Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church Promoting Contemplative Rituals

Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church are now promoting a “Journey With Jesus Tour“, which features Catholic Stations of the Cross, with images for contemplative meditation. The stations are set up at Saddleback Church on a trail circuit as a mini-pilgrimage for believers. The concept of “Stations of the Cross” and the images involved, was designed specifically to facilitate contemplative mysticism. This is but the latest in a long line of indicators of Warren’s Rome-ward bound ecumenicism.

 

The Christian Music Industry Exposed – Part 1

This is one of my early videos. I realized that Part 2 had been on YouTube & here on the EW blog, but Part 1 – which deals with occult symbolism used in the art on “Christian” albums – had only been posted to my  Facebook page. So, here is Part 1 of the series.

Part. 2 – Which treats the issue of Audio-Visual/ hypnotic Entrainment – has been on YouTube for some time. The link is HERE:

Repost: Jacob Prasch – Factions, Heresies and Apostasy in the Church

This is a video repost of Jacob Prasch on the ‘Love for Truth’ Radio program 7/30/16

Although I am not a big fan of Jacob’s – after his defense of Joe Schimmel & his video attacking the Pre-Trib rapture – The first 8 minutes of this video has some very useful info & insights that is quite appropriate in regards to the Calvary Chapel split.

Brodersen splits from CCA; calls for new “Global Network”

This is a repost of Amy Spreeman’s Berean Research article that was posted earlier today.

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The Calvary Chapel fracture was bound to happen, and now it appears Costa Mesa senior pastor Brian Brodersen is leading that split, calling for “like-minded” pastors to stand with him.

Over the weekend Brodersen quit his leadership position at the Calvary Chapel Association, and  announced he is establishing a new Calvary Chapel Global Network. This network, he says, will be a place for pastors on his side of the split “be a part of something greater than our own local congregations.”

In a letter dated November 6 to all Calvary Chapel pastors, Brodersen made his intentions clear that he no longer wishes to cooperate with other CC leaders who have raised red flags of concern over Brodersen’s significant departure from CC’s doctrinal distinctives:

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To: Calvary Chapel Pastors
From: Brian Brodersen
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016

Dear Pastor,

Brian Brodersen

Brian Brodersen

The prophet Amos asked the question: “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” The implied answer is, no, they can’t.

For the past three years and more, a group of men known to you as the CCA Council have sought to lead Calvary Chapel into the future. For some in the group, there has always been the question of whether this was even possible. All of us grew up and learned much of what we know about ministry under the leadership of Pastor Chuck Smith. We were all pastors of our own churches and leaders over our own ministries, and all of us were, and still are, fiercely independent.

Our common bond, apart from our relationship with Jesus, was Pastor Chuck. When the Lord took him home, we all agreed that we would try to work together and collectively lead the ministry of Calvary Chapel. After three years of attempting to do that, we find ourselves, at least from my point of view, at an impasse. We are not agreed on the direction that the ministry is to go. Some want to, in my opinion, dwell in the past. Some want to move ahead into the future, being thankful for our past but not bound to it or feeling a need to continually revisit it.

Doctrinally we are all in agreement with a few minor differences on a few secondary issues. No one has, in any way, deviated from historic biblical doctrine, or from what might be called Calvary’s core values or from what we know as the Calvary Distinctives. Our areas of disagreement are NOT theological or doctrinal; they are more methodological and practical, yet they are real disagreements. These disagreements have not only hindered us from moving forward in the work of the kingdom of Christ, they have created confusion, contention, and some division within the body of Christ.

It is for these reasons that I have decided to resign my position as a member of the CCA Council. I do believe that this is the best way forward for us all. I maintain a love and close friendship with many of the CCA Council members and trust that we will continue, in many ways, to co-labor together for the kingdom. To some degree, this comes down to a difference of vision. The goal is the same—the glory of Christ and the furtherance of His kingdom on earth. But we differ on how we accomplish that goal.

So although I have resigned from CCA, I will continue to lead, as I believe the Lord has called me to do. I will continue to pastor Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and will also put on our annual Pastors and Leaders Conference, as well as other conferences both at home and abroad throughout the year. We will also continue to provide content and ministry resources through CalvaryChapel.com, as well as keeping our church locator database up for those who share our vision and want to be connected with what the Lord has done and continues to do through CCCM.

Finally, in the days ahead, because we feel a strong call to continue church planting and helping both existing ministries and those that will come along in the future, we will be establishing the Calvary Chapel Global Network, which will be a place for like-minded pastors to enjoy fellowship and be a part of something greater than our own local congregations.

Having said all that, let me make this perfectly clear: this is NOT a call to “choose sides”. There are no sides. I fully expect that there will be freedom to connect with CCCM, Calvary Chapel Global Network, and at the same time, be a part of CCA. For my part, I look forward to both the freedom that this decision brings as well as the ongoing fellowship and ministry partnership with many of the CCA Council members and many of the churches that are part of the Calvary Chapel Association.

I do believe that our best days are ahead of us, and I pray God will grant us mercy and pour His Spirit upon us as we labor for Him, awaiting that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Let me close with these words from Pastor Chuck:

“Calvary Chapel started as a movement that was truly a fresh work, outside the scope of most other churches that were around at the time. God wanted to do a fresh work, so He created a new skin to pour His Spirit into, and we got to see His blessings. But if the Lord tarries, and He takes me home before the rapture, I hope no one tries to institutionalize what God has done at Calvary Chapel. I don’t want anyone going around saying, ‘When Chuck was here,’ and ‘This is the way Chuck did it.’ May God help us not to get rigid. I want to stay flexible and open. I want to see a continual movement of the Spirit of God; so I need to stay supple, flexible, and pliable. If we create a religious system, with rigid controls and traditions, then God will have to once again go outside of us in order to do a new work of His Spirit.”

Sincerely, Brian Brodersen

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Keep in mind that two weeks ago Brodersen insulted Pastor Chuck Smith, his father-in-law and founder of the Calvary Chapel movement:

“You know the last 10 years of pastor Chuck’s life in ministry, um, probably almost every sermon on a Sunday was seriously a doom and a gloom message and it was basically the world’s going to hell but the Lord’s coming so just you know buckle your seat belt, hold on and we’re all gonna be out of here. And so once a month I would preach and I would literally get up and try to counter what was happening for the other 3 weeks…”

Original post @ http://bereanresearch.org/brodersen-splits-cca-calls-new-global-network/

Berean Research post: Calvary Chapel’s Brian Brodersen instructs pastors to “Tone it down” for youth

On Nov. 3rd, 2016, Amy Spreeman of Berean Research posted regarding the issues mentioned in the EmergentWatch.com post of 10/24/16.

Much of Brodersen’s words were transcribed and published therein.

Calvary Chapel’s Brian Brodersen instructs pastors to “Tone it down” for youth

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The Calvary Chapel Association has promised all 1,600 of its churches around the world an international meeting next year to address concerns about its future direction. That’s in direct response to a growing chorus of concerns from pastors around the drastic departure from Scripture and from Calvary’s doctrinal distinctives spearheaded by Costa Mesa pastor Brian Brodersen since the death of his father-in-law, CC founder and pastor Chuck Smith. (Those changes are bullet-pointed in the article titled, Fed up with false teaching: Calvary Chapel church says “So Long” to the CC Association.)

“Beating the Drum”

Recently Brodersen raised even more alarms during Calvary’s Northwest Pastor’s Conference. In a panel discussion, Brodersen insulted Smith and cast a vision for a new paradigm shift in the way Brodersen wants to do things from here on out. Telling pastors to “tone down” their Old Testament rhetoric, and stop “beating the drum” on biblical prophecy and end times, Brodersen warned they were chasing all the young people away from church.

The Calvary Chapel Association promised pastors it will address concerns at a meeting in November of 2017.

Meanwhile the Emergent Watch blog published Brodersen’s comments, which has gone viral…

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For the rest of the article @ http://bereanresearch.org/calvary-chapels-brian-brodersen-instructs-pastors-tone-youth/

And also see https://emergentwatch.com/2016/10/24/calvary-chapel-pastors-conference-2016-leadership-departing-form-gods-word/

 

Calvary Chapel Europe Leader Joining hands with Catholics and TBN Leaders!

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On Sunday 9/4/2016, a Facebook friend alerted me to a FB post by Calvary Chapel pastor Phil Metzger, who heads up CC Golgota in Hungary, and is also is the *Director of the CC [Europe] Bible College and Conference Center. Metzger’s post shows him and his wife linking arms and smiling – with Matt and Laurie Crouch, who now lead TBN. [see photo] The caption reads in part, “Having a wonderful day making new friends…!”

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The first comment Metzger got said, “If you’re not aware, TBN has a horrible reputation in the U.S. They feature quite a few false teachers and are big into the prosperity gospel!” Metzger responded, saying “Posting a picture like this isn’t a stunt for me. IT’S MORE OF A DECLARATION” Knowing the potential problems with a CC partnering with TBN, and seeing that the majority of comments were approving of Metzger’s moves, I felt compelled to comment.

I wrote: “Those who preach the false “Prosperity Gospel” – like the majority do at TBN – preach a false gospel and a false “Jesus” [2Cor. 11:4] Are we not commanded to “Have NO fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them?!” -Eph. 5:11. And, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God…” 2Jn. 1:9. Do you not see that this would legitimatize TBN’s teachings in the eyes of many, even those you are trying to reach.”

Not only did my warning fall on deaf ears, but Metzger and his defenders (not unexpectedly) proceeded – first to divert from the real issue via “Strawman” arguments” – and then to attack me personally. Mr. Metzger refused to see that by putting a Calvary Chapel on TBN – airing right alongside horrible heretical teachings – he would confusing and even stumbling weak Christians, and those unable to discern doctrines. Some might be emboldened to follow other TBN programs. After I responded to one of those attacking me personally, Metzger blocked me from his Facebook page.

This encounter prompted me to find out more about Mr. Metzger. I had documented his fraternization with Bill Hybels back in February, where he’d posted on FB that he allowed Hybels to teach on “leadership” in his church. Hybels promotion of and even teaching his own people, contemplative mysticism is amply documented.

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Now even though Metzger blocked me from even viewing his Facebook page, his twitter page still reveals that::

He is actively promoting ecumenical partnerships with members of aberrant churches. In an article he did for calvarychapel.com, entitled “Why Pastors Should Partner Churches Outside Their Movement“, an attached picture shows Metzger posing with eight other men. The caption says, “The men in this picture represent the Lutheran church, the Brethren church, the Reformed Church, an evangelical Catholic and the Baptist church…”

See: https://calvarychapel.com/resources/article/view/Why Pastors Should Partner with Churches Outside Their Movement/

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Metzger adds, “All across the country, the first week of the new year is dedicated to [ecumenical] prayer. Every night of that week we go to a different church, worship and pray together. It is always tremendously edifying!

 In a style reminiscent of Nick Hall or even Tony Palmer, Metzger says, We need each other for encouragement, support in outreaches, prayer and a plethora of other reasons. Most importantly, our connection to each other serves as an example to our community that Jesus is not divided. We may have different types of churches but we are of the same Spirit!

 In the highlight section entitled, “The Basis of Our UNITY”, Metzger claims, “We are unified because we love the same Jesus who is bigger than my church. We are unified because we are learning that the world benefits by different churches existing for the glory of God!

I have no gracious words to describe the enormity of this error. To say publicly, as a Calvary Chapel Senior leader, that Catholics and born-again believers are of “The SAME spirit”, and worship “The SAME Jesus” is a total betrayal of Christ Jesus and an outright abomination!

Additionally, Metzger’s articles at calvarychapel.com also reveal that he teaches “Vision Casting” See: https://calvarychapel.com/resources/article/view/the-importance-of-vision-casting-in-ministry/ And, apparently he also promotes uncritical acceptance of Muslim refugees in many posts on social media. See https://twitter.com/metzgerphil

Much like Brian Brodersen’s ecumenical compromises, via his “Creation Fest” in the UK – I doubt that most of the Calvary Chapel laity in the U.S. are aware of what is going on. Sadly, these “compromises” (if they can still be called that) have now apparently become the norm rather than the exception.