One of the main reasons I had to walk out of Calvary Chapel and never really belonged was their more neo-evangelical view about ecumenism vs. biblical separation from the one world religion. When having discussions about this online, some Calvary Chapelists would actually ask me: "What one world religion?" In this case, I think about what their particular teachers must be neglecting to tell them. On message boards, I saw Calvary Chapelists including one claiming to be an intern pastor [he very well could have been] posting against "schism" the same way a Catholic would [where the greatest sin is leaving a church] and one was praising the Creeds of Roman Catholic councils. Things really have gone off the rails.
One thing about the falling away churches overall, Satan has used the seminaries to infiltrate and bring in false doctrines, Catholicism, doctrines of demons, vain philosophies and ecumenism. Influence the young men who become pastors, take them away from the Bible and false teachings will proliferate. Subtle deceptions to sidetrack them from the truth and lead them to compromise after compromise. There is a reason some refer to the seminaries as cemeteries.
The Catholic and mainline Protestant ones already have their students focus on questioning the authorship of the gospels, endless classes on Plato, Socrates, humanism, liberation theology and other distractions from scripture, but this does not mean other Bible colleges and other places haven't been led down the same false paths too. They got their Jesuits and others coming in to influence them to be future signers of ecumenical documents like Catholics and Evangelicals Together or the Manhattan Declaration.
These teachers as victims of indoctrination themselves or willful deceivers are everywhere, and most of them are teaching acceptance of Catholicism [even if they admit some errors] as a fellow Christian church that is part of the "body of christ" and promoting the ecumenical movement. Most scoff at Alberto Rivera but his claims of the Catholic church infiltrating Protestant [and now evangelical] seminaries, seems to be coming more true then ever before.
Looking at the Calvary Chapel Bible College list of teachers, one interesting teacher I see on their Guest Teachers and Lecturers List, is Dr. Norm Geisler. I remember this name from earlier, and know he is one of those evangelicals who has a more watered down view of Rome out there. Here one writer in an article entitled: "Jesuit-trained Evangelical Leader President Norman L. Geisler's Role in Destroying Evangelical Christianity in America" shows some major concerns. He warns about Francis Beckwith too, another evangelical who headed The Evangelical Theological Society who returned to the Catholic church in 2007. There are many out there like this. Some of them come in teach the evangelicals for a time and then swim the Tiber.
Norm Geisler co-authored a book with Joshua M. Betancourt called "Is Rome the True Church: A Consideration of the Roman Catholic Claim". Now this sounds good doesn't it? The book does explore some errors. But realize this, his co-author went to go on to convert to Catholicism. Mr. Beckwith was quite happy with these turn of events here. Many Catholics too remarked on this as well as this Catholic blogger who had praise for Geisler and what he has learned from him:
A Consideration of the Roman Catholic Claim. Geisler, a Calvinist who got his Ph.D. from Loyola, is
respected by a lot of Catholics (I've never read him, but I've heard good things), and the question being tackled
is one of obvious interest to Catholics, since if we're right on it, the Great Schism and Reformation are over (or ought to be).
By the way, I do not know if he is correct about him being a Calvinist, but he definitely got the education from the Jesuits [Loyola being a Jesuit university]. This proves nothing, as there are many who go to Catholic school who renounce what they were taught when they are born again but given his would be belief about the Reformation above, it is of concern. He also has co-written other books, one that points out the agreements, evangelicals have with Catholics called: "Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences".
What are Christians who know the truth about the Pope as antichrist to think of Norm Geisler's comments like these? Here we see the praise for the papacy from him:
"Relativism, pluralism and naturalism are the three main foes of evangelicalism today and they're the main foes of conservative Roman Catholics," said Norman Geisler, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., and co-author of Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences.
"We rejoice in the choice because he's going to hold the line and he's not going to allow the liberal element in the Catholic Church to reverse any of those things."
Here we see the same deception of the "culture wars", the idea that the Pope is against "pluralism" [beyond that of Rome exalting it's own throne] is beyond absurd! What is the Pope going to hold the line on? More deception? That is all we have seen since 2005.
There are other areas of concern too, in seeing what Dr. Norm Geisler stands for and teaches, as shown in this book "The Bible, Natural Theology and Natural Law: Conflict Or Compromise?" by Robert Mornay where it points out: [Read page 311, there's more there]
"Dr. Norman Geisler was the first to openly break with the historic evangelical position on Aquinas. In his book defending Thomas Aquinas, he stated
that since the previous generation of Protestant apologists, such as Carl Henry, Francis Schaeffer, Van Ti, etc were now dead, the time was not ripe for him and other "Thomists" to come out of the closet"
So basically this man, has made it clear, he adheres to [in my words but summing up what a Thomist basically is]"the philosophical school of a Catholic priest and saint". This statement is accurate, one can google for themselves, Geisler's involvement with Thomism. Also realize Aquinas supported the Catholic church Inquisitions, and offered his own advice on "The Treatment of Heretics".
So what are teachers like Geisler doing at Calvary Chapel Bible College and also heading seminaries: earlier at the Southern Evangelical Seminary and now Veritas Evangelical Seminary? There are strong ties to Calvary Chapel with Veritas and here is up coming conference in November [being held at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa] with Geisler as one of the speakers.
It saddens me that these type of teachers who while they may announce Catholicism as holding errors do not discern what it it truly is [the harlot, and leader of Mystery Babylon as warned in scripture], and bring some of its teachings, philosophical and otherwise, into seminaries and evangelical churches, and promote ecumenism. While we do not know the specifics of the motivations or influence of specific folks like Beckwith, Geisler, etc, I do believe planned Catholic/Jesuit infiltration and influence of the churches has happened and has been going for years. This is why the seminaries across a wide scope from Fuller to many others have fallen away and why ecumenism is promoted as well as false theology.
2 Timothy 4:3-4, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."