Friday, February 07, 2014
The Alpha Course:ecumenical enough for Charismatics, Catholics, Reformers, and Heretics
"Alpha is a practical tool inspiring Catholic renewal by answering the call to the New Evangelization, the call of Christ and His Church to "go and make disciples of all nations". Alpha is proven to awaken faith in lapsed Catholics, those on the fringe of parish life and those outside the faith. It gives faithful Catholics a path and a language to fulfill their baptismal call to evangelize. It is a proven method of introducing people to a living relationship, a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Alpha for Catholics uses the original Alpha talks, given by Rev. Nicky Gumbel, an Anglican priest, in a Catholic setting. We encourage the opportunity for guests to celebrate Reconciliation and Eucharist during the retreat. Small group discussion after dinner and the talk is the best opportunity for discussion from a Catholic perspective."
"Alpha for Catholics is a practical introduction to creedal Christianity over a 10 week course....Alpha also serves as a refresher course for practicing Catholics and a point of re-entry for lapsed Catholics."
Ken Silva of Apprising Ministry reports:
In J.I. Packer And Tim Keller Endorsing The Alpha Course here at Apprising Ministries, as far back as two years ago, I attempted to show you that the hyper-charismatic The Alpha Course (TAC)—marred by Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM)—is making another comeback within the mainstream of the visible church.
Another example might be found in John Piper Approves Of The Alpha Course? There I showed you that among the featured speakers for the 2013 Conference for Pastors put on by the Desiring God ministry of John Piper we found Tope Koleoso. Pastor Koleoso is “the lead elder of Jubilee Church,…in London, UK.”1
You may also find it interesting that charismatic blogger Adrian Warnock attends Koleoso’s church.2 And the fact is, Koleoso’s church does promote TAC.....
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And it turns out, as Silva mentions, Tim Keller, a "Reformer" or rather what I call a Reformergent (reformer and emergent), heretic Rick Warren, pagan-friendly Bill Hybels, and heretic Joyce Meyer also endorses this unholy program: