Hillsong Partnering with the NAR’s Bill Johnson

The Hillsong Conference to be held in Los Angeles on August 2, 2019 is set to feature the New Apostolic Reformation’s Bill Johnson, of Bethel, Redding infamy. Alongside head pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, the lineup will also have Word-Faith superstar Joseph Prince, and Passion Conference host Louie Giglio. See https://hillsong.com/conference/guest-speakers/

Though their music is popular and played by churches far and wide, few are aware of the heretical roots of Hillsong.  [See https://churchwatchcentral.com/2016/01/23/the-origins-of-hillsong-the-new-order-of-the-latter-rain-part-1/  < > and see https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/10/13/apostle-steve-shultz-james-goll-talk-about-nar-recognizing-hillsong-and-brownsville-as-being-part-of-it/ 

One of the ways Hillsong has been gradually revealing it’s doctrinal affinities is through it’s lineup on the Hillsong Channel – a lineup now similar to TBN’s Word-Faith programming.

Hillsong’s aberrant nature is also revealed by it’s choice of conference speakers. Few are more aberrant than the NAR’s Bill Johnson. In 2016, we saw Johnson inviting Hillsong’s Brian Houston to speak at his ‘Open Heavens’ 2016 conference. In May 2016, Bethel’s Brian and Jenn Johnson appeared at the Hillsong conference in Sydney, Australia. Now, next year Houston will return the favor to Johnson.

Sadly – apparently their music is so popular that many have intentionally overlooked their aberrations and even provided cover for them. On the December 3, 2015 KWVE radio broadcast of ‘Pastor’s Perspective’, Calvary Chapel leader Brian Brodersen dismisses a caller’s concerns about Hillsong and openly endorses them on the nationally syndicated program – with Brodersen declaring, “They’re orthodox, they believe in the Gospel… I appreciate the contribution that Hillsong is making to the advancement of the kingdom in this generation.”

Factually, Hillsong is one of the most dangerous groups in modern Christianity. They are the cutting edge of the invasion of  the word-faith/NAR paradigm. Using their music as a front, they have effectively penetrated mainstream churches, and are now bringing their heretical friends with them.

Also see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/02/15/hillsong-sponsoring-contemplative-alpha-allows-catholic-mass-at-conference/

And see: https://hillsongchurchwatch.com/2015/01/31/why-hillsong-music-is-dangerous-to-sing-in-your-church/#comment-16103

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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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UPDATE: On ‘Pastors Together’ and Holland Davis

Update on the ‘Pastor’s Together’ group – see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/07/09/holland-davis-and-pastors-together-go-contemplative/

Rather than offering any explanation for the activities of the PT group, and particularly, their recent outing at a Catholic retreat – They have instead deleted the evidence – the entire album (39 photos) that they had posted of the ‘Pastors Together’ retreat at the ‘Prince of Peace’ Benedictine (contemplative) monastery on May 6, 2017. (See: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PastorsfellowshipOC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156581032822708  (Thankfully we have screen captures)

If there truly is no problem with their “retreat”, why has the documentation been deleted? What are they trying to cover up? Where is the accountability? Below is a screen capture of the photo album posted to the PT group’s Facebook on May 6, 2018

Rather than being held accountable to the church, instead Holland Davis has gone on the offensive and engaged in personal (‘straw man’) attacks – calling this reporter a liar and a slanderer. Exactly how posting screen captured image documentation taken from their own social media pages can possibly be “slander” or “lies” is never addressed.

In a message to me on 7/14, Holland says: “Mark… you’ve slandered me again. I pray the Lord shows you mercy for the lies you continue to propagate. You are of your Father the devil…” etc. I believe that if pastors have a problem with their activities being exposed, maybe their activities are the problem. My bible says to “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them!” – Ephesians 5:11

The above screen captured image of the invitation to the PT group’s 2014 retreat at the ‘Prince of Peace’ Catholic monastery shows the “Agenda” of the retreat includes “Silence, solitude” and “Practicing spiritual disciplines” – all indicative of contemplative mysticism.

To this day, no explanation has been given for the group’s ecumenical activities, and for events such as their 2014 retreat. This event featured a ‘Spiritual Formation’ seminar by Dr. Michael Bischof of Souleader Resources. http://www.souleader.org/leader-retreats

We saw the same diversionary ‘Straw man’ tactics after my 2016 post on the PT group. Intimidating or attacking me or my friends is simply a diversion to obscure facts that can’t be refuted. Accusing me of “slander” for posting screen captured primary source documentation is disingenuous to say the least. Until Holland, (and/ or the others) adequately publicly respond to the questions brought up in my articles, there is nothing to discuss with them.

Aside from the aforementioned, the original issue with the PT group was and remains the ecumenical compromise involved in the group. In my previous post I’d listed some of the churches involved. Why is Holland’s church and two other Calvary Chapels doing communal meals, prayer, worship, retreats, etc. with heretical and otherwise aberrant churches? Do they not understand that this lends legitimacy to these churches and may be stumbling many? Do they care? Here are screen captures of some of the questionable churches – at least two of which are involved with NAR doctrines and practices.

[Note: “PT” = Pastors Together – AKA Pastors Fellowship of South Orange County]

 

All in The Family: Nepotism at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa?

Calvary Chapel Pastors & Leaders Conference 2018 – to be held June 25-28 at Costa Mesa, will have Brian Brodersen’s wife, Cheryl, and his oldest son, Char Brodersen [hereafter ‘CB’] as featured speakers. Aside from the issue of having Brodersen’s wife address the conference’s mixed audience, there are problems with Brian’s son. CB is Senior pastor of Refuge Christian Fellowship in Santa Rosa, Ca., which is not officially affiliated with Calvary Chapel, but is a member of the New Calvinist Gospel Coalition. [See https://www.refugecf.com/beliefs/]

The problem with incorporating CB, a New Calvinist, into the CC Pastors & Leaders conference is compounded by his apparent affinity for a number of aberrant teachers. CB has posted scores of social media posts by contemplative and/or otherwise aberrant teachers. There are frequent posts by Eugene Peterson, Tim Keller, and Eugene Cho, and posts of Catholic contemplative gurus Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, Dallas Willard and Thomas Merton.

CB’s Refuge CF website lists “Books and resources mentioned in sermons” [see https://www.refugecf.com/booksandresources/] Amongst the books listed are contemplatives Dallas Willard’s Divine Conspiracy, Brennan Manning’s Abba’s Child, and Eugene Peterson’s Practice Resurrection, and Peterson’s The Jesus Way.

April 2017 – CB posts on his blog that, “I’ve been reading Henri Nouwen’s book – Show Me The Way – for Lent this year… I’m so thankful for his writings.

On Jan. 30, 2017 CB posted an advert for “Come Together” – which says to “Join in *Interfaith friendship and support for Sonoma County’s Muslim community”.

Char Brodersen is also now listed as leading the 2019 Israel Tour for CC Costa Mesa, alongside his mom & dad – Brian & Cheryl Brodersen. [See https://www.refugecf.com/calendar/israel-2019-informational-meeting]

 

For more on the problems with this CC Pastors Conference – see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/06/05/calvary-chapel-pastors-conference-to-feature-contemplative-reformed-speakers/

 

Dr. David Jeremiah Promoting Sarah Young’s ‘Jesus Calling’

Dr. David Jeremiah is a popular pastor/ teacher, and has had a daily program on Calvary Chapel affiliated ‘His Channel’ for some years. However, he has had numerous problems with bad affiliations and endorsements.

In May 2016, DJ was scheduled to take part – but later withdrew from – the “Jumpstart” Pastors and Leaders Conference, which featured well know Word-Faith preachers Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyers & others.

In ‘Life Wide Open’ [2005] DJ cites contemplatives Brother Lawrence’s ‘Practice of the Presence of God”, and ‘When the heart Waits’, by Sue Monk Kidd. Now DJ has lent his name and credibility to back the aberrant theology of Sarah Young and her ‘Jesus Calling’. In a recent advert on Jesuscalling.com, we are told: “As a pastor and a teacher, Dr. Jeremiah advocates daily prayer and scripture reading. He appreciates how Sarah Young has helped many with their prayer lives through the words of Jesus Calling.

DJ writes:

“When I read Sarah’s work, it’s pretty obvious to me why it’s been so highly regarded and received. She makes prayer very personal. Sometimes prayer isn’t personal, sometimes prayer can be very cold and empty. Maybe that’s why a lot of people have a hard time sustaining any kind of a prayer ministry. What Sarah has done has made it possible for people to say, “I talked to God today…I communicated with my Father.” That’s what prayer is supposed to be and she has moved the ball down the field quite aggressively in that direction.”

See – https://www.jesuscalling.com/blog/dr-david-jeremiah/

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Other endorsers of Jesus Calling include Max Lucado, Mark Batterson, Lysa TerKeurst, Sadie Robertson, Lee Strobel, Ann Voskamp, Sheila Walsh, Christine Caine, Roma Downey, Dr. Jack Graham and many others. See: https://www.jesuscalling.com/media/endorsements/

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Calvary Chapel Pastors Conference to Feature Contemplative Speakers

The 2018 Calvary Chapel Pastors and Leaders Conference will feature a number of speakers from outside the CC movement, not the least of which is Dr. Gerry Breshears. A graduate of the heretical Fuller Seminary, Breshears is Professor of theology at Western Seminary, and is also the co-author of three books with the infamous Mark Driscoll.

The recent appearance of contemplative promoter Kyle Strobel at the Calvary Chapel Men’s Conference [See  https://emergentwatch.com/2018/04/12/calvary-chapel-mens-conference-to-feature-contemplative-speaker/ was apparently not a one off, as now Strobel is to be a featured speaker at the 2018 CC Pastors and Leaders Conference. The inclusion of Strobel at two of CC’s premiere events marks the deepest infiltration of contemplative mysticism into the CC movement to date.

The Bio data on Kyle Strobel (KS) presented in the list of speakers at the CC PLC18 only states that Strobel is “a theologian at Talbot School of Theology, Biola Univ. What they fail to mention is that in fact KS is “Associate Professor of *Spiritual Theology – Institute for Spiritual Formation” [ISF]. See http://www.talbot.edu/isf/about-isf/faculty/

“Spiritual Formation” at Talbot is thoroughly contemplative, and the ISF is it’s very core… The ISF’s “Goals and Approach” informs us:

“All of our programs… facilitate personal growth [NOTE] through various experiences, including: *Experiential-relational soul work employing [NOTE] the spiritual disciplines within courses along with co-curricular activity in personal *spiritual direction, various [contemplative] retreats, individual psychotherapy, and community [group] experiences.”

Strobel’s boss and mentor at the ISF is John H. Coe, (who is a fierce defender of contemplative practices). See his bio @ http://media1.biola.edu/rosemead/faculty/cvs/john_coe.pdf

Though Strobel & co. had previously gone to great lengths to avoid using the word “contemplative” – the “C” word has returned again – in the forthcoming (2018) book entitled “Contemplation and Contemplative Prayer: A Guide for Evangelicals” – of which Strobel is co-editor.

As further evidence of Strobel’s contemplative ideology, consider:

Spring 2014 article by KS in Biola’s Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, was titled “A Theological Prolegomena for Contemplation” – wherein Strobel says, “Contemplation is at the heart of the Christian faith…” [show SC]

July 2016 – KS article: “Jonathan Edward’s Reformed Doctrine of Theosis” in the leftist Harvard Theological Review – the Review being the journal of Harvard Divinity School, whose notable professors include: Harvey Cox, Henri Nouwen, Paul Tillich and [Marxist] Cornel West.

Lighthouse Trails has noted KS’ recommendation of his ‘Top Ten’ books in 2008.

Lighthouse Trails has written on Strobel’s contemplativism: “There is NO QUESTION that Kyle Strobel is following the contemplative path… [Strobel] is helping to pave the contemplative way by touting the works and practices of mystics, contemplatives, and emergents. Kyle’s website ministry Metamorpha is called “an online community for Christian spiritual formation,” listing several contemplative practices, including repetitive prayers, lectio divina, and Ignatian exercises. Recommended books on the site list a who’s who of contemplative mysticism proponents such as Dallas Willard, Thomas Merton, Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, Adele Calhoun, Thomas Kelly, and several others.” > See https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=1405

Strobel’s ‘Academic Curriculum Vitae’ is here: https://assets.biola.edu/4396738754672012438/attachment/5ace387ab9c465000648fc05/Kyle_Strobel_2018.pdf

 

 

 

Calvary Chapel’s Brodersen Praises Royal Wedding ‘Gospel Moment’

In a series of Twitter tweets on 5/19/2018, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s Brian Brodersen lifted up praises for  (Episcopal) Bishop Michael Curry, for his speech at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Brodersen also retweeted a Sky News article on Curry and Archbishop Justin Welby. Brian even retweeted a post by Nicky Gumbel – head of the heretical Holy Trinity Brompton – home of the UK’s ‘Toronto Blessing’. Gumbel also is the head of the global contemplative ‘Alpha’ program.

Brian also retweeted a post by leftist media talking head Piers Morgan that praises Rev. Curry. BB’s posted at least 6 tweets related to Curry and the event.

Pastor Gabe Hughes, in his Junction City blog, analyses Rev. Curry speech and notes the insufficiencies in the message. He also notes: “Lest you think I’m being hyper-critical of Bishop Curry’s sermon… Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, (is) an Episcopal priest, is a gay-rights activist. Why else would Vanity Fair be so praising of him? Or the leftist Vox.com, who pointed out Curry’s liberation theology? Or the gay publication Pink News…”  [see https://pastorgabehughes.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-royal-wedding-not-royal-enough.html

Brodersen has established close ties with the COE and Gumbel’s HTB, partnering with them in his ‘Creation Fest’ outreach [UK]. I have reported on BB’s heretical affiliations for several years now.

See: https://emergentwatch.com/2014/03/16/calvary-costa-mesa-doing-major-ecumenical-outreach/

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

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

UPDATE 9pm: Apparently this Rev. Curry is not only a gay rights activist, but a Black Liberation Theologist and proponent of the ‘Social‘ Gospel.  A FB friend sent this article to me: https://ashenden.org/2018/05/20/the-struggle-to-tell-the-truth-about-jesus-welby-curry-and-the-integrity-of-the-gospel/

Below is a pic of Curry from the article.