Friday, May 12, 2017


 Terry and Judith Crist, Lead Pastors Phoenix
(Friday Church News Notes, May 12, 2017,,, 866-295-4143) - 
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
Hillsong publishes the most influential contemporary Christian music today, and Hillsong is also at the forefront of building a "one world church" through ecumenical unity. Recently the senior pastor of Hillsong Phoenix made the following statement via video: "I'm Dr. Terry Crist, the senior pastor of City of Grace [Hillsong Phoenix], and the Chair for the [Arizona] Governor's Council of Faith and Community Partnership. And I want to congratulate Dr. Gary Kinnaman, Joe Tuscany, [Catholic] Bishop [Thomas] Olmsted, and [Catholic] Bishop [Eduardo] Nevares for their extraordinary work in bringing together Catholics and evangelicals. Something powerful happens when we rally around the person of Jesus. Our church is a member of a global family of churches called Hillsong. Our primary church is located in Sydney, Australia ... And it's been beautiful to see over the last few years how that Catholics around the world have lifted the songs of our church and have begun singing them universally. Songs like 'Shout to the Lord,' 'Mighty to Save.' ... So many times we focus on what divides us instead of the Man who unites us. Jesus is that God-man who calls us all to Himself, and when we respond to that something transcendent happens, something that unites us, so much deeper than just mere agreement. And out of that unity comes a shared mission" ( Only an apostate would say that Jesus is pleased with unity of a mixed multitude Christianity composed of those who hold different doctrines and even different gospels. The Scripture boldly warns about the danger of false gospels, false christs, and false spirits (2 Corinthians 11:1-15). This again affirms the warning that using contemporary worship music builds dangerous bridges to the "broader church" or the "one-world church." This is plainly forbidden by Scripture (e.g., Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Timothy 3:5). It is so very sad that so many Baptist pastors are ill informed on this issue and even sadder that they are not willing to become properly educated. Instead they are busy justifying their compromise and denigrating and blacklisting the few remaining voices of warning. These are not wise and good shepherds of God's flocks. Please join me in praying daily and fervently for pastors to be raised up who are called of God, qualified, passionate for Christ and truth, men of scriptural vision, prayer warriors, men who will lead the churches in serious discipleship rather than entertainment, who will lead churches to be strong in God's Word, strong in prayer, wise and careful in evangelism, men who will seek to build strong homes that can effectually discipline the children and disciple the youth.