John Macarthur’s Ecumenical Roots

Articles have been written on the subject of John Macarthur’s “new evangelical ecumenism.” 113. And I have been told by one GCC pastor that John Macarthur believes the biblical “doctrine of separation” to be “too negative” with the implication that he won’t obey it.  John Macarthur disobeys God’s Word regarding separation for the purpose of relationship building (ecumenism).  At GCC, the “doctrine of separation” has been replaced by the “dialectical process.”

The goal of the ecumenical movement is to create a one-world religion for the worship of Lucifer. Ecumenists (bridge-builders) in the leadership of the various denominations direct the churches to set aside their differences, find common ground, and unify. John Macarthur preaches against ecumenism, however, his family and ministry are firmly rooted in the ecumenical movement.

In “The Voice of Calvary Legacy,” John Macarthur paid tribute to his father, Dr. John “Jack” Macarthur. “He served on the Extension Staff of Moody Bible Institute and later became the director of Charles E. Fuller Evangelistic Foundation.” 114. In 1968, the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation changed its name to the Fuller Evangelistic Association.

According to Charles Fuller’s son, Daniel Fuller, the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation was established in 1942 and started Fuller Theological Seminary in 1947. (Give the Winds a Mighty Voice) Fuller Seminary has played a strategic role in the global ecumenical movement and has launched numerous apostate organizations and movements such as the Vineyard (John Wimber), Renovare (Richard Foster), AD2000 United Prayer Track (C Peter Wagner), Coalition on Revival (Jay Grimstead), the US Center for World Mission (Ralph Winter) and others. The article, “Filling the Blanks with Fuller,” describes Fuller Seminary as “an ecumenical ‘think tank’ seminary” which “has fostered, nurtured, and promoted the apostasy globally…” The global ecumenical movement is “a political movement of the highest order and must not be confused with anything even remotely resembling Christianity.” (“Filling the Blanks with Fuller”)

Out of Fuller Theological Seminary came the US Center for World Mission (Ralph Winter) and their “Perspectives Course” which was “a prototype course of ecumenical study…and aberrant theology,” The US Center for World Mission “is an ‘umbrella’ organization for nearly every major missions organization in the world.” Under their umbrella is the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (Greg Laurie is a board member). (“Filling the Blanks with Fuller”) Billy Graham was on the Board of Trustees at Fuller Seminary and Rick Warren received his Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Seminary.

John Macarthur’s father was the Director of Fuller Evangelistic Foundation. Charles Fuller, the founder of the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation, also cofounded Fuller Theological Seminary and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Charles Fuller co-founded the NAE with J Edwin Orr and Harold Ockenga, the first President of the NAE (1942-44), and the first President of Fuller Seminary in 1947.

In 1951, the NAE revived the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) from the “dying embers” of the former World Evangelical Alliance (Evangelical Alliance of 1846) which became the NAE’s international umbrella. As previously stated, the Evangelical Alliance, now called the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), was formed in 1846 in a conference held at Freemason’s Hall, United Grand Lodge of England, the mother of all Masonic lodges. 115.

The WEA is the shadow government to the Lausanne Movement which is the umbrella over the global ecumenical movement. John Stott, whom John Macarthur likes to quote, “is the framer of the Lausanne Covenant” and “oversaw the formation of the WEF and formulated its purposes. Also former chaplain to the Queen of England and a leader in the Anglican Church, John Stott was not above participating in ‘a Christian-Druid dialogue and reconciliation meeting for the new Millennium’. 116 The Druids are the present-day Freemasons. “Albert Churchward…writes about the Masons as ‘our present Druids.’”

In essence, Lausanne and the ecumenical movement are a Masonic enterprise. Alice Bailey wrote, “Very definitely may the assurance be given here that, prior to the coming of the Christ, adjustments will be made so that at the head of all great organizations will be found either a Master, or an initiate who has taken the third initiation. At the head of certain of the great occult groups, of the Freemasons of the world, and of the various great divisions of the church, and resident in many of the great nations will be found initiates or Masters.” 117.

In “The Voice of Calvary Legacy,” John Macarthur stated that his father, in addition to being the Director of the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation, “served on the Extension Staff of Moody Bible Institute.” In 1941, The Moody Bible Institute played a key role in the formation of the NAE. According to Rick Meisel, John Macarthur has served on the Board of Trustees of the Moody Bible Institute. 118.

In “The Voice of Calvary Legacy,” John Macarthur also stated that his father “helped establish the Hollywood Christian group, an outreach to people in the film and television industries. Jack Macarthur counted Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who came to Christ under his preaching, as close personal friends.” Since Henrietta Mears is credited with founding The Hollywood Christian Group, one can assume that John Macarthur’s father, Jack Macarthur, “who helped establish the Hollywood Christian Group,” was her friend and co-worker.

Henrietta Mears’ ecumenical influence was widespread. She was a close friend and coworker of Charles Fuller who promoted her on his radio broadcasts. Fuller, Ockenga, and Orr all taught at the Forest Home Christian Conference Center which she founded to “train the next generation of world leaders.” With Fuller, Ockenga, and Orr, Henrietta Mears established the campus ecumenical movement. For eleven years Mears groomed Bill Bright for leadership and Campus Crusade for Christ was founded in her living room. 119. (Bill Bright was a member of the Council for National Policy Board of Governors in 1982.) According to Christianity Today, Henrietta Mears is the “grandmother of modern evangelicalism.” (“Antipas: CIA Connections”)

According to Grace Community Church elder, Phil Johnson, “In the 1940’s, Dr. Jack [Macarthur] served as an Extension speaker for the Moody Bible Institute. Later, while pastoring in Southern California, he and Edwin Orr founded an outreach ministry to people in the film and television industry.” 120. That outreach ministry would be The Hollywood Christian Group. Phil Johnson’s statement is a tacit endorsement of J. Edwin Orr and provides more evidence that John Macarthur’s father, Jack Macarthur, was in Mears’ inner circle.

In his tribute to his father, John Macarthur didn’t mention “J. Edwin Orr” or “Henrietta Mears” as cofounding the “Hollywood Christian Group” with his father, which is odd considering that Orr and Mears were prominent figures and closely associated with Charles Fuller. Why didn’t he mention them? Had John Macarthur mentioned J. Edwin Orr and Henrietta Mears along with the Hollywood Christian Group, his readers would likely connect Jack Macarthur with the Mears’ group which pioneered the ecumenical movement in the U.S. and globally.

According to “Filling the Blanks with Fuller,” “In a nutshell, here is the lineage of the monstrous apostasy we are researching… Five people (during the 30’s) paved the way to change the orthodox and historic biblical ‘worldview’ of evangelical Christianity to a…recontructionist agenda. They are: J. Edwin Orr, Armin Gesswein, C.E. Fuller, Henrietta Mears, Harold Ockenga. These five (who were friends and co-workers) laid the groundwork for the ‘world changers,’ ‘expendables for Christ,’ or ‘workers’ they prepared to follow them.” It seems that John Macarthur is one of these “world changers.”

What is known about Jack Macarthur’s co-founder of the Hollywood Christian Group? “J. Edwin Orr — Oxford seminarian, traveled as a historian and theologian to major cities and universities globally to prepare the way for ecumenism on college campuses. The ecumenical groups on campus who were pre-conditioned by Orr to look for a ‘great end-time harvest’, and sweeping ‘revival’ movement, or ‘awakening’ prepared the way for Bill Bright’s ecumenical ministry. The success of Campus Crusade for Christ was a direct result of the groundwork laid by Orr. Orr’s vouching for Billy Grahams ‘new understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit’, which he conveyed in letters to key workers paved the way for his success in ministry as well.” (“Filling the Blanks with Fuller”)

J. Edwin Orr spoke at Mears’ Christian conference center. “It was his rule that he would only speak where there was an ecumenical representative—a diversity of youth from all denominations.” 121. J. Edwin Orr was an original Board Member of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951. (Wikipedia: J Edwin Orr) From 1966-1981, J Edwin Orr was a professor at Fuller Seminary’s School of World Mission. Moreover, “He [Orr] was an advisor of Billy Graham’s from the start of that evangelist’s career, a friend of Abraham Vereide and helped shape the prayer breakfast movement that grew out of Vereide’s International Christian Leadership…” (Billy Graham Archives)

George Marsden’s book, Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism, offers further evidence that the global ecumenical movement is a Masonic enterprise: “In April [1951, Harold] Ockenga had attended a highly publicized ‘Communion breakfast’ sponsored by a number of Protestant Churches in Boston. At the head table with Ockenga was a Unitarian pastor and a representative of the Masonic Knights Temple.” Marsden goes on to say that Ockenga did not participate in the actual communion service — he only sat at the “head table” with the Unitarian and Freemason! 122.

Billy Graham, who with Fuller, Ockenga, and Orr, taught at Mears’ Christian conference center, said that she had a great impact on his ministry. 123. Graham, considered an “accepted evangelist” by Mears, was among those trained and “anointed” at her conference center. It’s important to note that many witnesses have testified that Billy Graham is a 33rd degree Mason. 124.

John Macarthur stated that Roy Rogers and Dale Evans “came to Christ” under his father’s preaching and that Jack Macarthur counted them his “close personal friends.” Roy Rogers, born Leonard Slye, was a 33rd degree Mason and his wife, Dale Evans, on the TBN A-list, was, according to Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, State of New York, a member of the Eastern Star, a Masonic organization for women. 125. Lucifer is the god of Masonry.

Roy Rogers was a life-long highly decorated Mason according to the account of W. Bob Turner, Ph.D., a 32nd degree Mason, who referred to Roy Rogers as “Illustrious Brother Roy Rogers”: “Brother Roy was raised a Master Mason in 1946 in Hollywood Lodge No. 355, F. & A.M., Hollywood, California. He became a member of Long Beach Valley of Scottish Rite in 1950 and AI Malaikah Shrine Temple, Los Angeles, also in 1950. He received the K.C.C.H. of the Scottish Rite in 1975 and was coroneted a 33 in 1979. He also became a member of the York Rite, Harbor Council No. 45, Royal and Select Masters, and San Pedro Commandery No. 60, Knights Templar of California. Created a DeMolay at sight by Frank S. Land, the founder of the Order of DeMolay, Roy received the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He also received the California Grand Lodge’s Golden Veterans Award for 50 years of continuous membership in Masonry.” 126.

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans appeared many times with Billy Graham at his Crusades, where Graham was willing to give his “Illustrious Brother” Rogers a platform for his “Christian” testimony.

Jack Macarthur had a close friendship with Freemasons Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. His son, John Macarthur, has a close relationship with the Masonic controlled Southern Baptist Convention and its leaders. (As stated, two former Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention also spoke at Greg Laurie’s conference with John Macarthur.) And John Macarthur endorses and fellowships with the Charismatic, Greg Laurie, a Board Member of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA). There are other Masons holding high positions within the Billy Graham organization:

“In Billy Graham and His Friends (which came out November 2001) I mention (and fully document) a number of Masons who have close ties to Billy Graham. Several of Graham’s staff have been Masons such as William M. Watson who was the director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Corporation (BGEA), David M. McConnell, also a director of the BGEA, and Arthur Lee Malory who was the co-chairman of the Billy Graham Crusade Advisory Committee for the St. Louis Crusade in 1973.” 127.

The Board of Counsel&Capital, which advises John Macarthur’s international ministry, TMAI, had one member of the BGEA (Fred Smith) and another (Jack Modesett Jr.), who was Chairman of the Board of Christianity Today, founded by Billy Graham. Fred Smith was also a director of Christianity Today. It’s also noteworthy that John Macarthur had Franklin Graham endorse his Study Bible. 128.

(Examples of John Macarthur fellowshipping with false Christians are too numerous to mention. A forward to his book, “The Gospel According to Jesus,” was written by J.I. Packer, Senior Editor of Christianity Today, and a signer of the Evangelical and Catholics Together Documents I and co-author of ECT II. The other forward was written by James Montgomery Boice, who was chairman of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy from the time of its founding by Jay Grimstead (COR).

Considering the Masonic origins of the global evangelical network “revived” by Henrietta Mears, Charles Fuller, J Edwin Orr, Harold Ockenga and Armin Gesswein, is there any evidence of Masonic involvement at Fuller Seminary today? Situated on the eastern border of Fuller Seminary is a large Masonic Temple called the “Scottish Rite Cathedral” which towers over the campus. The entrance to the Scottish Rite Cathedral is flanked by two Sphinxes each having an Egyptian ankh on its chest.

This Scottish Rite Cathedral was built in 1924, before Fuller Seminary was established. Its address, 150 N Madison Ave in Pasadena, CA., is across the street from the Fuller Seminary Graduate School of Psychology and just down the street from the Fuller Student Center and the Horner Center for Life Long Learning located at 250 N Madison Ave. Mapquest shows the location of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in relation to the Fuller Campus (zoom in for a better perspective).

Are Freemasons employed by Fuller Seminary? A Visiting Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary is a 33rd degree Prince Hall Mason. Dr. J. Alfred Smith teaches a course on African American Spirituality in the School of Theology. The course description can been seen here. Dr. J. Alfred Smith is the Senior Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church. According to his church’s website, “He [Dr. J. Alfred Smith] has been elevated to the 33rd Degree of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons.”

According to Wikipedia, Prince Hall Masonry “obtained a Warrant for Charter from the Grand Lodge of England in 1784.” Today, “Prince Hall Lodges are recognized by the Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) as well as the great majority of state Grand Lodges and international Grand Lodges.”

In addition to being a Visiting Professor at Fuller Seminary, J. Alfred Smith is a member of the Executive Board of the National Council of Churches (NCC). He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary—a graduate theological school of the Southern Baptist Convention (UN-NGO), and he has addressed both the Baptist World Alliance (UN-NGO) and the United Nations. His work has been featured in Christianity Today (Billy Graham), and in May 2007, he was appointed a Board Member to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. J. Alfred Smith has earned over 125 awards including at least one from the US Congress. According to a tribute given to J. Alfred Smith in the Congressional Record of November 9, 1995, “He has been elevated to the 33rd Degree of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons.”

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., President Barack Obama’s former pastor, wrote the Forward to one of J. Alfred Smith’s books, and Smith edited one of Rev. Wright’s books (Corinthian Baptist Church). Six of J. Alfred Smith’s books and sermons are now being sold in the Fuller Seminary bookstore.

J. Alfred Smith has been described as an “illustrious senior pastor” and a “bridge-builder.” And it appears that this high ranking Mason also leads a transformational ministry. According to the Allen Temple Baptist Church website, “During the dynamic, visionary leadership of Doctor J. Alfred Smith, Senior, Allen Temple has grown to a membership of 5,500 and has developed a large array of holistic community ministries focussed [sic] on redeeming and transforming the whole person and the whole community.” This ministry description sounds exactly like the agenda of many ministries associated with John Macarthur’s Grace Community Church. Is it believable that J. Alfred Smith, 33rd degree Mason, is transforming communities for Jesus Christ? Or is he, like other church growth leaders, transforming communities for Satan?

J. Alfred Smith is a Prince Hall Mason. Located only 4 blocks (.64 mile) from Fuller Seminary is the Pasadena Masonic Temple located at 200 S. Euclid Ave. The Pasadena Masonic Temple houses several lodges. (Mapquest) One of these is the Prince Hall Lodge. A list of “Constituent Lodges Of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F & AM State of California, Inc.,” states that the Prince Hall lodge in Pasadena, Hiram #12, is located at 200 S. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA. This is the address of the Pasadena Masonic Temple. Listed under “Tenants” of this temple is “Hiram Lodge #12 F.&A.M.”

When Dr. J. Alfred Smith, 33rd Degree of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masonry, teaches at Fuller Seminary, he doesn’t have far to walk to a Prince Hall lodge.

At least one Freemason in the Scottish Rite Cathedral bordering Fuller Seminary poses as Christian. According to the Pasadena Scottish Rite Bulletin, “James F Halladay, 33 degree, has been appointed and elected Almoner for the Valley of Pasadena. Jim’s background as a Pastor of the Baptist Church in Glendale well qualifies him for his new post.” Notice that, like J. Alfred Smith, this Freemason is also a Baptist.

Of interest, Grace Community Church elder and executive director of Grace to You, Phil Johnson, is a Baptistic Calvinist. This statement appears on his website:

“Theologically, Phil is a committed Calvinist—with a decidedly Baptistic bent.” (Who is Phillip R. Johnson?) Even more interesting is this statement: “He…is a member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE).” The slogan of FIRE is “In essentials Unity, In non-essentials Liberty, in all things Charity.” (FIRE) Why is this interesting? FIRE’s slogan is nearly identical to the slogan of Phoenix Freemasonry! “It is the glory of Masonry to teach Unity in essentials, Liberty in details, Charity in all things; and by this sign its spirit must at last prevail.”

Sold at the Fuller Seminary bookstore is “The Complete Idiots Guide to Freemasonry.” The book description states that this book, written by a member of a Masonic Lodge, “offers a guide…that is intended to dispel much of the mythology that surrounds the secretive and often controversial movement.” Sounds like one would have to be an “idiot” to believe a “Guide to Masonry” written by a Mason who has taken oaths not to reveal Masonic secrets.

The Fuller bookstore sells numerous books about the Talmud and the Kabbalah. For example, “The Beliefnet Guide to Kabbalah” by Arthur Goldwag is in the Fuller bookstore. Does this book reveal the truth about the Kabbalah? The book’s description states, “The aim of this guide is to provide an informative and reader-friendly overview of Kabbalah, whose messages Moses is said to have received from God on Mount Sinai.” Moses received the Kabbalah from God on Mount Sinai!?! How perverse!

May I remind the reader that Freemasonry is based on Talmudic Judaism, and that the Kabbalah is the blood and bone of Talmudic Judaism. According to Manly P. Hall, 32nd degree Freemasonry is typified by the Kabbalist Tree of Life:

“When the ten numbers which pertain to the globes (Sephiroth) are combined with the 22 letters relating to the channels [pathways between the sephiroth], the resultant sum is 32…which is analogous to the first 32 degrees of Freemasonry, which elevate the candidate to the dignity of a Prince of the Royal Secret.” (The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P Hall, 1928)

Manly P Hall was honored in Sept, 1990 by The Scottish Rite Journal, who called him “The Illustrious Manly P. Hall” and “Masonry’s Greatest Philosopher.”

In 1866, Dr. Isaac M. Wise wrote in The Israelite of America, “Masonry is a Jewish institution, whose history, degrees, charges, passwords and explanations are Jewish from end to end.”

A Masonic website states, “The philosophy or religion of esoteric Freemasonry (that understood only by the inner circle) is practically identical to that of the Jewish Cabala.”(The Masonic Trowel)

The president of Fuller Seminary, Richard Mouw, is a columnist at Beliefnet, a comparative religion website. An article by Mouw at Beliefnet states, “Since I am a seminary president…I have a vested interest in what goes on in contemporary Catholicism, having devoted considerable energy in recent years to evangelical-Catholic dialogue…” At Beliefnet, all world religions are promoted. Another Beliefnet columnist is Starhawk, a witch. (Christianity Today: Richard Mouw)

Dr. Richard Mouw is a Calvinist. “Mouw was Professor of Christian philosophy at Calvin College for seventeen years. He has also served as a visiting professor to the Free University of Amsterdam.” (Wikipedia: Richard Mouw) “Founded in 1876, Calvin College is an educational institution of the Christian Reformed Church and stands in the Reformed tradition of Protestantism. Calvin College is named after John Calvin, the 16th century Protestant Reformer.” (Wikipedia: Calvin College)

According to B’nai B’rith, “Calvinism is of Jewish origin. It was deliberately conceived to split the adherents of the Christian religions and divide the people. Calvin’s real name was Cohen! … Calvin was one of our children; he was of Jewish descent, and was entrusted by Jewish authority and encouraged with Jewish finance to draft his scheme in the reformation.” (The Reformation: Rosicrucian Connections)

Dr. Mouw engages in dialogue with Jewish rabbis. “The University of Judaism and its Sigi Ziering Institute are hosting a conversation between Dr. Richard Mouw, President of the Fuller Theological Seminary, and Dr. Elliot Dorff [a rabbi], Rector of the University of Judaism.” (American Jewish University)

Dr. Richard Mouw is also an apologist for Mormonism. (“Mainstreaming Mormonism”) In November 2004, he spoke at a Mormon Tabernacle in Temple Square, Salt Lake City. “He offered a stunningly candid apology to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and [noted] that ‘friendship has not come easily between our communities.’ He dubbed the evening ‘historic’ and apologized that evangelicals ‘have often misrepresented the faith and beliefs of the Latter-day Saints.’” (Christianity Today)

At the Mormon Tabernacle Dr. Mouw stated, “I know that I have learned much in this continuing dialogue, and I am now convinced that we evangelicals have often seriously misrepresented the beliefs and practices of the Mormon community. Indeed, let me state it bluntly to the LDS folks here this evening: we have sinned against you. The God of the Scriptures makes it clear that it is a terrible thing to bear false witness against our neighbors, and we have been guilty of that sort of transgression in things we have said about you. We have told you what you believe without making a sincere effort first of all to ask you what you believe.” (Wikipedia) Bear false witness? Guilty of transgression? Do Evangelicals “seriously misrepresent” the beliefs and practices of Mormonism?

Mormon doctrine teaches that Lucifer is not the devil, Satan, but Venus, the Morning Star.  Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is not God but a “lesser god” and the older brother of Lucifer. (Jesus & Lucifer Brothers?) Mormons believe that they are becoming “gods.” They also believe that they descended from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. (The Mormon Teachings of Gwen Shaw) Imitating Moses, Mormon founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, received the Golden Tablets from the Angel Moroni. Imitating Jesus Christ, Smith surrounded himself with twelve Apostles; however, his innermost circle were Kabbalists. (Crypto-Jewry) The Mormon obsession with bloodlines is identical to the Merovingian bloodline conspiracy. The fact is that Mormonism is a front for Merovingian Jewry and its international network of Freemasonry. “Mormonism and Freemasonry are so intimately interwoven and interrelated that the two can never be dissociated.” (Freemasonry Watch)

With Dr. Mouw as Fuller Seminary president, it’s not surprising that the Fuller bookstore sells numerous books on the Kabbalah and Talmudic Judaism. For example, “Kabbalah—A Brief Introduction for Christians.” Does this book warn Christians about the Kabbalah? To the contrary, the description states, “By learning something about Kabbalah, Christians can deepen their insight into the highest teachings of their own tradition. The resonance between the two traditions is profound.” (Fuller Bookstore) What resonance hath light with darkness? How can Christians deepen their insight into Christ’s teaching by studying paganism, magic and witchcraft?

Most of the books available in the Fuller bookstore don’t have descriptions. Other books on Kabbalah available in the bookstore include: “Connecting to God—Ancient Kabbalah & Modern Psychology,” “Absorbing Perfections—Kabbalah,” “Enneagram & Kabbalah—Reading Your Soul (2nd Ed),” “Essential Kabbalah,” “Kabbalah & The Art of Being,” “Kabbalah—New Perspectives,” “Meditation & Kabbalah,” “Power of Kabbalah,” “Seeing God—Lessons Of The Kabbalah,” “Wisdom Of The Kabbalah,” “Way—Using The Wisdom Of The Kabbalah,” among others.

What kind of ministers are produced by Fuller Seminary? The following is a profile of a Fuller Seminary graduate who is now on the Board of Directors of the International Kabbalah Society:

“Rev. Megan Wagner, M.A., is Director of Spiritual Psychology at ChI. She is a therapist, spiritual director, artist, Kabbalah teacher, interfaith minister, drummer, ritual leader and author. She is the author of The Sapphire Staff: Walking the Western Mystical Way, a guide to the 7 stages of psycho-spiritual awakening from Kabbalah and the Tree of Life. (See: Tree Of Life Teachings – Home.) Rev. Wagner is founding director of Tree of Life Teachings International, where she runs Tree of Life Training, a Kabbalah School, and leads sacred journeys to Crete, Europe, Mexico and Africa. Her healing work integrates Psychology, Mysticism, Shamanism, Astrology, Alchemy and the sacred arts of drumming, chanting, storytelling and ritual. She trained in Family Systems and Jungian Psychology and has 25 years of counseling experience, including 12 years of supervision in psychodynamic counseling and personal analysis in analytic depth psychology. She also trained extensively in London with Kabbalah Master Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi and now lectures on Kabbalah internationally and in the USA. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Kabbalah Society. In addition to her work in Therapy and Spiritual Guidance, Rev. Wagner offers a certificate course in Spiritual Psychology. She also holds The Feminine Path of Power Retreats (see, where she performs women’s initiation stories and leads rituals designed to help women feel more embodied, empowered and connected to spirit. An interfaith minister, Rev. Wagner earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and a Masters of Metaphysics from the University of Sedona, Sedona, Arizona. (SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY)” (Chaplaincy Institute for Arts & Interfaith Ministries)

Megan Wagner, along with Jim Larkin, are the Founding Directors of Tree of Life Teachings International. Tree of Life Teachings International runs a “Kabbalistic School of the Soul.” Jim Larkin, a “facilitator” at Tree of Life Teachings, received his Mdiv at Fuller Seminary, PhD pending in Comparative Religions. (Tree of Life Teachings International)

The “tree” symbol for the Kabbalist Tree of Life Teachings as seen on Wagner and Larkin’s About Us page looks nearly identical to the tree on the cover of Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, seen here. Notice that the symbol for American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism), where Fuller president Richard Mouw spoke, is a similar tree.

A Hollywood filmmaker is a professor at Fuller. Craig Detweiler who received a MDiv and a PhD at Fuller Seminary is now an Associate Professor of Theology and Culture and Co-director of the Reel Spiritual Institute School of Theology, the area of Fuller’s Brehm Center focused on theology and film. “Detweiler is a filmmaker who has written scripts for numerous Hollywood films…He leads a coalition of schools and educators to the Sundance Film Festival each year for Fuller’s WindRider Forum in Park City, Utah.” (Fuller Faculty) The WindRider Forum partners with Fuller Theological Seminary to provide “an opportunity for conversations at the intersection of faith and film.” This past year, the theme of the Windrider Forum was “Filmmaking for Social Change.”

“He [Detweiler] has often been featured in the media, including the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and ABC… In 2007, Detweiler completed production on a documentary investigating the clash between the secular and the Christian world entitled Purple State of Mind.” Craig Detweiler wrote the book, “A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in a Divided Culture.” In the movie, Detweiler claims to be a Christian, and John Marks is an unbeliever. Detweiler and Marks co-produced this movie as a conversation between a believer and an unbeliever to “find common ground.” “A Purple State” refers to a Third Way compromise between liberal and conservative political views, and also between liberal and fundamental Christianity.

“Our culture is reeling from divisiveness and strife. People are divided politically (into red and blue states), morally, and spiritually. Successful author and Hollywood filmmaker Craig Detweiler reveals how to be a ‘purple’ Christian—a follower of Christ who finds middle ground, not to compromise but to converse. He empowers readers to build relationships rather than erect barriers so they can more effectively communicate and live out the good news. This relevant and practical guide reveals ways to… *communicate the gospel with humility* promote prolife and pro–family positions in a pluralistic society *love members of the gay community* relate to people in other faith traditions. The Christian community has become known for what it opposes rather than what it proposes—faith, hope, and love. A Purple State of Mind dismantles unhelpful misrepresentations of Jesus’ life–giving message and presents it in a fresh, contemporary way.” (A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in a Divided Culture)

Fuller Seminary offers many books promoting pagan religions that may be required reading in their apologetics and comparative religions courses. The following are just some of the titles available in the Fuller bookstore: “Drawing Down the Moon—Witches Druids Goddess-Worshippers & Other Pagans in America” by Margot Adler, “Magic Witchcraft &Religion- An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural (7th Ed),” “Shaminism,” “Witchcraft & Sorcery,” “Pagan Christianity—Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices,” “Oedipus & The Devil—Witchcraft Sexual,” “Magic & Witchcraft,” “Demon Lovers—Witchcraft Sex & Crisis,” “Entertaining Satan—Witchcraft,” “Ancient Christian Magic—Coptic Texts,” “Ancient Magic & Ritual Power,” “Ancient Philosophy Mystery & Magic,” “Black Magic—Religion & The African,” “Byzantine Magic,” “Earthly Bodies Magical Selves,” “Magic & Paganism in Early Christianity,” “Magic Faith & Healing,” “Magic Kingdom of God,” “Magic Mystery & Science—Occult in West,” “Prayer Magic & The Stars in The Ancient,” “Tales of a Magic Monastery,” “Magic Mountain (a novel),” “Real Magic—Creating Miracles,” “Greek Magical Papyri in Translation,” “Magic & Magicians in The Greco-roman,” “Magic in The Ancient Greek World,” “Magic in The Middle Ages,” “Magic & Paganism—Acts,” and “Ephesians—Power & Magic,” among others.

Also available in the Fuller Seminary bookstore is “Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen—Rock & Redemption from Asbury Park to Magic.” The author of this book is Jeffrey Symynkywicz. The book description states, “Symynkywicz, a Unitarian Universalist minister, reflects on important themes about life found in the music of Bruce Springsteen.”

The curriculum of Fuller Seminary does not instruct ministerial students in the narrow way of salvation through Jesus Christ alone but introduces them to the broad way which leads to destruction. Rather than teaching and preaching the Word of God, Fuller Seminary has freely acknowledged that it is an interfaith agency promoting the Communitarian Third Way agenda:

“Fuller is welcoming both to the evangelical conservative and the theologically liberal. The faculty consists of a variety of Christian scholars with equally diverse backgrounds. Students and professors often hold diametrically opposing views and vehemently debate a wide range of religious and ethical issues, yet remain committed to their Christian camaraderie. Fuller’s diverse student body and ecumenical persuasion are among its chief strengths. It is also frequently at the center of debate among religious and secular intellectuals on issues ranging from politics, religion, science and culture. Fuller instructors have been cited as seeking ways out of the conservative/liberal debate: ‘We need to be the voice of a third way that flows out of biblical values, instead of buying into the political ideology of either the right or the left.’ Currently, Fuller reports that faculty and students come from over 150 Christian denominations representing a wide variety of theological viewpoints.” (Wikipedia)

Let me reiterate that John Macarthur’s father, Jack Macarthur, was Director of the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation which established Fuller Seminary as well as co-founder of the Hollywood Christian Group with J. Edwin Orr — which places him firmly within Henrietta Mears’ inner circle and in “the lineage of the monstrous apostasy.” It may be noted that John Macarthur graduated from Talbot Theological Seminary, the seminary for Biola University (formerly Biola College). The chairman of the board of Biola from 1928-1932 was none other than Charles Fuller. (By 1928, Biola had apostatized, according to Charles Trumbull, the editor of the most influential periodical of the fundamentalist movement, The Sunday School Times.) (Give the Wind a Mighty Voice)

The following sections provide two more examples of John Macarthur’s support for Southern Baptist Convention leaders and church growth advocates:






116. “Alarm Over Church Talks With Druids,” Jonathan Petre, Sunday, May 21, 2000; Issue 1822, Electronic Telegraph

117. Bailey, Alice. Initiation, Human and Solar, Lucis Publishing Co. 1922, pp. 61-2.





122. George Marsden’s book, Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism, p. 135.

123.; Ethel May Baldwin & David V. Benson, Earl 0. Roe, ed., Dream Big: The Henrietta Mears Story, Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1990. p.304,305.




127. “Masons Pay Tribute to Billy Graham,” Dr. Cathy Burns,


7 Replies to “John Macarthur’s Ecumenical Roots”

  1. As far as John McArthur is concerned, I think that in some of your statements you are finding someone guilty by association. Of course, McArthur does not agree with Mormon doctrine (especially about the nature of God). His church was the first, if I am not mistaken, to help expose Mormonism by showing the film “The God Makers.” (A film which I have shown often in churches.)

    There are all kinds of people in this world that we can associate with and this does not mean we agree with all of their doctrine, etc.

    Frankly, I have zero problem with the doctrine of predestination. That John Calvin was something like a closet Jew or under adverse Jewish influence, I find absurd. His doctrines are very close to the bible.

  2. James I. Packer was a major figure leading Evangelicals to compromise Biblical doctrine to fellowship with Roman Catholics. Packer was Director Of Anglican Studies, Regent College, speaker at Willowbank 1978—Lausanne’s Congress Theology and Education Group; Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals––Resolutions for Roman Catholic & Evangelical Dialogue, Signer of Evangelicals and Catholics Together Document (ECT I) and co-author of ECT II, a signer of the Evangelical Declaration on Care of Creation [Interfaith/Earth Summit]; Board of Reference, Renovaré [a mystical movement founded and directed by Quaker psychologist, Richard Foster]; associate of Spiritual Counterfeits Project. Faculty of Regent College, teaches courses on Evangelical/Catholic and Evangelical/Orthodox Dialogue. For more info do a search for J. I. Packer at

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