Few would disagree that Willow Creek Community Church has been one of the most influential churches in America over the last thirty years. The church and pastor have impacted every evangelical church in the country.
A year ago Willow Creek’s Pastor Bill Hybels admitted that the “seeker-sensitive” approach he had helped spread across the country had not been very effective at Willow Creek. In one interview here, he states that the church will now target people at all levels of faith. Well, that was an admission many of us were pleased about. The obvious question was, what would the new approach be? One thing was obvious: His leadership summits have not changed one whit.
I have followed his annual leadership conferences. Guest speakers have always been problematic — such as Jimmy Carter, and this year is no exception. Would not a “leadership conference” be training people how to be Christian leaders in the ways of faith? Or to equip attendees to help other believers grow in their faith as a result of some the information presented at this event? Apparently not.
As this is written, the 2009 conference is assembling to hear from Tony Blair. What’s wrong with this picture? Blair is one of the chief players on the globalistic, one-world religion agenda. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation screams “unity” with every sentence, and not biblical unity. Blair states, “God’s Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. Be very wary of people who think theirs is the only way.”
Members of his board include a Zen Buddhist, a Hindu from Minnesota, an Anglican, Rick Warren, a Rabbi, and others. A goal is to “heal the divisiveness in the world.” This feeds into the end-time ecumenical effort predicted in the Bible.
Just as troubling is the appearance of rock star Bono. His U2 band was blatantly Satanic. Thanks to Good Fight Ministries, you can go to this link and type in the word Bono or U2. Bono is seen holding an upside down cross and singing praises to Charles Manson with the song Helter Skelter. Did Bono have a conversion experience? If he did, he has not changed the name of his music affiliation, which remains U2 from the days of blatant Satanism.
His efforts are directed at social change and he, too, is trying to build a bridge to all faiths. Bono says, “Look, on the God thing, I have to be really careful because I’m not a very good advertisement. I don’t want you to sit there and say I’m a man of faith. I just read in one of St. Paul’s letters, where it describes all the fruits of the spirit, I realized I had none of them.”
He also states, “I stopped going to churches and got into a different religion. That’s what being a rock-and-roll band is: Showbiz, shamanism, and music is worship.”
U2'S 2005 Vertigo tour promoted Bono’s New Age, all-faith agenda. The word ‘COEXIST’ appeared on a giant screen — the ‘c’ represented by the Islamic crescent, the ‘x’ by the Star of David, and the ‘t’ by the Christian cross. Then the big screen displayed the favorite mantra/lie of the Emergent/New Age Church, “Everything you know is wrong.” Bono led the audience in a chant, “Jesus, Jew, Mohammed — all true!”
How will attendees grow spiritually or grow in leadership skills from Bono?
Some other speakers at this supposed evangelical leadership conference going on this week include a gal who was the number one business thinker in 2008 according to the Wall Street Journal; Fortune Magazine’s “most powerful woman in business”; and a businesswoman who is a regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey program. You can find most of the speakers here.
How does this further the Kingdom of God today? If this were being put on by the National Council of Churches, I would get it! But Hybels is an evangelical icon even if it is the “evangelical Left.” And it would be proper to ask, why does evangelicalism even have a Left? It did not until 20 years ago. Will these speakers spur the attendees on to share their faith with greater zeal? And why is Hybels subjecting his people to some potential sheep-stealing from some of these characters? Probably because the ecumenical effort is big on his agenda as well. Yet tens of thousands of churches are connected to his network.
Pastor Bill Hybels should know better. Other evangelical leaders need to speak up and stop the potential slaughter of some sheep. The hour is too late to spend several days each summer listening to fools.
Awaiting His return,
Don't be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what communion has light with darkness? What agreement has Messiah with Beliya`al? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people." Therefore, "'Come out from among them, and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you. I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
For certain men have crept in unawares, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, changing the grace of our God into licentiousness and denying the only Master God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)
During the week we received a YouTube link for a video presently receiving wide applause from professing believers. The video, while purporting to praise God, actually blasphemes Him and serves only to peddle Seeker Sensitive stooge Bill Hybel's globalist agenda. We have included that video at the end of this introduction.
Basically the video, entitled 'A Thousand Questions', is a promo for Willow Creek's Leadership Summit 2009 - a symposium on man-ipulated Church Growth techniques and worse. It features a young female film maker capturing people in their everyday struggles and pains. It begins with a clear and absurd insinuation that God the Father created man because He was lonely (a "lonesome ache" as the narrative puts it). It is completely human-centric. It gives a non-descript presentation of the Fall of man and violates the second commandment in its depiction of the crucifixion. During this audio-tedious presentation, the woman, presumably a believer, questions 'God's' effectiveness and love for humanity because of all of the heartache and suffering she has observed. "
"So where is it?", she squawks... "I don't see it. I don't git it. The fulfillment of the promise down here in the middle of the fear. What hope can remain in the depth of this pain, I don't see it. The Earth is groaning night and day, a song of human slavery, of dark disease and poverty. Of children in captivity, god, that's the sound that comes to me. Are you still far away on high? Still staring out at that empty sky? Still reaching out with that longing hand? I hear no Voice and I don't understand. I know about theology. I know you gave your Son for me. [agitated] I know you're wrapped in mystery. I git invisibility, but I still see their misery. I hear their voices haunting me saying, who will come and set us free, who will come and set us free, who will come and set us free?"
Such questions are completely understandable for one who does not know the Lord or His plans, and completely illogical for the believer to ponder for they know well the outworking of sin and the damage left in its wake. That said, who of us on occasion have not pondered such thoughts? To question disparity between what we see and what we believe is not uncommon or even sinful. To raise our puny hands and voices in anger to the Sovereign Creator however most certainly is!
What is imperative to understand here is Bill Hybel's objectives and skewed worldview. When such is examined and comprehended, this seemingly innocuous video takes on a whole new degree of sinister. On the surface the video appears, for all intents and purposes, ostensibly genuine in its seeking questions... but in reality it is a ruse. Hybels is appealing to mankind's greatest quandary and then offers his solution. This is the Hegelian Dialectic process at work. Theses: Obvious problem: Global Grief, Antitheses: An emasculated God needing permission to intervene in human affairs, Synthesis: Only an Intercessor, namely the Church can solve mankind's malady. You see, according to Hybels, it is the Church and not the Saviour which is to set such captives free.
Hybel's Seeker spin completely misses the point.
God is not like us. (Psalm 50:21)
He does not Think or act like us. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Believers walk by faith, not by sight; (2 Corinthians 5:7)
God - Yahweh, is not absent or out of control of His creation, nor is He indifferent to its suffering - (Isaiah 53:3)
After the video's verbal tirade comes the punch line... a multicultural "Send me". According to Hybels, the 'Church' is to 'go' and do something in God's stead. The video is ambiguous in its message other than the extension of earthly benevolence to the downtrodden masses. The viewer is left to wonder exactly what the 'Church' is to do when it does 'go'. One thing is for sure, it is NOT to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom because Hybel's Seeker Sensitive model does NOT do that. Seeker Sensitivity, as we have pointed out at great length, is compromise incorporated, completely absurd and absolutely unscriptural.
The video's basic premise is that God needs our help to do His will on Earth. In Hybel's estimation (whether he realises it or not) God the Father is emasculated and at the behest of His creation. This is the same blasphemous tripe peddled by Dominionists the world over. Yahweh does not need our help - He demands our faithfulness and obedience. Yes, of course believers are to be benevolent, empathetic, sympathetic and compassionate to those in this hurting world, but that is not the Christian commission. I know I speak for thousands when I say that I have been better treated by unbelievers in some of my darkest hours than I have by those who claim to be of the household of faith. Human compassion for the hurting, while commendable, is not the Great Commission - preaching (not sharing) the Gospel of the Kingdom is. And that includes the unpopular and seeker INsensitive exposure of the depravity of sinful man's condition, his need for salvation and the only means by which that salvation is obtained - through Yahshua, not the Church. Hybel's popular model embraced by 'churches' all over the world fails miserably in each of these points.
Hybel's message is clear.. in fact he has stated it personally... that "the world's only hope is the Church". What absolute garbage! The only hope for the world is the Saviour Yahshua.
Hybels, along with those who endorse his vision and strategies for church growth are completely wrong. His Leadership Summits featuring an a-whoring of professing believers, One World Religion proponents and satanist U2 front man Bono, will serve nothing but to further leaven Hybel's already mouldy lump.
Now armed with the knowledge of Hybel's concealed agenda you can critically view his Leadership Summit video below....
So why should Hybel's Willow Creek Leadership Summit 2009 concern Australian Church goers you may well ask? Given the Australian Christian Church's (ACC) (and others) unequivocal support of Bill Hybels method of 'doing' and 'growing' church, their obvious embrace of ecumenicalism arising to the long prophesied one world religion, and their collective obsession with importing its ensuing apostasy here, the warning must be strongly and unceasingly given.
Consider these 3 questions...
Is your fellowship Seeker Sensitive?
Is your church leadership attending Hybel's Summit either in person or online?
Is your church supportive of his Summit?
If you answered yes to any of the above, your church is already on the same wide road as Hybel's and you need to get OUT friend!