Prasch’s Trash On Calvary Chapel
The video below is Jacob Prasch’s rant on the current Calvary Chapel split.
In this epic bloviation, Prasch claims God told him this fissure was coming and why.
Amazingly, it follows the same narrative that the Calvary Chapel Association is trying desperately to sell, a narrative that is far more fiction than fact.
Perhaps God was just messing with Jacob and he misunderstood, but in any case, we will once again do what too many CC pastors won’t do, which is to point out the lies and demand that Don McClure & Co. repent.
This screed is called a “A Fleet Without A Flagship” and is a long rant against Brian Brodersen.
After denying that he is a “prophet,” Prasch then tells us how he prophesied the coming split after the death of founder Chuck Smith.
After a brief, (but odd) explanation for the “Moses Model” of church governance, Prasch claims he pleaded with Chuck (through Smith’s brother Paul) to raise up a “Joshua” to take over both Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the movement..
Otherwise,” a bad guy with “mal motives” would get control.
This, according Prasch, would be the end of Calvary Chapel as we know it and the end of CCCM as well.
According to Jacob there was no Joshua… instead, there was Brian Brodersen.
It’s obvious Prasch thinks that was icky…
Now let’s deal with some facts.
The facts are that Chuck Smith had every opportunity to keep Brian Brodersen from taking over CCCM.
Even under intense pressure over many years he refused to do so.
Chuck Smith made his choice and I for one believe that Chuck Smith fully understood all the ramifications of that choice.
“The flagship of the fleet has been hijacked!” bellowed Prasch.
No… no it wasn’t.
There was a Joshua, but his name is Brian…
“Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa isn’t even a Calvary Chapel!” roared Jacob in stunning ignorance.
CCCM and thus Brodersen and his board owns the name “Calvary Chapel” and the “dove” symbol.
CCCM is Calvary Chapel and all the other CC’s now use those brand markers by the grace of the trademark holders.
Deal with it, boys.
Jacob (I can’t find my comb) Prasch then lies out loud.
He accuses Brodersen of teaching doctrine in opposition to what Smith taught and of following Rick Warren’s line of thinking to avoid the subject of eschatology.
These are lies.
This is slander.
Brodersen is still teaching classic CC doctrine, you just don’t get an end times enema every time the church is open.
This is the narrative that the CCA has tried to use to defend it’s actions…it’s demonstrably false.
He then lies again repeating that Costa Mesa is not a CC.
If they chose to be, they could legally be the only CC except for those using the name before 1999.
This must be part of a new CCA narrative in which they posit themselves as those who declare who is and isn’t a Calvary Chapel.
They aren’t even a legally registered corporation and if they were, they still own neither the name or the dove.
To make things even stranger, Prasch cites George Bryson as one of his like minded allies…and Bryson was the first to protest that the CCA was not endorsed by Chuck in private.
Next, Jacob (I can’t find my iron, either) Prasch plays Paul Smith’s video where he presents his narrative of how Brodersen stole the church.
What Paul Smith fails to tell you in that video is that Chuck Smith grew so weary of Paul and friends pressure to bounce Brodersen that he was asked to move out of Smith’s home.
Smith and Skip Heitzig gave it their best shot and it was the last shot Smith tolerated.
Prasch then turns his belching toward Greg Laurie.
Greg Laurie doesn’t care.
Greg Laurie has his own board and his own ministry and is far too busy for such drama.
Prasch then claims that there are those in the movement that are into everything from ‘Calvinism to Bill Johnson”.
In conclusion, this is one of the more ridiculous and slanderous attacks on Brodersen yet.
It’s a lot of lies and a lot of garbage.
Prasch claims he predicted all this…as far as I know I’m the only person that has been in print actually documenting the split as it started and then happened.
The reality is that this split is about two things.
One is Brian Brodersen becoming tired of all the abuse over all the years despite making every effort to be conciliatory.
The second is the effort by one man and his friends to take by force what Chuck Smith refused to give him.
That’s very simple…and it is how I see it after all these years and all the people I’ve talked to.
You can believe that or not…but in any case it’s far closer to the truth than this video.