Friday, April 16, 2010

Calvary Chapel Pastors Yoked to BGEA, Billy and Franklin Graham?



One shocking thing I found out as I looked into Calvary Chapel and made my time there very short was how openly and deep many Calvary Chapel pastors were involved with Billy Graham, his son-Franklin and his organization- the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. Graham is an absolute central figure in the world ecumenical movement. It seemed odd to me that in all those bible conferences, [1] done by Calvary Chapel that they would warn of world wide deception and even ecumenism itself while remaining absolutely silent about this problem.

Why would these pastors and Calvary Chapel affiliated speakers be OK with active involvement with the man who has done the most to push false unity among evangelicals with the Pope? Even Catholic Cardinals like Cardinal Mahony who is now retired from Los Angeles have been in support of Billy Graham crusades and writing letters to that affect. [2]

Why wouldn't I expect Calvary Chapel the church that had “officially” rejected the Emergent movement and Purpose Driven Life, to not have anything to do with the ecumenical Billy Graham? Why wouldn't I wonder why the Emergent “road to Rome” pointed out by Roger Oakland at the Bible prophecy conference, linked above [3] , is just as damaging as the BGEA Lausanne sponsored “road to Rome”?

Billy Graham has backed up the world evangelical movement and Roman Catholic ecumenicalism via many world and other front organizations. As the instigator of the Lausanne Covenant and Committee, starting in 1974, these efforts have been world wide. [4] The entire message has been one of false unity, to water down, 'set doctrine aside', the false ecumenical social gospel and to push a “lowest common denominator” Christianity where to simply say the name “jesus” gives you an in and any church or denomination from Catholic to Mormon that claims to be “Christian” will do. It is basically the error of “global spirituality” with an evangelical veneer and has deep connections to the Vatican and its ecumenical aims. [5]

My first shock was in finding out Chuck Smith supported Billy Graham openly. [6] In the world one can understand why sweater knitting grandmas who love the Lord and newly saved young people haven't quite seen through the shiny facade of Billy Graham but what about men who have spent years in ministry? Even Dave Hunt has toured many a church including Calvary Chapel ones warning of the “one world religion” with the Pope at the helm in his book “A Woman Rides The Beast: The Roman Catholic church and the Last Days” [7] and none of these Calvary Chapel pastors have asked themselves, “Why is Billy Graham and now Franklin so friendly with so many global elites and politicians? or “What gives with the constant meetings with the Pope at the Vatican”? Even the rather universalist statements of Billy Graham seem to rise no alarm bells among these so called studied pastors..Here is one example:

“That is what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world, for His name whether they come from the Muslim, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ, because they have been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven.'[8] [9]

If anything these pastors are failing to warn people about this apostasy, and warning of false teachers like Billy Graham and his associates who are watering down the truth and the gospel. Even direct Pope praising conjectures, seem to fail to raise any eyebrows among the Calvary Chapel elite.

“and the Catholic church has changed. They open their arms to welcome us, and we have the support of the Catholic church almost everywhere we go. And I think that what must come to the place where we keep our eyes on Jesus Christ, not on what denomination or what church, or what group we belong to.” [10]

Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale is one well-known Calvary Chapel pastor who has also promoted Billy Graham. One interesting connection is that Bob Coy has hired one of Graham's grandsons as a pastor in his churches. Stephan Jr. Is a minister at Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale. [11]Calvary Chapel of Fort Launderdale also has had both Billy Graham and Franklin Graham among its guest speakers on CCFL] [12] Bob Coy has also written for Decision magazine [13] the BGEA magazine and spoken at the Cove, [the BGEA seminar center] [14] ironically doing a sermon on Nov 6-9, 2009 called “What the Devil Doesn't Want You to Know” [yes the devil doesn't want you to know the truth about Billy Graham-Franklin Graham or the ecumenical movement!]

Mike McIntosh, another Calvary Chapel pastor, also has a picture of himself with Graham on the front page of the new edition of his biography "For the Love of Mike" written by Sherwood Eliot Wirt. He also supports Billy Graham. Isn't there something wrong with a Calvary Chapel pastor seeking BGEA methods of training? What does that entail? Helping to send people back to Catholic churches like Graham has at his Crusades? Telling people unity comes before truth? [15] This is 'enhancement that churches can do without!

“My pride loved it,” said McIntosh, pastor of Horizon Christian fellowship in San Diego. 'I was getting media attention, and I thought this was kind of cool” But as he sough counsel from members of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, to form a school of evangelism, based on BGEA's methods of training, his perceptions began to change. McIntosh said he saw how the mission of BGEA is to enhance other's ministries, namely those of the local church-and he wanted to take a similar approach".

Chuck Smith as the founder of Calvary Chapel has written for BGEA magazine and has praised Billy Graham as well, comparing BG's statements above, about the 'ecumenical supposed “body of Christ” which comes very close in outlook, and seems to share in the same watered down gospel. In his 1993 book, “Answers for Today” Smith says:

“Paul points out that some say I'm of Paul while others say, “I'm of Apollo'. He asked, 'Isn't that carnal?” But what's the difference between saying 'I'm a Baptist, I am a Presbyterian, I'm a Methodist, I'm a Catholic? I have found that the more spiritual a person becomes, the less denominational he is. We should realize that we're all part of the body of Christ, and that there aren't any real divisions in the Body. We're all one.” [16]

Now a truly born again believer will concede, that the name above the door in a church does not classify true unity among believers, but this message of Chuck Smith's seems to match that of Billy and Franklin Graham's lowest common denominator “Christianity”, where even the false gospel of Rome or sacramental religions join in that unity. This is not the bond of born again believers who are united via the Holy Spirit, but the typical drum-beat of home to Rome ecumenicalism, all denominations join together as one, and the new 'global spiritualism' tied with the false social gospel advanced by BGEA.

Chuck Smith goes on further...

“We're all His and we all belong to him. We see the whole Body of Christ and we begin to strive together rather then striving against one another” [p157]

This is the message of BGEA and of the ecumenical movement as a whole, set all differences aside as being unimportant. Chuck Smith has praised Billy Graham as a mentor as well and made it clear that he supports his ministries.

“I've never met a man who has done more for the Lord then Billy Graham, and the thing that impresses me is how he has remained humble through it all,” If God would use me like he used Billy that would be wonderful.......” [see 16-ibid]

Smith goes on here to talk about how he was thrilled to find out that Graham had attended one of his sermons, and how he considers Graham to be a “real credit to the Christian ministry” and a “witness for Christ”.

Again one can ask here, why isn't Smith who has “officially” warned about the Emergent movement and PDL discerning the truth about Billy Graham, Franklin Graham and how they sponsor false unity between churches? Where is the discernment? It gets concerning when all the well-known pastors form almost a mutual backslapping and advancement society.

Franklin Graham is following in his father's footsteps since Billy Graham is now very elderly, He has taken over the mantle in running BGEA, and many of his father's organizations and endeavors. He also as well has been invited to Calvary Chapel churches including Costa Mesa to speak at the "Big Tent Revival".

Contrary to some who claim different, Franklin Graham is following in is father's footsteps pretty closely and in working with politicians and unity with global elites and the world system. Franklin Graham on the front end will rail against the falsehoods of Islam but then get on a plane and fly to Saudia Arabia for interfaith meetings with King Abdullah.[17] Keep in mind this is a country where merely owning a Bible gets you arrested. Franklin Graham also stood against open witnessing at the Olympics in China, to please his political friends. Franklin Graham told the Indianapolis Star, that his father's ecumenical alliance with the Catholic church and all other denominations was one of the smartest things his father ever did. [18]

With Franklin Graham, the Calvary Chapel ties go deep. Franklin Graham has served on the board of a Calvary Chapel church in the past and many Calvary Chapel churches are part of his Franklin Graham Festivals.

Skip Heitzig is another pastor that praises Billy Graham openly and has been involved with him and his son. Skip credits his conversion to being a Christian from one day watching Billy Graham as detailed in the book “Harvest” written by Chuck Smith and Tal Brook. He has been a guest speaker at Franklin Graham festivals. [19]

One top Calvary Chapel pastor, Greg Laurie, mover and shaker behind the "Crusade" like “Harvest Fests”, is said to be the “next Billy Graham” and has been involved with both Graham and his son Franklin, multiple times having had his picture taken with both parties. This included visiting the elder Graham for lunch. Greg Laurie refers to his involvements with BGEA several times, on his blog... [20] and praises Billy Graham as the “greatest evangelist who has ever lived”..


“Then this Monday I fly to the Billy Graham Training Center of the Cove to join my friends Don McLure, Levi Lusko, and Pedro Garcia as well all teach on the topic of the last days.”

One question comes up, what are all these Calvary Chapel pastors being trained to do? Isn't there a problem with Calvary Chapel putting forth this idea that they are this “bible -believing” church along with their bible prophecy conferences and all warning of great apostasy, while integrating themselves with Billy Graham, Franklin Graham and BGEA behind the scenes?

What would the ex-Catholic converts to Calvary Chapel who have renounced that false gospel, think of the unity top Calvary Chapel pastor's are finding with Billy Graham, and Franklin Graham who has praised the last Pope as a “model of moral strength” [21]

Obviously this is a top down problem, as Chuck Smith's praise for Billy Graham, his son, and the BGEA organization is never ending and quite laudatory and the numbers of top Calvary Chapel pastors who are involved with Billy Graham is worrisome. If anything if Calvary Chapel truly held to God's Word it would not be following Billy and Franklin Graham through the door of the one world religion but would be practicing Biblical separation. If anything any truly grounded pastors who are discerning the truth would be warning about men who wish to lead evangelicals to unite with Rome and into the ecumenical movement. They would be following this Bible verse:

2 Thess. 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means [for that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"

For this reason the well meaning people in Calvary Chapel churches need to look beyond the words of Calvary Chapel preachers who claim to be against things like the Emergent movement and Purpose Driven Life, and see how the actions and the fruits are being played out.

[10]{May 31 1997, Interview of Billy Graham by Robert Schuller}

[18] {Keeping it simple, safe, keeps Graham on high” The Indianapolis Star, Thurs. June 3, 1999, p. H2}

21 comments:

Akin Akinboyewa said...

Re: Why wouldn't I expect Calvary Chapel the church that had “officially” rejected the Emergent movement and Purpose Driven Life, to not have anything to do with the ecumenical Billy Graham? Why wouldn't I wonder why the Emergent “road to Rome” pointed out by Roger Oakland at the Bible prophecy conference, linked above [3] , is just as damaging as the BGEA Lausanne sponsored “road to Rome”?


I was wondering; what are your thoughts about Rick Warren and his "purpose driven life-message?" Rick Warren, just like BGEA, I believe bit the bug on universalism of the message of Christianity....Somehow these ministries either lost their way or the truth was never in them...Another ministry I have grown to admire and listened to quite a lot back then, called RZIM ministries.. They fully ascribe to BGEA as well. Somehow, they are all connected..I sure hope they will all come to the true understanding of these misguidings and delusions purported by Satan and his minions....

The Pilgrim said...

Chuck Smith and Greg Laurie are fully on board with Warren's agenda and Laurie is a board member of the BGEA.

The Pilgrim said...

Chuck Smith has also received counseling from Peter Drucker, a Kabbalist Jew.

Bible Believer said...

Akin,

I believe Purpose Drive Life, was a delusion from the start, have read the book myself to study it, knowing it was "off". It was all about roping evangelicals into the new global spirituality and as one can tell has succeeded quite well.

I am going to be doing more posts on Calvary Chapel, including the invite of Rick Warren to Harvest Fest and Chuck Smith lauding him as "his friend", many of these ministries are linked together like a spiderweb. The Pilgrim I knew about Laurie being on the BGEA board of directors. Hmm didn't know about the Drucker connection, that is who Rick Warren worked with quite a bit.

Rick Warden said...

You make a good point, that we need to be careful, but, on the other hand, meeting with the pope does not mean one supports paganism anymore than meeting with president G.W Bush or Barick Obama necessarily means one supports corruption, the destruction of US sovereignty and the globalist NWO agenda.

You may want to find bigger fish to fry...

angelmb76 said...

l. Only 2% of the people coming forward at a Crusade have never been Christians and are actually giving their life to Christ for the first time, and of these 80% fall away,

2. A great majority of people that come forward are sent to Catholic and extremely liberal Churches, extremely few are sent to solid Bible believing churches., In the Catholic Standard and Times, Thursday, July 16, 1992, p. 10, this Catholic paper reported that 1,900 Catholics responded to Billy Graham's call to make decisions for Christ in the Philadelphia Crusade and were referred to about 250 parishes.

3. People that come forward are sent even to Jewish synagogues and New Age churches

Jim Shaw, ex-33° Mason -- the highest ranking Freemason to defect to Christianity, writes about Billy Graham being at his 33° initiation ceremony. You cant be at the ceremony unless your a mason

Bible Believer said...

Thank you Angel. Those are very troubling things, and I have noted these problems. I have seen liberal churches present at some of the new versions of the crusades including Calvary Chapel's Harvest Fest, here is the Chicago 2010 roster, I googled "Church of the Holy Cross" and if its the right one, it appears to be a Catholic church.

http://www.harvest.org/crusades/2010/chicago/event-information/local-support.html

Yes Billy Graham sent all those people to false churches.

I have studied the Masonry angles too. Quite revealing. Welcome to the blog. Do not miss the article I wrote on the false conversions from BGEA:

http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2010/07/grahams-easy-believism-millions-of.html

Anonymous said...

The "truth" isn't in them, indeed.

Bible Believer said...

More recent praise for Billy Graham: this time by Greg Laurie.

http://blog.greglaurie.com/?p=4204

Lambie said...

Wow, angel, what a stunning set of statistics you posted (on august 27) -- offered without the slightest substantiation.

All three of your numbered items are simply not true. They just are not factual. I have no idea where you got them, but whoever made these "facts" up did so without any legitimate research. Anyone who wants to prove a point can invent any stats they like, but not one of those three points has any firm basis in reality.

Bible Believer said...

Name the three items you are talking about. Cites [see numbers] are provided.

Bible Believer said...

Adding this in about the COVE training:

"The BGEA also operates a 1,500 acre training center, "The Cove," located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Cove was started in 1987 and includes an inn and a Cove camp for youths ages 9-15. Approximately 5-10,000 adults are trained there annually in Graham-style evangelism."

http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/graham/general.htm

Anonymous said...

I was open to reading what you have to say, giving you the benefit of the doubt. However, when you look at Billy Grahams life's work he believes and has preached that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to salvation. I also listened to Billy Graham's comments, and although he could have said more or reworded it, I can understand what he was saying that God/Christ is calling all of us to a relationship with Him and even if it is a muslim or buddhist or an unbeliever, but in their heart they are wanting and searching for real truth, they will eventually come to Christ, because Christ is calling them and He is the way the 'truth' and the life....and the 'light' for that matter. I think that you took his words out of context. Research the rest of his work, the rest of his ministry and you will see that what you say is just not substantiated. And then to slam Calvary Chapel as 'a whole' because they support Billy Graham is what my husband calls a 'straw man argument'. Also, if you research Chuck Smith's work and overall ministry, he also teaches Jesus being the only way to obtain salvation. Sadly, your post is false in its claims, and devisive.

Bible Believer said...

Billy Graham has said there are other ways to salvation. This is documented webwide.I have seen him say it in video and elsewhere.


"I respect other paths to God," (Billy Graham, Parade Magazine, Oct 20th 1996)

Billy Graham has been the pied piper for the ecumenical movement, and considering some later things coming out about Calvary Chapel, see this blog entry...as they now play footsie with NWO and CATHOLIC politicians:

http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2011/03/calvary-chapel-and-rediscovering-god-in.html

The concerns shared on this blog about Calvary Chapel are correct.

Anonymous said...

Someone questioned the statistics that angelmb76 came up with on August 27, 2010. Well those statistics came from Billy Graham himself, one of his books from some years in the past. Don't remember which one. But he said it.

Bible Believer said...

Some are not interested in the evidence.

Not at all. You can show them evidence, videos, written material, books, pictures til the cows come home and they will deny right what is in front of their eyes.

I have videos on this very website of Graham denying Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven.

http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2010/07/grahams-easy-believism-millions-of.html

Anonymous said...

The Harvest Crusade is coming up quickly for Greg Laurie and after being a part of the crusade yrs ago, I know for sure that the event coordinators use the herd mentality to get people moving up front at the end of the service. I was a member of a local church(Calvary Chapel)in Georgia that participated in the Harvest Crusade and at least 20 members of my church alone were given instructions to start moving toward the stage at the end of the crusade. All other participating churches were directed to do the same. We were told to stand at different locations in the stadium and then were instructed to all start moving towards the stage on a certain cue. To the crowd of unsuspecting people it looked as though hundreds were seeking salvation. After I reached the stage, I realized most people standing there were the church actors, not new believers. I felt guilty, as though us Christians were being deceitful. It was certainly not very Christian like. It is still a memory that bugs me to this day and something I have asked forgiveness for. The whole thing was staged for affect. It was a psychological tool used to prompt others to move toward the front on command, Proof of this is the fact that we church actors were placed at different areas to begin with, but all ended up at the stage in a pile. There would have been no reason for this other than to make it look like random people were seeking salvation and moving toward the stage from all levels of the stadium. Also when we, the church actors, reached the stage, we had been given no further instructions, so we all just stood there. It was very awkward and I ended up feeling like a victim myself.When the group was being led in the sinners prayer I felt even worse. The church actors near me were all saying it too. Fake, fake, fake. I have since asked for forgiveness for bearing false witness that day.
After the incident, I recalled in 1987, when I had attended a Billy Graham Crusade while in basic training for the Army. The crusade was held just outside the fort in Columbia, South Carolina. At the end of the crusade hundreds went up to the front and so did I even though I was already a Christian. I was definitely caught up in the drama and excitement of the moment and looking back I just wonder if I was being played like so many were at the Harvest Crusade yrs later. I would not have went up that day at the BG crusade if it weren't for the big production that got me so worked up.Hundreds were moving to the stage. I said a mass sinners prayer that day even though I already had salvation. It just goes to show how effective that technique is and was. I can not prove the technique was used at the BG crusade, but it was oddly similar to the look of the one I CAN prove. Do we really have to trick people into salvation and is tricking someone really effective long term? And what about the sin of deceiving others.

Bible Believer said...

Hey these guys know how to work the crowds, crowd psychology, guess I am not surprised at what you saw at that Harvest Crusade, those techniques probably were perfected at the BGEA ones.

That is based on deception isn't it to tell 20 members of the church to get out there and to move forward. Well they know people are more apt to do it if others are doing it, such as following the crowd. Yes that is based in deceit and the whole "showtime".

I don't agree with the concept of altar calls anymore, too much PUBLIC viewing and focus on numbers and where does Bible say you have to participate in an "altar" call?


It seems almost they were hedging their bets in case NO new believers came forward.

It definitely was a pyschological tool.I can imagine it felt totally fake and awkward too. Sadly I believe too many false conversions come about from the "showtime" and crowd manipulation. While surely saved people get caught up in the moment, it serves another agenda.

http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2010/07/grahams-easy-believism-millions-of.html

If you have not seen this article yet, make sure you check it out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for listening. I will check out that article. I feel better just being able to admit that the incident happened. I'd really like to be purged of it. I had not thought of it in a while until someone at work invited me to their church this weekend to watch the web version of the crusade and it brought back the guilty feelings. I didn't have the heart to tell her the story. She was so excited about all the souls that would be saved and the concert itself.
I must admit I was also a little fearful that after telling her the story, she would just say "SO"! Regardless of how many people would condone the practice, it just seems like plain ole trickery to me.
I also wondered, like you, if the purpose of CC staging that was so they wouldn't be embarrassed if people failed to go down. We had worn little tags and as I looked around I could see a sea of those tags in front of the stage. One would have to know what to look for to identify us, so to the crowd at large we just looked like sinners seeking salvation. I actually think someone on stage was getting a head count of the "actual" repentees by eliminating the people with tags. I really don't know how many people had tags, but it was way, way more than the ten from our church.We had met in a group before the crusade started and the group was so large I couldn't see to the end of it in a outlying hallway of the stadium.
Anyway, thanks for listening and I'll check out that article right now.
Peace be with you

Anonymous said...

Thanks for listening. I will check out that article. I feel better just being able to admit that the incident happened. I'd really like to be purged of it. I had not thought of it in a while until someone at work invited me to their church this weekend to watch the web version of the crusade and it brought back the guilty feelings. I didn't have the heart to tell her the story. She was so excited about all the souls that would be saved and the concert itself.
I must admit I was also a little fearful that after telling her the story, she would just say "SO"! Regardless of how many people would condone the practice, it just seems like plain ole trickery to me.
I also wondered, like you, if the purpose of CC staging that was so they wouldn't be embarrassed if people failed to go down. We had worn little tags and as I looked around I could see a sea of those tags in front of the stage. One would have to know what to look for to identify us, so to the crowd at large we just looked like sinners seeking salvation. I actually think someone on stage was getting a head count of the "actual" repentees by eliminating the people with tags. I really don't know how many people had tags, but it was way, way more than the ten from our church.We had met in a group before the crusade started and the group was so large I couldn't see to the end of it in a outlying hallway of the stadium.
Anyway, thanks for listening and I'll check out that article right now.
Peace be with you

Anonymous said...

Correction. There were at least 20 members of my church alone. If you could make the correction on my last post I'd appreciate it. I may have put 10 by accident. Ten was the number of people that a friend of mine's church had put forth. She was from a small Methodist church. The bigger the church,the more people were asked.
Thanks