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Willow Creek, Calvary Chapel, and the Bible

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International

There may still be people on UTT’s list who lack discernment and insist that Willow Creek theology is safe as mother’s milk and harmless to anyone and everyone.

This commentary will be very short but also very important. It will help connect the dots.

Please open the following link and read: https://www.instagram.com/WillowCreekCC

Read the following: http://www.understandthetimes.org/commentary/c176pf.shtml

Please contact Calvary Chapel Association Council by going to their web site. This can be done by clicking on the following link: http://calvarychapelassociation.com/leadership-council/

After reading this material, you may want to contact your local church and pass on this commentary.

Paul stated: “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27).

Roger Oakland (source)

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Important Information About Calvary Chapel and Alpha

From Understand The Times, International

RE: Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Alpha Course (April 18, 2016)

Cecil Andrews

Recently, Brian Brodersen, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, sent out an endorsement of Nicky Gumbel’s Holy Trinity Brompton Alpha Course program. While Alpha is very well known in North America and around the world, it seems that Brian Brodersen and many other pastors know very little about Alpha.

In order to bring awareness to Brian Brodersen and all other Calvary Chapels and evangelical churches choosing to go this direction, Understand The Times has made the decision to post several links from the web site of Take Heed Ministries based in Northern Ireland. The speaker of the messages and the author of the article that follows is my good friend Cecil Andrews from Northern Ireland.

Please take the time to listen to these two messages and to read one of his articles posted on his web site. His web site is very important. Please click on the link and add it to your favorites.

Christian pastors and leaders should be warning about Alpha, not promoting it. By doing so, these leaders are showing a lack of concern for those who are blindly following them and their man-made programs.

http://www.takeheed.info/

Here are two video links to research:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6DjxpYR7mk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll0A00LqKeM

Here is the link to an excellent article:

http://www.takeheed.info/pdf/January-2014/Alpha-attend-or-avoid.pdf

 

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Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Alpha Course

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International

On April 14, 2016, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s senior pastor Brian Brodersen made the following astonishing remarks on his Facebook page,[1] “What a fantastic introduction to the new Alpha film series! Good one @nickygumbel https://t.co/BvmvHbbZbL.” That link Brodersen provided leads to Alpha Course leader Vicar Nicky Gumbel of the UK. As researcher and berean Mark Jeffries stated recently on Facebook, Brian has partnered with HTB [Holy Trinity Brompton] in the last few years in organizing his “Creation Fest”[2] [UK] – But this, this is an outright endorsement!!”[3]

There will be many who will not understand the significance of this post. We will help you connect the dots.

As we are living in a period of church history when many are straying away from sound biblical truth, we need to contend for the faith that was “once delivered to the saints.”

The saints Jude was referring to are those who have embraced the gospel according to the Scriptures. As Paul told the church at Corinth, there is another gospel, another spirit, and another Jesus. The saints had been led astray by the serpent, and they did not know they had been deceived. Paul was trying to get them back on track. Some paid attention; most did not.

Ever since I wrote the book New Wine or Old Deception in 1996, I have had a serious concern about the direction evangelical Christianity has been heading. The book was written and then published by Chuck Smith’s publishing ministry, the Word for Today. It was written as a warning to the church with regard to the “experience-based” Christianity that was happening at that time known as the “Toronto Blessing.”

Without describing the entire Toronto Blessing phenomenon in this commentary, I will say this: The Toronto Blessing was triggered off when Vineyard pastor Randy Clarke came to the Toronto Airport Vineyard in January of 1994. He held several nights of meetings and then lit “the fire.” Randy Clarke had received his “anointing” from the “Holy Spirit Bartender” from South Africa, Rodney Howard Brown.[4] For endnotes and to read this entire commentary, click here.

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The Ownership of the Name “Calvary Chapel,” the Dove, and the Appearance of a New Symbol

“According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the name “Calvary Chapel” is owned by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa . . . This means that every church name that has the words “Calvary Chapel” in it belongs to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.”—Roger Oakland, March 2016

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International

A new symbol has appeared at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (CCCM). Some may be wondering if this new symbol will be replacing the Calvary “dove” that has symbolized Calvary Chapel for decades. For now, at least, the dove logo seems to have gone “undercover” on the back wall behind the podium at CCCM and replaced by another symbol projected on the wall. Those who attend Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa will have seen it and know what I mean. Or if you receive ”tweets” via Twitter from Brian Brodersen, Chuck Smith’s son-in-law, you will have seen the new symbol. Brodersen inherited the pulpit at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa because of his marriage to Chuck Smith’s daughter, Cheryl. Since Pastor Chuck passed away, many changes have occurred at CCCM as the “new Calvary” replaces the “old Calvary” under new leadership.

To the left here is the banner used to promote Brian Brodersen’s Sunday morning study for Revelation 9:13-21 on March 6, 2016 that was sent out by Twitter.

On the picture below, note the symbol at the top center behind Brian as well as the absence of Chuck Smith’s pulpit. This symbol is commonly used for the trinity in Catholic and some Protestant settings. Below, you can see an enlargement of the graphic. In a later commentary, I will present documentation to show the origin of this symbol. . . . Click here to continue reading and for more photos.

 

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Former Calvary Chapel Pastor and Teacher, Chris Lawson and Roger Oakland, Warn Calvary Chapel of Its Dangerous Ecumenical Direction

LTRP Note: The following two alerts are by Chris Lawson (director of Spiritual Research Network and a former Calvary Chapel pastor) and Roger Oakland (director of Understand the Times and former Calvary Chapel teacher and lecturer). These two men do not hate Calvary Chapel; rather they are deeply concerned and have been attempting to warn Calvary Chapel pastors and congregants of the dangerous direction that Calvary Chapel is heading.

ARTICLE #1:

Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson

By Chris Lawson
Spiritual Research Network

Dear Reader,

There are numerous sources online now that are reporting on the imbalanced Calvary Chapel leadership issues as well as the growing ecumenical compromises. Many Calvary Chapel pastors as well as the Calvary Chapel Association Leadership Council (formerly CCOF Ministry, Inc.) are aware of many of the growing problems, but sadly, little is being done to publicly expose and correct these things.

Please note that Spiritual Research Network (SRN) is not affiliated with Calvary Chapel or any other church or movement. SRN is an independent Christian ministry that seeks to proclaim the Gospel and warn and equip the body of Christ against the dangers of cults, mystical/occult practices, and ecumenical compromise. SRN also seeks to help people who have been abused in cults and by aberrant and abusive church leaders. . .

After personally spending many hours over the past twelve years helping hurting people who have been affected by growing problematic trends within many Calvary Chapel fellowships, it appears that the road ahead for the Calvary Chapel is a sad one.

When I personally contacted CCOF Ministry numerous times in 2011, and also Calvary Chapel (Komo Mai) in Honolulu, Hawaii, it became quickly obvious that CCOF Ministry and Calvary Chapel (Komo Mai) were above being corrected. I was not only yelled at through the telephone, one “pastor” told me that ministries such as Understand the Times International and Lighthouse Trails were not reliable. Incredibly, another “pastor” responded the same way and told me that ministries like Let Us Reason Ministries and Apologetics Coordination Team (and by implication our Spiritual Research Network), were like “cults.”

Unfortunately, it appears now (from 2012 onward) that the Calvary Chapel Association is seriously struggling with what they are going to allow and not allow within the Calvary Chapel movement. The compromises continue and the confusion simply continues to grow. Sadly, if things do not change for the better, it is only a matter of time before the leaven of Emergent and Ecumenical apostasy infects the entire Calvary bChapel movement and numerous splits occur. In the mean time, many will continue to silently leave churches that are compromising. Many others who do have the courage to address issues head on within their fellowship will face resistance, and that most likely, at the highest levels.  To continue reading and for a list of documents posted by SRN for several years, click here.

ARTICLE #2:

Roger Oakland

Roger Oakland

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International

The video link below goes to a video showing a panel discussion at the Calvary Chapel 2012 Pastor’s Conference with Greg Laurie, Bob Coy and Brian Brodersen is a must watch. If you are wondering what has happened to many of the Calvary Chapels and where they are headed and why, this video will provide the answer.

Now that four years have passed and Chuck Smith has gone to be with the Lord (in 2013), like many other denominations, the Calvary Chapel association of churches has been influenced by the postmodern mindset in many ways and is on its way to becoming postmodern.

While those attending the 2012 conference were told there was no problem introducing the ideas of popular pastors known for their popular methods of reaching the postmodern generation, they were not told about the dangers. Four years later, many have found out where such reasoning leads.

While there are Calvary pastors who remain affiliated with Calvary Chapel who express their concerns, they remain silent for fear of rocking the boat or losing their position in the Calvary franchise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xygUvRX0MsQ

See information about Roger’s upcoming book, a warning to the last-days church and leaders.

Related Information from Lighthouse Trails Research:

Click here to see the Lighthouse Trails archive of coverage on Calvary Chapel for over a decade.

 

 

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Calvary Chapel, Bill Hybels, and Jesuit Mysticism

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International

Recently, I was informed about a conference held this week in Budapest, Hungary where Willow Creek senior pastor Bill Hybels taught leaders. According to comments posted on Phil Metzger’s Facebook page, the event was held at Calvary Chapel Golgota Budapest where Metzger is pastor. He is also the director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe (also located in Hungary). On Metzger’s Facebook, Hybels was not only endorsed, he was praised. [3]

Perhaps most who read about this event will not be alarmed. But I was because I see the significance. I know that what Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel once stood for is not at all what Hybels stands for. Bill Hybels was mentored by Peter Drucker along with Rick Warren to “reshape” Christianity for the 21st century. Hybels, from the famous Willow Creek Church located in South Barrington, Illinois, fathered the “seeker-friendly” movement.

When Hybels and his cohorts discovered that the seeker-friendly model produced spiritually illiterate believers, they said they “repented” [5] from this model of church; but in actuality, they delved right into teachings associated with the emergent church and contemplative mysticism, seeing those as the next “great” step. Interestingly, on Metzger’s Facebook page, someone defending Metzger’s promotion of Hybels said that it was irrelevant to talk about the emerging church because it was no longer an issue. But nothing could be further from the truth. While often called other names now, such as progressive, the ideologies of the emerging church are very much at work today. Click here to read this entire article and for endnotes.

Related Information

A Jesuit Pope? Understanding The Jesuit Agenda and the Evangelical/Protestant Church

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Calvary Chapel Pastor Greg Laurie Posts Photo Standing with New Age Advocate Roma Downey

A Lighthouse Trails reader sent this photo (see below) to us today. It is a picture of Calvary Chapel pastor Greg Laurie, standing with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and was posted on Greg Laurie’s Facebook page along with this caption by Downey:

So nice spending time with friends. Mark and I had a lovely lunch today with Greg and Cathe Laurie ‪#‎harvestoc

Such a photo only heightens concerns as to the direction Greg Laurie (one of Calvary Chapel’s most popular pastors)  is taking the church.

In 2012, Chris Lawson (a former Calvary Chapel pastor, now a Lighthouse Trails author) wrote a report about a book titled Have Heart (which is the story of pastor Steve Berger and communication with his deceased son). Even though the book encouraged necromancy, it was endorsed by Greg Laurie.

In author Greg Reid’s booklet, Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey’s New Age Beliefs, he documents that Roma Downey is aligned with the New Age. That, though, has not deterred Christian leaders, such as David Jeremiah and now Greg Laurie, from showing comradeship with Downey and Burnett.

To understand a fuller scope of our concerns about Greg Laurie, refer to the articles from our archive below.

laurie-downey

Related Information:

Tens of Thousands Introduced to Contemplative Advocates Gungor and David Crowder at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade

Green Bay Catholic Priest David Ricken leads Mass at Lifefest Before Joint Worship with Greg Laurie

The Pope’s New Evangelization Program: Bishop Ricken, Greg Laurie and Calvary Chapel

Warren, Blanchard, Hybels, Laurie, Buford – Launching New York Leadership Center This Week  (2008)

Greg Laurie Connects Purpose Driven to a Move of God – Gives Financial Support (2008)

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