08 February 2012

ONE Conference Brings Together Calvary Chapel & Hillsong Church

In the post, The ONE Conference is Set to Invade Miami with a Seeker-Driven Packed Line-up, it was brought to our attention that the weekend of February 10-12 will find the Bank United Center in Miami, FL likely filled to capacity with professing Christians eager to hear a "word from the Lord." The problem is, while some of the scheduled speakers for this conference may be known for their watered-down, seeker-driven messages, some are even known for their propensity toward Word-Faith teaching. The line-up is as follows:




The reader will note the inclusion of Brian Houston, Carl Lentz, and Christine Caine, all of whom are involved in the Hillsong dynasty. Caine of course is no stranger to this blog. In "Code Orange" Speaker Christine Caine, we learned that, in addition to being an ordained minister, Caine is also the author of such works as A Life Unleashed: Giving Birth to Your DreamsThe product description for this book reads as follows:
Gifted communicator and Bible teacher Christine Caine reveals the steps to unleashing the potential in each of us. God has divinely created each of us with incredible potential--seeds that can grow into something significant. However, the past, current circumstances, or social conditions can cause us to forsake these seeds or allow them to lay dormant. During her 40-week pregnancy, Christine Caine discovered that conceiving, carrying, and giving birth to her daughter has much in common with actualizing our potential and realizing our dreams. In A LIFE UNLEASHED, she uses this metaphor of pregnancy to walk readers through the journey that will ultimately result in experiencing the fulfillment of our own God-given dreams. It*s a journey of both excitement and pain. In the same way women encounter nausea, restrictive dietary habits, and contractions during pregnancy, there will be challenges to overcome while giving birth to our dreams. But in due time we will see the fruit of that original seed of potential. Christine encourages readers that with continued trust in God--regardless of the obstacles--His plans and purposes will come to pass. (Online Source) 
As was noted in the above mentioned post, this is typical Word Faith sentiment, "giving birth" to our dreams and "unleashing the potential" inside of us. Pastrix Caine, though a gifted communicator, seems to have difficulty handling the biblical text properly. When she took to the pulpit stage at Steven Furtick's Elevation Church not too long ago, we heard her preach:
track with me on this point—if no other. The Bible says that after forty years, of God doing things a certain way—that He stopped doing it that way. It was supernatural; it was miraculous—for forty years He dropped food out of the sky. And they got used to the way God was doing it.
In fact [the Israelites] didn’t even need faith anymore because that was how God always showed up. That’s the kind of miracle God always did… But then the Lord said, “I’m not doing it that way anymore. It was a good way; and it sustained you, but I’m not doing it that way anymore.” The famous last words of the church: We’ve never done it that way before.
Most churches end up dying because they don’t understand the manna has ceased…we’re trying to pick up stale manna that is moldy, that has no nutritional value; that is dead, (growing applause) and we keep going back—to our creeds and our bureaucracies and our institutionalized ways of doing things—but the manna has ceased. (Online Source)
As pastor-teacher Ken Silva notes in his post Word Faith Pastrix Christine Caine Preaches Sunday Morning Service for Steven Furtick, teachings like this are "an attack upon proper doctrine and sound Biblical Christianity in favor of subjective experience."


One does not have to look far or listen too intently to hear the espousing of Word-Faith doctrine coming from the platforms of Hillsong Church and its international campuses. Hillsong Church in Australia, led by senior pastors Brian (who will be speaking at ONE) and Bobbie Houston, is
perhaps best known for its popular worship music, regularly features the major properity preachers of the Word Faith movement at their annual heresy-fests such as Joyce Meyer, Joel and Victoria Osteen, along with Jentezen Franklin numerous times, and Oneness Pentecostal Word Faith mogul T.D. Jakes. (Online Source)
With three teachers from Hillsong participating, it should not take too long to conclude, then, that there is an excellent chance that the ONE Conference will feature some of today's best ear-tickling Word-Faith teachings. This begs the question, then, why would some of the other speakers agree to participate as well? Men like Franklin Graham, James MacDonald, Francis Chan, or even Calvary Chapel pastors Bob Coy and Pedro Garcia? Are we to believe that Calvary Chapel (CC) approves of the type of teaching that Hillsong Church espouses? Of course, we will likely hear the same old argument, that these pastors do not care where they preach so long as they can proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Okay, but what about when they offer a visibly excited and glowing endorsement?
(Online Source)
The above tweet was sent out by Pedro Garcia, pastor of Calvary Chapel: Kendall and board member of Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse. According to Garcia's biography, he was saved in a Calvary Chapel church, and so his roots and loyalty obviously extend quite deep in this movement. It seems a bit odd, and perhaps even disconcerting, to see that, not only is Garcia excited about seeing Brian Houston of Hillsong for the ONE Conference, but he will actually be handing his pulpit over to Houston on Sunday, February 12.


In fact, it seems that Garcia is also quite familiar with Christine Caine, as he was excited to welcome her for a ONE Conference Rally back in December:
(Online Source)
Pedro Garcia is no small leader within Calvary Chapel. In fact, according to his biography, Garcia has brought Calvary Chapel:Kendall to the point of becoming "one of the fastest-growing churches in the area, meeting in two campuses in Miami" (Online Source). It is difficult to imagine that a choice such as this would not have a broader impact across the Calvary Chapel organization.

Garcia, however, is not the only Calvary Chapel pastor who will be taking the stage alongside some of Hillsong's greatest. Bob Coy, pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale is also a scheduled speaker. Coy may not have the privilege of sharing his pulpit with Brian Houston, but it is obvious that he and his church are fans of Hillsong. A quick search in their online bookstore reveals 49 items related to Hillsong. Like Pedro Garcia, Bob Coy cannot be without influence in the Calvary Chapel movement. After all, Coy's church "has now become home to over 17,000 men and women from the tri-county area, and ranks as the eighth largest church in the country" (Online Source).

All of this is quite perplexing. Surely the heretical teachings of the Word-Faith movement are not endorsed by Calvary Chapel! To this statement it is inevitable that many would respond, "perish the thought!" So why are two very influential Calvary Chapel pastors scheduled to take the stage alongside two of Hillsong's most popular and prominent leaders (Houston and Caine)? Why is one of these pastors, Pedro Garcia, allowing Brian Houston to fill his pulpit on a Sunday morning? Why is there no outcry from those at the top of an organization such as Calvary Chapel? When did it become okay for men who have been entrusted to teach and preach the Word of God to feed their sheep a diet of half-truths and erroneous doctrine?
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17) 
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)

SEE ALSO:
One Conference Set to Invade Miami with a Seeker-Driven Packed Lineup 

15 comments:

  1. After having read the last two articles, this one and the one on MacDonald, I have three words that I believe sum up what is happening. ONE WORLD RELIGION. The Bible warns of it. We are in the last hours and we should expect to see a falling away of once orthdox Christians (the great apostasy), along with persecution of Biblical Christians. Jesus warned us of this in Matthew 24. He also said that the times will be unlike anything the world has ever seen or will ever see. So get ready for a very rough ride.

    These conferences are merely a distraction as they glibly rearrange the deck chairs on this sinking ship. And I would say to anyone who is starting to wake up to the reality that this world is radically changing, and before Satan unleashes his greatest assault, we should be about reading the Word faithfully and take it seriously, know church history and learn what the founders of our faith faced themselves as they held to Biblical truths to the death.

    Its such a shame to watch formerly orthodox pastors get caught up in this hellish vortex. May God be merciful to them and all of us as we face these perilous times.

    Connie

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  2. One more conference, advertised many times, with lots of celebrities, equals...zero.

    "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you another conference contrary to the one Driscoll or MacDonald or Osteen or Jakes, or White or Furtick, or Noble, or whom Piper endorses , let him be accursed.
    As we have said before, so now I say again..."

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  3. I wonder what kind of manna Caine is eating if she believes that creeds, which are intended to direct us to Jesus and to "nutritious" doctrine, is stale manna...

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  4. Pastrixes giving birth to their dreams... Is that like being born for the third time?

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  5. And to humbly present this to those swept up into it is to "cause dissension among the brethren, and create divisions", as if parroting Paul's words without any clue to context or application changes what is Truth.

    Every believer should be crying out the words of Daniel 9:4-19, because it is our state.

    Luke 5:39 should be our admonition, and sadly, it will be the indictment for far too many.

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  6. Connie (anon) AMEN AND AMEN.

    I frankly could care less about these conferences, but I do like to keep abreast of the foolish goings on for one simple reason: it gives me a list of people to MARK AND AVOID.

    Both the heretics and those who pander to/share the pulpit with heretics. I mark and avoid them all.

    So thanks Erin for posting this information, it's helpful to see the apostasy fleshing out.

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  7. Erin, Greg Laurie is also Calvary Chapel, the biggest CC name out there these days.

    Calvary Chapel has never been "orthodox." They are decidedly Arminian, Chuck Smith has some very dangerous beliefs (no bodily resurrection of believers, e.g.), they have been mixing in emergent and contemplative teachings for years, and many of their congregations operate like a cult.

    While Pastor Chuck might have said some things in the past that seemed like he was Biblical ("stay away from emergent, stay away from Rick Warren"), he has backed off on those warnings, even flip-flopped on Warren.

    The next generation of CC pastors, Chuck's first converts, have long been "off," and are now giving birth to the new wave of CC pastors, even further from "orthodox."

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  8. What is sad is that thousands of gullible Christians will attend these kinds of conferences, and yet when I attend a good conference on Biblical discernment, they struggle to get 300 people there, and a good percentage of those are from the church in which it is held. I have attended the biennial St. Louis Conference on Biblical Discernment since 2002 (first one after I heard about it), and will attend again this year, but we've always been disappointed at the low turn-outs.
    I highly recommend them for those who can get there (and, by the way, people have come from as far away as Alaska!) http://www.pfo.org/2012-cbd.htm

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  9. Yes, thank you so much, EBenz, for posting all this information about these conferences and 'revivals,' as well as continuing to update us on James Macdonald and the sad and destructive fallout from 'Elephant Room 2.' (Please continue to keep us updated). The files I am keeping on my computer on all these 'Christian' leaders we should be aware of are growing by leaps and bounds because of you bringing all of these people to our attention, most of whom I have never heard of before.

    Could it be that we are at that moment in time that God spoke of in His Word? ..."The days are coming," declares the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine through the land-- not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it." (Amos 8:11,12)

    That's what happens when people follow after popular leaders instead of following Christ alone. And they/we can so easily be led into spiritual deception if they/we fail to seek after God and no longer treasure and hunger for His Word, and do not test the words of men (and women who claim to speak for God), against the truth of God's Word. (Acts 17:11)

    @Connie I totally agree that we are all seeing 'the falling away/the great apostasy' and the formation of the One World Religion taking place right before our eyes. These 'mystical experiences' of 'Contemplative Prayer,' etc., that EBenz and many others are warning us about, are some ways people (and Satan and his demons) are attempting to destroy Biblical Christianity so that we can so-called 'see the divine within.' Sadly, we will then fail to realize the truth; that we are all wretched sinners in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ alone! (Romans 3:23-26)(1 Timothy 1:12-17) (John 14:6) (Acts 14:12)

    The following YouTube video that Ken Silva And Crosstalk America did on this subject, clearly reveals where all this could be heading..."Warnings About The Emergent Church Movement With Guest Pastor Ken Silva." 52 minutes long, but worth listening to every minute... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z6jAXuSaYI

    Let's continue to keep all these things in prayer, and above all, continue to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 1:3) Things are only going to get worse, but don't forget that the tomb is empty! We serve a risen Savior!

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  10. How about this quote from MacDonald from his very recent interview on Moody:

    "It is NOT ENOUGH JUST to believe right things, we have to RELATE to people. All kinds of people in a way that reflects behavior ethic of Christ."
    ~ James MacDonald

    What is that if not a flat out denial of Sola Fide and assertion of certain type of works? Certain type of moral stance as qualified by James MacDonald? What is interesting enough MacDonald then proceeded to talk about Sola Fide which he just denied few minutes before and was able to mention only three "solas" out of five... He mentioned only Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus as "bare necessities of the Gospel"... What happened to Sola Scriptura and Soli Deo Gloria? Are those two solas not absolutely bare foundation of the Gospel as well? Again is this just imprecise, loose and confusing language by MacDonald or is it symptomatic of his drift away from true Gospel? Listen for yourself:

    http://openaudiovideo.moody.edu/OSAM/OSAM/ASX/Audio/wma/Radio/WMBI-TMR/WMA/JamesMacDonald.asx

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  11. Carol,

    Spot on about "nondenominational denomination" which is now in the open joining seeker friendly moralistic theism church of Hill Song.

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  12. Despeville said "What is that if not a flat out denial of Sola Fide and assertion of certain type of works?"

    keen eye-thumbs up

    sounds kinda orthopraxy huh instead of the just shall live by FAITH in the finished person and work of Christ

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  13. As part of Calvary Chapel I am saddened by this, but it has been a long time coming and I have seen it. Despite what you think of Calvary, you cannot look to one church in the movement and assume all Calvary Chapels are the same. I can show you many pastors and people I know within the movement that deny the emergent church and the ecumenical filth flowing into these garbage dumps called "churches" and frequently call them out on it. I've been to and watched several conferences that are aimed to educate and warn people to the dangers of the emergent church. In fact, many of these speakers aren't allowed at other Calvaries because they are seen as "divisive" for proclaiming what God's Word says.

    I'd also like to point out that despite being part of Calvary that many of the teachers I listen to aren't even part of Calvary Chapel. Who here likes John MacArthur? I do! I am not defending the movement or any of these leaders going astray but I want to speak out for the shrinking minority of Calvary churches that still teach God's Word and actually try to defend the sheep. It's really sad that a conference like One gets thousands going to it, but when there's a conference aimed at teaching the Word and warning people about lies that only 70 show up. Anyways...

    With that said, we can see that Calvary Chapel is divided. Pretty soon there will be a split and the time may come when I can no longer say that I want to be associated with Calvary Chapel. It's happening soon, and I have lost a lot of respect for big pastors in the movement including Greg Laurie, Bob Coy and even Pedro (the latter two I honestly didn't even know or care about until recent years, and even then I didn't listen to their teachings. Reason why is coming in the next sentence.) Pedro taught at a church conference I attended many years ago before all this nonsense with Hillsong and even then I knew something was wrong with his teaching. But I don't look to any of these men, I only look to Christ and Him Crucified for our sins. But as for Pedro everyone said back then that he was in need of maturing. Yes, that's obviously true since he is obviously is undiscerning when it comes to these charlatans. He needs to step down and sit under the teaching of some solid pastors before he gets behind the pulpit again.

    I can say more but I just wanted to get that off my chest. I love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior God who died for me and gave His life for me and His Gospel and will not cease to preach it until I die. I am saddened and distressed and broken to see what is happening not just to Calvary but to the church in America in general. Let this be a lesson for us. We must not think we stand lest we fall. Let us continue to seek God in His Word and continue to relish in the Glorious Gospel and look to the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who will judge the living and the dead. Amen.

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  14. Hi Anonymous,

    Thanks so much for your important comment. And thank you also for pointing out that these undiscerning (and even dangerous) churches/pastors within Calvary are not representative of all Calvary churches. It's imperative that we remember that this is true of all of these "movements" and "networks" (ie, HBF, Acts 29, etc). Unfortunately, the poor decisions of the more outspoken and influential leaders of these movements ends up reflecting on the networks as a whole. As such, for example, a church that identifies itself with the Acts 29 Network may be a truly bible-teaching church, not adhering to the more questionable practices/beliefs of the network as a whole, but I personally would still stay away from that church simply because of its affiliation with the larger network.

    I agree with you, I believe that a necessary split is coming, and I believe we may see it happen in more than just the Calvary Chapel movement.

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  15. all this puerile from Christine Caine-1Ti 4:7 "Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly"

    do I sense a bit of gnosticism?

    People think they are spiritual elites by "spiritualizing" everything simply because they don’t know the difference between and idiom and a literal statement that it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the simplicity we have in Christ. All wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ

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