14.33). A perfect storm of heresy brewing if you will that has led us to the state we are in now, where the enemy is ready to unleash the apostate church in these end times. There is a severe strain of dishonesty about this reluctance to leave, this maintaining a pretense of Christianity by those who deny the faith. As a result of the first two articles mentioned above, pastors and Christians sent e-mail letters expressing their support or opposition to the articles mentioned above. When one’s goal is the glory of God, he responds to God’s call whether he believes it will make him happy or not. While the reasons for Mars Hill’s collapse five years ago are complex (I talk about them in Episode 79 of my Leadership Podcast with Mars Hill insider Justin Dean), you can argue that it wasn’t sustainably built because it imploded when Mark Driscoll left. 21.8-19). 4.1) ‘grievous wolves’ have entered among the flock teaching ‘perverse things, to draw away disciples among them’” (1 Ti. When someone made a verbal profession of adding Jesus to his life, someone would slap him on the back, congratulate him, and welcome him into a church. It feels sacrilegious to applaud worship leaders for worshipping God. Today, “[t]he true Christ and the true faith of the Bible are being replaced rapidly with diseased substitutes offered by a group of teachers who belong to what has been labeled the “Faith Movement” (Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity in Crisis (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers 1993), p. 11; this statement is true, but Hank Hanegraaff is heretical about some very important matters). Copyright © September, 2010, Click here to download and/or listen to Jerald Finney’s audio teaching on the They preached inerrancy of Scripture, the depravity of man, the holiness of God, repentance from sin, and salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Sigh. There were rarely outsiders, besides new people from the neighborhood convinced to come to church by their neighbors concerned for the state of their eternal souls. The Purpose-Driven Church Movement birthed by Rick Warren Around 30 people gather each week to share a meal at St Lydia's in Brooklyn, NY. When decisions need to be made, they’ll be admittedly provisional. Smith’s book, cited herein, should be read for its extensive insights into the New Age teachings within Rick Warren’s writings. 1.5, 64.6; Jer. Islam, for example, believes that Jesus was a great prophet, but that he was not God; Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus was the Archangel Michael. How can it please God? MEGA!! “The warning that comes to America, that is declared to her by her ablest theologians, is that ‘Christendom’ is no longer a viable concept, that the nineteenth-century continuum is split apart. The hallmark of Mega Church is seen in its racial composition. (Ibid.). Theology and psychology merged, A. Mit Megachurch wird, insbesondere in den Vereinigten Staaten, eine evangelikal-protestantische Einzelgemeinde bzw. Start with the basics. A mega-church 'heretic' takes on evangelical orthodoxy Back to video bestseller, the popular preacher has turned away from the evangelical certainty that … 3-4; T. A. McMahon, “Psychology and the Doctrines of Devils,” The Berean Call, Vol. Is Andy Stanley’s top assistant ready to take over the entire ministry? “4. But Newspring and Cross Point Churches have done very well under new leadership since their founding pastors left. Well, because great leaders tend to gravitate toward churches and organizations that are well led. As shown in Section VI of God Betrayed, many Bible believing churches in America, in not studying, understanding, and/or applying biblical principles concerning Christ and His church and biblical principles concerning the relationship of church and state, started the downward slide of God’s churches almost immediately after the ratification of the United States Constitution. Then in five years, if we have clarity, we’ll speak; if not, we’ll set another five years, for ongoing reflection.’, “[ECM leaders use the same approach Satan used to seduce Eve. As the goals of the community change, we’re told the interpretation may also change…. As to salvation, Warren’s teaching is totally unbiblical (See Ibid., pp. For men shall be lovers of their own selves….” (2 Ti. A primary characteristic of cults in general is the practice of taking biblical texts out of context in order to develop pretexts for their theological perversions” (Ibid., p. 43). So they said, “We don’t believe in an eternal happiness, but we do know that you have to live 70 years on earth. To Warren, worship can include anything. They said, “We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, the deity of Christ, and heaven and hell.” But the goal became humanistic—the eternal happiness of man in heaven. ... Long time ago there used to be a Church in Pretoria west, a mega Church of high note. If you’re against church growth, you’re against the basic mission of the church: to reach people. This is the first and great commandment (Here, the Lord quotes De. 88-89 citing Foundation for Inner Peace, A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume: pp. This is totally inaccurate, and the examples that he cites do not support his assertion. Much “Christian” rock has all the attributes of “Purple Haze” except for the lyrics. THE PEOPLE WHO ATTEND ARE BLIND SHEEP - First of all, if you think the people who attend large churches are all blind sheep, why don’t you ask them if that’s the case? Religious Organizations (Apostasy), the LGBTQ Agenda (Gross Immorality), and Civil Government Tyranny. (A great sermon that gives the history of religious modernism is Paris Reidhead, “Ten Shekels and a Shirt,” January 1, 1980. And even a more recent study shows churches over 250 in attendance are more likely to be growing and seeing people become Christians. And many other very large churches have gone through changes in leadership successfully. The Word of God teaches that all a believer does should be holy and for the glory of God. His mother’s side of the family was heavily involved in spiritualism…. Not growing by … “‘As above, so below’ means that the two worlds are instantaneously seen to be one when we realize our essential unity with God…. Franklin Hamlin Littell observed in 1962 that American churches, once faithful and disciplined, had in their prosperity settled back into the world, and that America would seem well on the way to secularization and faithlessness. 16.12) in its three-fold form of Phariseesism, Sadduceeism, Herodianism (Mt. If so, by whom and why? For example, there is no confession of sin or repentance—just say a little prayer, “Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you,” and “[y]ou’re in the club.” “Just believe a few platitudes, receive an unexplained Jesus, and you are assured of eternal life. He, like church growth leaders before him, embraces pragmatism, but without restraint of right and wrong—the end justifies the means. 97-101 referring to Dr. Jack Wheaton (Emmy Award winner and professor of music at three major universities, including the University of Southern California, and lecturer at over fifty colleges), The Paganization of Worship). Without any real truth, reality is turned into theater, and life into a show” (Ibid., p. 121 quoting Udo W. Middelmann, The Market-Driven Church (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), p. 145). Warren never explains the nature and purpose of Jesus nor does he explain how one is saved through Jesus Christ. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2002), Dedication Page. Believers are to speak the truth in love. in an evil sense (Gen. 19.3, refs.). There are actually teams of highly skilled leaders around the point leader. Although the “Purpose-Driven Christ is a shadowy figure, undefined and unexplained,” “that does not stop Warren from leading readers to commit their lives to Jesus and then assure them that they are eternally saved” (Ibid., pp. En2 See Hank Hanegraaff, pp. 3.2-3). These problems are greatest in the churches which have grown most—Baptist, Methodist, and Churches of Christ (Ibid., p. 135). and in thy name done many wonderful works? Now I agree that it is not logical to paint with a broad brush and say that every church with 2000 in weekly attendance must be bad. Sometimes I wonder how much of that is born out of envy, a sense of inferiority or simple misunderstanding, but after years of hearing people complain about large churches and megachurches, it might be good to re-visit the subject more intentionally.” – Carey Nieuwhof. Clarity is more important than poetry” (Smith, p. 39 quoting Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1995), p. 297). 42-45). Through the ministry When We Understand the Text, I've fielded a few questions about Steven Furtick and whether or not he is trustworthy. The ordinary members who never have had the discontinuity between life in Christ and life in the world brought home to them are less at fault for the inadequate training than the leadership of the churches, who—though sworn to uphold the form of sound words and doctrine—neglect catechetical instruction and concentrate solely on the acquisition of more and new members at any price (Ibid., p. 134). Anyone who says a large organization is a one-man show doesn’t understand what’s required to lead a large, complex, let alone multi-site organization. “If the sacred is no longer distinguished from the world, it has lost its sacredness” (Ibid., p. 116). Heresy in the Catholic Church denotes the formal denial or doubt of a core doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The churches of the Church Growth Movement must be filled with lost people, some members who linger on whether deceived or not, and/or deceived saved people who migrated in or were saved somehow by hearing and responding to the true gospel of salvation from other sources. Although men have, since the Garden of Eden, been self-seeking and self-serving, “it has only been since the rise of modern psychology that self has been proclaimed as the solution to all of our mental, emotional and behavioral ills” (T. A. McMahon, “Psychology in Prophecy,” p. 3). What a deal?” (Ibid., pp. No one has ever suggested that no one else works at a mega church besides the pastor. Smith points out that Rick Warren wrote on the dedication page of The Purpose-Driven Life: “This book is dedicated to you. Die Ausbreitung der Megakirchen hat seit 1970ern ein großes Wachstum erfahren, sodass die Anzahl der … III. In the latter half of the 19th century, various professional evangelists turned from dealing with major issues in society, proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all of life, calling upon men to repent, convert, and be healed and introduced a new style of message; avoiding any offense to the ruling elements in the cities, their patrons, they concentrated on the “sins” of the workingmen: drinking, swearing, gambling, and joining unions (Ibid., pp. An Apostate Mega-Church Yesterday I read news about a married pastor of a mega-church in a Arizona, who resigned after it was discovered he has been involved in affairs with multiple women. The mega church allows zero accountability and the aloofness needed for the cult of personality preachers to never get directly questioned. Facebook Twitter Email Print Img No-img Menu Whatsapp Google Reddit Digg Stumbleupon Linkedin Comment. As evidenced by his sermon, Brother Hoffmeister loves our Lord and preaches the truth on these matters in love. That would result in offending some who would refrain from coming to “church.” Pragmatism opens the door to all kinds of satanic infiltration including the New Age. 22.16-21; Mk. 5.11). The Son, rather than being eternal God, was brought into existence. 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Before you were born, God planned this moment in your life. Many public schools once recognized the principle that in order to maintain stability, and promote respect for teachers and staff, standards of dress (but not uniformity) and respectful titles were required. The launch of new, smaller campuses and smaller worship spaces are models many megachurches are adopting. This series on heresy and apostasy does just that. That is really not too complex, Carey. 5.2-3). 2.9). If that’s the case, they’ll fade. Then what? 79-87 quoting Karlgaard; Luisa Kroll, “Christian Capitalism: Megachurches, Megabusinesses” Forbes.com: http://www.forbes.com/2003/09/17/cz_lk_0917megachurch.html (September 17, 2003); James B. Twitchell, Branded Nation (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), 81, 82-83; George Mair, A Life With a Purpose, (New York: Berkley Books, 2005), 125; Kurt Gabhards, “Choking on Choices” Combating Consumerism With a Biblical Mindset,” in Fools Gold: Discerning Truth in An Age of Error (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005) John McArthur, General Editor, 164). They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness” (2 Pe. VI. Megachurch pastors often act as chief executives and use business tactics. The deliverance vehicle for this perfect storm of heresy is the mega church. Places like IHOP and Bethel began to emerge targeting the youth so they could have the next generation believing that barking like a dog or twitching uncontrollably must be from God. J. Greshcham Machen, a great scholar, discussed those days and the coming of liberalism to the Methodists, Anglicans, and especially the Presbyterians, reminding us of what liberalism truly is. “Only biblical Christianity stands against the exaltation of self that ties all other religions together. They did this although warned by men such as Isaac Backus. Jesus taught us not to judge self-righteously or hypocritically. In an article on heresy and apostasy, “On Jack Hyles’ Sermon, ‘The Treasure is in a Field,’” the author pointed out that Dr. Hyles missed a preeminent principle in the Word of God as to the organization of God’s churches in his sermon, “The Treasure is in a Field”. Forget mega church, here's micro church... Carey Lodge 02 July 2014 | 12:34 PM. The result in Europe—as of 1990, less than one percent of Europe was evangelical Christian (Ibid., p. 102). 7.18; 2 Co. 3.14; Ja. [The meaning of the term can be verified by a Google search. If they are, my hat’s off to them. The church is a leader in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area in demonstrating the Kingdom of God in its embrace of all people. He used the imagery of the shepherd for a reason that is lost on mega church heretics like Stanley. Let me break this down for you. The mega church allows zero accountability and the aloofness needed for the cult of personality preachers to never get directly questioned. And while I haven’t led a gigantic church personally, I’m founding pastor of a large church (1500) and this criticism always chased our ministry. A mega-church is not only about size, but also about the culture and characteristics that surround them. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother” (2 Thes. 131-142 for a analysis of this plan; see p. 162 for more similarities between the Rick Warren’s plan and the 5-step plan proposed by Neale Donald Walsch. The mega church system has grown the apostate church beyond the dreams of any heretic but in the end, Carey, they remain apostate. So what happens when a church starts to grow? It was started by Peter Tan-Chi in the 1980’s.I personally know friends and relatives who attend this church back in the Philippines and in Canada. This music came out of one of the darkest periods of national morality, the 1960s hippie generation, so need we say more” (Hutchings, p. 104). They specialize in uniting people in “love” since doctrine divides. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (See 1 Co. 5.6 and Ga. 5.9). Lastly, through something Warren dubbed “Blessed Subtraction”, the purpose driven church encouraged pastors to drive sheep out of the sheepfold for any disagreement. That’s because—quite naturally—most of us think of the founder or senior leader when we think of a large church (there are some large churches where that isn’t the case, but they’re the exception). In his 1995 book, The Purpose-Driven Church, Warren states: “Read Scripture from a newer translation. Posts about Mega-churches written by Jack and Joe Broadmeadow “The average American believes that all religions basically teach the same thing. News about Megachurches, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. He later wrote a personal letter to Carl Jung thanking him for his influence…. Warren and Schuller parted ways after Schuller invited Stephen Covey, “a devout Mormon who has publicly ridiculed evangelicals and the Christian gospel,” to speak at the Crystal Cathedral. Church used to be a much more local phenomenon. Yes. Steven Furtick is a rock star among pop Evangelical megachurch pastors. Initially, the effect of his new theology upon a Christian culture was on the schools, churches, and scholarship of Europe. 3.1, 2). With megachurch pastors dropping like flies across the globe, it should come as no surprise that another pastor and author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Joshua Harris has renounced his faith right after announcing his divorce. In the nineteenth century a German rationalist scholar named Julius Wellhausen stepped to the fore and religious liberalism came into being. The people trying to warn you about this perfect storm you are a part of are not trolls, Carey. Christ and His Local Visible Churches: A Love Story; ONE CHURCH UNDER GOD ; Common Law (Bible) Trust Explained: Resources; Bible … Having this perspective will reduce your stress, simplify your decisions, increase your satisfaction, and most important, prepare you for eternity…” (Ibid., p. 9). 22.23, 29); of the Herodians, worldliness—a Herod party amongst the Jews (Mt. 26-27). This article will look at a few. To this concept of tolerance “ works, ” ( Torell, pp and Peace... 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