Saturday, July 16, 2011

Calvary Chapel

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Background Information.

[1] In December 1965, Chuck Smith became the pastor of a
25-person congregation and in 1968 broke away from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel denomination
in Santa Ana, California. Before Smith became their pastor,
twelve of the 25 members attended a prayer meeting about whether or not to close their church: they reported that "the
Holy Spirit spoke to them through prophecy" and told them
that Chuck would become their pastor, that he would want to elevate the platform area, that God would bless the church,
that it would go on the radio, that the church would become overcrowded, and that he would become known throughout
the world.

Calvary Chapel then became associated with what later
became known as the Jesus Movement when Chuck's
daughter introduced him to her boyfriend John, a former
hippie who had become a Christian. John then introduced
Chuck to Lonnie Frisbee, a hippie Christian who would
eventually become a key figure in the Jesus Movement
and in Calvary Chapel. Lonnie moved into Chuck's home,
and in a few days, more hippies moved in with Chuck and
his wife.

Occurences in Calvary Chapel

[2] Chuck Smith, Greg Laurie, Chuck Missler and many
other well-known leaders of the Calvary Chapel movement
often appear on the hyper-Charismatic Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). By appearing on TBN, these men, by
association (2 John 9-11), actually endorse TBN's many
programs that con money from their faithful viewers. The manipulative and blatantly unscriptural practices of TBN to
raise money are almost beyond belief. Promising those who
send money 100 to 1,000-fold returns on their "seed faith" offerings is only one of the many deceptions TBN uses to
fleece the flock, yet Chuck Smith and Chuck Missler hosted
the "Praise the Lord" broadcast just this past year (2000).

Chuck Smith opposes such unscriptural practices, but then he appears on TBN. His compromise has a huge impact on those
who attend the various Calvary Chapel churches and who
identify strongly with him, for it implies that this network
and its blasphemous "word-faith" teachings have his stamp
of approval. After all, if the gifts of miracles, tongues, and
prophecy are for today, who would dare question or judge
TBN's ministry? Galatians 5:9 makes it clear that only "a
little leaven [bad doctrine] leaveneth the whole lump." TBN
has much more than a little leaven. Chuck Smith warns people about unscrupulous televangelists on his various radio
ministries, but he rarely names the people or programs against whom he is speaking. An overseer of the church of God has an obligation to warn other believers of unscriptural and ungodly practices. How can church leaders warn God's people if they remain silent for the most part and go so far as to participate
with and, thereby, endorse those who promote unscriptural teachings for profit?

Calvary teaches that the doctrines on spiritual gifts were
"side issues" and that these issues should not divide the body. Calvary has a built-in philosophy for compromise and toleration
of questionable doctrines. Notice once again what Larry Taylor writes:

When we move away from the essential doctrines to those
that are less essential we risk setting barriers up in the church, something we at Calvary Chapel have no desire to do. Still,
Calvary Chapel is distinct from denominational churches and
other Protestant groups and people want to know what those distinctions are. That is the purpose of this little booklet (http://calvarychapel.com/library/taylor-larry/text/
wcct.htm).

The Scriptures do not teach that any portion of the Word of
God contains doctrines that are "less essential."2 Our Lord and Savior left no room for doubt on this subject: "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4).


Raul Ries from Calvary Chapel Golden Springs makes his aperances on TBN [3] inspite of Calvary Chapel's involvement
with TBN, TBN states [4]
"TBN Enlace desires to include
Catholic programming and is planning to add a Catholic mass
and a Catholic teaching program in the near future. Although
TBN Enlace features a majority of Protestant programs many others that are non-denominational appeal to both Catholics
and Protestants."

To this date Chuch Smith is still making his aperences on TBN


[5] Aberrant Charismatic Theology - By Biblical Discernment Ministries. (B.D.M of Valparaiso)

Fellowshipping with Compromisers

Chuck Smith, Greg Laurie, Chuck Missler and many other well-known leaders of the Calvary Chapel movement often appear on the hyper-Charismatic Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). By appearing on TBN, these men, by association (2 John 9-11), actually endorse TBN's many programs that con money from
their faithful viewers. The manipulative and blatantly
unscriptural practices of TBN to raise money are almost
beyond belief. Promising those who send money 100 to
1,000-fold returns on their "seed faith" offerings is only one
of the many deceptions TBN uses to fleece the flock, yet Chuck Smith and Chuck Missler hosted the "Praise the Lord" broadcast just this past year (2000).

Chuck Smith opposes such unscriptural practices, but then he appears on TBN. His compromise has a huge impact on those who attend the various Calvary Chapel churches and who identify strongly with him, for it implies that this network and its blasphemous "word-faith" teachings have his stamp of approval. After all, if the gifts of miracles, tongues, and prophecy are for today, who would dare question or judge TBN's ministry? Galatians 5:9 makes it clear that only "a little leaven [bad doctrine] leaveneth the whole lump." TBN has much more than a little leaven. Chuck Smith warns people about unscrupulous televangelists on his various radio ministries, but he rarely names the people or programs against whom he is speaking. An overseer of the church of God has an obligation to warn other believers of unscriptural and ungodly practices. How can church leaders warn God's people if they remain silent for the most part and go so far as to participate with and, thereby, endorse those who promote unscriptural teachings for profit?

Calvary teaches that the doctrines on spiritual gifts were "side issues" and that these issues should not divide the body. Calvary has a built-in philosophy for compromise and toleration of questionable doctrines. Notice once again what Larry Taylor writes:

When we move away from the essential doctrines to those that are less essential we risk setting barriers up in the church, something we at Calvary Chapel have no desire to do. Still, Calvary Chapel is distinct from denominational churches and other Protestant groups and people want to know what those distinctions are. That is the purpose of this little booklet (http://calvarychapel.com/library/taylor-larry/text/
wcct.htm
).

The Scriptures do not teach that any portion of the Word of God contains doctrines that are "less essential."2 Our Lord and Savior left no room for doubt on this subject: "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4).

Chuck Smith has made unwise speculations concerning the date of Christ's return

Source of Scans: http://calvarychapel.pbworks.com/w/page/13146568/1981

Chuck Smith, Pastor of Calvary Chapel in Cost Mesa, CA, in 1978 made an error of judgement by wrongly interpreting scripture in stating that he believed that the rapture would come by 1981. It does not make Chuck Smith a false prophet per Deuteronomy 18:20-22, as some would have us believe. It should, however, remind us that Chuck Smith should not be placed on such a high pedestal in people's estimations.

Future Survival, ©1978, was published by The Word For Today. See pages 7, 17, 20, 21, 22, 49, 53, and 67. Some of the quotes are included below:


Another one of these books was Snatched Away on pages 23
and 45 of the ©1976, 1980 edition.

This was all based on a flaw in understanding of Matthew
Chapter 24 and the fig tree illustration. In his book, End
Times, © 1978, Chuck Smith provided a 3rd grade math
example for the reader. An excerpt from page 35 follows:


Clearly these speculations have proven to be incorrect.
However, many prophecy teachers have just changed the
1948 to be 1967 and now get 2000 as the date for the
rapture. That's the big fad that we are in now. Smith himself includes the 1967 escape clause (just in case 1981 did not
work out) in his book End Times:


Chuck Smith's failed date setting for the second coming of
Christ was also covered in a section of Bill Alnor's book titled Soothsayers of the Second Advent, © 1989, on pages 41-42. Here's the section from the book.




Source of Scans are from
http://calvarychapel.pbworks.com/w/page/13146568/1981

Calvary Chapel Termination Has Profound Implications

Source: Editors at Lighthouse Trails

Lighthouse Trails regrets to report that on May 5th, Paul
Smith, brother of Chuck Smith (the founder of the Calvary
Chapel movement), was fired from his position in the Calvary Chapel (CCOF) organization during an unscheduled meeting
that day. The motion to fire Paul Smith was made by board member Roger Wing and seconded by Chuck Smith's son-in
-law, Brian Broderson. Other board members affirmed the
motion, and Paul Smith was dismissed.

"Death by Church" - Emergent New Paradigm Pastor to Speak at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

Category: * Emerging (Merging) Church
Source: Editors at Lighthouse Trails

Emerging/emergent spirituality is making serious inroads into Christianity. Churches and Christian colleges, unaware of the subtle undermining of such spirituality, are embracing teachers and leaders of this movement and pointing others to them.
Often they are unaware of what these teachers really believe
and teach. In light of an event (Movement 2009) scheduled to take place on May 29th at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, the
Calvary Chapel mother church, with RockHarbor pastor, Mike Erre (and a similar event (Pure Worship) that took place earlier this month), Lighthouse Trails is posting this special report.

The Depths of Our Concerns for Calvary Chapel and Other Christian Organizations

Category: * Emerging (Merging) Church
Source: Editors at Lighthouse Trails

Some of our readers have asked us for an update on the Calvary Chapel articles we recently released. At this time, we do not have any updates. The information on both articles was accurately reported and documented. We ask you to pray for Calvary Chapel and its pastors. The recent (May 29th) Calvary Chapel event (Movement 2009) with featured speaker Mike Erre has left many concerned. Erre is the author of Death by Church: Saving Jesus From His Followers, a book that is riddled with emerging spirituality concepts and teachings (e.g. universalism, kingdom-now theology, panentheism, etc.). If you have not read our two articles yet, you may click here to do so: "Death by Church -Emergent New Paradigm Pastor to Speak at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa" and Calvary Chapel Termination Has Profound Implications .

Calvary Chapel is not the only Christian organization that is being influenced and changed because of contemplative/emerging spirituality. The Nazarene Church has deeply absorbed this new spirituality, as we have reported in many articles. Also, the Christian Missionary Alliance and Mennonite denominations have been hugely affected. Southern Baptist is another that has been pulled into the contemplative/emerging whirl of deception. Many Reformed/Calvinist churches have started going in this direction, as have Foursquare and Assemblies of God. It has even been reported to us that some Amish communities and Independent Baptist churches are feeling the effects. And the list could go on and on.

Calvary Chapel UK endorces and afiliates with Ecumenical/Interfaith Hope 08

Video

Hope 08 Exposed page

Refs

[1] ^ Smith, Chuck (Fall, 1981). "The history of Calvary Chapel" (PDF).
Last Times. 5. http://www.calvarychapel.com/assets/pdf/
LastTimes-Fall1981.pdf. Retrieved on 2008-08-09. "While the tiny group at Calvary Chapel was praying about closing the church and not knowing what to do, the Holy Spirit spoke to them through prophecy. He said that He would lay a burden upon the heart of Chuck Smith to come and pastor. The Spirit said that Chuck wouldn't be happy with the church building. He would want to remodel it immediately, the platform area and all. God would bless the church and it would go on the radio. The church would become overcrowded. They would have to move to new quarters on the bluff overlooking the bay. And the church would become known throughout the world."

[2] http://cultlink.com/ar/TBNbed.htm

[3]
http://www.tbn.org/about/newsletter/index.php/821.html

[4] http://www.tbnenlaceusa.com/research.php

[5]
http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology /calvary
/chapel.htm


Other information.

Does TBN Represent Jesus?
by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 2003

TBN presents another "easy believism" gospel, another Word-Faith Jesus, another "transferable" spirit on a daily basis to millions of viewers worldwide. The few good teachers left on TBN should have left years ago because they are only helping people get hooked up with heretics, give TBN credibility by association, and cause good men to become compromisers. Even good men like Chuck Smith, who have been on TBN many times, are leading Calvary Chapel down the road of compromise.


In Bed with TBN - Jakie Alnor


Dilemma For Calvary Chapels

Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith put the shoe on the other foot when he preached:

"Anyone who hints or suggests that by your giving to their enterprise that a loved one can be saved or healed or you can miraculously have money come back to you 60,100- fold are the kind of false prophets that Peter is warning against."

"They are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is
destruction, whose god is their belly. They live in million dollar homes, they are complete with wine cellars, they fly around the country in their own personal jets, they ride in chauffeur driven limos, and they tell you precious little partners how desperately God needs your money. Paul realizes that there are always those who take advantage and will fleece the flock of God." ("Grievous Wolves" 7/28/02 Real Audio http://www.calvarychapel.com
/library/smith-chuck/index.htm
)

Years ago, I wrote a letter to Pastor Chuck asking him for his reasoning for sometimes hosting the "Praise the Lord" program, bringing on guests who blessed the Lord Jesus and spoke rightly concerning him, at the same time avoiding the topic of TBN’s false teachings. I wrote in part:

"This week watching TBN’s Praise-a-Thon… I noticed that
your name kept getting scrolled at the bottom of the screen as TBN host R. W. Schambach was compelling the viewers to
call in with a pledge of $2,000. He was saying that he
personally got a word from the Lord that any who would
pledge $2,000 of money that they do not have in the bank, if they would act on the word of the ‘man of God’ then God
would reward them by supplying the pledge and on top of that get them out of debt by the turn on the century as a reward for their obedience to the word of His ‘prophet.’"

"…All the time he’s teaching this, the names of good and bad Bible teachers alike scrolled across the screen, including your name. The one time the Lord Jesus blew his stack in the Gospels is when He came across the money-changers in the Temple. I wonder what He thinks looking down at the spiritual abuse being laid on His people, temples of the Holy Spirit."

I also sent Pastor Chuck a transcript I typed up from a fundraiser on another "Christian" network of TBN regular Phil Munsey dropping his name to get people to contribute. This is the fruit of good teachers associating themselves with false teachers.

Munsey shouted into the camera: "Whether it’s a Kenneth Copeland or a Benny Hinn, or a Charles Stanley or a Chuck Smith, whoever it is, remember this: None of those ministers could come to you if they had to buy this station in order to come to you... so when they buy time there’s something to buy from. This is Mama here! If Mama goes down and Mama can’t expand then Charles Stanley doesn’t expand, Chuck Smith doesn’t expand, Benny Hinn doesn’t expand. It expands because Mama expands!"

Then he went on to give one of the foulest prosperity faith messages ever preached. The final point he made went like this:

"This is only for those who have something and you’re ready when the Holy Ghost speaks to release it in an atmosphere that’s going to touch you with what’s in me that’s on this network that’s about to be released from the heavens… I tell you what you do, you touch what’s on me. Something’s on me and it’s gonna get on you. How? Where your money is, that’s where your treasure is, where your treasure is, brother, that’s where your money – I can not encourage you with my mouth. I need you to touch what’s on me with your money!"

Chuck Smith at that time was hoping he could do some good on TBN by preaching the truth and acknowledged that he did not watch TBN much because he did not want to get his blood pressure up. He hasn’t been back to TBN in over a year now. In fact, in December of 2002, Pastor Chuck preached one of the best messages I’ve ever heard on why associating with demonically inspired false teachers is biblically incorrect. The study was on Acts 16 where a girl with the spirit of divination was speaking highly of Paul. The message was entitled "Conflict with Evil."

Smith acknowledged that the damsel was speaking the truth about the apostles. He said:

"These men were of the most high God and they were showing the way of salvation. But, though what she was saying was true, Paul was grieved in his spirit by her following them and calling out that these men are the servants of the most high God that show us the way of salvation. Paul knew that by her sort of advertising them that the Jews would immediately discount what Paul was saying because she obviously had a demonic spirit. And the fact that she was saying this about Paul they would put Paul in the same category that she is in. In other words, recognizing that there was demonic power there, they would begin then to feel that the miracles that Paul was working in their midst were done by the same powers that possessed this girl, that somehow they were on the same side. And Paul did not want that kind of an association."

And therein lies the problem for those who think there’s no harm in aligning themselves with TBN and using their facilities that were built on the dirty money raised by spiritual extortion. They will be seen in the same light as those with whom they associate.

Unfortunately, this message has not gotten through to some evangelical leaders who continue to see TBN as an opportunity to preach the Gospel under the censorship of Paul Crouch. Even Calvary Chapel pastor/evangelist Greg Laurie allows his Harvest Crusades to be televised by TBN whose phone number appears at the bottom of the screen as Laurie gives the altar call. The Christian Sentinel on a couple of occasions tested to see where Laurie’s viewers would be directed if they called the number. We had friends call while the show was on the air from all parts of the United States. We asked them to ask for a church in their area that would be compatible with the evangelist Greg Laurie and all were referred to Word/Faith Pentecostal churches and none were referred to a Calvary Chapel. Laurie’s former assistant pastor Joe Sabolick, now pastor of Calvary Laguna, has followed his mentor’s example and buys airtime for his program " The Source" from TBN’s new satellite youth network, JC-TV.


"DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH" e-Newsletter
6/21/03

Even good men like Chuck Smith, who have been on TBN many times, are leading Calvary Chapel down the road of compromise. Here is the text of an email sent to Zola Levitt's web site explaining Chuck's position on TBN:

"The Apostle James wrote that if we bite and devour one another, let us beware lest we be consumed by one another. It is true that I have sought to distance myself from TBN, but the reasons are personal, I have not made a public issue of them, and do not intend to do so. They are reaching thousands of people for Jesus Christ and in this I rejoice and praise God. I pray for Jan, for she is going through some serious physical trials at the present time with cancer. We are asking God to heal her, and would encourage you to pray for her. In Christ love, Pastor Chuck"

Four issues are ignored in Chuck's response.

(1) Jesus Christ and the Apostles also called us to test, discern and judge between right and wrong. We are to stay away from false prophets, rebuke heretics and reject them if they are unrepentant.

(2) Since Paul made a public issue warning Timothy and the churches to avoid heretics, should we not emulate the Apostles instead of practicing unscriptural "tolerance" gained from worldly values?

(3) TBN is reaching millions of people. But they are, by in large, reaching them with heresy. Those who might happen to tune in to one of the few who actually preach the Gospel on TBN are in grave danger of having that seed taken away by the birds on the very next program!



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