Born in a Bank
Henrietta Mears’ father, E. Ashley Mears, had substantial wealth, owning more than twenty banks located in the Dakotas. (Talbot School of Theology). “Banking was the occupation of his [E. Ashley Mears’] family; one of his uncles founded the First National Bank of Philadelphia and another uncle founded the First National Bank of St. Paul. (The Henrietta Mears Story-Ch. 8).
Since the global ecumenical movement was launched to a large extent by Henrietta Mears’ ministry, it makes one wonder if powerful bankers contributed significant amounts of money to give credibility and a firm foundation to this ecumenical and ultimately Masonic enterprise. (See John Macarthur’s Ecumenical Roots).
“Her family belonged to the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, and they would often entertain such renowned Christian leaders as W. Graham Scroggie, G. Campbell Morgan, and R. A. Torrey, who greatly influenced the young girl.”
Utilized Small Groups for Church Growth
Organizing Christians into small groups is the objective of nearly every Christian church leader today. While some of these small groups are biblical “didactic” Bible studies, most are unbiblical “dialectic” sessions meant to “mind control” the group participants by changing their way of thinking from obedience to God to obedience to the group and its leader. Their objective is to shift the accountability of the group participants from God to man. Click here to read how these small groups place the participants in demonic bondage.
In recent times these small group dialectic sessions have been popularized by Rick Warren who refers to them as facilitator-led groups. At John Macarthur’s Grace Community Church they are called “Discussion Groups” and at the Harvest Bible Fellowship they are called “Life Groups.” These groups were developed to an extent by social-psychologists at the National Training Labs.
“Accepting a position at Central High School, Henrietta continued in that capacity for ten years. Her Fidelis Class, comprised of young women at the First Baptist Church, grew to an enrollment of three thousand attendees at the end of ten years. Such growth was based on a system of small groups comprised of five girls including a leader; when groups reached ten girls, one girl left to start a new group of her own.” Did these girls join the groups because they believed in Christ or because they desired to socialize?
“In March of 1926, she met Dr. Stewart P. MacLennan, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, California, who had come to preach in her church…She found an exciting ministry there with great potential; she finally sensed God’s call and accepted the position of Director of Christian Education in the fall of 1928.”
“Under her direction, the Sunday School grew from 450 to more than 6000 in 1933, and later to 6500-the largest Presbyterian Sunday school of its time in the world. ‘Teacher,’ as her students called her…” “she operated on the same level as the pastors, practically speaking.” Henrietta was disobedient to God in this capacity. “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” 1Timothy 2:12
Outcome Based Education employs the dialectic process. “After she and her fellow Christian educators agreed on learning outcomes for each of the levels, she began to write materials by herself at first, and later was assisted by associates.” “[Her] Publications were known for their quality, student appeal, and emphasis on life application.” Life application is a watering down of the Bible.
Hollywood Christian Group
“Her vision also included reaching those in the film industry for Christ; she was instrumental in forming the Hollywood Christian Group as a means to this end…” Of great interest, John Macarthur of Grace Community Church and Phil Johnson of Grace To You have both stated that John Macarthur’s father was a co-founder of this Hollywood Christian Group. The Hollywood Christian Group included high ranking Freemasons like Roy Rogers (Leonard Slye) and Dale Evans. Click here to read more.
Mears Integrated the Teaching of John Dewey with Holy Scripture
The Talbot School of Theology lists Mears as a “Christian Educator.” In a lengthy bio. about Mears on the Talbot website under the subtitle “Contributions to Christian Education,” it is stated:
“Possessing both training and experience as a public school teacher, she integrated much of the contemporary educational thought of John Dewey and others regarding student needs and learning process with the timeless content of Scripture.”
Can you believe that a so-called Christian Seminary considers the mixing of John Dewey’s socialism with Scripture to be a “contribution to Christian education!?”
Who was John Dewey? “It turns out that progressive educator John Dewey’s books were not only influential in the United States. ‘Dewey’s first six books were rapidly translated into Russian,’ historian Paul Kengor said in a conference sponsored by the group America’s Survival. ‘They told John Dewey his books were perfect for what they were trying to do in the USSR.'”
“‘Dewey’s ideas were apparently judged as crucial to the [communist] revolution as any weapon in the arsenal of the Red Army.’ Kengor did much of his research in the archives of the Communist International, about as primary a source as you can get.”
John Dewey was an original signer of the Humanist Manifesto in 1933:
“The first manifesto, entitled simply A Humanist Manifesto, was written in 1933 primarily by Roy Wood Sellars and Raymond Bragg and was published with thirty-four signatories including philosopher John Dewey. Unlike the later ones, the first Manifesto talked of a new “religion”, and referred to Humanism as a religious movement to transcend and replace previous religions based on allegations of supernatural revelation.” (Humanist Manifesto-Wikipedia)
John Dewey was an anti-Christ atheist, yet Talbot School of Theology thinks it’s a great thing that Henrietta Mears integrated his teachings with Holy Scripture in order to facilitate Christian student’s needs.
Changing God’s Teaching Method
The Talbot website goes on to name another of Mears’ contributions to Christian education:
“Methods and procedures [of teaching] could change, she contended, and must be rethought based on the changing condition of the world and human need (Cox, 1961).” Does God allow methods to change in teaching his word based on changing conditions? God commanded that His word be preached and taught (didactic teaching). He doesn’t command that His word be dialogued or discussed to a consensus (dialectic method) which was advocated by Marxists like Dewey and which now exists in nearly every church today taking the form of small group dialectic sessions.
“In her training design she utilized the full range of learning taxonomies. While her cognitive input was strong, she understood the power of the affective and volitional domains, and stressed the experiential as well (Clinton, 1995).” Does God have an interest in your “affective domain” (feelings)?
Has Talbot ever been a Christian Seminary? Talbot is the seminary for Biola. Charles Fuller was the Chairman of the Board of Biola in the late 1920’s. Talbot Seminary’s first dean was Charles Feinberg, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi. John Macarthur has stated that the only reason he attended Talbot was to be personally tutored by this rabbi. (See John Macarthur’s Rabbi).
Ecumenical Christian Conferences
Mears founded the Forest Home Christian Conference Center. This was a place where Christian diversity could meet and mingle (setting aside their differences and finding common ground–building the one world church). “Mears saw God’s work as crossing denominational lines.” Today, numerous churches in America host these ecumenical conferences.
“Dr. Billy Graham claims that his evangelistic ministry was transformed through Mears and events surrounding the College Briefing Conference of 1949 at Forest Home.” Bill Bright and his wife lived for 11 years in Mears’ home where the ecumenical Campus Crusade was born.
“One writer in Christianity Today (Zoba, 1996) called her ‘the grandmother of us all.'” (Talbot School).
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was Founded at Masonic Hall
Henrietta Mears taught at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood (FPCH) for 35 years. According to FPCH History:
“Dr. MacLennan was instrumental in persuading Henrietta Mears to take the position as Director of Christian Education, where for 35 years, from 1928-1963, Miss Mears established a legacy of Christian education and ministry that was unique in American Christendom. During the 1950s, she ministered through the College Department to many hundreds of men and women, including such future leaders as Louis Evans, Jr.; Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ; Donn Moomaw, and Dale Bruner. Her vision for a Christian camp in the local mountains led to the purchase and subsequent development of Forest Home. She also founded Gospel Light Press, which continues to publish Sunday School materials.”
According to A Little Piece of History, in 1903, FPCH was founded at Masonic Hall:
“On December 20, 1903, at 11:00 am, a group of 25 men and women gather in an upstairs room at the Masonic Hall on Highland Avenue to organize what we lovingly know today as the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Rev. Dr. H.A. Newell is the founder and pastor with these 25 charter members. Dr. Newell makes a great many house visits during this first year. One calculation estimates 1500 visits, resulting in him wearing out a buggy and one set of harnesses. Dr. Newell remained our pastor until 1909, passing away in June 1910.”
Jack Macarthur Met with Billy Graham at FHPC in 1951
John Macarthur’s father, Jack, met with Billy Graham (Freemason) at FPCH in 1951. Click here to view 2 pictures of this meeting.