Oakland Hijacks The Truth Part 2
Following up on our article reviewing Roger Oaklands piece on “The Hijacking of the Calvary Chapel Movement into the Coming One-World Religion” ;
“Finally, as I conclude this commentary, do you not think there is something wrong in the Calvary Chapel movement? What about Brian Brodersen himself? What about Cheryl Brodersen, Brian’s wife and Chuck Smith’s daughter. Do they echo words of warning about the coming onslaught of ecumenism and the march to the Coming One World Religion? Are the cardinals of Calvary Chapel speaking out? “
“Their silence is deafening”
“Would someone please stand up and uncover who the real wolves are?”
Look in the mirror, Roger.
What really happened in the last years before the death of Chuck Smith is that some in the movement began to understand that the rest of the church was not the enemy.
They began to appreciate the work of scholars and teachers from other traditions.
They began to get a clue that in this new information age they could no longer isolate their congregations from the influence of the rest of the church.
They began to understand the folly of constantly being at odds with everyone without a dove.
The vast majority of them did so without changing one iota of their own beliefs in the “Calvary Distinctives”.
After Smith’s death, the “flagship” in Costa Mesa underwent some needed changes.
The demographics of the church and the community around it have changed drastically in the last forty years…and like it or not, so had the pastor.
The worship and the building were both dated, both were changed.
The doctrine didn’t change.
The emphasis changed.
The constant drumbeat of Rapture based teaching and the “imminent” return of Christ had left people exhausted from the wait.
The eschatology hasn’t changed, the frequency that it’s harped on has.
This doesn’t mean that anyone is headed to Rome or Geneva, it means that in some ways, the movement has grown up a bit.
Brian Brodersen’s greatest problem is that he’s not Chuck Smith…but that doesn’t mean that he’s a heretic or a wolf.
The prophecy crowd has always depended on sliming anyone who wasn’t in lockstep with their apocalyptic visions and in doing so have sinned against some wonderful people of great faith.
I’m glad their numbers are shrinking and their influence waning.
Calvary Chapel still has to address the real issues Chuck Smith left behind, the foremost being accountability for clergy and transparency in governance.
Maybe now that some are not playing pin the tail on the anti-Christ they will have the time to do so…