It had been a year since I looked at the church page of Steve Berger’s Grace Chapel, a Calvary Chapel affiliate. Steve has been busy, writing more books and appearing on TV talk shows nationwide. His popularity soared with the success of his book, “Have Heart” – which promotes the UN-biblical possibility that those who have gone to Heaven can visit their loved ones on earth. see http://apprising.org/2012/01/03/do-the-dead-communicate-with-the-living/
I took another look at GC’s online bookstore and their recent events. To my surprise – Berger has just hosted (10/27) “Special Guest” Canon Andrew White – the Anglican “Vicar of Baghdad“. See http://www.gracechapel.net/about/news/special-guest-canon-andrew-white
Mr. White previously functioned as the “Special Envoy” to the Middle East for the Archbishop of Canterbury. See http://frrme.org/what-we-do/canon-andrew-white/ In this role his work included helping draft, and facilitate the signing of the ecumenical Alexandria declaration of the Religious Leaders of the Holy Land in 2002. The Declaration contained “a commitment to work together for peace”.
White’s organization, “The Foundation for Relief and reconciliation in the Middle East” (see http://frrme.org/what-we-do/reconciliation/canon-andrews-reconciliation-work/ ) says, “Acting as a vital bridge between Shia and Sunni, Muslim and Jew, East and West, Government and Opposition, Canon Andrew White can work to reconcile the differences these groups have”.
The FRRME site says Mr. White was instrumental in helping draft The First Alexandria Declaration, and also The Baghdad Religious Accord, both of which were “instrumental in bringing together key religious leaders of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths”.
The U.S. Institute of Peace [USIP], an U.N. affiliate, notes: “The Alexandria Declaration established a Permanent Committee for the Implementation of the Alexandria Declaration (PCIAD) including signatories as well as other spiritual leaders. PCIAD’s main mission is to utilize religious influence to support the peace process”. PCID has received the Pope’s blessing.
The USIP page informs us, “Ultimately, the aim of these consultations is to create a consensus within the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim delegations in order for inter-religious dialogue to proceed effectively and augment the efforts of the political track…” http://www.usip.org/programs/projects/alexandria-process
When the “Vicar” isn’t globe trotting, or speaking at Berger’s church, he finds time to also speak at Bill Johnson’s heretical Bethel Church – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96QCInajUIk – and even joins the apostate Todd Bentley at the “Signs & Wonders” conference (2004) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwigYZiOO0w
Aside from giving a platform for this Anglican ecumenicalist to speak and sell his wares to the GC flock, Berger’s online bookstore has gone from very bad to way worse. The GC store now carries material by: Rob Bell, Mike Bickle, Randy Clark, Lou Engle, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Johnson, etc. All the top names of the Word-Faith movement, of the NAR, Elijah List and Latter Rain heretics, and of the contemplatives. [See the GC survey graphic]. see http://www.gracechapelresources.com/CustomModule.asp?pageid=75
The big question here a lot of people are asking is, is anyone really monitoring all this garbage. Why isn’t the “Leadership Council” of the Calvary Chapel Association taking any action to correct such things?