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]

 

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UPDATE On YWAM’s New Age ‘Alternatives Ministry’

Back on Feb. 22nd, I posted an expose’ of YWAM’s ‘Alternatives Ministry’, which just like Bethel Redding’s ‘Christ Alignment‘, purports to be an outreach to New Agers, and yet uses occultic/ New Age devices and practices.

The leader of YWAM’s New Age ‘Alternatives ministry‘ – Jari Koivu, revealed his aberrant beliefs in his June 2 FaceBook Post, wherein he says: “Revival and *transformation takes much more than what we’re used to… it takes LOVE…not only as a theological, theoretical concept. [NOTE] *NON-JUDGMENTAL, *INCLUSIVE love… [‘Love’] that is a higher level of spirituality than even signs, wonders and miracles. That is more transformative to people than around us than merely ‘being right’ about doctrine and dogma…”

For the original EW article see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/02/22/ywams-occultic-new-age-alternatives-ministry/

Note that this so-called “love” is factually little more than unbiblical compromise and politically/ spiritually “correct” tolerance – a tolerance of  evil and forbidden practices. It is this counterfeit love – this emotional appeal, that is powering the ecumenical movement in it’s relentless push towards “unity” at the expense of biblical truth.  Along with Contemplative Mysticism, this ecumenical unity is foundational to the infrastructure of the Anti-Christ and his False Prophet.

“…this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1Jn. 4:3  “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to *this word, it is because there is no light in them!” – Isa. 8:20

2Thes. 2 warns: The mystery of lawlessness is already at work.”, and that, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 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.” [V7, 9-11]

See the EW video expose’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgrfMBQ2CGg

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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.

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.

 

Unity – The Ecumenical Vision of the National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer started out as a great idea – with an official declaration by President Reagan calling Americans to prayer for their country. Unfortunately, the organization behind this noble event – celebrated on the first Thursday of May –  now appears to have been, to a large extent, hijacked by NAR/ Dominionist factions.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd serves as the President of the National Day of Prayer. Floyd has been a strategic leader in the Southern Baptist Convention for decades, and oversaw it’s deterioration, into the “SBC” being referred to as “Slowly Becoming Catholic”. His leadership of the NDP also appears to be aberrant.

Obviously there is nothing wrong with churches gathering for prayer – nor with biblical churches joining together to do so. The problem is that this is really not the agenda of this NDP organization. The agenda now appears to be much more about ecumenical “UNITY” than about prayer itself, and thus the theme for 2018 is “UNITY”… especially unity of all the churches.

In the series of video presentations on the NDP home page [see http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/equipping#unity] the “UNITY” theme is hammered in, over and over. After first explaining how the NDP is to have a “Multi-Vision” – meaning essentially globalist ‘Unity in Diversity’ and wholly ecumenical – Floyd says:

“It’s time to claim the territory again. This is why we must do everything we can to call people to unify together for public prayer… Pray for America for unity, – UNITY! *This is the heart of God for this nation… This will be our theme: Pray for America – UNITY! …We must come together. ”

Although Floyd makes some valid points in the video, the theme verse of Ephesians 4:3: “Making every effort to keep the UNITY OF THE SPIRIT through the bond of peace” – is NOT applicable to having unified fellowship with apostate churches which are operating via a counterfeit “spirit”. There are dozens of warnings in the bible concerning false teachers and their teachings, not the least of which is 2 John 1:10-11 – “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this (biblical) doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds”. See: Floyd @ “Vision for Unity” https://vimeo.com/252407702


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/252407702″>Pastor_Vision For Unity</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/crosschurch”>Cross Church</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

The NAR/ Dominionist agenda of the NDP.org is clearly evident in it’s documents. One handout lists 5 “Pray for Unity” bullet points, but the lower portion says: “PRAY FOR THE SEVEN AREAS OF INFLUENCE: Government, Military, Media/ Arts, Business, Education, Church and Family”. The “Areas of Influence” exactly correspond to the Dominionist “Seven Mountain Mandate”, wherein the “Church” is to infiltrate and take over these areas – bringing in “God’s Kingdom” so that supposedly Christ can then return.

Another flyer states: “Call for unity, and forward unity in America continually… Pray – Ask God for thousands of local churches to unify as one body of Christ… For the church in America to walk in unity, harmony and oneness, so (that) His church personifies, calls and leads America to Unity.” See https://www.nationaldayofprayer.net/products/ndp-theme-prayer-guide-2018-100-pk

A quick search of the “Virtual Events” listed on the NDP site reveals that various NAR groups are capitalizing on the NDP, using it to promote their dominionist and ecumenical agendas. The page lists events sponsored by: Dominion @ the GATE PRAYer Global Network, Dominion International Ministries, Kingdom Now Church, the National Hispanic Global Sphere Apostle, etc., etc.

And once again, we have the merchandizers and their merch…

The “Spiritual Awakening” the NDP folk claim to be seeking will never be happen by all of the apostate and aberrant churches unifying – THIS is the agenda of the Anti-Christ! Amidst all of the the NDP’s calls for unity – particularly unity of the churches – Where are the calls for repentance? The greatest need of America – and of the churches, is NOT ecumenical unity, but personal and national repentance!

Hillsong Sponsoring Contemplative Alpha – Allows Catholic Mass at Conference

In what appears to be a one of the latest atrocities in the ecumenical war against God’s church, Hillsong churches are partnering with Alpha – a contemplative program that originated in the heretical Anglican Holy Trinity Brompton – the church that was the European home of the ‘Holy Laughter’ heresies.

The mega-ecumenical Alpha Conference 2018 in the U.S. was just held at Hillsong Phoenix on Feb. 8-9, and featured popular Catholic artist Matt Maher, the Hillsong Phoenix worship team, Eleanor Mumford of the Vinyard Int’l Executive, Catholic Bishop Eduardo Nevares, and former Willow Creek executive Craig Springer. > See their promo vid: https://vimeo.com/239912965


Photos of the event show Catholic clergy in full regalia holding up the Eucharist wafer and doing mass on the stage at Hillsong Phoenix.

 

Strange thing is, Hillsong Phoenix’s Facebook pages show no trace of the Alpha Conference. But, Hillsong LA’s social media page show the church is beginning the full Alpha course in the church starting Jan. 31st 2018. > See https://hillsong.com/la/alpha/

Apparently, unbeknownst to most, Hillsong has had an “Alpha Track” at many of their conferences since at least 2011. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9rOZNF1ams

How long Hillsong can maintain the facade of orthodoxy is anyone’s guess, but they are aided by endorsements like Greg Laurie’s and Brian Brodersen’s, who on KWVE radio @12/3/2015 said:

“I’m a big Hillsong fan… These guys are tremendous when it comes to worship. I might not agree with every fine point of theology, with the Hillsong movement, but that’s OK. We don’t have to agree with everybody on all the finer points of theology. They’re Christians, [NOTE] THEY’RE *ORTHODOX, they believe in the Gospel… I recently read Brian Houston’s book ‘Live, Love, Lead‘ – it’s a great book, inspiring – So, personally, I appreciate the contribution that Hillsong is making to the advancement of the Kingdom in this generation – I think it’s a good thing.”

Anyone familiar with Alpha’s links to contemplative mysticism knows this certainly is not a good thing. As a quick perusal of the Hillsong TV Channel will show – Hillsong is far from being orthodox, and is firmly in the ‘Word-Faith’ / ‘Kingdom Now’ camp. That they have now joined with Alpha takes their apostasy to a whole new level.

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANvmPqfd6mE

And see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsN00TxSQFI

UPDATE >> See also Hillsong exposing their Chrislamic, Roman Catholic agenda @ https://youtu.be/HDBBqn0Vdho

 

National Worship Leader Conference – The Heretical 2018 Lineup

Calvary Chapel pastor Steve Berger (Grace Chapel, Franklin, Tenn.) will be speaking this year at the contemplative promoting 2018 National Worship Leader Conference. Put on by Christian music mogul Chuck Fromm: This year’s featured speakers/ artists will also include the heretical Leonard Sweet, contemplative guru Chuck Smith Jr., contemplative promoting artist David Crowder, popular Catholic artist Matt Maher and others.

Steve Berger drew criticism last year for hosting Lou Engle’s ‘Awaken the Dawn’ NAR promo event at his church back early October.  > See https://emergentwatch.com/2017/08/24/calvary-chapel-affiliate-hosts-major-ecumenical-nar-event/

Berger is the author of the 2010 book, ‘Have Heart’ – wherein he claims he contacted his dead child, and advocates Christian parents contact their dead children. A dangerous and unbiblical proposition.

That Berger hasn’t lost his affiliation because of his deviations, and apostate affiliations does not speak well for Calvary Chapel.

Leonard Sweet, a good friend of Chuck Fromm, has been a regular fixture at his conferences. Sweet is known for his new age/ Christian books ‘Quantum Spirituality‘ and ‘The Jesus Manifesto‘, and for his infamous quotes, such as: “One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or (NOTE) *Kali, or Krishna!”

In Quantum Spirituality [1991], Sweet says, “The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic who has *experienced something- or he will be nothing at all… Mysticism is metaphysics arrived at through mind-body experiences. Mysticism begins in experience – it ends in theology…” [pg. 76] Such is obviously anti-biblical, yet somehow Sweet manages to still be considered a leading ‘Christian’ theologian in many circles.

Chuck Smith Jr. had issues even before his departure from Calvary Capo Beach, back in 2005. After struggling with depression for years, he purportedly found peace and comfort in the monastic solitude of the (Catholic) New Camaldolese Hermitage in Big Sur, California.

Chuck Jr. has become a major teacher of contemplative prayer – supported, spiritually and financially, by his uncle, Chuck Fromm. Even after his departure from the CCCB pastorate, he was brought back in again by Matt Whitlock during his ‘Symbolic‘ youth ministry.

In the following video Chuck Smith Jr. leads the ‘Symbolic’ youth group in contemplative mysticism using new age guided visualization.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/4733535″&gt;{JESUS THE RABBI} Contemplative Prayer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/mattwhitlock”>Matt Whitlock</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

On his ‘Reflexion’ website Smith says, “The one person who had the most profound influence on my growth in Jesus Christ was a devout monk who lived at the hermitage. He had intense theological training, which marinated in thirty-five years of *contemplative spirituality.”

The NWLC has apparently downsized and will only hold the one conference in Nashville this year. Still, Chuck Fromm and his friends have been busy behind the scenes – in many areas affecting the church – and not necessarily in a good way.

Fromm’s Worship Leader Magazine is the premier magazine reaching worship ministries worldwide, and attempts to influence them with contemplative ideology.

Author Leonard Payton writes: Worship Leader (magazine)… , the periodical’s raison d’être is to promote and sell contemporary Christian music within the church. The big four-color ads are from Hosanna/ Integrity Music, Word Music, Maranatha Music, vineyard Music Group, and a host of other CCM peddlers, many of which are within the Manifest Destiny and Kingdom Now camp…”

Payton says of Fromm: “He is doing what good business does, namely, make a profit. If his enterprise were under the close and vetoing scrutiny of ecclesiastical authorities, the product might be different (and would probably not turn such a handsome profit)… If it feels good, it sells well. As long as ecclesiastic authorities remain so cowardly, the contemporary Christian music industry will continue to do unobstructed business inside the church.” >> See http://www.the-highway.com/Music_Prelude.html

See also https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=181