Greg Laurie of Calvary Chapel hosts large evangelistic “Harvest” crusades that are patterned after Billy Graham’s pioneer ecumenism. The crusades bring together every type of “church” and the follow-up is done in the context of those churches. The following is a testimony of how this worked at a 2003 crusade in Newcastle, Australia. This was written that year by Hughie Seaborn. “Regrettably for those who believe ‘Harvest 03’ to have been such a huge success in evangelizing the lost, even if we could delude ourselves for a moment into believing that God really does have a fondness for the world’s music, the gathering would still classify as an abomination in the eyes of the Lord. ... Prior to the event, the Hunter Harvest website claimed, ‘With more than 80% of local churches of various denominations participating in next month’s Hunter Harvest, church unity and community spirit seems to be at an all-time high.’ ... Partway through the Compass program [a religious program on Australia Broadcasting Corporation TV that broadcast the event], a Presbyterian spokesman revealed that ‘there are about 300 churches registered in the Newcastle/Hunter area, and we have 282 churches formerly registered as active participants and supporters of Hunter Harvest. That level of unity amongst the churches has been a real blessing. We have every form of Christian church--whether it’s Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, Seventh Day Adventist--they’re all united in this event.’ Towards the end of the Compass program the scene changes from the main auditorium of the Entertainment Centre to a room where a crowd of volunteers are preparing follow-up letters to the 2,400 altar call responders. A spokesman for the follow-up committee comments to the Compass reporter that ‘we want to give them every opportunity to be followed up on and to get plugged into a local church.’ The camera then pans across the room and focuses on a sheet which lists the participating local churches within the Newcastle area, in alphabetical order. Only part of the sheet is visible, but clearly displayed to the viewer are some of the ‘local churches’ that the follow-up committee directed the altar call responders to -- Abermain Mission Hall Church, Anglican Branxton Greta Lochinvar, Avondale Seventh Day Adventist College Church, Crossroads Christian Outreach Centre Maitland, East Maitland Salvation Army, Grace Community Inc., Gresford Congregational Church, Gresford Paterson Anglican, Hope Christian Centre, Hunter Valley Life Centre, Kurri Kurri Catholic Church, Kurri Kurri Church of Christ.”
CONCLUDING NOTE BY D. CLOUD: It is an abomination to turn seekers over to wolves in sheep’s clothing, but this is the path of spiritual insanity and wickedness that was pioneered by Billy Graham. Preachers who claim to love Christ and His Gospel, yet do not lift the voice against this type of thing in no uncertain terms, are cowards and self-servers and enemies of the truth, just as were Meroz, who was cursed by the angel of the Lord for not coming to the aid of Deborah and Barak against the enemies of God. “Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty” (Judges 5:23).
(Friday Church News Notes, June 22, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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