Preachers who even subtly, desire to attract a “following” often wind up building their own kingdoms, and kingdoms require infrastructure and more money. They may soon find out that losing followers means losing money, and thus the pressure to compromise the biblical principal of separation from false teachers, and possibly even to compromise the Gospel so as not to offend anyone.
Failure to follow this principal is epidemic, as witnessed by the lineup of speakers at the myriad of conferences Christians are paying big bucks for. Now it is no secret that Greg Laurie, Bob Coy and other pastor/ teachers have been sharing speaking platforms with various teachers in the emergent/ contemplative, so-called “Reformed” and social gospel movements.
Yet it appears to go unnoticed that the invitation by these teachers – many of whom hold different, even aberrant views and doctrines – their invitation of preachers known as being doctrinally sound, to various speaking engagements, has the effect of making the speaker of compromised or aberrant teachings appear more credible.
As a result many believers are being doctrinally confused and misled – some are even deceived – as they assume these teachers must be fine, because a preacher known to be biblically sound teaches at the same events. These things should not be! An even bigger concern is that some of these preachers have been asked about these affiliations and they refused to repent or even acknowledge that a problem exists!
There is a real problem in Calvary Chapel, in that it appears that some men are seeking to guide the direction of the movement in direct opposition to Pastor Chuck’s 2006 warning against affiliation with the “purpose-driven” and emergent/ contemplative doctrines and practices. This is evident in the remarks by Brian Broderson at the 2012 Sr. Pastor’s Conference: ” These guys are not our enemies… we need to be rallying together in these areas we have commonality”; And NOTE the remarks by Bob Coy: “Now *IF you’re not happy being a Calvary Chapel pastor, there are plenty of other places you can go… Birds of a feather flock together – I like my brothers in the Calvary movement, BUT – to build bridges rather than build walls, I think its what we do *IF we’re being a Calvary guy!” I will leave it to the reader to assess the implications of these statements.
Has anyone noticed that the three teachers mentioned by name at the 2012 pastor’s conference – Mark Driscoll, Francis Chan and Tim Keller – have all been exposed as not merely “Reformed” – but as teaching and/ or practicing contemplative prayer! What ever happened to the warning, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. What fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? What communion has light with darkness? …Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says The Lord!” – 2Cor. 6:14-18
“Know this, that after my departing savage wolves will enter inamong you, not sparing the flock. Also from amongst yourselves men shall arise speaking perverse things, (in order to) to draw away disciples after themselves!” – Acts 20:29-3o
Consider the apostle Paul’s timely exhortation:
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ… Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will gather for themselves teachers; and will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to stories. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry!” – 2Timothy 4:1-5
NOTICE: This is NOT about attacking anyone’s character or integrity, nor about “throwing eggs at Calvary Chapel”, etc. – But is about the hope (& prayer) that the movement would return and hold to it’s original Biblically sound teachings – and that Pastor Chuck’s exhortation to have no affiliation with the emergent/ contemplative doctrines and practices would be upheld. For the sake of the Calvary flocks, I humbly beg the pastors and leaders to reconsider their course as well as their associations.