Friday, May 28, 2010

Calvary Chapel and Rick Warren

This picture will lead many to do a double-take...Greg Laurie is on the left, Chuck Smith:founder and leader of Calvary Chapel in the middle, and Rick Warren on the right.
What is going on? Do they all have to be in the backpocket of one another?

On one website, they were blunt:

"I know that many people are going to be hurt by this news of Pastor Chuck Smith, Greg Laurie and Rick Warren appearing together on the same platform in “one accord.” For many who have called Calvary Chapel their home church the possibility of such once sound men of God (Laurie & Smith) appearing with an obvious wolf in sheep’s clothing (Warren) seems absolutely inconceivable. However, the truth of the matter is that is exactly what has happened."

Thus started a second look at what Calvary Chapel was all about.

Calvary Chapel seems to be a very appealing church and from the outside, one can truly be led to believe that this is a church that is supposely against the ecumenical movement, gets “deep” into the bible via their advertised "line by line" Bible teaching, and sticks by the fundamentals. Reading websites like Roger Oakland's, and about Calvary Chapel conferences such as the Red River Bible and Prophecy Conference with Calvary Chapel preachers and associated teachers exposing things like the Emergent movement, one would think that this is a church from the top down that stands against the one world religion and deception in the churches. We do not know what each of these particular teachers know or are privy to, but some of these things would surely disappoint even many well-meaning people within Calvary Chapel circles who do stand against deception with honest intentions.

Calvary Chapel even ironically has stood against Purpose Driven Life or has appeared to do so. Well some found out fast, this is not the whole story.

In this video at the 2:12 mark, watch Chuck Smith and Rick Warren together, at a the "20th Annual SoCal Harvest Crusade at Angels Stadium" held by Greg Laurie: they seem almost buddy-buddy, here is the dialogue:

Rick Warren: "Who wants to go to Disneyland after that?"

Chuck Smith: [laughs] "it's thrilling to see again the work of God's Holy Spirit transforming people from the power of darkness into the glorious kingdom of God"

Rick Warren: "And if there are people who still believe that crusade evangelism doesn't work, I have two words: Greg Laurie and it keeps going.

The associations with Rick Warren are a giant red flag. There are no, ands, ifs about it. While some may say this is a "guilt by association" false charge, one does not invite false teachers onto religious platforms, introduce them as 'a friend" and then let them speak. They did not trip over him at a coffeeshop, Greg Laurie, top Calvary Chapel pastor invited him. While we know human beings are fallible, I ask how could Chuck Smith and Greg Laurie not know about this?


Anonymous said...

I am more than heart broken over this. I am an ex calvary chapel attendee from the Buffalo NY area who has tried for years (before leaving) to find out why splits were happening in the NY area. But of course, no one wants to be the one to "gossip" so it leaves church goers in the dark with that still small voice inside telling you something is wrong.

Bible Believer said...

Hi, thanks for your response. Yes it was hard to find this out for me too. Remember a lot of the false preachers are making the definition of "gossip" vastly wide to keep anyone from asking any questions, I experienced this recently in a non-Calvary Chapel church.

Things with Calvary Chapel have only proven to be worse:

Anonymous said...

I have serious concerns regarding Rick Warrens association with Harper Collins Publishing and his close association with Rupert Murdoch.

In 1988 Harper Collins purchased Zondervan and the NIV Bible. Harper Collins also publishes the Satanic Bible and Satanic Rituals and other similar books by Anton LaVey. They also publish new age books etc. This can be easily verified by going on line to:

Harper Collins is owned by News Corp., which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. They are one of the largest distributors of pornography on the planet according to sources on line.

Rick Warren apparently has close ties with both Rupert Murdoch and Harper Collins Publishing.

Harper Collins (Zondervan) was the publisher Rick Warren chose to publish his Purpose Driven Life books starting in the year of 2002. Rupert Murdoch donated $2,000,000.00 to Rick Warren for his peace plan as stated on line.
Rupert Murdochs earnings and funds are derived in part from sales of the Satanic Bibles, Satanic Rituals, New age books and pornography etc., according to sources on line.

It is also reported on line that Rupert Murdoch is a born again Christian. I would think Rick Warren would refuse all ill gotten money and instead rebuke brother Rupert Murdoch for indulging in such sinful practices as distributing pornography and Satanic publications. Rick Warren should help brother Rupert Murdoch find his way back to Jesus to be regenerated into a new creation in Christ.

I believe that Pornography, Satanic Books, New Age books are part of the wide gate and broad road that leads millions and millions of people to hell. Anyone involved in furthering these evil practices should be prayed for, warned and brought to repentance before any more souls are lost in the lake of fire forever.

God Bless All

Bible Believer said...

I would be concerned too about Rick Warren and Rupert Murdoch's association too, because Rupert Murdoch, is a Knights of Malta. "Fox" news, the Vatican FOX in the hen house. All the media is "owned" though for the false right/left dance steps. The Knights of Malta are basically "knights of the Pope". Which should start some questions about those associations...

Check this out..These Catholics do not realize the role their false religious system plays but you will see he has been vetted by the Vatican higher-ups including the Pope himself.

"The Roman Catholic church is receiving complaints from worshippers following news that Rupert Murdoch has been awarded a papal knighthood from Pope John Paul II.

Senior Catholics are said to have been "mystified and astonished" when they heard that the purveyor of newspaper sex, scandal and nudity was made a Knight Commander of St Gregory at a ceremony in Los Angeles last month.

News of the award was kept out of Mr Murdoch's British titles - the Sun, the Times, the Sunday Times and the News of the World - at his request, although it is provoking outrage in the religious media and in Ireland, where many Catholics have reacted with anger that Mr Murdoch, who is not a Catholic, appears to have been honoured purely for donating large sums of money to the church. He and his wife, Anna, who is a Catholic, are known in Los Angeles as large contributors to the Archdiocesan Education Foundation, although specific amounts are not known.

***The award was made by the Pope at the suggestion of Cardinal Archbishop Roger Mahony of Los Angeles. His recommendation was vetted by the Secretariat of State at the Vatican before being given the approval of the pontiff.***

The knighthood is bestowed upon people of "unblemished character". It was presented by the Cardinal at St Francis De Sales Church in Los Angeles on 11 January. Other recipients included Bob Hope and Roy Disney, of the Walt Disney empire"

The other recipients are interesting too...

You are right millions are being led to hell by the porno, New Age and other Satanic books. I do not trust even the so called "Christian" book publishing companies, which publish more and more to deceive. Researching some of those connections probably would be of interest definitely, along with the plain fact they advance false Bibles.

Rick Warren is as much a wolf in sheep's clothing as Murdoch and I do not consider him a fellow Christian believer whatsoever.

Renee Couron said...

Its happening again. Greg Laurie will be preaching alongside Rick Warren and Mark Driscoll (Self Proclaimed "reformed emergent" pastor) at the R12 conference coming up in California. We need to hold pastors accountable.Why are so many in the church afraid to do so?

"As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:9