25 February 2012

Robert Morris Teams Up With Hybels, Noble and Word Faith Preacher Tim Ross

Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church perhaps may be best known for his Blessed Life sermon series and accompanying book. His message from this series is quite popular among attractional, seeker-driven pastors. Why? Because the core of this message is that one must tithe to one's church in order for God to be able to bless him. Of course, mega church pastors thrive on this type of message, which is largely driven from a misuse of Malachi 3:10. Morris has preached at such venues as Saddleback Church, and has taken his Blessed Life series to Perry Noble's Newspring Church as well. Indeed, his influence can be seen among many of our favorite mega church pastors.

But this time it was Morris' turn to hold a conference at his own Gateway Church, and for others to fly to him. The event? The Alpha Summit, a men's conference like no other:
This year’s Alpha Summit is going to redefine the way you look at men’s conferences. The Thursday night kick-off party will be like nothing you’ve ever seen, including a tailgate cook-off (free food!), Motocross jumping, the latest golf equipment from the professionals and much more! This power packed weekend continues on Friday and Saturday with breakfast each morning and super-charged activities planned throughout the day. And don’t worry, we’ll still have our incredible Gateway Worship and guest speakers who will challenge you to live out your faith in every area of your lives. This will be a conference you won’t want to miss! (Online Source. Note: as of the completion of this post, The Alpha Summit has concluded for 2012. As such, some links may re-route the reader to the website for the 2013 men's conference.)
Let us ignore the silliness of a tailgate, motocross and golf, and take a look at the guest speakers Morris invited to teach the men of Gateway Church from February 23-25, 2012:
(Online Source)
There is little need to spend much time on Bill Hybels or Perry Noble. Most are familiar with Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Church in Chicago. Hybels helped to pioneer what has come to be known as the "seeker-driven" movement, and he has successfully woven liberalism and other deceptive teachings into his church. Yet, he continues to be viewed as an evangelical leader.

Noble is no stranger either. Not only is he adept at "sheep beating" and name calling, but he also has yet to escape the stigma of daring to play "Highway to Hell" as the opening song of Newspring's Easter Service a few years back. In short, Perry Noble epitomizes the Seeker Driven/Attractional Pastor model.

This leads us to the third speaker, Tim Ross. Who is Tim Ross? According to his biography on The Alpha Summit website,
Tim Ross speaks both nationally and internationally with over 15 years of ministry experience. He began preaching at the age of 20 and has already impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. His dynamic teaching style and uncanny ability to make people understand the gospel message is the reason why he has been such an asset to ministries across cultural and denominational lines. Tim’s gift to communicate developed under two dynamic ministries: God’s Way Holiness Fellowship Church in Valinda, California, and The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas. (Online Source)
That's right, Ross was groomed at The Potter's House, home to "Bishop" T.D. Jakes. In fact, Ross is still mentioned on the website of The Potter's House:
Pastor Timothy Ross serves as the young adult pastor for The Potter’s House of Dallas. Articulate, energetic, captivating and on the cutting edge of ministry for this generation, he is one of the most sought after speakers both nationally and internationally.  In 2001, Pastor Ross was the youngest to ever receive ordination credentials and was installed as an elder. Pastor Ross is the “go-to” guy for a host of ministry needs with his unique ability to reach youth, young adults and singles.  He is also recognized as a trusted voice to general assemblies, conferences, convocations and workshops.
Pastor Ross began preaching at the age of 20 and has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for more than a decade.  Pastor Ross specializes in creating a “spiritual sonic boom” that breaks the sound barrier between Heaven and Earth and allows prophecy to flow in a dynamic way.  His teaching style and uncanny ability to present the Gospel in an easy-to-understand format is why Pastor Ross has been an asset to the Kingdom of God for more than 10 years. (Online Source, emphasis added)
The reader would do well to note the the emboldened text above. It seems that Tim Ross is recognized as one who receives direct revelation and prophecy from God Himself. Upon visiting the website of Ross' own ministry, one can view several videos. The video entitled "The Power to Get In, The Power to Get Out," was recorded during one of Ross' preaching endeavors at The Potter's House. His Word-Faith tendencies are obvious in just the first three minutes of his message:

As Ross progresses through his sermon, the viewer becomes privy to an interesting event. It seems that Ross believes that he received direct revelation from the Holy Spirit while he was preaching:

Ross does not seem surprised by this and treats it as though it is a regular event. His language, speaking of "birthing the thing God whispered in your ear," is typical of those enmeshed in the Word Faith movement. This must leave us wondering, then, what could someone of this propensity have in common with "evangelicals" like Perry Noble and Bill Hybels? One also cannot help but question, does James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel approve of this type of teaching? After all, MacDonald has embraced T.D. Jakes as a brother, and Tim Ross not only was conditioned for ministry at Jakes' The Potter House, but, as noted above, apparently also serves as youth minister there.

It seems we are witnessing yet another entwining of the Word Faith movement with mainstream evangelicalism. The more common this becomes, and the more that we see such men embraced by "evangelical" leaders, the more churchgoers and professing Christians will be inclined to accept it with a smile. And so the New Downgrade continues.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

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  1. The next thing is Hybles will have Morris to come over to Willow Creek to teach his Levitical law obedience in tithing to squeeze more from his congregation.

  2. One thing I've noticed that dismays me is the emotional and physical sensation heightening at all these events. Look at the language that is being used nowadays to describe what participants will experience. For example, at this conference, it is stated that it will be "power packed" ..."and super-charged".

    Jentezen Franklin promotes his book on Fasting by saying that when he doesn't "sense that cutting-edge anointing", or "when I need a fresh encounter with God" fasting will deliver those sensations to him.

    I love Jesus, and to me he is always fresh. I'm satisfied with a regular anointing. I don't even know what a "cutting-edge anointing" is and how it is different from a regular one. I don't need an "encounter" with Jesus, because He is always present in me and with me.

    When did church related activities need to be promoted as something like a bungee jump?

    Lately it seems that these conferences, meetings, activities etc are more frequently than not promoted as something of a 'turbo experience' driven by adrenaline rather than a learning experience or even a spiritual experience. The only problem with appealing to the sensations is that they always need to go higher to retain the same oomph. Eventually you can't go higher and you run out and go off the cliff.

  3. I am so saddened by the faces of the people in the pews. It is cruel what these preachers are doing to ordinary folks like me who are being influenced by them.

    What can an ordinary person like me, who knows the truth, do? I pray, of course, but how else can I fight this battle?

  4. I agree with you Ebenz and also Despeville.

    They are playing upon people's emotions and feelings and manipulating them the whole time for money. diabolical manipulation

    I was watching one video where it had this lady with her hands up, eyes closed, moving her mouth and I was thinking to myself, wonder if she's even saved... How utterly sad that many will go to hell thinking that their emotions being moved were actually what it means to worship the Lord when the whole time it was just hyper sensationalism and never any heart change for the love of the TRUTH.

    These people are just Marionettes and mouthpieces used by satan and demons. as Paul Washer would say, --"These people are God's judgment" on those who just love their ears tickled

  5. @Anonymous 2/26/12 10:21a.m. You have a tender heart towards those being deceived, and a deep love for God and His Word. Use these to speak the truth in love to all who will listen to you, warning them of the importance of testing the words of men (and women) against the Word of God, and letting them know of the many attacks against Biblical Christianity that are taking place today.

    Or become a blogger like many of us are, and express your concerns, being sure to pray for God to help you guard your heart from becoming angry and critical out of the frustration and righteous anger that many of us are feeling. We need to definitely speak the truth in love, as EBenz does so well, and to do it without apology, even though we may be falsely labeled as 'haters.' God knows our hearts, and if our motives are pure, (and sometimes even when they're not) He will use us for His glory to expose the spiritual darkness and deception that is rushing into the church today.

    Never underestimate the power of prayer either...we must all keep praying for God to give discernment to those who are being deceived by the many unbiblical preachers of today, and also pray for people to hunger for God's Word, and for His Holy Spirit to cause their eyes to be opened to the truth in God's Word that will expose these preachers and their false teachings.

    God Bless You

  6. I found Harvest Bible Chapel thru “Walk in the Word” radio ministry. I went to the Rolling Meadows campus. I enjoyed the services. I volunteered, was Baptized, and became a Member.

    During HBC’s “Seize the Opportunity” I made a three year financial commitment which assisted Harvest’s camp in Michigan and the new Elgin, Illinois campus.

    Joe Stowell had just retired from Moody Bible Institute. HBC hired him as a “Teaching Pastor.” I was very happy. I liked Joe Stowell’s messages. He was a breath of fresh air. Stowell was the reason I committed to “Seize the Opportunity.”

    Not long after Stowell was hired, James said “God was calling Joe to Cornerstone University in Michigan.” I was floored. Not only that but both (HBC employees) sons left too. I guess “God was also calling them.” There was never any explanation. NOTHING.

    I found myself saying “Well, it’s the “James MacDonald Show.”

    Illinois State Senator and Pastor James Meeks came and spoke at HBC. He was soon called “My friend James Meeks.” After that James gave a message about “race.” He said “Every one should befriend a black person.” I looked around me and made sure I was awake. I do not-and will not listen to anyone “play the race card.” Months later MacDonald wanted to clear the air with one of his “Family chats.” He told the attendees that his daughter was pregnant (no she wasn’t married) and MacDonald introduced the church (through A/V means) to the child’s father. He was the son of a man who was active at Harvest Bible Chapel’s Elgin church. He was also a black man. MacDonald further asked the attendees not to bother his daughter with any questions or comments regarding her condition. He said that this upsets her.

    I stated that I will not listen to “the race card” issues. I will not. There was no reason for MacDonald urge attendees to “befriend a black person.” That really bothered me. One of my favorite pastors is Tony Evans. I listen to him every chance I get. I like his messages and I really enjoy his delivery.

    I stopped all involvement with Harvest Bible Chapel. I received three letters from different pastors. I did not respond to any of them. Why? Because I wanted to respond directly to James MacDonald. I knew that wouldn’t happen, either in person or by letter.

    It’s unfortunate that Harvest is going in it’s current direction. James claims that Harvest is governed by a Board of Elders - BUT, James MacDonald IS THE BOARD OF ELDERS. It’s why I call it “The James MacDonald” show, and for me it’s best to turn it off and let it go.

  7. Wow Anony,, all I can say in all you've been through is God is always faithful to you and he really does work all things together for the good of those that love him--

    I just thought of "through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus"~ Jesus is Lord!

  8. @Anonymous said...
    "I found Harvest Bible..."
    Too much to be just coincidence. I have found as well few years back that James MacDonald is a ruthless cunning and merciless manipulator. It is something else to see him parading himself as somebody else on the stages of leavenjellycalism... What you have said gives another dimension to his "race card" manipulation and his allies in that.


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