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PRAGMATIC Willow Creek Association “partnering with Compassion International”

June 22, 2014

Willow Creek Association admits to partnering with Compassion International in this below video (starting at around minute 2:45):

Below the above video it says: “See how the partnership between Compassion International and the Willow Creek Association changed the lives of 3003 children just in 2012.”

Not all spiritual “change” is good. We have seen many organizations offering physical help, while at the same time offering “spiritual change” that was not biblically based and actually spiritually harmful.

This ecumenicism should come as no surprise as “Jim Mellado has been selected as the successor of Wess Stafford as the CEO and President of Compassion International. Jim Mellado previously served as President of the Willow Creek Association (WCA) for twenty years.”  In fact in Jim’s bio it says: “In 1995, Jimmy [Jim Mellado] teamed up with Bill Hybels to launch and host The Global Leadership Summit.” (http://www.compassion.com/executives/santiago-jimmy-mellado.htm)

At little after minute 26:30 Jim talks about his relationship with Bill Hybles… and Bill talks about Jim via taped video after minute 41.

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Matthew 23:25-28 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Jim promotes the deceptive and ungodly “Son of God” movie and James Emery White’s book called “Imagine” (a spokesman for many of the seeker movement’s ideas).

WILLOW CREEK

Pragmatic and Ecumenical False teacher Billy Hybles is the Senior pastor of Willow Creek Church and chairman of the board of Willow Creek Association that was founded in 1992 and claims to have over 90 + denominations involved with them. If that does not raise a red flag in this day and age of so many unsound denominations, what will? They also promote the “American Bible Society” where you can get a variety of corrupt bibles, and some Catholic ecumenicism. They are also involved in “Engage International” where you can pick from a variety of false teachers to choose from (for example): Psychologists Henry Cloud, Emerging/Contemplative Philosopher Dallas Willard, and Bill Hybles to name a few. Willow Creek Church and Willow Creek Association is your seeker-sensitive type of people (flattering without openly rebuking a sinful generation) filled with and promoting all kinds of different EVIL deceptions. Here are a few:

1. Promote Deceptive Codependency/Recovery programs

2. Promote a Variety of deceptive Anonymous programs

3. Promote Deceptive Self-love, Self-esteem, and Psychological Counseling

4. Promote the false and deceptive doctrine of Unconditional Acceptance

5 Promote Deceptive Ecumenicism (from Pat Robertson to Chuck Colson, Luis Palau, Tony Campolo, Rob Bell,  Catholics, 7th day Adventist, Muslims, etc.)

“Willow’s openness to leaders from outside Christianity — whether Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic, or atheist — attracts consistent criticism from some conservative Christians.” http://www.fastcompany.com/1702221/how-willow-creek-leading-evangelicals-learning-business-world (“learning from the business world” and those pictures of wicked leaders in the diagram in this above link tell a lot.)

6. Promote Deceptive views on the evils of Homosexuality

7. Promote the Deceptions of Yoga

8. They Deceptively are void of a Biblical call to Repentance of many sins

9. They promote the Deceptive use of Entertainment, Drama, and CCM

10. They Deceptively allow a Humanistic gospel

11. They Deceptively allow a New Age gospel

12. They Deceptively allow and promote Mysticism

13. Promote the deceptions of the 4 Temperaments

13. Promote the deception of Contemplative

Willow Creek basically provides unrepentant Pagans, New-Agers, Homosexuals, Atheists, Socialists, Communists, Marxists, Humanists, Feminists and Liberals a place to express their “felt needs” and eventually they find themselves building up those teachers who will fulfill their itchy ear desires with an evil Christianized version of deception and fables.

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.

WHAT SPIRITUAL DECEPTION(S) IN THE YEARS AHEAD WILL INFLUENCE THE KIDS BECAUSE OF COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL’S ECUMENICALISM?

What are the kids going to be taught under this leadership and ecumenicalism? What type of curriculum are they going to get? Who is or will be providing the curriculum being used by the kids they are helping? Sadly many of these teachers in foreign countries are often poor, lacking discernment, and trusting the leadership of Compassion International.

It should be noted that Willow Creek is not the only one that concerns us, as the Compassion International ecumenicism is quite broad. We know that Compassion International (CI) is involved with those who are involved with:

1. Those who are involved in the Emerging church

2.Those whose message contradicts the gospel (like Doug Pagitt, 7th day Adventists, and many others)

-CI openly promotes false teacher Doug Pagitt at: http://www.compassion.com/christian-speakers/doug-pagitt.htm

-CI openly promotes false teacher Tony Campolo at: http://www.compassion.com/christian-speakers/tony-campolo.htm

3. Those who promote Contemplatives and Emerging Spirituality (CI staff was also involved in a Contemplative Retreat in Corbett, Oregon:http://gravitycenter.com/event/contemplative-retreat-compassion-intl/

4. Those who promote Psychoheresy

5. Those who promote Evolution

6. Those who reject the Inerrancy of Scripture

We could go on and on with our list, but those who have an understanding of how bad Willow Creek is to begin with, we would reckon it’s not really needed to go on. Those who cannot see how bad Willow Creek is, we reckon your blindness might remain unless you take the Word of God and test Willow Creek in light of the Scriptures. Though we do not expect nominal Christians to understand or even care about the spiritual deception being brought to the kids and teachers all over the world by Compassion International. We know how easy it is for man to be focused on the physical needs and see physical accomplishments being advanced, while spiritual endeavors are neglected or corrupted with unsound doctrines.

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“Three ‘of the most outspoken’ leaders of the emerging church (Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, and Mark Scandrette) will be going on a national road tour this summer and are receiving sponsorship from several large organizations. Some of those sponsors are Christianbook.com, Jossey-Bass, Compassion International, International Bible Society, and Zondervan. The three men will hit 32 cities with their message of ‘a 21st century gospel.’ Pagitt states they are taking their ‘invitation of hope and good news to people around the country. . . preaching a fresh way of life and faith–one that is in rhythm with the life of God.’ Unfortunately, this ‘fresh way’ consists of a message that contradicts the gospel message of the Bible. Doug Pagitt, pastor of Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an advocate of Christian yoga…” (Light house trails, May 22, 2008)

“Bill Hybels and the Willow Creek Community Church have jumped onboard the mystical bandwagon, and Willow Creek is not only one megachurch that is located west of Chicago; it is also a network of more than 12,000 churches that hold the same philosophy.” (David Cloud, Apr/15/13, Way of Life Literature)

“Some Seventh-day Adventist churches are listed as members of the Willow Creek Community Church Association founded by church growth guru Bill Hybels” (David Cloud, Sep/22/08, Way of life Literature).

“Two recent developments in the story shed light on the new brand of apostasy Willow Creek is unfolding and why the world wants churches to sell out completely. Today, Exodus President Alan Chamber released a statement revealing that Willow Creek no longer believed that people could change from homosexuality.” (Gay Christian Movement Watch, August 11, 2011; updated 8/12)

“Lynn Hybels, wife of Willow Creek pastor and founder Bill Hybels is a regular writer for Jim Wallis’ SoJourners magazine. Wallis is also a “spiritual” advisor to Obama.”  (Light House Trails, Feb 7, 2011)

“For Willow Creek to include a speaker at the Leadership Summit who agrees with Michael Ray’s Eastern/New Age philosophies on spirituality to the point of actually writing the foreword to this book, is almost unbelievable!” (Light House Trails Aug 10, 2006)

“As Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and most other major leaders in Christianity today, stand arm and arm with contemplatives and emerging spirituality, those who understand biblical prophecy about the days prior to Christ’s return will realize that history is being made. But unfortunately, Scripture warns that Satan will deceive the whole world (Revelation 12:9) and that a great falling away will occur. Let us be sober-minded and diligent to stand for biblical truth and the Gospel that alone can save the soul that turns to Jesus Christ in humility and repentance, acknowledging Him to be God, Lord, and Savior.” (Light House Trials, Nov 13, 2007)

BEWARE OF TONY CAMPOLO

http://www.wayoflife.org/database/beware_of_tony_campolo.html

“Protestant No More: Willow Creek Infiltrated by a Mystic Quaker Movement Called Renovare”

http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/hybels/insider.htm


Willow Creek & Psychoheresy

http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/willowcreek.html

 

 

 

 

 

Letter to the Editor: Concerns About Compassion International Mount

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15685

 

WE NEED SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

April 13, 2014
“There is a great need for a spiritual awakening in the evangelical world. Time to wake up, because the Lord’s coming is certainly near, and many, we fear, were never less prepared. Time to lament and do soul-searching in prayer, because churches in search of happiness and success (measured by attendance figures) are increasingly willing to follow the consumer-oriented society. What does the consumer want? Find out and give it to him, and you’ll be a success….Men want to enjoy themselves, be comfortable, be happy, but God wants them to enjoy Him, to be spiritual, to be godly.”
– Carl Knott

When enthusiasm for the gospel is extinct

February 16, 2014

“The fact is, that many would like to unite church and stage, cards and prayer…. If we are powerless to stem this torrent, we can at least warn men of its existence, and entreat them to keep out of it. When the old faith is gone, and enthusiasm for the gospel is extinct, it is no wonder that people seek something else in the way of delight. Lacking bread, they feed on ashes; rejecting the way of the Lord, they run greedily in the path of folly.”

– Charles Spurgeon

The great god Entertainment

February 15, 2014

“For centuries the Church stood solidly against every form of worldly entertainment, recognizing it for what it was—a device for wasting time, a refuge from the disturbing voice of conscience, a scheme to divert attention from moral accountability. For this she got herself abused roundly by the sons of this world. But of late she has become tired of the abuse and has given over the struggle. She appears to have decided that if she cannot conquer the great god Entertainment she may as well join forces with him and make what use she can of his powers. So today we have the astonishing spectacle of millions of dollars being poured into the unholy job of providing earthly entertainment for the so-called sons of heaven. Religious entertainment is in many places rapidly crowding out the serious things of God. Many churches these days have become little more than poor theaters where fifth-rate “producers” peddle their shoddy wares with the full approval of evangelical leaders who can even quote a holy text in defense of their delinquency. And hardly a man dares raise his voice against it.”

– A. W. Tozer

Clowns entertaining the goats

February 14, 2014

“A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.”

– C.H. Spurgeon

http://golondon.about.com/od/februaryannualevents/p/clownsservice.htm

Some kind of religious experience …

February 13, 2014

“Tens of thousands, perhaps millions, have come into some kind of religious experience by accepting Christ, and they have not been saved.”

– A.W. Tozer

World’s Churches

February 13, 2014

“The world’s churches have taken their power from the world, and that power can be taken as easily as it was given. Meanwhile, Big Brother has a church just for your tastes; have it your way. They appeal to modern consumers by being driven by fads, trends and winds of the latest new doctrine. Modern worldly churches are fashioned like the world…all style—no substance, which is great for marketing to overstressed consumers of Tylenol and Lysol, who are disconnected in this modern world from…other people, their past, places, and even reality, not to mention Christ’s teachings.”

– Fritz Springmeier

Pragmatism

February 13, 2014

“… an overpowering surge of ardent pragmatism is sweeping through evangelicalism. Traditional methodology—most notably preaching—is being discarded or downplayed in favor of newer means, such as drama, dance, comedy, variety, side-show histrionics, pop-psychology, and other entertainment forms. The new methods supposedly are more “effective”—that is, they draw a bigger crowd. And since for many the chief criterion for gauging the success of a church has become attendance figures, whatever pulls in the most people is accepted without critical analysis as good. That is pragmatism.”

John MacArthur

God

February 13, 2014

“It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God.”

– A. W. Tozer

De-emphasized preaching

February 13, 2014

“Many churches have de-emphasized preaching and worship in favor of entertainment, apparently believing they must lure converts by appealing to fleshly interests. As if Christ Himself were in some way inadequate, many church leaders now believe they must excite people’s fancies in order to win them.”

– John MacArthur