The Trojan Horse Speaks
I have been inundated with copies of an email blast that George Bryson sent out to a number of Calvary Chapel pastors.
By clicking on the link above you can read the entire text.
Because I was prominently noted in the article and that noting included no small misrepresentation of my motivations, I’ll attempt to answer it here
“Pastor Chuck has spoken clearly, repeatedly and emphatically about the issues of which my Email Articles are concerned. There would not be a need to write these Stay the Course articles if there were not some outside Calvary Chapel (i.e., the Trojan Horse folks) and inside Calvary Chapel (i.e., the Fifth Column folks) calling and working for a change in direction and doctrine for the Calvary Chapel movement.”
First of all, let me agree with Bryson.
Chuck Smith has made it clear that he agrees with Bryson about the issues that George is writing about.
Those who want to believe otherwise are delusional.
Now as to what I’m “working for”… I couldn’t care less about the doctrinal stance of CC.
My goal is not to stealthily introduce Calvinism as a sort of germ that will spread like either a disease or a vaccination depending on your point of view.
If Calvary Chapel wants to have an Arminian statement of faith that is not my concern, any more than pushing Acts 29 to be Arminian is.
The only directional change that I am truly interested in is some sort of movement wide accountability standards.
An added bonus would be to see the hostility ended between traditional CC’s and the greater body of Christ and the parochialism that has marked much of the last twenty years of the movement.
“For example, outside Calvary Chapel there is a blog (frequented by some Calvary Chapel pastors) dedicated to bringing about the kinds of changes that the anti-Chuck lead blogger on that blog says Calvary Chapel must undergo to satisfy him.”
First, thank you for the recognition that CC pastors do indeed read this blog.
Second, let’s talk about being “anti-Chuck”.
I do have large issues with how Chuck Smith has led this movement that I written about extensively.
The way he is handling the current conflict is one of those issues.
That does not mean I’m opposed to him as a person or as a brother in the body of Christ.
Third, I’m not sure that anyone does or should care about what satisfies me unless it impacts the greater body of Christ.
Those are the issues I try to address.
“While he considers himself a Calvinist, his understanding of Calvinism seems to be in transition.”
The true Calvinist is always reforming, George.
“Regardless he sees me as a blue meanie for my intransigence and misguided/hard-hearted ways because I am trying to keep Calvinists from becoming Calvary Chapel pastors and Calvary Chapel pastors from becoming Calvinists.”
Not really. Few of my friends or readers would self identify as Calvinists and we get along quite well. As I stated earlier, the doctrinal stance of CC is beyond my pay grade.
My disputes with Bryson are well known and regrettable, but they have nothing to do with this situation.
The rest of the article serves (to me) as confirmation of the conflict that I wrote about last week and was roundly criticized for by some here.
The unnamed CCA board member that Bryson keeps referring to is Brian Broderson.
It’s rather obvious that Bryson doesn’t accept Broderson as the successor to Chuck Smith either at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa or as a prominent member of the new CCA.
To George, this is a “Reformed friendly” vs. “anti-Reformed issue”.
To my knowledge, Broderson has never been pro-Reformed, nor does he have any Reformed leanings that I’m aware of.
He is not, however, overtly hostile to those with such leanings and seems to enjoy fellowship across doctrinal lines.
I don’t believe that the real issues here are about Calvinism.
They are about who is going to lead Calvary Chapel now and in the future.
Many inside the movement believed that to be settled with the formation of the CCA…but as George notes, that is anything but settled.
That…was my point to begin with.
This is the video Bryson refers to;
I will put my article that was referred to in the comments section.