The article that follows is from Lighthouse Trails, they have said what I have been planning to post for a week or so.
When I read about some ‘repentance’ stance from Willow Creek, I believed it not even for a minute. Willow Creek, one of the largest and most influential churches in the nation, has done an about face regarding it’s ministry style and focus? That part I believed. It’s what followed that I was highly skeptical about – that they would return to some simpler Biblical focus and teaching the pure milk of the Word. I think that is what a lot of folks WANTED and HOPED for, but in this Laodicean age, not very practical. I also considered the sheer numbers of who they are: and I simply did not believe that they would give up the huge amounts of money they have, and the prestige of the liberal world/church/social gospel to possibly settle for a mass exodus both in people and funds, counting the cost of true cross-led Christianity as we are all called to do. I believe that they want to keep up with Saddleback and would never ever go any direction that they did not feel wasn’t ‘cutting edge’ by today’s (worldly) church standards.
So, I went to their website, read their current Willow Creek Magazine, and saw all the buzzwords worthy of an emergent path. Do they really think we are so ignorant of the enemy’s schemes to draw people from a pure gospel and the hope of His return that so permeates today’s churches? I also found out they are having Brian McLaren next Spring to draw the youth in too. So, I couldn’t believe that they were going to switch ministry in half stream and still invite the likes of that heretic. Yep, we said long ago that seeker-sensitive pap does not work, apparently they agree with us finally. But that is where our agreement with Willow Creek ends.
Now, don’t think for a minute I wouldn’t have LOVED to be wrong about this. Lest ye think I revel in any cynical approach to stories like this, I wish to drive home that am but a realist in the times in which we live. I am not shocked by this, I expected it. I am not shocked by movies such as “The Golden Compass”, and I do not call them junk because the enemy uses these things to deceive. I am not shocked by anything anymore, and I could list multiple shockers in the news these days. Stay tuned, and thanks Lighthouse Trails for putting this article out.