Dr. R Albert Mohler
Every year John Macarthur invites Dr. R. Albert Mohler to be a keynote speaker at the GCC Pastors’ Conference. Dr. Mohler is greatly respected and sometimes quoted by GCC pastors in their sermons. Since John Macarthur invites Dr. Mohler to speak at his church, most Christians would assume he’s a true Christian. Let me give some information regarding Dr. Mohler.
Dr. Mohler is the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; he is a member of the Board of Directors of “Focus on the Family;” and he has served as the chairman of the Billy Graham Crusades. According to his website bio, Dr. Mohler hosts a national radio program, “The Albert Mohler Program,” and has been listed in a Time magazine cover story as one of its “50 for the Future” evangelicals. Widely sought as a columnist and commentator, Dr. Mohler has been quoted by the N.Y. Times, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today and the Washington Post, among others. He’s appeared on many national news programs such as the “Today Show”, “Dateline NBC” and “The News Hour with Jim Leher.” Clearly, he has a close relationship with the Satanic press.
Let’s now focus on another of Dr. Mohler’s associations; an association that has been left out of his website bio. Dr. Mohler is a Founding Fellow of the Research Institute (think tank) of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC is the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Why is this information noteworthy? Because the ERLC is a non-governmental organization (NGO) listed with the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI).
It can be seen that Dr. Mohler is a Founding Fellow of the ERLC by going to http://www.erlc.com/ and by clicking on “The Institute” at the top, then clicking on “Research Institute Fellows” near the bottom left of the page. One can see that the ERLC is a UN-NGO on the UNESCO website (www.un.org/ecosoc/). Click on “NGO Participation” and type in ERLC.
The ERLC of the SBC is a UN-NGO. What does it mean that the ERLC partners with the UN as an NGO? What are the criteria for NGO’s to be granted this status? The following are just a few of the criteria taken from UN Resolution 1996/31: “The NGO must support the principles of the Charter of the UN.” “The NGO must have a clear mission statement that is consistent with those principles.” “The NGO must have a satisfactory record of collaboration with the UN prior to association.” “The NGO must promote the initiatives and programmes, disseminate information and mobilize public opinion in support of the UN.” “The NGO must provide the UN with an audited annual financial statement.” And “the NGO must promote knowledge of the principles and activities of the UN.” (“Arrangements for Consultation with Non-Governmental Organizations“) This document makes it clear that no organization can be granted this status by the UN by accident. To be granted this status, an organization must agree with the UN and its one-world agenda.
Since all NGO’s must be in agreement with the UN agenda, and since that agenda includes the destruction of biblical Christianity and the creation of Satan’s one-world government with the emergence of the anti-Christ, one wouldn’t expect to find any church denominations with NGO status. But expectations can be wrong. The amazing fact is that many, if not all, of the major church denominations have been granted NGO status by the UN, and therefore, are all on board with the UN anti-Christ agenda. To give one example of this, years ago, I was urged to “trick or treat for UNICEF” (United Nations Children’s Fund) by the local United Methodist Church. The UMC serves the UN agenda as an NGO. This church/NGO encouraged “trick or treating” because it helped finance UNICEF.
The president of the ERLC and Dr. Mohler’s superior at the ERLC is Dr. Richard Land. Dr. Land is also a Founding Fellow of the Research Institute of the ERLC. Dr. Land was recently appointed to a second term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by President Bush. In 2005, Dr. Land was featured in Time magazine as one of “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.” According to the ERLC website, more than 1.5 million people tune in weekly for the “For Faith and Family” broadcast ministry to hear Dr. Land speak on the social, ethical, and public policy issues facing our country. Dr. Land once told the SBC trustees that “there is nothing being done in the SBC that is more important than what is being done at the ERLC.”
Two years ago, it was stated on the ERLC’s “For Faith and Family” website [it’s since been changed] under “about us” that the Research Institute “brings together some of the brightest minds in the country to develop strategies for transforming the culture.” At the top of the opening page of the ERLC’s website under the “For Faith and Family” logo, it stated, “Transforming America.”
The ERLC publishes a magazine called “Faith & Family Values.” On the back cover of the July-August 2005 issue is an advertisement for Dr. Land’s book, “Imagine a God blessed America” (2006). The ad states, “Imagine an America…Where more Christians are radical change agents. Where people are liberated from the cult of self, and instead committed to the common good.” The ad goes on to say, “Dr. Richard Land, named one of ‘The Top 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America’ by Time magazine in 2005, boldly casts this compelling and inspiring vision, declaring that real change is possible…”
Dr. Land wants Christians to be “radical change agents committed to the common good.” This is clearly the language of Communitarianism and the dialectic process. A change agent’s purpose is to get others to compromise their Biblically-held truths for the “common good.” Like Tom Patton, the former Guild pastor, Dr. Land also “boldly casts” this “vision.”
According to the article, “Southern Baptist Leaders Claim Ties to Council on Foreign Relations,” by Bob Allen, written 11-30-06, Richard Land is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). 129. “Richard Land, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Rick Warren, a mega-church pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life, are on record as belonging to the Council on Foreign Relations.” This very disturbing fact, if true, hasn’t prevented John Macarthur from inviting Richard Land’s close associate, Al Mohler, into his church every year. Recall that John Todd stated that all members of the CFR believe that Lucifer is god supreme.
According to an article written by the Baptist Press 10-01-08, Richard Land is calling for “bridges of understanding” to solve the conflicts between the U.S. and Muslim communities. 130. To facilitate these bridges of understanding, Land, along with Madeleine Albright, are listed among members of the U.S. Muslim Engagement Project’s 33-member leadership group (33 is an important number in Free Masonry). This group “was supported in its work by Search for Common Ground and the Consensus Building Institute.” Are Christians called to find common ground and to reach consensus with Muslims? According to the article, the leadership group’s plans were lauded by Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
The Research Institute of the ERLC is located at Leland House on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. The Institute’s director is Dr. Barrett Duke, Jr. During a phone conversation with a gentleman at Leland House, I was told that ALL the Research Institute Fellows (Dr. Mohler included) were dedicated to fulfilling the principles of the Charter of the UN. This fact can be assumed because, naturally, a fellow of a UN-NGO would be dedicated to the UN Charter.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC is a front organization for the UN. This fact raises the following question: how can the SBC leaders claim to be opposed to the “globalist/one-world agenda” when they are, as a UN-NGO, dedicated to fulfilling this agenda? This right-wing, conservative Christian image that is put forth by the SBC/ERLC is clearly contradicted by solid evidence that the SBC/ERLC is working with the UN. “How can an organization advocate for the right, when they’re connected to the UN? Why do organizations which seem in opposition to each other have secret connections? The answer is to be found in the dialectical process; for those who would be enemies have now found ‘common ground.’ This is about synthesizing the far right with the far left into a ‘third way.’” (The Third Way: Politics of the Radical Center) It appears that John Macarthur has also now found common ground with Christ’s enemies.
Those who cite Dr. Mohler’s firing of liberals at Southern Seminary as evidence that he must be a “true brother in Christ” fail to understand that in creating a “conservative renaissance at the SBC,” they have created a successful “front” organization; for a successful front organization will have a label or an appearance that is to the far extreme of what the organization really does. This is why Communist front organizations are called “People for the American Way” or “Students for a Democratic Society.” If the SBC had a “left-wing” label or appearance, then it couldn’t draw the Christian, right-wing community into globalism.
This type of deception is called a “controlled opposition.” According to Barbara Aho, “In this deception, the perception is created that someone is out there fighting for conservative Christianity. This person gains the trust of Christians and then diverts their energy in another direction. Christians may think that someone is fighting their fight when, in fact, no conservative Christian agenda is being advanced. Because right wing front groups are created to deceive and to manipulate conservative Christianity, it’s important that Christians look beyond the outward appearance of organizations that profess to be Christian in order to evaluate their true agenda; for it is the goal of change agents within pseudo-Christian organizations to synthesize Christians with the world.”
Dr. Mohler is also a board member of “Focus on the Family.” FOTF is a highly ecumenical organization led by the psychologist, James Dobson. FOTF is also a UN-NGO with special consultative status listed with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). (One can see that FOTF is dedicated to the UN agenda by going to the UN-Geneva website at http://www.unog.ch/.) Therefore, Dr. Mohler holds leadership positions in at least 2 NGO’s that serve the UN’s anti-Christ, one-world agenda. But this hasn’t stopped John Macarthur from inviting him into his church and pulpit every year.
“In 1989 Focus on the Family vice president Rolf Zettersten testified: ‘One of the striking first impressions I had when I came to Focus on the Family seven years ago was the diversity of denominations represented by my co-workers’ (Focus on the Family, December 1988). He said: ‘I joined the Nazarenes, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Charismatics (& many other denominations) who had cast their theological distinctives aside in order to achieve a common objective—to help families.’” 131. Diversity setting aside their differences to focus on a common issue is the synthesis phase of the dialectic process. To always be in this synthesis phase is “life-long learning.”
Dr. Mohler has been Chairman of a Billy Graham Crusade. According to David Cloud, “On May 3, 2001, the Baptist Press ran an article entitled “Hundreds of Southern Students Prepare for Graham Crusade.” R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of Southern Seminary, served as the chairman of Graham’s crusade. He told the Baptist Press, ‘Nothing else has brought together the kind of ethnic and racial and denominational inclusivity as is represented in this crusade; nothing in my experience and nothing in the recent history of Louisville has brought together such a group of committed Christians for one purpose.’” Dr. Mohler is talking about pastors coming together from diverse backgrounds and setting aside their differences for a common purpose. This is the synthesis phase of the dialectic process.
I was told by the GCC staff that all questions directed to Dr. Mohler at the Pastors’ Conference would be pre-screened. For a $325 admission fee, I wouldn’t be allowed to ask a question of Dr. Mohler without it being approved. I know that John Macarthur and the GCC elders and pastors are aware of Dr. Mohler’s UN connections (I have told them). They don’t want his UN connections exposed. Why? Is it because the exposure would hinder John Macarthur’s ecumenical objectives?
John Macarthur is disobedient to the Biblical doctrine of separation and his elders and pastors seem to be in the business of justifying that disobedience. At the 2005 pastors’ conference, Phil Johnson gave a talk entitled “Dead Right: The Failure of Fundamentalism.” In that talk, Mr. Johnson attempted to justify inviting Dr. Mohler to the Shepherds’ Conference. Mr. Johnson stated, ‘Billy Graham refuses to practice separation from Roman Catholics and liberals. OK, we won’t participate in his crusades. But Al Mohler once participated in a Billy Graham Crusade. Are we therefore obliged to separate from Al Mohler? Now you’re into the third degree of separation. And since we haven’t broken fellowship with Mohler, are fundamentalists required to separate from John Macarthur and everyone who associates with him? See how quickly we get to fourth and fifth-degree separation? But that is exactly the way separation works in the modern fundamentalist movement. Seriously, a fundamentalist friend told me that the main reason he could never attend a Shepherds’ Conference or have anything to do with John Macarthur is because Macarthur hasn’t broken fellowship with Al Mohler, and Mohler has a connection to Billy Graham, and therefore Macarthur is not a truly separated man.”
Regarding Mr. Johnson’s statement that GCC won’t participate in Graham’s crusades because Graham won’t separate from Catholics and liberals, the following question could be asked: Billy Graham openly denies Biblical doctrine; why isn’t that the reason GCC won’t participate in his crusades? Mr. Johnson then questions why GCC should be separate from Dr. Mohler. After all, he states, “Al Mohler once participated in a Billy Graham crusade” and “Mohler has a connection to Graham.” Why does Mr. Johnson try to give the impression that Al Mohler “once participated” in a Billy Graham crusade or that Al Mohler has “a connection” to Graham when Dr. Mohler’s participation in the Billy Graham crusade was in the capacity of Chairman?! According to Mr. Johnson, GCC will separate from Graham because he is connected to Catholics and liberals; yet, the GCC elders and pastors, knowing that Dr. Mohler is connected to the United Nations, won’t separate from him. Why?
Dr. Mark Dever
Another man invited by John Macarthur to be a keynote speaker at the GCC Pastors’ Conference is Dr. Mark Dever. Dr. Dever is a director of The Alliance for Confessing Evangelicals and a trustee of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) in Washington, D.C. and is the executive director of 9Marks Ministries. Dr. Al Mohler has praised his fellow Southern Baptist, Dr. Dever, by calling him “One of the most faithful and insightful pastors of our time.”
The CHBC website states that the CHBC is “A Southern Baptist church since its founding… CHBC is in friendly cooperation with the causes of the SBC.” The symbol for CHBC includes a “shield cross.” The “shield cross” is a Masonic symbol. 132.
CHBC is a transformational ministry employing small groups. “We know that ministry is about transforming people and building Godly communities through the gospel.” Once a year CHBC “lay[s] out our overall vision for small groups.” “Small groups…[is] the context for facilitating discipleship relationships.” They expect “small group leaders” to “facilitate discipling relationships” and “be willing to create an open culture, and accept new members.” “We recognize the benefits single-sex groups can have in facilitating a healthy vulnerability and accountability…” Their small group leaders are trained on “how to build community” and “how to raise up new leaders.” “…most of our groups are ‘general community groups’ so that every group looks more like a microcosm of the whole church. We want the culture of the whole to be reflected in the parts.” They want their readers to “catch a vision” for what the next generation of pastors might look like. “Those who only learn ministry in the classroom often do not catch the vision of entrusting the ministry to others.” CHBC “seeks a healthy corporate life for churches across the world.”
CHBC financially supports Access Partners. Mark Dever stated, “CHBC supports Access Partners because they provide us with an important service.” What is this service? The Access Partners website states, “Access Partners develops businesses that facilitate church planting in locations least reached by the gospel.” Access Partners wants people to “consider joining us in this mission of change.”
Communitarianism involves developing a sustainable church-business-government partnership. Access Partners stresses “the importance of business in church planting strategy” because “it became evident that business was increasingly the only way of bringing the gospel to those who had not heard…” Therefore, their church planting teams are now setting up “kingdom businesses.” Access Partners states, “…on the world stage, two events are happening: the need for new access strategies [accessing countries] and business as a means for sustainable international development. This is where our part begins.” Access Partners wants to create businesses “that both contribute to a country’s economy and provide sustainability and credibility for those wishing to advance the gospel in that country.” A missionary team is provided “credibility” by operating a business? What is the nature of this “missionary work” taking place under the cover of business?
“Access Partners functions within a strategy that we and others call Business as Mission (BAM).” Access Partners states, “Like any business, these companies need capital to get started. We are building a network of ‘Kingdom Investors’” who will fund “these ‘Great Commission Companies.’” “In 2004, the Lausanne Movement…writes in their Business as Mission Manifesto that BAM ‘is about business with a Kingdom of God perspective, purpose, and impact…’” Access Partners wants to “implement sustainable [business] models” that will “take into consideration the community’s benefit. We want these businesses to be a blessing to the cities they serve.” “We are blessed to work within a network of like-minded organizations.”
Dr. Dever has written a book entitled “Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.” Though I have not read this book, I have read an article written by Dr. Dever on his website entitled “How to change your church.” The first sentence of this article states, “Change is necessary.” This statement is a declared paradigm shift and basically a declaration of war against God. Dr. Dever goes on to say, “How to change? We must lead our churches to change, and yet we must realize that such change will often be difficult. Even if the change you envision is right, there is still further question of whether the time is right for that change.” The article goes on to say, “With almost any group of several score or larger, some people will resist needed changes. At that point, the group has a crucial decision to make — is it more important that we find some way to continue to include everyone who is presently here, or is it more important that we (as a group) move in a particular direction, even if such a move comes at the cost of certain ones of our number leaving because they do not feel that they can consent to this change?”
Dr. Dever has stated that, in May 1996, he dismissed 256 members of his church. “So we did that and then in our main members’ meeting we actually voted out, out of our 500 members, 256. And that was a big step towards meaningful membership.” 133. These 256 people were dismissed for being inadaptive to his “envisioned change.” Dr. Dever, another friend of John Macarthur, is obviously another change agent within the church.
Churches subverted by the church growth movement want to remove the people who are blocking church transformation. It’s the true Christian who holds to God’s Word and refuses to participate in the small group dialectic process that blocks church transformation. Dismissing true Christians from a church is antithetical to Biblical Christianity.
John the Baptist was beheaded for telling the truth about Herod. Not long ago, when John Macarthur was a guest on Larry King Live, incredibly, he stated three times, unsolicited, on national TV, that President George Bush was a Christian! Macarthur said, “Just happens that George Bush is a Christian…Yes, he’s a Christian, so he talks to the Lord about the [concerns] of his life.” This can be read near the bottom of the transcript here.
Why do the producers of Larry King’s show invite John Macarthur on national TV? They want him to take a biblical position opposed by the liberal position of another guest hoping that a compromise can be reached by the audience between the two positions. In other words, Macarthur allows himself to be used in a dialectic process facilitated by Larry King. There are thousands of pastors in the US who understand the gospel. Why do the producers of Larry King Live invite John Macarthur? They know he can be counted on to toe their line on “sensitive” subjects like George Bush’s “Christianity,” Israel (which he seems to fully support), and the war in Iraq (which he supports), etc. A Christian researcher once said that if you ever see a face on TV, then you can be sure that the person behind the face is considered safe and under control.
John Macarthur is a member of several pseudo-Christian orgs, such as the National Religious Broadcasters, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. When I recently called the GCC “Pastor of the Day” to confirm if Macarthur was a member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), he responded, “That depends on where you’re going with this.” I know a Christian who recently emailed GCC to ask if Macarthur was a member of the above mentioned orgs without ever receiving a reply.
This paper has exposed the fact that GCC is fully on board with the Church Growth Movement. This was not an expose of John Macarthur’s doctrine and teachings. There have been several articles written detailing the true teachings as well as the false teachings, compromise, and ecumenism of John Macarthur. One article on Macarthur can be read here. See also:
Pastor George Zeller, M.A., Ph.D., of Middletown Bible Church, 349 East Street, Middletown, CT 06457, has compiled a 100+ page book showing what he believes to be Macarthur’s doctrinal errors, which is available for $6.00 plus shipping. (I haven’t read this book.) According to Pastor Zeller, “The book deals mainly with Sonship, his one view nature, Lordship salvation,…and especially his teaching that Christ did not die for all men.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCC is not only a California non-profit religious corporation, but it is a 501(c) 3 entity. According to the courts, a corporation is “a creature of the state” and the state “is sovereign over the corporation.” Grace Church leaders may say that they depend on the Lord Jesus Christ for protection and that He is their sovereign, but by incorporating, they show that the state is their sovereign, as they must now follow many state regulations; and it is the state that they really depend on for “protection.” For most of US history it was illegal for a church to incorporate. More can be read about this at (http://www.hushmoney.org/). (GCC is a corporation that has an HR department. Christians at GCC are considered “human resources.”)
Like many corporate leaders, John Macarthur is well compensated financially. I don’t know what salary John Macarthur receives from GCC or how much he receives for writing his books and giving talks, etc., but it is in the public record that for the 2006 calendar year he received $123,785 for being President of The Masters College and Seminary 134. and he received $160,363 for being President of Grace To You. 135. That’s $284,148.00, not counting his church salary, book royalties and speaking fees.
Other GCC leaders are also well compensated. For 2006, the Executive Director of Grace To You, Phil Johnson, received $193,430. John Macarthur’s son-in-law, Kory Welch, as Video Production Director at Grace To You received $102,277 and other Grace To You board members received in excess of $100,000.
The leaders of The Masters College and Seminary are also well compensated with their Sr. VP, Richard Mayhue, receiving $199,211 in 2006. And the public record, though limited, shows that their Seminary Professors are also well paid with one receiving $146,882 for 2006 (this was the highest Seminary Professor salary listed).
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“But there were false apostles also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2Pet 2:1-3
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matt 7:13-15