Here in this video is Lafferty giving the opening prayer for the House of Repesentatives, followed by a commendation of Lafferty by Joseph Pitts, representative from Pennsylvania and member of the Willowdale Chapel:
Naturally, in accordance with the "Purpose Driven" methodologies of Warren, Lafferty has grown this church in membership to where even the expansion of the facilities over recent years has become inadequate to the grandiose plans he and his church have.
Plans for more expansion were recently unveiled in print and on their website, after meeting with Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian of New York City www.redeemer.com for wisdom, and presented to the world with the title of "Shine Like Stars". This is estimated to cost $6.5 million, which is no problem for the well connected and affluent population of this area of Chester County, PA, and includes the following:
- Complete our facility, expanding our worship center and creating new ministry space for children.
- Retire our debt, freeing up over $200,000 a year to be invested in ministry.
- Go multi-site, taking our church to new locations.
- Create an agency to network existing organizations and incubate new enterprises for the common good of our culture.
The "Constellation Vision" ends with a quote from Richard Mouw, president of the ultra-liberal apostate Fuller Theological Seminary. Clearly, Lafferty and Willowdale's leadership identify with Mouw's ideas as well:
"Richard Mouw, one of the great theologians of common grace, wrote:
'For those who do not feel called to cultural abstinence, it is important to consider the notion of common grace ministries….We should not just stand back and watch for signs that God is restraining sin in the world, or hope that we might witness acts of civic righteousness popping up here and there. We ought to look for ways God can use us to restrain the power of sin in the larger human community, and to perform our own works of civic good….Abraham Kuyper referred to the Christian obligation ‘to continually expand the dominance of nobler and purer ideals in civil society by the courageous action of its members in every area of life'.
See Apprising.org's posts about Mouw, who is a Catholic synpathizer and endorser:
http://apprising.org/2008/12/02/dr-richard-mouw-fuller-theological-seminary-so-proud-of-rob-bell/, in which Mouw praises and supports the universalist emerging pastor Rob Bell.
http://apprising.org/2008/12/02/dr-richard-mouw-mormon-apologist-trusting-the-jesus-of-the-bible/, in which Mouw supports and approves of a Mormon apologist.
http://apprising.org/2012/11/19/fuller-theological-seminary-and-inerrancy-of-scripture/, which describes Fuller's drift toward apostasy.
There are several Vimeo videos where Lafferty is shown meeting with Tim Keller for his bits of wisdom:
Keller has roots in Kennett Square, a Catholic and Quaker area, where "Jesus is not the only way". We can see him promoting Catholic and Quaker mysticism, and recommending the Quaker mystic Richard Foster among a host of Catholic mystics in this YouTube video/audio. Keller, Lafferty, and Willowdale are of like minds.
Sources show Keller may not be the biblical "go to guy" for advice, whether for individual Christians or churches:
http://www.newcalvinist.com/tim-kellers-false-gospel/. Excellent expose of Keller's false gospel. A quote from this article sums it up:
"You will see that he is deeply ecumenical in approach and sympathetic to the Catholic cause. Indeed, his commitment to the Catholicism is so deep that Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York engages in mystical Catholic practices. He has such a low view of Scripture that he goes out of his way to promote the false doctrine of theistic evolution. He is so impressed with the idea of humanistic psychology that his church runs a fee charging counselling service that integrates psychological theories with Scripture. He is so taken with the ways of the world that he promotes a liberal political agenda. And the great tragedy of Tim Keller is that all this is done under the banner of Reformed Calvinism."
From Teaching the Word":
"Tim Keller: Dangerously Influential": http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?columnid=5449&articleid=77005.
"Tim Keller's Gutless Gospel": http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?columnid=5449&articleid=77008, in which Keller expresses his doubts about Jesus Christ to Mr. Bashir:
"Tim Keller's False Gospel: A 'Sandwich' Made Without the Bread of Life": http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/web/articleid/77100/columnid/5449/default.asp.
"Keller's Affinity With Rome": http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/.
"Keller and the Mystics": http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/keller-and-the-catholic-mystics/.
"Keller's Mysticism": http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/kellers-mysticism/.
But Lafferty and Willowdale's leadership have apparently learned a lot from Keller as well as Warren. Of course, all these emergents would claim a biblical mandate from Scripture. That may be so, but the implementation is not. They all seem to want to redeem the culture with good works, applying "salt and light" and/or present an attractive image to the unregenerate. Unfortunately, they will attempt to accomplish that goal through implementing a collectivist/fascist business model based on Peter Drucker's ideas for business (the three legged stool), and which is the foundation of Warren's "Purpose Driven" methods.
Lost in all this is the one-on-one traditional biblical model of evangelism, as well as the important role of individuals in such. Now, the message is that the sum total of all individuals spreading the gospel cannot be as effective as the collectivist community inside a business model. This is explored at length by Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith (Pirate Radio) in this audio "Resistance is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated into The Community", among several others:
What, then, does all this evidence say about Willowdale Chapel and its direction?