A year ago I told you in Beth Moore And John Piper Set For Passion 2013 With Louie Giglio here at Apprising Ministries that once again those two well-respected mainstream evangelicals would be appearing at Giglio’s Passion conference, which at that time was in full swing.
We also find a couple of other notable names in that Passion 2013 lineup for this past year; sinfully ecumenical emerging musician David Crowder1 and Francis Chan, popular among the New Calvinists:
Francis Chan, Beth Moore, and John Piper were each returning to minister to the Passion Jesus Generation from Passion 2012 as well. Then in Louie Giglio Is No Hero To Be Admired I brought to your attention that Giglio appears to be marrying his Passion youth movement to that of Jesus Culture (JC).
It needs to be understood that reputed Calvinist Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church (PCC) in Atlanta, is currently influencing scores of teens and college age youth. For you see, through Passion, he’s the leader of a new breed so-called Jesus Generation.2
At his Passion 2013 Giglio would formally introduce his youth movement to JC. The official website of JC proudly states that it’s actually “a global movement” which is:
passionate to see campuses, cities and nations transformed and we have a mandate: to raise, equip, and mobilize those who were coming to fulfill the call of God on their lives. We do this through the ministry of conferences, events, worship, campus ministries, curriculums, resources and now a local church.
Jesus Culture is continuing to grow in bringing young people into encounters with Jesus and equipping them to minister His heart to a broken world… (source)
The very clear and present danger is the fact that JC was birthed out of the absolute theological train wreck at Bethel Church (BC), of pastor Bill Johnson.3 JC has since been “sent out from Bethel to Sacramento with the purpose to plant a local expression of Jesus Culture as well as relocate the ministry as well.”4
As you can see below, JC remains one of BC’s ministries:
JC is a movement/ministry also aligned closely with New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) apostlette Cindy Jacobs and NAR apostle Lou Engle.5 Following is what “apostle” Lou Engle prophesied for the movement Jesus Culture and what Louie Giglio has since brought to Passion 2013 for his Jesus Generation to also be a part of:
Both Lou Giglio and Lou Engle head up frenzied youth movements filled with excessive “passion” and mood-altering music at popular, packed stadium events. But do they teach the full Gospel of Salvation? There have been many similarities between the two over the years, but with Lou Giglio’s open association with Jesus Culture which Lou Engle endorsed as the new “mantle,” the questions can now be asked: Are they working together in similar alignment?
Do they share the same endtime goals and beliefs? Lou Engle’s prophecy (at the top of this post) links Jesus Culture to endtime prophecies that have been circulating in the Latter Rain movement since the late 1980s about a New Breed of youth, which is an “elect seed” that will fill stadiums. These prophecies were delivered by the Kansas City Prophets (now known as the IHOP movement headed by Mike Bickle). Lou Engle, as we have reported previously, and his ministry TheCall and other groups, has been at the forefront of trying to make these prophecies come true. (source)
Now we come full circle to Francis Chan’s appearance along with the aforementioned Jesus Culture at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) Young Adult Conference 2013 One Thing, which just wrapped up Tuesday, December 31st.6 You can see above that IHOP extends from Mike Bickle of the nefarious Kansas City Prophets.7
If you didn’t know, these self-anointed “prophets” are/were:
a group of men that coalesced around a church known as the Kansas City Fellowship, pastored by Mike Bickle, that attracted a following of other likeminded churches in that region. They argued that God was spearheading a new revival from their churches, and that he was restoring the office of prophet. Just as other “prophets” we discussed in these pages, yesterday’s Kansas City stock could have it both ways.
They could hear from God, and speak forth God’s words, prophesying of great events soon to transpire on planet earth. And they could have flipped a coin as to whether what God allegedly told them would actually come true. Often they didn’t come true. Some of the main prophets and/or leaders in the movement included Paul Cain, Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, Rick Joyner, John Paul Jackson, Francis Frangipane, and others. (source)
Charisma magazine fills us in concerning IHOP’s “prayer conference” where Francis Chan shared the podium with host Mike Bickle:
Over 30,000 people from 100 countries gathered in Kansas City for the One Thing Conference hosted by the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in late December. The conference was also the launch of the first annual summit of the major leaders in the missions, prayer and Bible translation movements…
[Mike] Bickle added, “We’re believing for 10,000 prayer chains or prayer ministries across the earth… Bickle sees the IHOP movement as a catalyst… (source)
When you hear Francis Chan in the video clip below talk about working together in unity, this is what he would be asking us to join together with. Let me also point out to you that Steve Lumley of Apostasy Watch has compiled a ton of information concerning the false teachings of Mike Bickle and his IHOP outfit.8
The clip following was taken by IHOP from Chan’s message during Session 8 on Monday, December 30. In my opinion IHOP is using Francis Chan’s comments at One Thing as propaganda in order to borrow Chan’s credibility within the wider evangelical community and promote their leader Mike Bickle.
How foolish of Francis Chan to just gush enthusiastically:
I go, man, there’s a lot of great things going on [at IHOP]. And today was the first time I ever met Mike Bickle. And, I love that guy. I do. And Mike knows—we talked about this—you know, there’s people who told me not to hang out with him.
Like, you know, words like “creepy” came up. And yet, I get to know this guy and I’m going, “Man, I love his heart. And I just want to publicly say I love Mike Bickle. (0:18-0:50)
So here’s the bottom line: This is another example of spiritual drift into apostasy because of the embrace of Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) by much of mainstream evangelicalism. Another contributing factor of its further decent into spiritual delusions is the parallel track of rampant charismania.
A primary fruit of CSM and charismania is the love of the self (cf. 2 Timothy 3:2), i.e. falling in love with mankind and striving for a phony unity. The truth is, Satan is after your youth and he’s the one uniting these counterfeit movements into a false social gospel. No Francis Chan, this is definitely not what God wants from us:
- FRANCIS CHAN HAS ENDORSED NEW APOSTOLIC TEACHER MIKE BICKLE
- BETH MOORE AND JOHN PIPER LEAD LECTIO DIVINA-LITE AT PASSION 2012
- FRIENDS OF BETHEL CHURCH, HOME OF JESUS CULTURE
- http://bit.ly/1g1XQ9Q, accessed 1/2/14. ↩
- http://268generation.com/passion2014/story/, accessed 1/2/14. ↩
- Christian apologist Bob DeWaay brings out much of Johnson’s heretical theology in this review: AN INVASION OF ERROR: A REVIEW OF BILL JOHNSON—WHEN HEAVEN INVADES EARTH ↩
- http://new.jesusculture.com/about/, accessed 1/2/14. ↩
- For documentation see: LOUIE GIGLIO, PASSION 2013, AND JESUS CULTURE ↩
- http://www.ihopkc.org/onething/speakers-worship-leaders/, accessed 1/2/14. ↩
- http://bit.ly/1bCbdsO, accessed 1/2/14. ↩
- You’ll find it here: http://bit.ly/JJSncx, accessed 1/2/14. ↩