Church of Tares : Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive, Church Growth & NWO

Interesting video that is about the history of Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven Movement and the Mega Church growth movement.

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Can the Church borrow the marketing tools of the world and apply them to the Church? What is the history of the Church Growth movement and its false premises? Who is involved in the new evangelicalism and second reformation? Why are these movements embracing contemplative mysticism? How does this movement play into the New World Order? These questions and more are answered in Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker-Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order.

Church of Tares chronicles the man-centered pragmatism of these evangelical Christian movements in comparison to the Bible’s instruction for building the Church of Jesus Christ. As a sequel to The Real Roots of the Emergent Church, Church of Tares documents the connections between the liberal Emergent Church movement and the Church Growth movement. Both movements’ leadership were discipled by business management guru Peter Drucker, who was attracted to the megachurch movement as a social phenomenon that could bring about his “new society” and New World Order. Megacurch pastors Rick Warren and Bill Hybels as well as Leadership Network founder Bob Buford all acknowledge Drucker (who professed not to be a Christian) as their mentor and have built their organizations upon his secular business management philosophies rather than the foundation of Jesus Christ.

The fruit of these movements is great compromise of the Gospel and the Great Commission. Rick Warren claims to be ushering in a new spiritual awakening and second reformation with his P.E.A.C.E. Plan. But this reform appears to be a social reformation rather than a spiritual one by joining together in ministry with unbelievers to fight global giants. Such compromise has led to the affirming response letter to the Common Word document which declares Muhammad to be a prophet and the Bible and Qur’an to be of the “same Divine origin.”

Emerging Church Guru Leader Brian McLaren Targets Endtime Believing Christians

This guy (Brian McLaren) has a vendetta against anything traditional and biblical within Christianity in order to bring in damnable heresies to help prepare the way for the coming Antichrist to be embraced by deceived followers…

Article can be found at Lighthouse Trails Research blog
“Brian McLaren Wants End Time Believing Christians Robustly Confronted”
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=216

Hells’s Bell: A free ebook in response to “Love Wins” by Rob Bell

I found a link to a free ebook that is a response to Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins”. I have read some of this book and it is EXCELLENTLY written to show how Rob Bell is being influenced by the serpent (Gen 3:1) in his presentation of a NEW story of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rob Bell sows doubt upon what God’s word does say with questions of doubt and casting evil upon the goodness and love and righteousness of our God according to what the bible does say about Him. I encourage everyone to read this book and get reacquainted with what God’s word does say in comparison to liars and deceivers such as Rob Bell who want to distract you enough to get your attention to hear what THEY SAY WHO Jesus and the Father are. But that Jesus is not the Jesus of the bible but as the apostle Paul said to the Corinthians

2 Corinthians 11: 2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

4For IF HE THAT COMETH PREACHETH ANOTHER JESUS, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive ANOTHER SPIRIT, which ye have not received, or ANOTHER GOSPEL, which ye have not accepted, YE MIGHT WELL BEAR WITH HIM.

Link to the free ebook below

Hell’s Bell a response to the book ‘Love Wins’ by Rob Bell

God Bless and I hope you take the time to read it. It is worth reading for your spiritual life from the deception and bewitchment from listening and believing the lies this man is sowing against God and His word.

Top Evangelicals Compromise and play the Hypocrite

Saw this article posted on facebook and thought this needs be shared.

Emergent Church: Top Evangelicals Like Dr. Dobson
Huddle with the Hares and Hunt with the Hounds! By Don Boys, Ph.D.
The Covenant News ~ October 04, 2008

It is obvious that many evangelical leaders do not want to be “put on the spot” especially when they are asked to take a position that embarrasses their friends or supporters. Many evangelical leaders often criticize political cronyism in the political arena but often refuse to deal with religious cronyism when their friends are involved. Too many evangelical leaders preach convictions but practice compromise. They are quick to point out dangerous error in the political arena but are very reluctant to see dangerous error in some of their own connections. On many controversial issues their favorite color is grey. Not black or white. They try to huddle with the hares and hunt with the hounds! Such is the relationship of leading evangelicals with the Emergent Church.

There is no question that the Emergent Church is a departure from historic Christianity. Their many leaders are unabashed universalists, mystics, and kingdom builders. Leaders make it very clear that they are not too concerned with your final destination as long as your journey is kingdom oriented—and you vote Democrat! As with all movements, there would be some who do not take extremist positions; however, I cannot be rightly accused of distortion, dishonesty, or even disingenuousness. EC leaders are prolific authors and have made their positions clear.

I contacted leading evangelicals to see where they stand on this clearly unorthodox movement and found it very revealing. I am aware that interdenominational ministries must appeal to all segments of Christians to pay their bills; however, the Scripture is clear that all of us have an obligation to stand for truth and against error. We all make mistakes, take wrong positions from time to time but to remain in error is without excuse. To make errors is really human but to remain in error is really dumb!

Furthermore, all Christians are obligated to contend for the faith and to exhort, rebuke, etc., but when some try to carry out such clear commands they are accused of being haters, heresy hunters, grenade throwers, bigots, etc., and those are the kind things they call us!

I informed many leading evangelical leaders that I was writing a series on the Emergent Church that would go to over 11,000 newspapers, television and radio stations and would appreciate a response so my readers can assess them. I had some surprises.

My first response was from Moody and they were very definite. “Moody Bible Institute does not endorse the emerging/emergent church.” There it is, very precise with no dodging. Moody is to be commended. They went on to say, “Scripture is our sole authoritative source of revelation and insight into the God whom we serve. Therefore, Moody rejects an overemphasis on spiritual experience as a reliable teacher of spiritual truth and on cultural relevance as the highest goal of ministry.”

My response from Precept Ministries (Kay Arthur) here in the Chattanooga area was from Diane Hitt who was very kind, helpful, and informed. She said, “Kay has spoken at some conferences where EC people also were although she disagreed with many of them especially leading authors.” She said, “Kay believes, ‘If I don’t go out with the truth how will they hear?’” Diane was informed about some of the leaders and their books along with their false teaching.

I don’t question Kay’s sincerity and good motives to get out the truth; however, it is the same justification Billy Graham has used for 50 years in his yoking up with unbelieving preachers, and I believe all of us must be careful about our associations and ministries we silently approve by our alliances with those in doctrinal error. After all, if we really love those in error are we not obligated to tell them the truth?

I received a message from Ravi Zechariahs’ assistant who wrote, “Ravi has not written or spoken directly on the emergent church. He feels they are asking good questions, but he has concerns over the answers they are providing. I can give you some resources that we have sent to others regarding these topics.” As she continued, she seemed to be uncomfortably straddling a very thin fence. A website she provided was really a defense by the main spokesmen for the Emergent Church! Ravi is known as a Christian apologist and I expected better of him.

Moreover, I disagree about the EC leaders asking “good” questions. I have noted that their questions usually elicit left wing, radical, kingdom building, responses. Furthermore, Zechariah appeared on Robert Schuller’s television program in April 2004 without any caution, correction, or condemnation of Schuller’s many flaky theological errors. It seems Ravi the watchdog has become a lapdog! How tragic.

Chuck Swindoll responded with a pitch for me to spend time on his website. He never responded to my question. I replied to him that he ignored my question as to his stand on the EC. Much later, I received another message from an assistant who said, “The movement does not place proper emphasis on theology, the doctrines of the faith, the great truths that have come down through the centuries.” Then he added, “We are not a party to or participant in the Emergent Church movement.” That is good to know, however Swindoll has recommended “Mother” Teresa, and some radical evangelicals such as Schuller!

Word of Life responded with, “We are not impressed with the emerging nor the emergent church due to the basis on postmodernism.” They recommend D.A. Carson’s book, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church.

An assistant at Crystal Cathedral wrote, “The Crystal Cathedral does not hold a stands (sic) on the issue you have brought to our attention. Please know that as we gather for prayer we will pray for you.” Of course, that is religious babble. Robert Schuller has taken a stand on the issue. He is part of the problem! He has compounded his sin of compromise with the sin of lying.

Charles Stanley’s representative told me that Stanley “has not taken a position for or against the EC.” That statement was, if not dishonest, at the least, devious and disingenuous. Stanley has recommend books by EC leaders without disclaimers.

Campus Crusade responded by saying, “We work with all kinds of churches so we would not have a position against any group.” I asked “What about Mormons, JW, etc.?” “Well, no, we don’t work with them.” She told me, “Our ministry is one of evangelism.” However, Christian preachers have far more responsibilities than that. Billy Graham used that on Larry King Live when he said, “My message is one of love.” That is an incomplete and innocuous message to preach. Who could get offended by that?

I did not get a reply from American Family Association (Don Wildmon), Jonathan Falwell, Back to the Bible, Jack Van Impe, Christian Working Woman, Beth Moore, or David Jeremiah.

I received a reply from Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family informing me via his top assistant that Dobson was at a mountain retreat writing a book about rearing girls. I responded to him thusly:

“You are absolutely correct in stating that churches and movements must ‘be measured by its adherence to and reverence for the Scriptures and its fidelity to an historic, orthodox understanding of the Christian faith. Deviance in that regard should always be cause for concern.’ I only wish that other groups would use that as their criteria.

“Using your own criteria, does Dr. Dobson agree with his wife’s assessment of Robert Schuller’s ministry when she said on his television program that he was doing a ‘good work’? Doesn’t Dr. Dobson know Schuller is a universalist? Was her statement only an off-the-cuff remark that most people make especially under the stress of a television or radio show or does she actually believe her statement? If so, does Dr. Dobson believe that?

“Since Schuller does not believe the New Birth is necessary to go to Heaven, how can Dr. Dobson use his endorsements and why would he declare that Schuller’s ‘message is still very Christian in nature’?

“Furthermore does Dr. Dobson agree with his son’s statement that Rod Bell is ‘an exemplary man of God’ in light of the information I have included?” After many weeks, I have not received an answer.

I appreciate those who took a clear stand against the EC and am embarrassed that Christian ministries like Stanley, Dobson, Campus Crusade, Schuller, and others have chosen to huddle with the hares and hunt with the hounds. Each reader will make his or her own assessment as to the reason I received no response from Falwell, Christian Working Woman, Don Wildmon, David Jeremiah, Beth Moore, Van Impe, Back to the Bible and Concerned Women of America. If preachers had courage, character, commitment, and convictions they would provide better examples of biblical obedience to Christian laymen who support such ministries. Their supporters deserve better.

It’s time to decide: Will evangelical leaders huddle with the hares or hunt with the hounds? or attempt to do both? I have tried to be helpful to ministry leaders who are pressed for time to accomplish their tasks, but some are not willing to be helped or are so arrogant that they don’t recognize a need of help.

My philosophy has been “He who is honestly mistaken, when he hears or sees the truth, will either cease to be mistaken, or cease to be honest.” Many leading ministries are on the wrong side of this issue. What a tragedy.

Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, author of 13 books, frequent guest on television and radio talk shows, and wrote columns for USA Today for 8 years. His most recent book is ISLAM: America’s Trojan Horse! His websites are http://www.cstnews.com and http://www.Muslimfact.com.

Article can be found here

John MacArthur on the Emergent Church

Pt 1

Pt 2

How can a true work of the Holy
Spirit be distinguished from that which is false?

From a careful study of 1 John 4, the great theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards was able to identify five distinguishing characteristics of the Holy Spirit’s work. In short, a true work of the Holy Spirit:

  • Exalts the true Christ
  • Opposes Satan’s interests
  • Points people to the Scriptures
  • Elevates truth
  • Results in love for God and others.

(The following material is condensed, adapted and excerpted from Jonathan Edward’s The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God.)

It Exalts the True Christ.

“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world” (John 4:2-3).

When a ministry raises people’s esteem of the one true Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin and was crucified-if it confirms and establishes their minds in the truth that He is the Son of God and the Savior of men-then it is a sure sign that it is from the Spirit of God.

If the spirit at work among a people convinces them of Christ and leads them to Him; if it confirms their minds in the belief of the history of Christ as He appeared in the flesh; if it teaches them that He is the Son of god to save sinners; if it reveals that He is the only Savior, and that they stand in great need of Him; and if it begets in them higher and more honorable thoughts of Christ than they used to have; if it inclines their affections more to Him-that is a sure sign that it is the true and right Spirit. This is true even though we are ultimately incapable of determining whether anyone’s conviction or affections reflect real saving faith.

The words of the apostle are remarkable. The person to whom the Spirit testifies must be that Jesus who appeared in the flesh-not another christ in His stead. It cannot be some mystical, fantastical Christ, such as the “inner light” extolled by the Quakers. This imaginary christ diminishes their esteem of and dependence on Jesus as He came in the flesh. The true Spirit of God gives testimony for that Jesus alone.

The devil has a fierce hatred against Christ, especially in His office as the Savior of men. Satan mortally hates the story and doctrine of redemption; he never would go about to stress these truths. The Spirit that inclines men’s hearts to the Seed of the woman is not the spirit of the serpent that has such an irreconcilable enmity against Him.

It Opposes Satan’s Interests

“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.” (1 John 4:4-5)

When the spirit that is at work operates against the interests of Satan’s kingdom, against sin, and against worldly lusts-this is a sure sign that it is a true, and not a false spirit.

Here is a plain antithesis. The apostle is comparing those who are influenced by two opposite spirits, the true and the false. The difference is plain: the one is of God, and overcomes the spirit of the world; the other is of the world, and is obsessed with the things of the world. The devil is called “he who is in the world.”

What the apostle means by “the world,” or “the things that are in the world,” we learn by his own words: “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world” (2:15-16). So by “the world” the apostle evidently means everything that pertains to the interest of sin. The term also comprehends all the corruptions and lusts of men, as well as all those acts and objects by which they are gratified.

We may also safely determine from what the apostle says that whatever lessons people’s esteem of the pleasures, profits, and honors of the world; whatever turns their hearts from an eager pursuit after these things; whatever engages them in a due concern about eternity and causes them earnestly to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness; whatever convinces them of the dreadfulness of sin, the guilt it brings, and the misery to which it exposes, must be the Spirit of God.

It is not to be supposed that Satan would convince men of sin or awaken the conscience. It can no way serve his end to make that candle of the Lord shine the brighter. It is for his interest, whatever he does, to lull conscience asleep and keep it quite. To have that with its eyes and mouth open in the soul would tend to clog and hinder all his designs of darkness. The awakened conscience would evermore disturb his affairs, cross his interests, and disquiet him. Would the devil, when he is about to establish people in sin, take such a course? Would he make them more careful, inquisitive, and watchful to discern what is sinful, and to avoid future sins, and to be more wary of the devil’s temptations?

The man who has an awakened conscience is the least likely to be deceived of any man in the world; it is the drowsy, insensible, stupid conscience that is most easily blinded. The Spirit that operates thus cannot be the spirit of the devil; Satan will not cast out Satan (Matt. 12:25-26). Therefore if we see persons made sensible of the dreadful nature of sin and the displeasure of God against it, we may conclude that whatever effects this concern is from the Spirit of God.

It Points People to the Scriptures

“We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6).

The spirit that causes people to have a greater regard for the Holy Scriptures and establishes them more in the truth and divinity of God’s Word is certainly the Spirit of God.

The devil never would attempt to beget in persons a regard to the divine Word. A spirit of delusion will not incline persons to seek direction at the mouth of God. “to the law and to the testimony!” (Isa. 8:20) is never the cry of evil spirits who have no light in them. On the contrary, it is God’s own direction to discover their delusions. Would the spirit of error, in order to deceive men, beget in them a high opinion of the infallible Word? Would the prince of darkness, in order to promote his kingdom of darkness, lead men to the sun? The devil has always shown a mortal spite and hatred towards that holy book, the Bible. He has done all in his power to extinguish that light, or else draw men off from it. He knows it to be that light by which his kingdom of darkness is to be overthrown. He has long experienced its power to defeat his purposes and baffle his designs. It is his constant plague. It is the sword of the Spirit that pierces him and conquers him. It is that sharp sword that we read of in Revelation 19:15, which proceeds out of the mouth of Him that sat on the horse, with which He smites His enemies. Every text is a dart to torment the old serpent. He has felt the stinging smart thousands of times.

Therefore the devil is engaged against the Bible and hates every word in int. We may be sure that he never will attempt to raise anyone’s esteem of it.

It Elevates Truth

“We know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error” (v. 6).

Another rule by which to judge spirits is that whatever operates as a spirit of truth, leading people to truth, convincing them of those things that are true-we may safely determine that it is a right and true spirit.

For instance, if the spirit at work makes men more aware than they used to be of the central gospel truths: that there is a God; that He is a great and sin-hating God; that life is short and very uncertain; that there is another world; that they have immortal souls; that they must give account of themselves to God; that they are exceeding sinful by nature and practice; that they are helpless in themselves-then that spirit operates as a spirit of truth. He represents things as they truly are. He brings men to the light.

On the other hand, the spirit of darkness will not uncover and make manifest the truth. Christ tells us that Satan is a liar, and the father of lies. His kingdom is a kingdom of darkness. It is upheld and promoted only by darkness and error. Satan has all his power and dominion by darkness. Whatever spirit removes our darkness and brings us to the light undeceives us. If I am brought to the truth and am made aware of things as they really are, my duty is immediately to thank God for it without inquiring by what means I have such a benefit.

It Results in Love for God and Others

“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (v. 8).

If the spirit that is at work among a people operates as a spirit of love to God and man, it is a sure sign that it is the Spirit of God. This last mark which the apostle gives of the true Sprit he seems to speak of as the most eminent. He devotes more space to it and so insists much more largely on it than all the rest.

When the spirit that is at work among the people brings many of them to high and exalting thoughts of the Divine Being and His glorious perfections; when it works in them an admiring, delightful sense of the excellency of Jesus Christ, representing Him as the chief among ten thousand and altogether lovely; when it makes Him precious to the soul, winning and drawing the heart with those motives and incitements to free love of God and the wonderful dying love of Christ-it must be the Spirit of God.

“We love, because He first loved us,” verse 19 says. The spirit that makes the soul long after God and Christ must be the Spirit of God. When we desire the presence and communion of the diving Savior, acquaintance with Him, conformity to Him, a life that pleases and honors Him, we must be under the influence of His Spirit.

Moreover, the spirit that quells contentions among men gives a spirit of peace and good-will, excites to acts of outward kindness, earnestly desires the salvation of souls, and arouses love for all the children of God and followers of Christ. I say that when a spirit operates after this manner, there is the highest kind of evidence that this is the Holy Spirit.

Indeed, there is a counterfeit love that often appears among those who are led by a spirit of delusion. There is commonly in the wildest enthusiasts a kind of union and affection arising from self-love. It is occasioned by their agreeing on issues where they greatly differ from all others and for which they are objects of ridicule from the rest of mankind. That naturally will cause them so much the more to prize those peculiarities that make them the objects of others’ contempt. (Thus the ancient Gnostics and the wild fanatics that appeared at the beginning of the Reformation boasted of their great love to one another-one sect of them in particular calling themselves “the family of love.”) But this is quite another thing than that Christian love I have just described.

There is enough said in this passage of the nature of a truly Christian love to distinguish it from all such counterfeits. It is love that arises from apprehension of the wonderful riches of the free grace and sovereignty of God’s love to us in Jesus Christ. It is attended with a sense of our own utter unworthiness (see vv. 9-11, 19). The surest character of true, divine, supernatural love-distinguishing it from counterfeits that arise from a natural self-love-is that the Christian virtue of humility shines in it. It is a love which above all others renounces, abases, and annihilates what we term self. Christ’s love is a humble love (1 Cor. 13:4-5).

When, therefore, we see a love attended with a sense of one’s own littleness, vileness, weakness, and utter insufficiency; when it is united with self-diffidence, self-emptiness, self-renunciation, and poverty of spirit-those are the manifest tokens of the Spirit of God.

He that thus dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.

Conclusion

These marks that the apostle has given us are sufficient to stand alone and support themselves. They plainly show the finger of God and are sufficient to outweigh a thousand such little objections as many make from oddities, irregularities, errors in conduct, and the delusions and scandals of some professors.

But here some may object. After all, the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11:13-14, “Such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

To which I answer that this can be no objection against the sufficiency of these marks to distinguish the true from the false spirit in those false apostles and prophets-even when the devil is transformed into an angel of light. After all, the very reason the apostle John gave these marks was so that we could test the spirits. Therefore try the spirits by these rules and you will be able to distinguish the true spirit from the false-even under such a crafty disguise.

Excerpted from Appendix 2 of Reckless Faith by John MacArthur, pp. 225-31.

(Note: Found at John MacArthurs website http://www.gty.org/Resources/issues/611