Willow Creek Heresy Comes Down Under
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So, what's the big deal? What is Willow Creek anyway?
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Essentially Willow Creek follows the path of what is known as the Hegelian Dialectic (thesis + antithesis = synthesis) - the common ground between two opposing views for the purpose of the predefined goal, in this case 'unity'. This was the rationale behind the Alpha Course. It's otherwise known as a "doctrine of demons". It's about church growth (not souls) but rather bums in seats. It's about concilliation and compromise at the expense of the truth. It's about making the lost feel as warm and cosy as the believer - accomodation without the challenge. It's about tolerance and unity whatever the cost, including Scriptural explicits.
In a nutshell . . It's all about preaching another gospel. (2 Corinthians - Galatians 1:6)
Marv Knox had this to say about Willow Creek and its leader Bill Hybels . . .
"Once established, some ambitious churches are making a big business out of spreading their expertise. Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois USA, formed a consulting arm called Willow Creek Association. It earned $17 million last year, partly by selling marketing and management advice to 10,500 member churches from 90 denominations".
"Hybel's consumer-driven approach is evident at Willow Creek, where he shunned stained glass, Bibles, or even a cross for the 7,200-seat, $72 million sanctuary he recently built. The reason? Market research suggested that such traditional symbols would scare away non-churchgoers. He also gives practical advice. On a recent Wednesday evening, one of his four "teaching" pastors gave a service that started with 20 minutes of music, followed by a lengthy sermon about the Christian approach to personal finances".
Smells like Network Marketing doesn't it? Well . . that's EXACTLY what it is, sadly that's not ALL it is. And that witless 'Christians' are so readily sucked into this garbage is astounding!
Paul Proctor's stinging indictment of Willow Creek and its contemporaries pretty much sums up the godless compromise of this movement:
" . . The church's pastor, Bill Hybels, is quite accustomed to playing the role of facilitator when bringing opposing groups together at his church for dialogue. The goal of such meetings is unity and a hope that opposing positions can reach a consensus of understanding by focusing not on each other's differences but on each other's similarities and common ground - The Hegelian Dialectic.
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(1) Absolute unity is more important than absolute truth.
(2) Feelings and fellowship are more important than faith and facts.
(3) "Love" is measured not by one's loyalty to Christ and obedience to His Word but by one's loyalty to the group and conformity to the consensus.
This system of "group-think" subverts the conscience of each individual and forces them, through dialog and compromise, to accept the unacceptable for the "common good". They call it the "Will of God". Historians call it the Hegelian Dialectic. I call it socialism.
The modus operandi of today's Apostate church consists of members and prospective members surrendering their personal convictions and absolutes to the consensus process and compromising those values when necessary to win the support and approval of the group. (Peer pressure) The real damage to the church occurs when believers learn that it is "Christ-like" to accommodate, honor and accept those who reject the Word of God which results in human relationships taking precedence over one's relationship to Christ. If you see nothing wrong with this then you may want to revisit a few helpful scriptures like John 14:6, 2nd Corinthians 6:14-17 and Matthew 10:34-37 for a better understanding.
When Christians compromise truth to unify with an opposing group (those claiming a different god, religion, doctrine or belief), casual observers are left to conclude that there really must not be any difference between the two. The end result is that all become spiritual casualties deferring to the will of a facilitator who subtly manipulates the dialog between opposing positions to achieve a predetermined outcome...a contrived consensus of which neither party is privy to.
It's all about achieving the unity of a one-world religion, a universal brotherhood that is fraudulently promoted as "Christian unity" and called "ecumenism". But beware of ecumenical movements and events like "Promise Keepers" and "Women of Faith", where, just like Willow Creek, fun, feelings, fellowship, fabulous music and Freudian psychology are used to teach the global gospel of "tolerance, diversity and unity"...all in the name of Jesus. Though appearing to be innocent and spiritually healthy many of these productions and events actually undermine the gospel by appealing to the flesh and emotions of attendees using a lot of Christian celebrities, humor, boisterous music, romantic stories, sentimentality, tears (and believe it or not) even the visual stimulation of those who come forward to make "decisions".
You see my friends...it is one's faith that should stir one's feelings and the Word of God that should stir one's faith, not the other way around. If your faith becomes dependent upon feelings and emotions triggered by the stimuli of some staged event, (music, skits, humor, romantic stories, sentimentality, tears and the excitement of being with crowds and celebrities) then emotion will always lead the way in your Christian walk. This excludes the Word of God, deafens the conscience to the Voice of the Holy Spirit and opens the door to all kinds of satanic deception. The proper order of these things should be:
(1) Hearing (or reading) the Word...
(2) Then faith...
(3) Then feelings that express that faith through word or deed.
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)
If you reverse this process you risk becoming the pawn of every medicine show that rolls through town. "Writing for the November-December 1999 issue of Psycho-Heresy Awareness Letter, Debbie Dewart gives her impression of the 1999 Woman of Faith conference in Anaheim, California, where nearly 20,000 attendees paid $50 each and 1,500 more paid $25 to watch from overflow areas via television.
noted that:...'the presentation [by
"celebrity" Christian women] was primarily entertainment directed
toward the senses. There was no...intensive teaching
from any text of Scripture, and no mention of sin, repentance, or man's
depravity as presented in the Bible....Instead of sound doctrine, believers are
fed the "junk food" of contemporary psychotherapy, couched in
Christian terminology that deceives the unwary." - The Berean
Not only that but once the music stops, the lights go out, the crowd disperses and the excitement wanes, many will take home with them books and tapes purchased at these events that are full of humanist doctrine, new-age philosophy, Freudian psychology, occult practices and socialist ideals that in reality contradict the Word of God and oppose the very One these facilitators claim to serve! You cannot understand today's heretical movements, organizations and the corruption behind them until you detach yourself from their emotional influence and investigate them objectively with information and testimonials that their founders, promoters and supporters do not provide.
Simply attending a sensory circus to have a good time with your friends does not enable the average individual to see what goes on behind the curtain.
Well said Paul.
word on Willow Creek's, 'consensus at all
costs' doctrine. . . for Heaven's sake . .
. Jesus Christ is NOT the Son of Allah, or Buddah,
And oh, by all means don't take MY word for it, or even the Father's if you dare, be my guest . . . ask any Moslem if they think Jesus is the Son of Allah!
DUH . . . what a no brainer!
So what is Hybels and his pack of
compromised compatriates all about? And
more importantly, what are so called 'believers' thinking by inviting him and his heresies here?. . . . Hmmm?
My advice? . . Don't touch this toad with an ugly stick because trust me . . it's already been struck!
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