The following is a very important article for pastors as well as all Christians. What we are seeing in the church today is nothing less than a gigantic postmodern paradigm shift in Christianity. We must remember that our first and last line of defense is the Word of God. Nothing less will suffice to keep the Christian believer on track. May every Christian who reads this take heed!
On September 16th, Lighthouse Trails issued a report titled "Bob Coy Joins Contemplative Promoters Rick Warren and John Ortberg for Conference." On October 12th in a telephone conversation, personnel at the Crown Financial Ministries office (the major sponsor for the event) said that originally Bob Coy was scheduled to be physically present at the conference, but plans had changed for undisclosed reasons and while he would still be participating in the event, he would be addressing the audience through a videotaped session instead.
Coy's church, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, has been carrying and selling books by several contemplatives and/or emergents (see examples below), including material by Rick Warren. This has resulted in people contacting Lighthouse Trails with concerns and confusion because of Calvary Chapel's statements last year (see recall notice and position paper) that denounced both Purpose Driven and the emerging church. Since then, Calvary Chapel's founding pastor, Chuck Smith has spoken on the pulpit and on the radio on several occasions against both contemplative spirituality and the emerging church.
NOTE: The rest of this article addresses good and bad things that are happening in the Calvary Chapel movement and many denominations. We encourage you to read this article in its entirety.