Calvary Chapel Leader Exhibiting Cult-Like Mentality

Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen warns us to watch out for a highly unbiblical teaching that has wormed its way into the visible Church: Vision-casting.  If what you’re about to hear is taught in the church you attend, it may be time to high-tail it out of there and start looking for another church.  Maples writes:

Vision casting

Pulpit & Pen is no stranger to confrontation when it comes to airing the dirty laundry in the professing Church. We recently covered the danger of Hillsong’s music in the church, and how Hillsong has exhorted its followers, in a cult-like manner, to unite, not around the teachings of Scripture, but around the senior “visionary” of the church, Brian Houston.

Now, One of Calvary Chapel Albuquerque’s pastors, Neil Ortiz, has adopted this theological poppycock, not by expositing the Scriptural text, but expositing a football team. In the video below, he starts out his presentation with an exposition of the success of the 1982 Chicago Bears under the coaching of Mike Ditka.

Equating the senior pastor of a church to Mike Ditka, and the team owner to God, he says,

…now you see, like a sports team such as the Bears, and more specifically for our purposes here our church, Calvary is un-apologetically led by a head coach that we call our senior pastor.  You see, we operate, all of us with this understanding, that God is the team owner. He’s the purchaser and owner of this his church, and that God has appointed our head, coach our senior pastor, to lead us. You see the rest of us are assistant coaches or special teams players. We all play a part but we’re under the leadership of our senior pastor. In fact we believe this so much that it’s one of our Calvary culture axioms. That axiom’s titled “Follow the Leader.” You see, we believe that God has given our senior pastor a vision and direction for ministry and we are called to follow him and to support that work. When that happens we have a chance–we have the opportunity to really win some games for the kingdom of God–to make a difference in this world.

Notice, in his exposition, there is absolutely no mention of Scripture, let alone any exposition of the text to support his claim of “following the leader.”  Continue reading


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