This might be slightly old news, but I am bringing it up again because it seems that Chuck Smith (Calvary Chapel) is an ‘untouchable’. Everything he does wrong, that goes against the Bible and being a Christian, when it is exposed, no matter what he does gets swept under the carpet. Well that time has come to an end.
In 2006, Chuck Smith denounced the teachings of Rick Warren:
“The teachings and positions of Rick Warren have come into conflict with us at Calvary Chapel. Pastor Chuck has directed us to discontinue this product [Purpose Driven Life] effective immediately.” — http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/recall.htm
In 2009 Chuck Smith introduced Rick Warren as “my good friend who pastors Saddleback Church“ at a Calvary Chapel’s 20-year anniversary called “Harvest Crusade” (16 Aug 09). Chuck Smith asked Rick Warren to lead in prayer.
See from 3:16 minutes onward:
Watch the full video here: http://www.harvest.org/crusades/2009/anaheim/webcast/player.php?id=136
Chuck Smith’s response to a caller regarding sharing a platform with Rick Warren the next day on the Pastor’s Perspective radio show: [K-WAVE.org click on Podcasts, then 17 Aug 2009]
Caller’s (John’s) Question: Should pastors share a platform at an evangelical event with someone who typifies the Emergent Church, a minister?
Smith: [chuckle] That’s difficult, John, because, you know, you might say in a sense that last night I was on the platform with a minister that they say that he is a part of the Emergent Church, that he has, you know, sort of a different emphasis in his ministry, more of a social emphasis on what the church should be doing socially for people rather than the spiritual emphasis, and so I was on the platform with him but, you know, I think that it would be divisive. Now the man, I’m convinced, loves the Lord, has a large church, and is, you know, feels that he is called of God to really deal with the social problems of our world today. Now it could be that God IS calling him to that, but that isn’t why God has called ME to do and so, but I can still look at him as a brother in Christ – he believes that Jesus died for our sins and he just has a different emphsis as far as what he feels should be the priority of the church today..
We were both invited to be there but we were on the platform together, sat next to each other, and he is a brother in Christ, and so I didn’t really have any real problem with sharing, being on the same program together with him. [Emphasis added]
Firstly, Rick Warren deals with people on a spiritual basis. When ever you speak about the gospel you ARE dealing with people on a spiritual basis. Rick Warren as far as I am concerned has managed to single handedly destroy the church with his Purpose Driven Drivel. But Chuck Smith can’t see that. He saw it in 2006 (apparently) and then changed his mind in 2009. But is it really that odd that Chuck Smith would hang with an Emergent such as Rick Warren? Well not really, because we are in the end times, and the great apostasy.
Stay tuned for more on Chuck Smith