Calvary Pastor Chris Quintana on KWVE Changes, CC Distinctives and ‘Non-Essentials’

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The recent announcement that aberrant teacher Rick Warren will now be featured on Calvary Costa Mesa’s KWVE radio was met with shock and dismay by many in the Christian community. Social media lit up, as people spoke out about the direction of CCCM & KWVE.

See https://www.facebook.com/KWVE107.9/photos/a.501362645290.387534.129153485290/10158138803455291/?type=3&theater

And see https://www.facebook.com/KWVE107.9/photos/p.10158174978470291/10158174978470291/?type=3&theater

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On Feb. 18th (2017), Chris Quintana, Sr. Pastor of CC Cypress wrote an out standing response to the situation on his Facebook page. I am reposting here: [see https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10208678414017597&id=1228324113]

“It has been a couple weeks since programming changes at KWVE first came to light. I have been asked about it, and I’ve seen numerous posts regarding those changes. Many popular teachers are now gone and have been replaced by some whose addition is causing confusion on the part of those who at one time viewed the station as a trusted resource. It is a progression, as it would appear, and many have been watching changes slowly develop in the past few years.

Even before the passing of Pastor Chuck in October 2013 many questions began to be asked with regards to the direction Calvary Chapel would follow in his absence. It was clear, to the careful observer, that there were some who felt Calvary Chapel needed to change how it did some things, especially in its associations and a big tent seemed more to the liking of some. So we knew the what, and how, and even the extent of it was something only time would tell. I for one hoped we would continue as a fellowship of like-minded believers and that Calvary Chapel would be careful to follow Pastor Chuck’s distinctive lead in his absence. For many, nothing has changed, but for others a new direction is clearly underway.
As it pertains to this new direction, Pastor Chuck made clear to us pastors, repeatedly, that we were free to associate or disassociate as we saw fit, the decision was ultimately ours. The basis for our association was our agreed upon doctrinal distinctives. These are not exclusive to us, but they are distinctive to Calvary Chapel. Pastor Chuck put them into book form in case anyone was unclear on them and my affiliation as pastor was based on my affirming them.
Now let’s be clear, there are other related doctrinal views which branch from those big picture distinctives. One obvious example is our position on eschatology, something some within Calvary would say is a non-essential. I strongly disagree, and here is why. You view of end things forces you to take a position on how we interpret the Book of Revelation. It will force you to consider Israel as to its past, present and future. You will be forced to consider the timing of the awaited rapture of the church, assuming you have the correct view on the matter to begin with. It is no small matter, quite the opposite, the Calvary distinctive views should be clearly expressed and taught in our churches or the name means nothing.

For those who feel this is not significant I would ask you to consider what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. If Paul began what is his most recognizable passage related to the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4 by saying “But I do not want you to be ignorant” why would we allow people to be ignorant by claiming it’s a “minor” doctrine? Paul felt it worthy to be sure they knew, because at the time of his writing to them many were uninformed, and that needed to be addressed. If it were not a concern, as some tell us today, then didn’t Paul leave people in their ignorance?

So given all of that, it should go without saying when the radio station owned and operated by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (KWVE) tells their audience that eschatology and the gifts of The Holy Spirit are “minor doctrines” something in their focus and the honoring of what has made us a distinct fellowship of pastors and churches has changed.

From the website letter regarding the addition of Rick Warren to their schedule:“It is also important to note that not every teacher on KWVE shares the same doctrine as it relates to eschatology, the gifts of The Spirit, or other minor doctrinal matters”. I believe it begs another question, if we have the ability to reach millions through the radio, should not a consistent message be pursued? If the station is an owned entity of the church God built through Pastor Chuck, should what is taught through it reflect the doctrinal views of the church He pastored? As many view it, to do otherwise opens the door to confusion and projects a lack of conviction to our core doctrinal beliefs. My first thought upon reading the statement was; did Pastor Chuck consider those two doctrines to be “minor”? If he were still here, leading the movement, would things be on the course they currently follow at Costa Mesa and KWVE?

I consider the history of Cypress to the current controversy at Costa Mesa and KWVE, for some perspective. My pastor who had been here for 31 years went to be with The Lord on Father’s Day 2010. From that moment it never occurred to me that doctrinal matters he defended and taught could be changed to “minor” status, simply because he was no longer here. If the name on the building stayed the same, does it not stand to reason that what happens inside the ministry would remain unchanged as well? Should people know what to expect, based on the past? In my estimation, of course they should, or the name means nothing. Pastor Chuck was plenty gracious, but doctrinally he was consistent. When contrary doctrinal matters made their way into the movement, he addressed them. We know the history and it is the opposite of the current direction around some Calvary Chapel fellowships.

For those who think we should continue as we were then we should, by virtue of the name, affirm the doctrinal traditions of our founding. It is sad to see business decisions take precedent over our doctrinal distinctives. I know among the reasons for the purchase and operation of KWVE was to give a clear biblically sound alternative to the mess that was “Christian” radio in our area. There are those who view the station differently than the church, but I must ask if we are passionate about those distinctives personally, how does that not translate into public passion and support for them? Would we be comfortable having opposing views taught over our pulpits? If not why does that concern not translate to a much larger audience of a radio station? Compromising on doctrinal integrity because it is a radio station is to keep people ignorant, as Paul put it, instead of affirming truth.

I fully understand that many will disagree and that many others think people like me should hold our peace. However, since people see Calvary Chapel as the brand, if you will, why should we accept such fundamental changes to who and what we are? I do address these matters when they become so big they can’t be ignored since I receive volumes of questions regarding our church’s position, since we share the name. I believe there is a danger when we minimize the distinctives for some perceived unity, within Calvary Chapel and it is why there is a split in our one close fellowships. In my estimation it has the resulting effect of making us become less than we have been, historically speaking. Is this not a discussion worth having?”

 

Mark Batterson Reveals his New Age mystical influences

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More than a few discernment articles have been written, exposing Batterson’s occultic ideology – [see http://beginningandend.com/the-circle-maker-heresy-witchcraft-in-the-church/  but none has been as revealing as what the author revealed in 2006.

Mark Batterson – lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC, and Best-selling “Christian” author of the infamous “Circle Maker” book series – did an article back in august 2006, wherein he reveals who the authors who have influenced him. See http://web.archive.org/web/20061209190909/www.evotional.com/reading.htm

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Among the books Batterson lists as “Recomended books” are:

The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren; Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas; The Power of Positive Prophecies by Laurie Beth Jones; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield; Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins; The Vision and the Vow by Pete Greig [HTB & Alpha]; When Heaven Invades Earth by Bill Johnson; The Success Principles by Jack Canfield; Soul Tsunami by Leonard Sweet; A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren; Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli; In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen; Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala; The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard; The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence; Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle; Toward a Psychology of Being by Abraham Maslow

And, yes, Batterson is an advocate & active promoter of Contemplative mysticism.

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Another Look at Brian Brodersen, ‘Creation Fest’ and their Ecumenical Ties

In case you’ve haven’t seen this, or were unable to connect the dots on my previous video presentations of the documentation on Brian Brodersen’s “Creation Fest” [UK] and it’s ecumenical links – Here is the connection simplified – in a few simple JPEG images.

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Brodersen’s “Creation Fest” and the UK churches it partnerships with are all members of the Evangelical Alliance – EU.UK.

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The EU.UK is essentially run by Archbishop (of Canterbury) Justin Welby’s Anglican Communion; And Welby and Pope Francis are good friends. See http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5076/archbishop-justin-meets-pope-francis-in-rome

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Also see: http://www.trunews.com/article/one-world-religion-advances-with-vatican-anglican-meeting

 The Anglican church is also hugely involved in the practice and promotion of contemplative mysticism. Nickey Gumbel, of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) – an Anglican church that was the European home of the “Laughing Revival” – is also a friend of the Pope. HTB’s contemplative “Alpha” organization is also a member of the EA.UK.

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Brodersen’s Creation Fest has used Anglican (“Church of England”) speakers at it’s events.

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Brodersen’s Ecumenicism bodes ill for the future of his “Calvary Chapel Global Network”.

>> NOTE: Under the direction of Calvary Costa Mesa’s Brian Brodersen – People who make professions of faith at Creation Fest events are given into the hands of the churches that have ‘partnered’ with the CF – Which includes Catholic, Anglican and other churches!

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Also see: 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 recently, see: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/02/15/archbishop-canterbury-thinks-were-all-fascists-cheers/

The Convergence of New Age Theology and Progressive Politics

On Feb. 2-4 a New Age, liberal progressive confab is set for Washington DC, with a bevy of speakers – see http://sistergiant.com/

Led by Marianne Williamson, the modern day rep for the demonic “Course in Miracles” – The “Sister Giant in DC” event will also feature: the socialist Bernie Sanders, psychic Jean Houston, leftist Dennis Kucinich, Qabbalistic “Rabbi” Micheal Lerner and a host of other leftist new agers.

The list includes: the Co-founder of (online) #BlackLivesMatter; Reps from the apostate Union Theological Seminary: Reps from the Muslim Public Affairs Council; President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies; the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives; Four teachers of contemplative “Mindfulness”; and Leftist media reps from: MSNBC; CNN; NBC; BBC; PBS; WashPost and others.

Self-imposed Religion, Asceticism and Contemplative Mysticism

“Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words… Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ…

Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind… if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations… These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect (asceticism) of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh!” – Colossians 2:4-23

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The desert monastic communities that grew out of the informal gathering of hermit monks became the model for Christian monasticism. The eastern monastic tradition at Mt. Athos and the western Rule of St. Benedict both were strongly influenced by the traditions that began in the desert. All of the monastic revivals of the Middle Ages looked to the desert for inspiration and guidance. Much of Eastern Christian spirituality, including the Hesychast [Contemplative] movement, had its roots in the practices of the Desert Fathers.

“It was Anthony the Great who launched the movement that became the Desert Fathers… The solitude, austerity, and sacrifice of the desert was seen by Anthony as an alternative to martyrdom, which was formerly seen by many Christians as the highest form of sacrifice… They chose a life of extreme asceticism renouncing all the pleasures of the senses, rich food, baths, rest, and anything that made them comfortable. [See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Fathers ]

Anthony the Great – (aka “Anthony of the Desert”) is revered as the “Father of All Monks“. According to his biographer, Anthony resided in an abandoned tomb in the Alexandrian desert. Having sealed himself in, he depended on villagers to bring him food. Anthony had numerous encounters with demonic spirits, even being physically attacked. Anthony tried hiding in a cave to escape the demons that plagued him. There were so many little demons in the cave though that Saint Anthony’s servant had to carry him out because [it was thought] they had beaten him to death. Anthony organized his disciples into a worshipful community and inspired similar withdrawn communities throughout Egypt and, the Greek and Roman world. [See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_the_Great ]

The contemplative “Prayer of the Heart“, or “Jesus Prayer.” can be traced back to the Desert Fathers. Interior “Stillness” (Hesychasm) (“stillness, silence”) originated with the Desert Fathers and was central to their practice of prayer, but wasn’t widely practiced until the fourteenth century.

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Contemplative mysticism was spawned by Catholic monks, as they discovered the power of extreme austerities. Practices such as prolonged isolation (solitude) and other austerities, actually create an altered state of consciousness. In this altered state, one can enter the psychic realms, and thus susceptibility to direct demonic influence. These ascetic practices and their fruit IS IDENTICAL to what Eastern Hindu & Buddhist monks & Yogis practice. What is contacted by this divination is not of God, but of deceiving spirits!

In Indian religions, Some ascetics live as hermits relying on whatever food they can find in the forests, then sleep and meditate in caves; others travel from one holy site to another while sustaining their body by begging for food; yet others live in monasteries as monks or nuns. In the Mahayana [Buddhist] tradition, asceticism with esoteric and mystical meanings became an accepted practice . Practices include the extreme ascetic practices of eating only pine needles, resins, seeds and ultimately self-mummification. [See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asceticism]

The practices of Hindu Yogis, and their development of Kundalini forces, also generate what is called “Tapas”. Tapas is the “Heat” or “fire” that is created by the practices of yogis and other Hindu & Buddhist ascetics. The Hindu “Bible”, the Bhagavad Gita – although a work of the 5th century AD, re -addresses incorporates and actually synthesizes several different schools of Hinduism. The system of Yogic practices were adapted to the prevailing Brahmanical school of thought. The Gita itself warns against that the ascetic practices of the yogis – that they inherently cause development of powerful and dangerous occultic powers (siddhis).

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“Tapas is described as the process that led to the spiritual birth of the Rsis, or sages of spiritual insights. The fire deity of Hinduism, Agni, is central to many Hindu rituals such as yajna and homa. Agni is considered an agent of heat, of sexual energy, of incubation…” This is where ascetic practices and kundalini and tapas are linked to the “sex magic” of Alister Crowley and others. [See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapas]

The Hindu Vedas are replete with tales of sages and yogis that attained “siddhis” or occultic powers, through the determined practices of asceticism. Siddhi powers include the classic psychic powers of astral projection, telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psycho-kinesis. It is not insignificant that these siddhi powers are said to be granted by the various (demonic) Hindu gods.

Contemplative mysticism was birthed from the spiritual (demonic) encounters of cloistered monks in their ascetic rituals. Men who locked themselves in, in caves and even in tiny boxes, in an attempt to restrict or control the desires of the flesh, and to “still” the carnal mind. What may encountered in these practices are deceiving spirits, often appearing as “angels”. Many false doctrines been birthed by such demonic experiences.

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The fact that men went to extreme measures to “mortify the flesh” is a recognition of the sinful, fleshly human nature. But, rather than following God’s word, and “reckoning” or considering our sin nature as being crucified with Christ and being dead to sin – men have in their folly, tried every manner of overcoming the flesh by fleshly devices. This never works – for just as it seems one has overcome the flesh, it pops out again in subtler forms.

Here, God’s Word tells us, “These things have an appearance of wisdom”, but ultimately are of no value in overcoming the flesh.

Well Known Christian Teachers Denying the Genesis Account of Creation!

A link from the Phoenix Preacher’s “Linkathon” of 1/17/2017 entitled: How should we interpret the Genesis flood account? takes one to the website of the pseudo-Christian, Pseudo-scientific outfit called “BioLogos”. (Why PP would post this is another matter). BioLogos claims that:

“Until modern times, most Christians assumed the story referred to an actual worldwide event that happened in the relatively recent past, and this interpretation of the Flood continues to be a central feature of young-earth creationism… However, the discoveries of modern science… the work of many Christian scholars and scientists who were (and continue to be) guided by a belief that all truth is God’s truth, that Scripture is inspired, and that the testimony of nature should not be ignored. The scientific and historical evidence is now clear: there has never been a global flood that covered the entire earth, nor do all modern animals and humans descend from the passengers of a single [the Ark] vessel.”

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Factually, there is no real “harmony” here between science & biblical faith. Rather there are lies built upon lies. BioLogos is a pseudo-scientific outfit that pretends to be Biblical, while deny the biblical account. They claim to “embrace the historical Christian faith, upholding the authority and inspiration of the Bible.” Yet, they also “affirm evolutionary creation, recognizing God as Creator of all life over billions of years.”. They state that, “The diversity and interrelation of all life on earth are best explained by the God-ordained process of evolution.” See http://biologos.org/about-us

“We believe the proper interpretation of the Flood story will not be in conflict with what we have discovered in the natural world… history provides many examples of our knowledge of the natural world helping to correct faulty interpretations of Scripture.

Endorsers include: [see http://biologos.org/about-us/endorsements/] : Tim Keller, N.T. Wright, Philip Yancy, Os Guinness, John Ortberg, Andy Crouch, John Stott., etc.

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 If the Genesis account of the flood is a myth, that would mean that Jesus was not telling the truth when he referenced Noah and the flood in Matt. 24:37-8  >> “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark…”

Thus we must conclude that the “teachers” who have endorsed BioLogos and their heresies, have effectively denied scripture, even the words of our Lord Jesus – and thus, such are unfit to be respected or followed as Bible teachers.

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. – 1Tim.6:3-5

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