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Willow Creek -- Sacrificing the Church on the Altar of Carnal Leadership

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"Consequently, Christians have always felt they had to defend the Bible. If you read broadly however you discover that it is next to impossible to defend the entire Bible. You may be able to hang on to the Bible but your kids and grand kids will not. If you left Christianity because you found out the Bible was fallible you left unnecessarily." -- Andy Stanley

"Now I challenge you to embrace the grown up God. Jesus loves me this I know because Matthew tells me so and he walked with Jesus; because Luke tells me so and he was really detailed; because Paul tells me so and he once persecuted the church; because His original followers were martyred believing so. The reason why you should consider following Jesus is not because the Bible says so." -- Andy Stanley

There is a simple word for this and that is heresy. What Stanley fails to realize is that his youth did not "fall away" when they went to college. They were probably never saved to begin with. When you compromise the Gospel you compromise the only thing with the power to save anyone. The world can postulate scientific reasons for the ten plagues of Egypt or discounting the falling of the walls of Jericho but that does not make them right. And this man, who thinks so little about the Word of God, is the most prominent Christian speaker at a mostly carnal church leadership conference.

That should not be surprising beloved. The Willow Creek Leadership Summit has long been a bastion of humanistic teaching that Christians then apply to leading the church of God. The results are all around us. Mega churches growing beyond capacity filled with people who do not know Jesus Christ. They got what they wanted though. Club music and lighting. The best performers. A cult of personality leader to be motivated by. A little shout out to Jesus just to spiritualize the "experience." No crosses though because after all, the cross offends. So does the Gospel. The Willow Creek Leadership Conference? Not so much.

Unless you are truly saved by Christ and you can discern for yourself how offensive this all is to God. To organize an international conference about how to lead the church and have it be facilitated by the father of seeker friendly apostasy, a raving purpose driven heretic, a financial prosperity pimp and nine people who do not even know Christ. We would be wise to not follow this lead beloved.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- July 14, 2017

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