Brian Brodersen’s Creation Fest Soliciting for NAR Training School

On their Twitter page, Brian Brodersen’s Creation Fest [UK – August 3-9, 2019] is actively promoting and soliciting for the NAR linked YWAM/ Circuit Riders Training School “21Project”. The CF post says of the 21Project: “Check this out! JOIN 21PROJECT this summer for 6 days of *LEADERSHIP TRAINING for students and young adults who want to take the next step as [NOTE] *influencers, musicians, creatives and messengers.” The CF post then gives a YWAM link that redirects to https://21project.com/

The 21Project webpage claims endorsements by Bethel Redding’s Jesus Culture, by Francis Chan’s “We Are Church” and others. YWAM’s Circuit Riders Facebook shows “Related Pages” and “Pages Liked by This Page as including: Lou Engle’s The Send & Awaken The Dawn, and Heidi Baker’s Global Iris.

CF19 will also feature Anglican Bishop Chris Goldsmith as speaker, and music by Bethel Music affiliate Lindsey Conant and the Circuit Riders, and music by the worship team from Nickey Gumbel’s heretical Holy Trinity Brompton – “Worship Central” [see https://emergentwatch.wordpress.com/?s=worship+central]

See: https://emergentwatch.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/whoreship-central/

The above pic shows a ‘Sneak Peak’ at CreationFest 2019’s program. As CF’s Executive Director, Calvary Costa Mesa’s Brian Brodersen is directly responsible for the ecumenical apostasy on display at his Creation Fest events. Although is it happening ‘over in Europe’, in the UK, and out of sight of many in the U.S. Calvary Chapels, his activities are not without consequence for the church at large.

How serious are the warnings against associating with – (let alone soliciting on behalf of) false teachers – warnings that few seem to heed? Consider THIS:

“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for [NOTE] he who greets him shares in his evil deeds!” – 2Jn 1:9-11

See also: https://emergentwatch.wordpress.com/2019/04/18/brian-brodersens-creation-fest-2019-exposed/

And see: https://emergentwatch.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/creation-fest-2017-ecumenical-encounters-for-all/

And: https://emergentwatch.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/creation-fest-and-brian-brodersens-ecumenical-ties-revisited/

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

Calvary Costa Mesa Promoting Ecumenical Evangelism

In another ecumenical event sure to confuse and stumble believers – Brian Brodersen’s Calvary Costa Mesa will be hosting an ‘exclusive screening’ of “Palau: The Movie” on May 31st. The movie glorifies the life and ministry of ecumenical “evangelist” Luis Palau. [see https://www.facebook.com/events/2743998198974920/]

Palau’s ministry has been intimately involved with the Catholic church in their evangelical crusades. Over the years, the Palau crusades have included Catholic counselors for those coming forward to receive Christ. Palau crusade organizers actively seek out the involvement of local Catholic parishes, in preparation for their events.

The Catholic Voice reported how Father Ryan Lewis was approached by the organizers and remarked: “The thinking was that we (Catholic priests and volunteers) really need to be a part of this festival… if you’re Catholic, he (Luis Palau) wants you to be an energetic Catholic”.

The Palau Association even allowed the RCC to set up a prominent tent on one crusade site. The Palau Association allowed the priests to perform the Catholic sacrament of penance (confession) behind two black screens set up in the tent.

In 1992, the Arizona Republic provided this explanation of Luis Palau’s inclusion of the Roman Catholic Church: “Palau’s form of worship presents such a broad Christian message that it appeals to Protestants and Catholics alike … But unlike other Evangelicals who have actively tried to lure … Catholics away from their churches, Palau aims to keep people in their own Christian churches-regardless of denomination…” [See https://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details3.asp?ID=17165]

A March 2013 Christianity Today article notes: “Argentine native and international evangelist Luis Palau considers Jorge Bergoglio, the newly elected Pope Francis, a personal friend. In the piece, Palau says of Pope Francis: “You know he knew God the father personally. The way he prayed, the way he talked to the Lord, was of a man who knows Jesus Christ and was very spiritually intimate with the Lord…” [See https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/march-web-only/luis-palau-pope-francis-drinks-mate-evangelicals-bergoglio.html]

In an interview with Luis Palau on Relevant magazine website, talking about his friendship with the new pope, Palau stated: “I think that’s the emphasis he is going to bring to the papacy: That the Gospel is primary, that we must emphasize it and especially with youth.” But just what “Gospel” will the pope actually emphasize? Will the true Gospel of Jesus Christ be able to be emphasized when it is shrouded in Masses, Eucharists, Transubstantiations, Marian apparitions, and a “new” evangelization program that seeks to bring back the “lost brethren” to the “Mother” church?

In a 2013 Christian Post article, [https://www.christianpost.com/news/luis-palau-new-pope-francis-a-friend-of-evangelicals-92002/#gbFrZ4eByBRdC32d.99] is quoted as saying of Pope Francis: “”I’ve met him several times, gone to his place, we’ve talked, we’ve prayed together you know. He builds bridges to other Christian groups… He’s a friend. He’s a real friend”.

Luis Palau and his organization have actively evangelized on behalf of the RCC, and by promoting this movie at Calvary Costa Mesa, Brodersen is promoting this false evangelism. If this were an isolated incident, done in ignorance, that would be one thing. But this is only the latest example of what is now Brodersen’s extensive history of ecumenical compromises.

See the movie’s trailer here: https://www.palauthemovie.com/videos/

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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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

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.