The CCSPC 14 “Losers”
The new openness and fresh ways were a breath of fresh air and freedom in the Spirit.
There is a group that is not happy at all, in fact they are alternately depressed and outraged at how the proceedings went.
This group is hard to define, the best I can do is to call them the far right wing of the movement.
They are the separatists and they believe they are the true holders of Chuck Smith’s legacy.
They believe we are in the very last days and that the great “apostasy” is in full swing.
They loathe “ecumenicism”, which appears to mean consorting with anyone outside of their own circle.
They truly believe that they have been given a supernatural ability to “discern” that men like Rick Warren and Eugene Peterson are carriers of “leaven” which is infecting the church.
They did not enjoy this conference as they truly believe that all those boundary markers of their faith were either moved or removed.
Their water bearers at this conference were supposed to be Don McClure and Joe Focht.
This was a conundrum from the beginning as McClure and Focht were also thought to be directly responsible for the excommunication from the proceeding of two other heroes, Paul Smith and George Bryson.
No matter, this was going to be the conference where those two grabbed control of the movement and led it away from their perceived precipice of compromise.
They would deal with McClures treachery later.
That’s not what happened though…Brian Brodersen and Greg Laurie engineered a conference that gave a place to the traditions of the movement, while allowing fresh ideas and fresh faces a platform as well.
They captured the left and vast moderate center of the movement decisively and openly…and left this group feeling “left behind”.
The door that Brodersen, Laurie, and company kicked open cannot be closed again…there are more CC pastors on the other side of the door.
The far right group won’t be kicked out of the movement, but they would save themselves a lot of grief if they just moved on.
Calvary Chapel already has…