
 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.” Acts 20:29-31

Many new or undiscerning believers are led to believe that these false teachers are the anointed ones, the ones who “hear from God.”  The humble preachers who faithfully exposit God’s word are ignored in favour of the celebrity teachers who motivate, entertain, and promise something new.  The enemy of the church lurks within it’s pastures!

2.  They Exploit weakness.

Paul warned Timothy that in the “the last days” there will be false teachers who prey on the weak: 

For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,  always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” 2 Timothy 3:6-7

False teachers prey on the sinful desires and passions of the women mentioned in this example.  They prey on those oppressed by their sins, perhaps giving them a solution not offered in scripture or alternatively, justifying their sins  The result is that these women never arrived at a “knowledge of the truth.”  In our generation, millions of men and women  sign up for the latest “christian” course on offer by well know teachers or ministries, yet never come to know the truth.  Unbeknownst to them, their weaknesses are being exploited by teachers who are peddling myths and doctrines of demons.

The parable of the sower reveals that two things “choked the word” that was sown among thorns: “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful” Matthew 13:22. These two things are likewise two weaknesses that false teachers exploit – the cares and the pleasures of this world.

False teachers teachers prey on those looking for an increase in wealth – the pleasures of this world.  Teaching for shameful gain, they offer formulas such as seed faith giving and tithing in order to achieve prosperity.  False teachers prey on those in desperate circumstances such as relationship and health issues – the cares of this world.  False teachers also prey on passionate youth eager to be great in the kingdom of God.  Like James and John they covet a distinguished position in the kingdom on earth, yet have no understanding of the kingdom of God or the cup of sufferings true believers will endure.  The subtlety of pride deceives those who are determined to be part of a new breed of anointed revivalists that will leave a legacy.  These naive youth are taught that all can prophesy, perform miracles, and the end result is a journey into mysticism, vain imaginations and even the occult.  They have been deceived into believing they can rule and reign in this present world by false teachers.

 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” Romans 16:18

3. They Entice people

These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved.  For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.  They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves  of corruption.” 2 Peter 2: 17-19

Their messages are appealing because they offer what the flesh desires, and justify it with scripture.  The top priorities of the world include wealth and health and this is exactly what false teachers offer.  The gospel they market is nothing short of a dream destiny manual and a means of self motivation.  The old nature is extolled instead of being exterminated.  False teachers tell their audiences they are awesome, inherently good, worthy, and deserve the best that life has to offer.  False teachers make you feel like you deserve a crown, whereas the true gospel leads us to a cross.  False teachers will never tell you about the cost of following Christ, but merely what you will gain.  By gain, they are not referring to redemption or knowing Christ, but taking dominion and  guaranteed health and wealth. In other words, they will tell you that the kingdom of God is of this world.  The sobering words of A W Tozer ring hollow on the ears of those who are professional ear ticklers and their audiences:  “The whole purpose of God in redemption is to make us holy and to restore us to the image of God. To accomplish this, He disengages us from earthly ambitions and draws us away from the cheap and unworthy prizes that worldly men set their hearts upon.”

Three areas that we are tempted in are recorded in 1 John 2: 15-17: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyesand pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

The devil used these three areas to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, and in two instances the devil justified his temptation with scripture.  This is what false teachers do –  use scripture, out of context, in order to entice and flatter their followers.

4. They Eisegete texts

You may have been in a bible study when the question is asked: “What does that verse mean to you?”  The proper question should be “What was the original meaning that the author intended?”  Exegesis is the result of applying hermeneutical principles to the text in order to establish the true meaning.  Factors such as the type of literature (historical narrative, wisdom, law, apocalyptic etc), the context, and the difference between the law and the gospel are crucial when interpreting scripture.  False teachers employ eisegesis instead of exegesis. This means that instead of rightly dividing the word and drawing out the proper meaning, they ignore the historical context and original meaning of the text.  Instead, they impose their meaning into the text.

Another faulty method of interpretation is narcigesis.  Eisegesis imposes a faulty meaning into the text, whereas narcigesis places you in the text. In other words, its all about you.  In some cases people are actually encouraged to insert their own names into a text.  You become David, and Goliath your problem etc. This self centered approach makes the gospel about you – not Christ.  By modifying the gospel, false teachers are able to deceive those who accept teachings without making any attempt to emulate the Bereans and search “the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”

To give credence to their teachings, false teachers use scripture, but it is in fact an abuse of scripture due to their faulty interpretations. The visible church is in such a bad state that not only do false teachers abuse scripture, they ignore it altogether.  It is common to have meetings that exclude scripture and the gospel, and the focus instead is on signs and stories.

5. They are Eloquent

False teachers are good speakers.  They captivate their audience through eloquent speech. “For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.”  2 peter 2:18
They use high sounding words and exaggeration to fool their listeners.  These words however are meaningless, devoid of the knowledge of the truth.  Suave False teachers will mesmerize their followers with stories, testimonies and new revelations. 

Paul lacked oratorical skill, unlike the false apostles who were skilled speakers: Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.  Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.” 2 Corinthians 11:5-6
Some in Corinth had described Paul as someone who had a weak “bodily presence”and having “speech of no account” 2 Corinthians 10:10

Paul was the exact opposite of the teachers that flaunt their appearance and oratory skills on stages and behind pulpits today.  Paul relied on the word of God to have it’s effect.  When the word of God is rightly divided, believers are able to grow in their knowledge what of scripture actually teaches, and in the knowledge of God.  Smooth talkers abound in the visible church, but despite their eloquence and fanciful stories they proclaim “another Jesus” and their followers receive a “different spirit” and a “different gospel.” (2 Corinthians 11:4)

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” Romans 16:17-18

6. They Elevate themselves

With “loud boasts of folly” they present their new teachings and tell you of their encounters with God.  Their new revelations are touted as “messages for the body of Christ” as that the “Lord gave them” the word.  They describe themselves in their promotional materials as “sought after speakers” and remind you of how many books they have sold.  They make sure you know about the charity work they are involved in, and what great humanitarians they are.  Jude 16 describes them as being: “grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.”   While claiming to be anointed, their actual condition resembles the church in Laodicea: “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:17

False teachers are self centered individuals, they take credit due to others, commend themselves, compare themselves with others, and boast in themselves (2 Corinthians 10:12-18)  This is how they elevate themselves, creating a successful persona that is merely a facade for a ravenous wolf.  A new adulterous priesthood take trips to heaven, receive direct revelations from God, and function as God’s mouthpiece for lesser creatures who have not been allowed access into the heavenlies.  Naturally, the keys to access the heavenly realms false teachers supposedly frequent can be obtained by purchasing their latest course.

7. They promote Experiential Christianity

We are not always going to sense the presence of Christ within us.  As emotional beings, we are susceptible to place more emphasis on the subejctive, and neglect the objective.  Experience has replaced reason, and the result is a generation of of people who would rather soak in subjective feelings and their own imaginations than study the word of God.  The word of God is our objective source of truth, so when feelings and manifestations take precedence over the word of God we are left with relative truth.  Chasing after signs and mantles, lying on graves of the deceased to soak up anointings, running after prophets to receive impartations, and being incapacitated by the “power of God” are some of the ingredients of an experiential based Christianity.  False teachers want it to appear as if God is present in their meetings in order to justify their ministries. To this cause, they go to great lengths by preparing their venues.  Trending worship songs, lights, smoke machines and other modern technologies are utilized in order to create the right atmosphere.  Signs and wonders are advertised, and they key word “revival” is thrown in for extra effect.  Which leads us to the next point:

8. They create Expectation

Peter describes false teachers as “waterless springs and mists driven by a storm”
2 Peter 2:17. Jude describes them as:  “hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;  wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.” Jude 12-13

False teachers create a false hope by offering health, wealth, intimacy with God and the ability to walk as Jesus did on the earth in signs and wonders.  It is this expectation, or hope that keeps people coming back for more. “There is more” – they shout from their stages and from their positions of power, but the more never comes.  Like clouds without water, these false teachers cannot deliver what they promise.  When those who are deceived do not receive what they hoped for, they shipwreck their faith or embark on a journey without end.  They have to attend the next revival meeting to experience holy laughter or be slain in the spirit, they need a word from the next prophet, they need to do the next course etc.  When results are not forthcoming, don’t expect a false teacher to take the blame.  The problem will be your sin, your lack of faith, the fact that you don’t tithe, you lack commitment to the church etc.

9. They Entertain

 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound  teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
That time is now.  The visible church at large is a business, and members are consumers demanding a product that suits their passions.  Entertainment is used to attract and keep people in many churches.  Large churches that entertain goats are viewed as successful; smaller churches that feed the sheep are deemed as failures and in need of church growth strategies.  The true Gospel that offends the natural man, has been replaced by a false gospel that excites the natural man.

“A German philosopher many years ago said something to the effect that the more a man has in his own heart, the less he will require from the outside; excessive need for support from without is proof of the bankruptcy of the inner man” – A W Tozer

Entertainment is a vital cog in the machinery of the post modern church.  Hedonists are at ease in a church that stimulates the senses and stifles the word of God.  Sermons are based on movies, there are props on stage, hip “worship leaders”, special effects, and celebrity speakers are brought in to satisfy consumers. The early church flourished under this model – “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” Acts 2:42.

These four elements don’t attract the majority of people that constitute the visible church today – carnal people and false converts.  There is nothing entertaining about carrying a cross and dying to self.  The reverence of God has been replaced with a blatant flippancy that has reduced God to our partner who wants us to be happy, not holy.

“Many churches these days have become little more than poor theaters where fifth-rate “producers” peddle their shoddy wares with the full approval of evangelical leaders who can even quote a holy text in defense of their delinquency. And hardly a man dares raise his voice against it.” A W Tozer

10. They Excuse their moral failures

The biblical qualifications to be a teacher or pastor basically covers two areas – the life of the individual, the doctrine of the individual.

False teachers can therefore be recognized by their failure in these two areas.  Teachers must be able to rightly divide the word of God. They  must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it  Titus 1:9

False teachers have swerved from the truth, and distorted the gospel. ” There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” 2 Peter 3:16

Those who are captivated by these false teachers have failed to compare the teachings on offer to what the word of God really teaches.

The second way to identify a false teacher is by examining their lives.  Scripture is clear regarding what is required. (1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 3: 1-13; Titus 1:5-9)  Some of the requirements listed include: humility, not teaching for shameful gain (greed) not domineering, above reproach, self controlled, family life in order and mature in the faith.

False teachers are masters at disguising their moral flaws and indiscretions.  The sad part is that in today’s society, some of these attributes that actually disqualify a person from church leadership, are openly flaunted.  This makes it easy for false teachers to excuse their moral failures as they follow the pattern of this world.  Carnal people are only too happy to hear how awesome they are, how great they will become, and what a legacy they will leave.  They want to hear this from someone who is seen to have “arrived.”  Humility, brokenness, transparency and contentment with God’s will,  can only serve to sabotage the false teachers image as a confident and successful individual.   False teachers teach for “shameful gain”and they are motivated by greed.

“And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.” 2 Peter 2:3

They excuse their greed by preaching the prosperity gospel, a false gospel that will never take hold unless the one preaching it is actually prospering.  Mansions, Jets, expensive cars, watches, expensive clothes and jewelry are justified because God wants to prosper his children.

Barely a month goes by without some well known teacher’s indiscretions brought to light.  Abusing church funds for self promotion or pleasures, controlling and abusing members, and of course having an affair with someone are common.  Guilty pastors simply lie low for a while without neglecting to blame others and shame their spouses or the one’s they betrayed.  Within a few months they have a new wife, or have moved to another city, and it’s business as usual.  Endorsements from fellow false teachers and a re-commissioning by an apostolic or prophetic team ensure the wolf is kitted out in a new sheepskin.

The false shepherds of today are similar to the rulers of Israel that Ezekiel rebuked:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep.  The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.  So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered;   they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.” Ezekiel 34:2-6

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This is reposted from Richard Becker’s blog: Famine in The Land (3/29/2018) See http://fitl.co.za/2018/03/29/10-ways-false-teachers-ensnare-people/

Former Calvary Chapel Pastor Joins Joel Osteen’s Word-Faith Church Network

Pastor Joe Sabolick is no stranger to controversy. Having begun as a youth pastor at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Fellowship in Riverside, Ca. – Sabolick started a Calvary Chapel in Laguna Beach in 1996, only to be fired in 2004 by his own hand-picked church board, amid accusations of sexual improprieties and financial mis-management. See http://articles.latimes.com/2005/aug/21/local/me-pastor21

Sabolick then sued his former church for $15 Million, claiming defamation, only to drop the suit the following year. After changing his appearance and re-imaging himself, he was involved with ministry at a CC in Marin County, Ca., getting divorced and re-married along the way.

Having written the song made famous by Crystal Lewis at the Harvest Crusades – “Come Just as you are” – SB pulls in about $70,000 in royalties from this alone. Apparently eager to rebuild his image and finances, SB formed the “Joe Sabolick Band”, and began producing new music and released a new album (using his new Country-Western image) See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AalRrWPxMso

Sabolick’s moved inland and started a new church named “New Creation Church” – (as is Word-Faith heretic Joseph Prince’s Church), and it is part of Joel Osteen’s “Champions Network” of churches, being listed on Osteen’s ‘Find a Church’ app. See https://www.joelosteen.com/pages/find-a-church.aspx – This network also hosts the churches of false teachers Steven Furtick, Jentzen Franklin, Leon Fontaine, Samuel Rodriguez, and Mark Batterson.

Joe Sabolick no longer preaches the Gospel he once did, but the “Positive Confession” and “Walking in Power” message of the Word-Faith teachers. The church website footer proclaims: “You will learn that you do not have to accept the old things which have plagued you such as illness, poverty …For as a ‘New Creation’, you can expect wholeness in every area of your life and to live like the Champion that You are in Christ!” See https://newcreation.tv/

Sabolick’s blog posts sound like the twisted theology of Joel Osteen. His post of his ‘Thoughts For Today” (Jan. 9, 2018) tells us:

Words have creative power. When you speak something out, you give life to what you are saying… If you are going to the next level and accomplish your dreams it has to come out of your mouth, you have to declare it. God created the world by speaking it into existence… Whatever God has put in your heart, declare it is coming to pass- Nothing happens until you speak out His promise over your life!”           See https://newcreation.tv/pastor-joes-blog/

Sabolick’s tweets also reveal the same type of soundbites made famous by Osteen and others. “Speak and claim your promise”; “Your greatest days are ahead”; “You have to say it – Choose to speak life”; “You were created to reign”; etc. In just the last year, other than retweets of President Trump, Osteen and other WF teachers make up aprox. 90% of his retweets.

Fairly recently, Sabolick’s “New Creation” moved into a brand new state-of-the-art $3.75 Million facility in Perris, CA. NOTE that in Feb. 2018 Sabolick posted a video on You Tube entitled: “Joel Osteen Invites you to New Creation church with Pastor Joe and Jacquelyn Sabolick”, wherein Joel promotes his new book – “Blessed in The Darkness” – and offers a free copy to those will come to Sabolick’s church that weekend. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcZ00E9wTwo

 

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Rick Warren, Brian Brodersen and the Lies of Chrislam

Recently Calvary Chapel’s Facebook page posted a video clip of Brian Brodersen interviewing Rick Warren. In the short clip, Brian says he wants to address some of the “controversies” involving Warren. Brodersen sets up Warren with an opportunity to once again disclaim any involvement in the ecumenical antics that have become know as “Chrislam”.  Although Warren continues to claim the whole thing is a lie, the facts show otherwise. There is substantial evidence to prove that Warren’s Chrislam indeed exists.

The video below shows the clip posted on the Calvary Chapel Facebook page:

 

The first piece of evidence is the from the December 2011 archives of the blog of the Islamic Center of Southern California [ICSC].

The text of the ICSC post reads as follows:

“Last Sunday a historic event took place at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Saddleback is known for its famous pastor, Rick Warren, who delivered the prayer at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony. The church hosted a number of Muslim communities in Southern California for it’s second annual celebration of Jesus. This event is significant because Saddleback is the largest evangelical church, with over 22,000 members.

Although only a select number of individuals were invited to this dinner, it demonstrates [NOTE] the new theological position of Saddleback. At the celebration, a document [NOTE] *one year in the making was presented, which encourages Christians and Muslims to appreciate the similarities of our faiths.

The document encouraged that our communities work together towards the common good, and to combat bigotry on a 1-2-3 plan. The first step in the plan identifies the belief in ONE God. The second step in the plan acknowledges God’s commandment to love God and your neighbor. Finally, step three is for our communities to commit to three things: Making friends, building peace, and serving the world at large together.

The relationship with Saddleback church was initiated over a year ago with a friendship between one of the pastors, Abraham Meulenberg, and the ICSC’s Jihad Turk. From this friendship [NOTE] developed an institutional link between their respective organizations.”

The link for this info is here: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2012/02/historic-interfaith-document-was-one.html

In February 2012, Apprising Ministries posted it’s article “Rick Warren, Islam and Jim Hinch”:  http://apprising.org/2012/02/27/rick-warren-islam-and-jim-hinch/  wherein documentation is given showing Warren’s response to Hinch’s OC Register expose’ and also Hinch’s reply to Warren’s comment. See the screen capture below.

In March 2012, Apprising Ministries exposed the ongoing ecumenical links between Warren’s Saddleback Church and Muslim clerics. See http://apprising.org/2012/03/11/rick-warren-says-no-kings-way-document-and-no-saddleback-staff-involved/  and also see: http://apprising.org/2012/03/14/more-on-the-kings-way-presentation-at-saddleback-church/

Significantly, the article by OC Register reporter Jim Hinch that caused the initial uproar was reprinted in it’s entirety by the ICSC blog in 2012. The link is HERE:  http://blog.icsconline.org/2012/02/in-the-media-rick-warren-builds-bridge-to-muslims/ Screen capture is below.

On March 9, 2012 the OC Register published excerpts of the King’s Way documents, which testify to the ongoing Chrislamic endeavors. The link is HERE: http://www.ocregister.com/2012/03/09/kings-way-document-excerpts/ Also see: http://www.solasisters.com/2012/03/is-kings-way-interfaith-document-or-not.html

Warren’s defense regarding his involvement in “Chrislam” has been essentially a matter of semantics and deception. Although he himself may not have been personally involved in the 2012 ICSC affair, his associate pastor (who is responsible to him) had an ongoing relationship, open communication with and an “Institution link” to a the ICSC.

Beyond the events of 2012, the inescapable facts are that Warren personally signed his name to the list of Christian leaders who supported the Islam affirming Yale Divinity School “Response” to the 2007 document known as “A Common Word Between Us and You“, which was drawn up by a group of Muslim clerics – ostensibly to:

“Promote constructive engagement between these major religious communities; Planning is underway for a series of major conferences and workshops involving many of the signatories to A Common Word and to the Yale response, as well as other Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders.”

This document is ecumenical to it’s core. It positively compares the god of the Muslims to the God of the bible, and places the Muslim scriptures on a par with Christian scripture. The Yale “Response” purports to “Find deep affinities with our own Christian faith” and the Islamic scriptures.

The “Yale Response” document states in part:

What is so extraordinary about A Common Word Between Us and You is… a deep insight and courage with which they have identified the common ground between the Muslim and Christian… What is common between us lies not in something marginal nor in something merely important to each. It lies, rather, in something absolutely central to both: love of God and love of neighbor…”

“So much common ground exists – common ground in some of the fundamentals of faith—gives hope that undeniable differences and even the very real external pressures that bear down upon us can not overshadow the common ground upon which we stand together…”

“We applaud that A Common Word Between Us and You stresses so insistently the unique devotion to one God… In the Muslim tradition, God, “the Lord of the worlds,” is “The Infinitely Good and All-Merciful.” And the New Testament states clearly that “God is love” (1 John 4:8)…”

“We find [NOTE] DEEP AFFINITIES with our own Christian faith when A Common Word Between Us and You insists that love is the pinnacle of our duties toward our neighbors. “None of you has faith until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself,” the Prophet Muhammad said. In the New Testament we similarly read, “whoever does not love [the neighbor] does not know God” (1 John 4:8)…”

*THIS is what Rick Warren gave his approval, and became a signatory to! The entire document is available HERE: http://www.acommonword.com/

Regardless of whether of not Warren had personal involvement in the 2012 debacle, his signature on the Yale Response document clearly shows his Chrislamic affinities. Thus Brian Brodersen is once again shown to be the facilitator and legitimatizer of Rick Warren’s lies.

It is also worth noting that the website of “A Common Word” is linked to the UN affiliated site, World Interfaith Harmony Week [http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/]

Additionally, there is photographic evidence of Warren speaking at an Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] affiliated event. (See below)

On a personal note: Although I usually try to present the documentation objectively, I have to say here that I believe that for Brian Brodersen, and thus, for Calvary Chapel to actively promote the lies and the cover-up instituted by Rick Warren and his cohorts is nothing short of despicable. Once again we see mega-church pastors more concerned about protecting their brands and their own corporate assets than about the welfare of the sheep they have been entrusted with. May The Lord deliver his sheep from the hands of these men.

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For more on Brian Brodersen see: https://emergentwatch.com/2014/12/16/the-false-gospel-of-the-whosoevers/

And: https://emergentwatch.com/2015/05/31/calvary-chapel-alert-leaderships-stealth-partnership-with-the-church-of-england-and-catholics/

And: https://emergentwatch.com/2016/05/08/calvary-chapel-alert-brian-brodersen-now-partnering-with-hillsong-and-other-aberrant-groups-at-his-uk-creation-fest/

And: https://emergentwatch.com/2016/10/24/calvary-chapel-pastors-conference-2016-leadership-departing-form-gods-word/

And: https://emergentwatch.com/2017/05/17/brian-brodersens-creation-fest-hosting-major-contemplative-event/

For more on Rick Warren see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9u94uDhJ6Q

And: https://emergentwatch.com/2017/06/14/rick-warrens-saddleback-church-promoting-contemplative-rituals/