King of the Hysterical Ninnies
I’ve been meaning to address some of his recent commentaries about Calvary Chapel on understandthetimes.org and he provoked me to action by mentioning me in his latest screed today.
He calls us “a website frequented by many Calvary pastors”…which was true ten years ago when I wrote the article referenced.
Before we begin, we need a little background.
When the hysterical ninnies gather in conference the song Roger sings over and over again is that the Roman Catholic church is going to co-opt evangelicalism in general and Calvary Chapel in particular.
Those damn, sneaky, Jesuits are everywhere…
The second thing you need to know is that Roger thinks he was done wrong by Calvary Chapel over office space.
He was being given office space in the Logos building and had left it unused for some time.
They needed the space (and were prepared to move him to another office) so they moved his stuff out into the hall temporarily.
Roger finally shows up, sees his stuff in the hall, and has written for years about how he got kicked out unrighteously.
Pure nonsense, but it plays well with some disaffected CC pastors.
From then on he’s been writing anti CC articles with a grain of truth wrapped in a kernel of myth and false accusations.
Today, he dredges up a ten year old article to make new claims so that I might taunt him a second time.
He wants you to believe that Rick Warren is a secret RC agent and that CC is in bed with Rick, thus… CONSPIRACY!
I laugh and laugh and laugh…
Let’s look at Roger’s evidence and claims…
“The photo below shows Rick Warren on the platform with many of the mega Calvary Chapel pastors at Chuck Smith’s memorial held at the Anaheim Honda Center. The invitation to Warren to be front and center indicates that Warren has been brought into the Calvary Chapel fold as a prominent leader.”
What that picture shows is that Greg Laurie invited Rick to be there as a fellow Orange County pastor to pay his respects.
Don McClure almost soiled himself and others were upset as well.
Neither Rick, nor those who received him, cared.
That…is all that picture showed.
“He is the well-known pied-piper of postmodernism in the church that leads to Rome. He has been with the Pope and Roman Catholic bishops on a number of occasions—something that is no secret to Brian Brodersen, Raul Ries, Greg Laurie, Don Mc Lure, Jeff Johnson, Skip Heitzig, Joe Foch, Lloyd Pulley and other well-known Calvary Chapel leaders.”
Ignoring for a moment the cry of the hysterical ninny about Warren, the fact is that exactly two of those leaders would be caught dead with Warren. Oakland wants to perpetrate the myth of CC corporate solidarity, which is the only thing funnier than his “discernment”.
“How and why this has happened will be the topic of other commentaries in the future. Will someone at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa please stand up and tell the truth?”
Those future commentaries promise to be rich with humor as well as Oakland has shown that he has no fundamental understanding of the state of Calvary Chapel at this time. At least half of Calvary Chapel affiliates could care less what CC Costa Mesa thinks about anything and the other half could care even less what Roger Oakland thinks about anything. None of them should be concerned about Rick Warren…he has his own church.
Don McClure is busting his old backside traveling around the country speaking at CC conferences…his message is that it’s the regions that matter now.
The message behind that message is decentralization and a sapping of Costa Mesa’s influence.
I wish Roger could stand up and tell the truth…but he doesn’t know it in regard to this situation.
“While Understand The Times may have created a few waves in the past with regard to the Warren-Calvary union, I will go on record to say there is a tsunami on the way. Lowly and humble Calvary Chapel pastors are ready to pull the plug and call a spade a spade and move away from the Pope-Cardinal-Bishop-Priest purpose-driven scenario and follow Jesus Christ alone and not man-made hierarchies. Those who refuse to do so and remain on the “mother ship” will be enablers remaining part of the “Dove Club” only because of their fear of man and fear of loss of physical and carnal comfort and financial security.”
Roger, 75% of the people who read your silly article today will only do so because I decided to write about it. Your “tsunami” passed the last time you broke wind in the bathtub. Yes, there are some disgruntled pastors who share your unfounded conspiracy theories that have threatened to leave. They’ve been doing so since Chuck Smith passed away. They have had the door opened for them and blessings given as they depart.
In other words…no one cares.
Oakland’s real beef is that his brand of accusatory, exclusionary, eschatology is no longer dominant in CC and thus bookings for “discernment” ministers are way down.
I still have not heard of one CC that has changed their doctrinal position on eschatology, they simply are teaching it without the character assassinations and speculations that used to be in vogue.
No one is headed to Rome…the choices are Philadelphia or Costa Mesa.
The Vatican has no In ‘n Out burgers, so it may be a while before they swim the Tiber en masse…