I have been documenting the spiritual slide of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, over the past 10 years as it has pursued a more “relaxed,” “grace-filled,” contemporary philosophy. Trinity’s worship leader, Jason Cross, illustrates the danger of messing with contemporary music, which brings a church into association with treacherous spiritual waters filled with ancient and end-time heresies, as we have documented in The Transformational Power of Contemporary Praise Music and The Foreign Spirit of Contemporary Worship Music, which are available in DVD and eVideo formats from Way of Life -- www.wayoflifeorg. From his blog, Jason Cross links to men, churches, and organizations such as Mark Driscoll, Getty Music, Stuart Townend, Tim Hughes, Tommy Walker, Ed Stetzer Matt Redman, Saddleback Church, Willowcreek, The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Granger Community Church, and Ancient Future Worship. We have dealt with the spiritual/doctrinal dangers represented by these in books such as The Directory of Contemporary Worship Musicians and What Is the Emerging Church? Take Stuart Townend, for example, who is charismatic in theology and radically ecumenical in philosophy, supporting the Alpha program which bridges charismatic, Protestant, and Roman Catholic churches. As such he is a builder of the apostate one-world “church.” He supports the “extraordinary manifestations of the Spirit,” which refers to demonic/fleshly charismatic mysticism such as nonsensical ecstatic “tongues,” spirit slaying, holy laughter, and shaking. Consider Granger Community Church, Granger, Indiana, which featured Beatles music as their 2007 Christmas theme. They advertised it as “Let it Be...Christmas -- A Story Told by Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, George and Ringo.” Granger Community Church is engaged in wretched spiritual adultery and walks in blatant, presumptuous disobedience to James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15-16. Trinity Baptist Church has foolishly built bridges to dangerous waters and the ensuing changes are occurring with breathtaking speed.
(Friday Church News Notes, June 22, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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