The buzz about the upcoming Passion Manila 2014 is heating up all over the social networks and blogosphere. All churches—mega and mini—will soon be on this bandwagon. This passing fancy attracted 60,000 clapping, screaming and dancing young people at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta last year.
1. LOUIE GIGLIO. While Mark Driscoll is famous for his “I see things” sermon, Giglio is world-famous for his “God spoke to me” pep talk:
How many of you heard the voice of God speak specifically, clearly, directly, and personally, to you? … “God spoke to me.” Don’t let the voice of the darkness, tell you that you are not worth that God would not speak to you. Don’t let him tell you, you don’t matter.
If God doesn’t speak to you regularly in his still, small voice, it only means that God deems you worthless. Other utter nonsense from God’s whispers to Giglio:
Jesus rocks into the moment and the disciples are all in a wad.
God was breathing into the vision.
That verse was birthed in us.
It all has to do with the voice.
I heard a voice intervening into foolishness.
Worship is when we give God His breath back. 1
Then, he tells the ecstatic youth that God can do “immeasurably more” things in their lives. Like what things? Sing more, dance more, hear more of God’s whispers, see more visions? Or proclaim the I-Me-My “message [not gospel] to the world” that “I was dead, and I am alive” (his interpretation of Ezekiel 37’s Valley of Dry Bones). So much for the gospel that Christ died for our sins and was raised for our justification. 2
In the Georgia Dome event, Giglio included the Jesus Culture band, led by Pastrix (woman pastor) Kim Walker-Smith. KWS told of her blasphemous vision of Jesus and God:
all the sudden I see Jesus standing in front of me and He’s reaching for me like this (gestures)—like He wants me to come to Him… Anyways, so, irresistible, I go to Jesus, I fall in His arms… And all the sudden, Jesus puts me down and He starts stretching out his arms. But he was, like, a superhero; and his arms and legs and stuff they’d like stretch out like spaghetti noodles—like forever… And suddenly, I’m standing with Jesus. And just in front of me is God the Father and He’s got a table in front of Him; and He reaches into His heart and He rips this chunk off of His heart, and He throws it on the table. (emphasis added) 3
Reminds me of Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, and all those weirdos at Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Bethel Church in Redding, California, home church of Jesus Culture, prides itself in performing the same signs and wonders that Jesus did, “Every believer is a supernatural minister of the gospel of power… We equip and send the church to carry on the signs and wonders that followed Jesus.”
Click on the Youtube image on the right to watch a portion of the Satanic worship at Bethel Church.
2. DAVID CROWDER. Speaking of how Roman Catholicism is a big influence on him:
Much of the Catholic traditions and writings have been influential in my formation of faith and to be quite contradictory of what was stated earlier, I’ve found much inspiration there. 4
No wonder that Crowder, like Giglio, is another Eastern contemplative mystic:
Let the knowledge of His transcendence bring us back to life. Let it flow like blood to sleeping limbs, and feel them tingle as they awake in awe. Shake life back into your legs and let them carry you running with wind and thunder. Shake life back into your chest and let your heart beat in pounding reverence. Let praise come face to the ground, trembling with life an awareness that we are found by a holy God (on Psalm 29, Praise Habit, p. 70) 5
In fact, Crowder’s Praise Habit refers obliquely to the habit worn by nuns! In its back cover, the spill says, “He might have accidentally stumbled upon the meaning of life” in a Chick-fil-A sandwich! And that meaning is panentheism—God is found in all things.
If He was in a sandwich, where else could He be found? Every moment was becoming holy. Nothing was nonspiritual. This was habitual praise—a perpetually sacred acknowledgment of the Giver of every thing. 6
3. KRISTIAN STANFILL. Ditto. His website says that he is “Someone who would become the first artist added to the venerable roster of sixstepsrecords since its inception, joining the likes of Tomlin, Matt Redman and David Crowder Band.” Heretics all. Biblically-illiterate teen “Christian” musicians.
Going back to the back cover of Crowder’s book, we find this grand statement, “Praise is something we are.”
It’s all about me, not about God. Exactly what Passion Manila 2014 is all about.
And you won’t ever see me there. This year or any other year. But see me at Pasig Covenant Reformed Church every Lord’s Day, if you want true worship of the true Triune God.
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