The Calvary Chapel Chronicles
The answer is… as much as necessary to understand the dynamics of the movement, then and now.
It’s entirely possible that if there were an internet and a Phoenix Preacher back when the movement started, what happened at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa would have been aborted early.
The main players, Chuck Smith and Lonnie Frisbee, were both allegedly morally compromised.
The supernatural power evidenced by Frisbee would have been held up as anything but “of God”…when it was those acts of the Holy Spirit through him that were both wind and fire at the time.
It was for that time…when you watch Frisbee on old YouTube video there is no power or “anointing”… there is a theologically incompetent hippie babbling away and one wonders how anyone listened.
Yet, I have been told by many that for those present, it was a life changing experience.
I wonder if it could have happened today.
I would have been writing scathing articles about the character of the leadership and probably mocking the supernatural manifestations.
My comrades in blogging would have taken up with me and we would have ended such foolishness…or tried to do so.
We would not have wanted that kind of revival…
What we have to come to grips with is that it did happen.
The Jesus Movement was a perfect spiritual storm at a perfect, God ordained time and I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that it was an act of God in it’s entirety.
God used people many of us religious folk would have disapproved of to spearhead a revival among a marginalized group that has borne fruit for half a century.
When those God used tried to codify and control these acts of God there was a lot of collateral damage to the people of God.
We’ll look at both the glory and the gore, but the one thing we can’t lose sight of is that God did something and He did it in a way that doesn’t fit our preconceptions of how He should.
To me, that may be the thing we need to wrestle with the most…