Together 2016: False Unity Amongst False Teachers And Compromisers

TOGETHER 2016 IS NOT A MOVEMENT OF GOD. This is a warning to all Christians who are considering attending or recommending Together 2016, which is coming to Washington, DC on July 16. It is yet another piece of wasted time and effort to organize another “Christian” event that does nothing to advance the TRUTH of God’s word. There will be many popular contemporary Christian artists, pastors and speakers in attendance.

And because of that, this report will hurt some feelings and upset some of you, and hopefully cause you to think carefully- because many of you love to hear some of these Christian music artists, and many of you love to listen to some of the speakers who will be there. And certainly it is true that much of what these people sing and say is very sound. But they must be called out for their deliberate disobedience of Holy Scripture. In these times of great apostasy, there is no good reason to shrink from telling the truth of what is going on, even if you lose some friends. This is very important to understand.

I have not seen a large Christian event in years that has reflected true Christian values and sound doctrine. Why is that? It is because of that word “unity.”

Unity among Christians is certainly important. But the line is drawn in Scripture, over and over again, by Jesus and the apostles, as to who we should fellowship with. When you look at who they are joining up with, the answer is yes. Many of these compromisers are joining with the false religion of Rome, in spite of the fact that Romanism teaches that you can be saved through works, besides many other false teachings. And so therefore we need to heed such Scriptural teachings as:

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? 2 Corinthians 14-16

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Eph. 5:11

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. Romans 16:17

But instead of heeding God’s word, the “Christian” world is coming together towards that one world religion. This coming together often is through these large gatherings of famous speakers and popular contemporary Christian musicians, as a show of “unity” and “love.” The next one is coming on July 16, and it is a collection of heretics, mystics, false teachers, compromisers, and Roman Catholic sympathizers. And the pope will give his blessing to them all!

Those looking for a great revival in the church that will stop all this madness ought to consider the fact that it is not what Scripture says will happen in the last days. So even though we are constantly being bombarded by an endless parade of unbelievable and worsening apostasy, we should not be surprised. But we had better not ignore it! It is what will continue on until Christ returns and takes control of the situation. Paul writes about this in 2 Timothy 3:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

On July 16, at the National Mall in Washington, DC, there will be a gathering of famous names in Christianity. Their stated purpose is “…to come together around Jesus in unified prayer, worship, and a call for catalytic change. We’re coming together with as many people as possible who believe Jesus changes everything.” We hear this call all over the world now, don’t we? They say, “we need to be united in love.” “As long as we believe in Jesus, we can be one.” Roman Catholics must come together with evangelicals, they say, because after all, don’t we both believe that Jesus is the Savior? They have misused scripture such as John 17:21 as a reason for ecumenical hand holding. That scripture says: “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

Let’s be reminded of the criteria Jesus Christ our Lord sets for us, that illustrates true unity amongst Christians. What does Jesus really say about unity? Let’s look at the context of John 17:

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them by YOUR TRUTH. Your word is TRUTH. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified BY THE TRUTH.

True Christian unity cannot be demonstrated by bringing together sound doctrine with unsound doctrine. True unity is evidenced by speaking the TRUTH, and keeping Christ’s commandments. But that is exactly what the ecumenical movement is NOT. It is a movement based on man’s theology, not on sound doctrine as taught in Scripture. Those who live by sound doctrine are commanded in Scripture to avoid those who do not speak the TRUTH.

So now below is a list of those false teachers and compromisers, including the leader of the false Roman Catholic Church, who will be speaking to all these supposed Christian evangelicals. I must say that some of the names on this list used to be solid apologists with sound doctrine, but now they are becoming part of this rapidly apostasizing form of Christianity. Friends, I pray for sound judgment and discernment for all when they first see an announcement of the next gathering of famous artists and speakers. Most likely, it will be a gathering of apostates and false teachers and compromisers who have collected their 30 pieces of silver.

Part 2: The Lineup At Together 2016

Pope Francis: The greatest compromiser perhaps at this event. I cannot even begin to speak here about the errors of this pope in his messages, as well as all other popes before him. Although he will be speaking only by remote video, the fact that the leader of a false religion is part of this event should make it easy for a true believer to stay away at all costs!

The pope
(http://www.piratechristian.com/berean-examiner/2016/6/the-pope-and-hillsong-will-unite-together-2016-in-washington-dc)

Denominational Leaders And Organizations Who Are Joining This Apostate Gathering:

George O. Wood: Assemblies of God Superintendent.
George Wood

Ronnie Floyd: President of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Ronnie Floyd

The 700 Club: This organization has been lacking in discernment for quite some time.  They do not seem to have a representative scheduled, but they have endorsed this event.
(
http://www1.cbn.com/video/700clubinteractive/2016/06/8/700-club-interactive-together-2016-june-8-2016)

Pastors/Evangelists/Apologists:

Ravi Zacharias: A gifted speaker and apologist for Christianity for many years, this great debator has faltered in recent years. In 2014, the compromise showed clearly when he spoke at a gathering of the Mormon church in January. Never once did he distinguish between the real Gospel and the false gospel of the Mormon Church. Opportunity was lost that time, and frankly, opportunity is already lost this time as well- unless he clearly and boldly tell everyone there that fellowship with the Roman Catholic Church is not fellowship with Jesus. Please pray for Ravi Zacharias to repent from coming to this event, and for him to renounce any connections with this false group of ecumenists.
Ravi Zacharias

Nick Hall: founder and chief communicator of PULSE, Hall is the main organizer of this event.
Nick Hall

Luis Palau: This evangelist is very popular, and is heard often on K-Love radio and other venues. A gifted speaker, he nevertheless has been compromising for years, joining with the Roman Catholic church in many of his evangelist gatherings. To him, there is no distinction between Bible-believing Christians and those who believe the heresies of Rome. He has contributed greatly to this deception.
Luis Palau(http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details3.asp?ID=17165)

Ann Voskamp: Voskamp is known to discerning Christians for her bad theology and how she romanticizes her relationship with God. One of her books is One Thousand Gifts, in which she wrote of her “experience” with God and shows her total lack of understanding of who God is. She relies more on “experiencing God” rather than giving attention to God’s word, which is no surprise. She is a false teacher.
Ann Voskamp
(http://www.solasisters.com/2014/05/ann-voskamps-one-thousand-gifts.html)

Josh McDowell: Once a great apologist for Christianity, McDowell now has turned to another gospel, the false gospel of ecumenicalism and unity with Rome.
Josh McDowel(http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/mcdowell/general.htm)

Francis Chan: This pastor is very popular and has done some good things. But he has been compromising also for years, joining up with those from the emergent church movement and with those who promote contemplative spirituality. He has joined with the false IHOP (International House of Prayer) and spoke at their convention, and endorsed their false teachers such as Mike Bickle.
Francis Chan(http://www.thepathoftruth.com/false-teachers/francis-chan.htm)
Lou Engle: An American Charismatic Christian leader, Founder of The Call. Engle is associated with the Dominionist movement. He was featured in the film “Jesus Camp”. He came out of the Kansas City Prophets and Latter Rain movement, and was a senior leader of IHOP (International House of Prayer). IHOP is an organization led by Mike Bickle and is one of the falsest movements around. Engle was at the Azuza Now event earlier in 2016, and he kissed the foot of Roman Catholic leader Calisi, shortly after the priest prostrated at his feet in an act of “reconciliation.”
Lou Engle
(http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/false-prophet-of-new-apostolic-reformation-lou-engle-bows-before-roman-priest-kisses-foot/)

Mark Batterson: Author of The Circle Maker, a book that essentially promotes “Christian witchcraft.” Should any Bible-believing Christian truly accept his teaching that we should be drawing circles on the ground and praying around it like some magic formula? It is utter nonsense, yet many Christians and churches have fallen for it. It is yet another sign of the apostasy coming into the church today.
Mark Batterson
(http://beginningandend.com/the-circle-maker-heresy-witchcraft-in-the-church/)

Tony Evans: Christian pastor and author who is connected with the ecumenical Promise Keepers organization also. His theology is not as sound as one may think, but he clearly has decided that joining with the Roman Catholic sympathizers is a good thing.
Tony Evans

Sammy Rodriguez: NBC/Telemundo called him “America’s most influential Latino Evangelical leader”. Sammy Rodriguez is just another influential leader who has jumped on the “kumbayah” bandwagon.
Samuel Rodriguez

Eric Mason: A pastor, author and church planter in the Southern Baptist Convention who has joined the ecumenical movement.
Eric Mason

Nabeel Quereshi: A global speaker with the Ravi Zacharias Ministries, Nabeel has followed his mentor’s steps and turned to the ecumenical road.
Nabeel Quereshi

The entire evolving lineup of pastors and Christian leaders is listed at the website: http://reset2016.com/confirmed/

 

Contemporary Christian Bands/Artists/Industry Leaders

So much of contemporary Christian music is more bad than good, that it would need another article to discuss that. However, the CCM artists attending this ecumenical love-fest have been joined at the hip with the Roman Catholic Church for years. They have been helping promote this false Christian unity, with no discernment whatsoever. This is the reason I do not buy their music, I refuse to go to their concerts, and I encourage people to save their money and instead spend more time in God’s word. I do not want to be responsible for suggesting that any of these groups and individuals are close to being a solid example of what a Christian testimony should be. So here is the list of “Christian” artists who are selling themselves out for thirty pieces of silver.

Mike Novak, President and CEO of K-Love Radio: This radio station has long gone the way of lack of discernment as to what it plays, and as to what and who it promotes, so it is no surprise that their CEO will be at this gathering. He will fit right in.

(https://truedsicernment.com/2011/01/17/positively-discouraging-k-love

Hillsong United: If any group was to lead “worship” in the one world church, it would be Hillsong United. It is more a business venture to make money, than a venture to exalt God in worship. Just recent examples of their lack of wisdom and discernment should make every Christian throw away all their CDs, and refuse to use their songs in church anymore. It has been called a “breeding ground for false converts”, and rightly so. They preach and sing a false, empty gospel, and explains why it has attracted so many Hollywood types and sports stars over the years. Their churches are a “hip” place to go to, but it is full of a false gospel.

Hillsong has also linked up with Rome, another sign that it is an apostate organization.
Hillsong United(http://pulpitandpen.org/2015/07/30/hillsong-a-breeding-ground-for-false-converts-and-your-church-pays-for-it/)

Michael W. Smith: Has compromised for many years already by linking up with the Roman Catholic Church. On his website, it is typical of some any other ecumenical “Christians.” You will not find anything about his doctrinal beliefs. It is intentional, so that his music is appealing to all areas of Christianity, and so he does not want to offend anyone. That is textbook ecumenicalism, do not offend! He yokes together with Catholics, instead of following God’s clear instructions to “do not be unequally yoked.” His is a non-judgmental kind of Christianity.
Michael W smith(http://www.greatpreachers.org/mw_smith.html)

Crowder: Not only does he perform musically, Crowder is joined at the hip with the Roman Catholic Church as well, and he promotes contemplative mysticism.
Crowder(https://davemosher.wordpress.com/tag/david-crowder/)

 

Some of the Other Compromising “Christian” Artists: By imitating the unsaved world with their hip hop styles and their worldly sounding music and lyrics, many of these artists have naturally slipped into the same compromising positions with the world and with the Roman Catholic Church. Some of the songs are doctrinally sound, but many other songs are not, and could very easily be mistaken for songs performed for Top 40 radio and rock and roll stations. Here are some of the other compromisers, and the entire evolving lineup is listed at the website: http://reset2016.com/confirmed/

Compromisers

 

 

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15 responses to “Together 2016: False Unity Amongst False Teachers And Compromisers

  1. So very sad. Instead of meeting on the mall in Washington we should be meeting in our prayer closets with the Lord. Instead of gathering to hear what men say about God we should be searching His Word to see what He says about Himself.

  2. How sad to read this. I’m nobody but I would not only not accept an invite to attend but would denounce this event for linking up with the apostate Roman Catholic Church. I pray for the Lord to give these men (and women) the courage to stand against this event.

  3. I am shocked, not by the event but by the language of this article. Are you seriously going to say and stand by those comments about the Catholic church?! I have friends who are Catholic and they are more Christlike than most “Christians” I know. Go to I am second.com and listen to Michael W. Smith’s testimony. I am a writer and I have no desire to write in the Christian market, why you ask. . . I want to lead others to Christ not preach to the choir. Sure we need encouragement, but we have a hurting world that needs Christ.

  4. Yes, Andrea, I do stand by every word because it is the truth. I understand that the popular trend is for everyone who claims the name of Christ to want to “unite”, but that is not a biblical imperative. It is opposite of what Scriptures teaches us.

    I have friends who are Catholic also. I have no doubt that there are some born again true Christians among those who are member of the Roman Catholic Church. I would encourage them to leave the Catholic Church, however. Why?

    The Roman Catholic Church teaches a FALSE gospel. It is not the Gospel of the Bible. So Christians have a responsibility to uphold God’s word at all times. Sometimes that means calling out the false teachers, and in this case, also calling out those who would compromise and join hands with those who preach another gospel, another jesus.

    If you can show me through God’s word I am wrong, I am willing to repent. However, God’s word is clear, and I must obey God rather than try to please everybody else. We do have a hurting world- but we also have a hurting Christian church, which is being deceived by this harmful ecumenical philosophy. Not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” are truly God’s sheep. Those who keep His commandments are His sheep. The Roman Catholic Church is a false religion. This is the truth, although it can be hard to hear. I pray that you will seek the truth in Scripture, not the truth written and promoted by man.

  5. The Holy Bible is the only compilation of writings that spans a period of over fifteen hundred years, with approximately forty different writers with various vocations such as prophets, poets, shepherds, scholars, priests, tax collectors, and fishermen. The Bible’s written in different languages, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, neither have there ever been any other book translated into as many languages, or sold as many copies worldwide. From Genesis to Revelations appointed by God who inspired the writers. It has God’s signature all over it, and no other book in the world can make this claim. Paul in his letter to Timothy confirms this truth. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instructions in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3: 16).

    The Bible conveys one consistent message and that is Jesus Christ. All the writers of the Old Testament as well of the New Testament were in one accord free of contradictions of each other and were unchanging in their called intent and purpose. All the writers in the New Testament whether Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul, James, Jude were single-minded in the message of Jesus Christ. They all preached the same message and only one message, that of Jesus Christ. I am not sure the group gathering in DC, July 16, can make that statement or they preach the same gospel and therefore should be avoided.

  6. What about what it says in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
    10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas[b]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

    13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

    I think this is pretty clear about how God feels about division. Satan is out to divide and conquer and when we as Christian’s pull apart others because of legalism we are contributing to the problem. I know that I have left the Nazarene church because of it’s legalistic ways. I don’t see any difference from the book of Mormon, the prayer book of the Catholics, to the Nazarene manual. For me that is adding to God’s word and He didn’t need any help writing the Bible.

  7. This is not about legalism. It is not legalistic to obey what God CLEARLY commands. This is about TRUTH. Biblical TRUTH, which we are commanded to defend vigorously, even with our lives.

    I certainly agree with that Scripture- but you have not taken the entire Scripture in context. It is like you are saying that the Bible teaches us to NOT judge anyone. That is far away from the truth. Jesus does want us to be united- but only in truth, when we agree with the Gospel “once given for the saints”, as Jude exhorts the believers.

    Here is scripture that tells us how to deal when others preach another Gospel and how seriously Jesus and the apostles took this matter of truth and falsehood:

    Romans 16:17 17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

    1 Corinthians 5:11 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

    2 Thessalonians 3:6 6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

    2 Timothy 2:15-18 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.

    And listen to the harsh language Jesus and Paul used. Were they wrong?

    Matthew 23:27 27 “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.”

    Galatians 1:8, 9 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

    For a full reference, see this post I put on the site written by Yomi Adegboye, called Judge Not? I believe that will settle the matter as to whether we ought to call out false teachers and expose those who preach another gospel. I pray you will get understanding in this issue, it is very critical in today’s apostate “Christian” world to defend the truth.

    https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/judge-not/

  8. I agree and disagree. I don’t believe we are called to judge, I believe we are called to hold our brother and sister accountable. God is the only one who can judge the heart. I enjoy these discussions because I learn more. I grew up in the Nazarene church. I was taken home from the hospital on Saturday and dedicated on Sunday. Since becoming an adult I have been working out my salvation with fear and trembling.

  9. Thanks Andrea for your comments. it is clear that we are called to judge, but “judge righteously”. Please read the Judge Not post by Yomi. If you can show me through Scripture that we are not called to judge, I will be convinced. But Scripture tells us otherwise.

  10. If I may add a point of clarification for reformed Nazarene and Andrea:

    You both are using the word ‘judge’ but…..there are at least two meanings here. Andrea, what reformed is trying to do and say is to judge the Doctrine of these folks, their teachings. And also what their teachings are leading them to do and say and be associated with. This is very important. We are called to judge teachings. This is not legalism, but spiritual wisdom. We must make judgments about what we hear, just as we make judgments all throughout life. We cannot live safely in this world either physically or spiritually without making wise judgments. You make judgments all day, at least i hope you do! For instance, some places are not safe to walk alone in, especially at night. Some food that’s been in the back of the fridge for 3 weeks might not be safe to eat, etc. We must make judgments as adults to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Well, this is true also in the spiritual realm and that is why many discerning Christians are speaking and writing to warn about this event.

    On the other hand, as you rightly pointed out, we are not to judge our brothers and sisters – their persons – harshly. We are to show them grace, the same kind of grace that the Lord has shown us. We are to seek to be united in truth, biblical truth. But this is not the same as calling out a false teacher publically and judging their teachings. We must warn fellow Christians not to be a part of a spiritually deceptive teaching or event. Isn’t it loving to care enough about someone’s soul to warn them? Isn’t this what we do when we share the gospel with someone? We care about people’s eternal souls and so we bring them the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ and His death, burial and resurrection for sinners. This “Together” event is potentially damning for hundreds if not thousands of people. Why do I say that? Because potentially many, many people will be deceived into thinking wrong things about the Lord Jesus Christ, wrong things about the true gospel, wrong things about the false religion of Roman Catholicism, and wrong things about unity. If anyone turns from the truth and believes in a false Christ or a false gospel they cannot be saved.

  11. It must be exhausting to be afraid/against so many. Is there anyone left who is “righteous?” Not even one?

  12. It is time that true Christians came together….in the spirit. We are one body and we must think and be and move as one body. You may want to read The Lost Story by Apostle Laura Lee and watch some of her insights on youtube. It clarifies a lot of things.
    There are a lot of orchestrated opposition. Supposed believers who are supposedly exposing fake Christian leaders and it is all staged. They lure the nondiscerning very easily and lure the discerning by acting very upset about how Christians being lured by false or compromising teachers. The future of the church will probably be in private homes with the door closed as it was with the early Christians.

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