Saturday, May 22, 2010

Matt Chandler: Charismatic Reformergent

I'm going to push this a little further than Ken Silva did in his piece titled " ACTS 29 PASTOR MATT CHANDLER ON BEING A REFORMED CHARISMATIC" and show something interesting. Chandler, as I have stated in previous posts, is a Reformergent (much to the chagrin of his suporters). His Charismaticism blends well with ECM because both are mystical, both are man-centered, and both have low view of God.
As Robert Morey once said:

"Just because someone says, “I believe in sola scriptura,” does not mean he really believes in it. If he elsewhere says that the Bible is not the final authority in faith and practice, he has denied in substance what he supposedly affirmed as a slogan. Heretics have always done this. What they affirm with the right hand is what they deny with the left hand. It does not matter what doctrine is at stake."

He's right. This is exactly what Jude and Peter warned about when they said there would be false teachers who "secretly creep in among you", who will "secretly bring in destructive heresie" and are "hidden reefs among your love feasts". "Secretly" "hidden" and "creep" are key words here. They say enough "right" things to not be immediately detected, but eventually they are found out, for God makes that happen. They do not announce themselves as "heretics" or hirelings or false brothers.

More recent problems with Chandler, is as follows:

Chandler is also part of the Ecumenical Saddleback Conversation.

He is part of the ECM scene: Missionshift conference and Exponential 10

Go to my research here where I show more of what I call Reformergence (blending Reformed theology with Emergent Church Movement theology and practice).

The problem with the Charismatic movement(CM) is that not only is it unbiblical, but it denies several biblical doctrines that Calvinists claim they believe, such as Sola Scriptura,that God speaks now only through His Word and not giving more revelations (the canon of Scripture is closed). The Charismatic movement and its theology have a high view of man and a low view of God. At its very heart is Arminian theology. It also has occultic practices. Its also very feministic, contrary to Scripture which does not allow for women to teach men nor have authority over them in the church. But then, all these things of the CM is really in line with the Emergent Church Movement (ECM). Experience, not biblical Truth determine what they believe. Women can teach men in church. God still speaks. There's a huge lack of discernment and spiritual maturity in both the ECM and the CM, precisely because their view of God and His Word are way too low. They are fleshly, worldly, and are hostile to the purity of the Truth of Scripture.

Which is why so many can't let go of their magisterium mentality or "touch not God's anoint" (whether Charismatic or Reformed). Instead of loyalty to Christ, their loyalty is to men who failed the test of Scripture. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, as is justification.

1 comment:

Weston & Francey said...

what occultic practices does The Village Church partake in? & I am not sure but I think Matt Chandler has separated himself from Rob Bell. & I don't think there are women preaching to men at The Village. I think the conferences that you are speaking of that have women at them, I think that setting is different than a "church" type setting. Just food for thought.