The Willow Creek Association of Bill Hybels will again be holding the Global Leadership Summit August 8-9, 2013. Here are the promotional videos:
This event will be telecast or simulcast to other contemporary emerging churches which glory in the Warren/Hybels new paradigm of doing church, i.e., running a church like a business instead of the model created by Jesus Christ. The above thirteen guest speakers include high profile business world instructors, lawyers, psychologists, mega church pastors, new age practitioners and high level government alumni. Only the best of the best were invited this time so that you and your local church "leaders" can learn more about the workings of running a "business model" church that promises to grow exponentially IF you carefully follow their combined wisdom. Oh, what would the church world do without the benefit of their advice? Return to fundamental Christianity? Heaven forbid! The question that will be scrubbed from this conference is: "What would Jesus do?" You can be certain that although these name the name of Christ and claim to be people of faith, (but in what you may ask), they glory in man's wisdom as an improvement on, and superior to, the Word of God. So get ready for what August will bring in the way of unheard of revelations from this gnostic group.
We will be focusing on several of these to demonstrate that their advice and wisdom is of this world, derived from another gospel that repudiates the true authentic gospel of Jesus Christ, and represents not only a false methodology for doing church, but is poisonous to those who accept their apostate/heretical teachings without comparing to the Bible standard.
We will not be focusing on Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, Colin Powell, and others who are well known to the church world and the secular world of business. Instead, for the purpose of this post and the overall aim of this blog, we will focus on Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. Henry Cloud, Mark Burnett, and Chris Brown, supplying as much information about them gleaned from their own websites, writings, videos, and other third party sources to uncover what they believe and promote.
WARNING # 1: It needs to be said that churches should not be run like businesses. When churches are run like corporations, pastors, elders and deacons lose whatever humility they once had and become manipulative dictatorial leaders and/or task masters, and discard their roles as shepherds, ministers, caring advisers, and equal members of the body of Christ, under the authority of God. Frequently, and in their sinful arrogance and independent spirit, the result is a complete failure to teach from the Bible, disciple believers, and warn and/or correct the congregation in a loving way about apostates, heretics, false teachers, false prophets, and the twisting of Scripture. Instead, they themselves become the focus of worship, the primary and final arbiters of truth, doctrine, and practice on their own authority. Members are ridiculed for wanting to hear Bible based expository preaching on the pretense that it just makes people fat and lazy, unwilling to work for the common good of the church. Adopting a business-like structure in church creates a hierarchy of authority, a "chain of command", leads to abuse, contributes to gnosticism, fosters elitism, belittles the congregation as a working class, values performance over grace, diverts from the God-given guidance of Scripture and focuses on implementing the vision cast by leaders, requires the congregation to subject themselves to unbiblical self-appointed change agents, drives the congregation away from the true gospel of grace towards a social gospel of works, creates a socialist, collectivist, community organizational structure that denies or suppresses individualism, individual thought, and individual effort. Compliance and compliant church members fit into this unbiblical business community, and consequently, individualistic personalities are routinely discarded and booted out if they "don't get with the program".
WARNING # 2: In our post of February 28, 2013, we showed that Tim Keller is giving advice to mega church pastors, such as at Willowdale Chapel of Kennett Square, PA. As with more than a few of the 13 guest speakers at GLS 2013, Keller is also enthralled with offering a blend of worldly humanistic psychological theories with Scripture, known among discerning Christians as psycho-heresy. Here again is what we posted on February 28, along with the sources:
Sources show Keller may not be the biblical "go to guy" for advice, whether for individual Christians or churches:
"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".
in which Brown participated and joined with Oprah, the latter claiming to be Christian, but practices and promulgates New Age beliefs, practices, and practitioners. Some examples of sessions with Oprah are in these select videos:
2) Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cloud.
Wikipedia states "Cloud co-founded and built Minirth-Meier ClinicWest and served as its Clinical Co-Director for ten years." and " (has) a PhD degree in clinical psychology from Biola University (1987). He also took classes from Talbot Theological Seminary." Talbot is at Biola University, and has been one of the top seminaries teaching spiritual formation and contemplative mysticism.
Pat Robertson of CBN interviews Cloud about his book "The Secret Things of God", and his comments clearly point to a fusion of New Age practices and beliefs with Christianity, and in which he states that the Secret is "basically the New Age philosophy that says your thoughts create reality". The video of this astounding interview is here: http://www.cbn.com/tv/1418278203001.
This is the book promotion video:
A less than complimentary review of his book was also written at CBN's 700 Club site here:
http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/Henry_Cloud040408.aspx. Cloud is quoted as saying about his book therein as "a huge cultural phenomenon and is classic, new-age philosophy. " And the review further states "As a psychologist, he is amazed at 'the secret things of God' validated by research and clinical practice.
http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/touched-by-an-angel-roma-downeys-new-age-ish-little-angels-series-for-preschoolers-claims-to-be-christian/, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, http://omtimes.com/, a New Age publication. See Downey's biography and interview at OM Times here: http://omtimes.com/2011/07/roma-downey-truly-an-angel/.
David Cloud's Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband, Mark Burnett) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Here is the promotion video of "The Bible" series:
Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica http://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/, offering Master's degrees in Spiritual Psychology, “founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John Roger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.
Rick Warren's Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a "question and answer" time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries: http://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/.