LTRP Note: We are posting this, not to single out Calvary Chapel as this is a problem in most denominations today, but rather to once again illustrate why discerning Christians (like many of you who read LT) are having such a hard time in their efforts to warn the church about spiritual deception and apostasy.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
As always, there are vey useful reports and links on Lighthouse Trails that expose false teachers, bad churches and bad books among many other things. I was interested in the article about Calvary Chapel and how Chuck Smith appreciated Lighthouse Trails ministries.
I sent Lighthouse Trails links to the Calvary Chapel I attend when I first started going there 2 years ago in regard to Brian Brodersen among other things, and people there jumped down my throat and said that you [Lighthouse Trails] should go and speak to the person first before putting out warnings about them. This, as we know, is not always possible and anyway, it’s unlikely that Brian Brodersen, Rob Bell, Rick Warren, Billy Hybels etc are going to listen to anything. As we also know, God gives people over to deception and prevents them from hearing the truth as it says in scripture. [See LT article addressing Matthew 18 below.]
My pastor subsequently subscribed to Lighthouse Trails, but his sons (one is a Calvary Chapel Pastor in another church and the other is his Assistant Pastor) do not like Discernment Ministries and think they “have no love.” They have not had to confront anything bad,as I have, and I would even say they haven’t had to contend for the faith. They do not understand how damaging bad doctrine is to Christians and how it can destroy people’s faith and lives, hence Galatians 1:8.
My pastor had to go to a meeting last week in regard to Brian Brodersen, and he asked me to pray for him. I don’t know what I’d do if either of his sons were my pastors as they are adversant to Discernment Ministries. You were right in saying that many are not like Chuck Smith.
Thank you for all your hard work, and as we are in the last days, Mathew 24 is relevant now, with the first thing Jesus saying to, “Take heed, not to be deceived . . .
Blessings and prayers,
(Used with permission)
“Three Vital Questions to Navigating Discernment: 1) Should Christians Expose Error? 2) Matthew 18 3) How Should the Christian Contender Speak and Behave?”