One thing I have noticed about the wolves or possible wolves, is they are invited without reservation to the worldly halls of power, the politicians gladly open their doors, the celebrities come calling and PR opportunities abound! If your pastor or the top leaders of whatever denomination you are associated with are making a habit of hanging out with top celebrities, politicians, and more, remind yourself about what Jesus says about those the world loves. Being a "friend of the world" and its power brokers is not a good sign!
Jam 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Greg Laurie has made the whole halls of power circuit, hobnobbing with all sorts of falsely teaching religious figures even with time spent at the White House.
Click on the picture of a black camera in the upper right hand side at his website below, and then Click on the "Friends and Faces" section:
Go to this link:
There are pictures of Greg Laurie, with Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Franklin Graham---twice, Billy Graham, and with a few presidents thrown in the mix. Consider Colson's and Dobson's advance roles in leading evangelicals to Rome, I find those connections quite interesting. There are 20 pictures all together, click on the numbered links...
Picture # 5. he is with Chuck Norris, #7 [I think that is his wife]-Cathe meets President Bush, #8 Chuck Smith and Greg Laurie are shown together, #11 is a picture of Laurie meeting Chuck Colson at the White House. [Let's not forget that Chuck Colson is a co-author of Catholics and Evangelicals Together as well as the ecumenical Manhattan Declaration] #13, Laurie is pictured with Franklin Graham and a cousin, #14 James Dobson at the White House, #15, Larry King with Rod Parsley and Laurie together--would Larry King let on any true preachers on to his show? #16 is another picture of Laurie and Franklin Graham together, #19 is Laurie and Billy Graham together [see this blog entry as well] and #20 reads "With the presidents at the Billy Graham dedication. From Left to Right: Jane Graham, Franklin Graham, myself, President and Mrs. Bush [my comment--this is Bush Sr with Barbara Bush], Cathe, President Jimmy Carter."
There is far more then that too, as Laurie being chosen to preach at the Republican National Convention in 2004. Watch video of it here.[was not able to embed it]
One quote from this speech:
"And thank you tonight Lord especially for President and Mrs. Bush. Thank you for the fact that our President, George W. Bush looks to you for wisdom each and every day. Thank you for giving him that wisdom and guiding his steps. May You continually guide him into the center of Your will for his life and our country."
The association with Chuck Colson, top ecumenist also speaks for itself, from Laurie's own blog...
"Yes,I would be thrilled to have Chuck Colson speak anytime he wants for us!"
Now guilt by association can be a dubious thing, many of us are surrounded by unbelievers, and know even non-Christians we may run into, but what are we to think when the connections to the halls of power are so immense and numerous. Would a preacher preaching the truth be invited to the top tiers of power? I dare to say, "NO, that would not be happening!"
Doesn't the question come up naturally, why is this preacher schmoozing so effortlessly in the halls of power and celebrity?-- which brings one to ask, if someone is THAT loved by the world, perhaps there is a problem.
Lest people think I am just pointing to Greg Laurie, he is just one example, there are dozens who are intertwined with the politicians, celebrities and world of entertainment and politics. We know Billy Graham who was known as the "Pastor to Presidents" follows that road even more extensively, there are many many others. If you see your preacher hanging out with those sorts, effortlessly with no challenge, ask yourself "WHY? Is my preacher a FRIEND OF THE WORLD?"
While researching for this article, I also found out that Greg Laurie had early connections with Lonnie Frisbee, [remember Lonnie Frisbee who admitted he became a "christian" via LSD?] I posted about him here, exploring the early history of Calvary Chapel in my blog entry titled "Lonnie Frisbee, The Jesus Movement and the Early Years of Calvary Chapel".
Check out this link....and has an picture of a very young Greg Laurie...
The blogger writes:
"Greg and I attended the same high school. We Christians would gather out on the front lawn every Friday in a big circle to eat our lunch while a guest speaker would be sharing with us.
It was during one of these lunch fellowships that Lonnie Frisbee singled out Greg. Greg came into the center of the circle and fell under the power of the Holy Spirit and came up born again. Funny thing, today someone has planted a tree right where Greg got saved, with some other trees in a big circle around it, as if to memorialize the event.
Greg took off running, he taught anyone that would listen to the things he was getting out of the Word of God. So much so that he was approaching obnoxious with a capital O. None of us back then had any idea that he was being called to teach and to evangelize, he was just one of the gang.
It is truly a small world. Greg got saved through the direct ministry of Lonnie Frisbee (My spiritual father in the Lord through whom I got saved) was present in the early days of Shekinah Fellowship with Brant Baker and Randy West. Greg built his entire ministry upon the ministry foundation of Lonnie Frisbee. Most historians only attribute two great moves of God to Lonnie Frisbee, I attribute Harvest Christian Fellowship and Harvest Crusades directly to Lonnie's foundational work at All Saints Episcopal.
All Saints Episcopal in Riverside California had invited Lonnie to hold services there for awhile. Which resulted in several hundred new believers. Greg stepped in and built upon this foundation of new believers. With the help of Chuck Smith, Greg was able to build a strong church on this foundation. That small group became Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California USA, one of the eight largest churches in America, as well as the third largest in California."
I found this to be very interesting and went to go find out, is this true?
I found this link which backed it up...and
Well on Greg Laurie's blog on the "About Me" page he writes this...
"Then a young man named Lonnie Frisbee stood up with a Bible in his hand. He was a youth Pastor with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa where the Jesus movement was in full swing. With his shoulder-length hair and beard, he almost looked the way I had seen Jesus depicted in paintings and in the movies. He opened the Bible and began to speak. Although I listened to what he said that day, I don’t remember many of his comments except for one statement: Jesus said, “You are either for Me or against Me.” What side are you on?"
[snip for space see rest at link]
But before I knew quite what was happening, I found myself standing with a handful of other brave souls, praying with the long-haired minister to receive Jesus Christ into my heart and life. I had the distinct sensation that a tremendous weight had been lifted off my shoulders. In no uncertain terms, I knew my life had changed dramatically. That was in 1970."
I thought him too??