John Macarthur Preaches with Greg Laurie, a Supporter of the Purpose Driven Movement
In November 2008, John Macarthur participated in a “Conference for Pastors and Leaders” at Greg Laurie’s church, Harvest Christian Fellowship. Two former Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention (UN-NGO), also spoke at this conference.
John Macarthur’s host, Greg Laurie, who sits on the board of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, is a big supporter of the Purpose Driven movement. Greg Laurie believes the Purpose Driven movement is of God. Click here to see a picture of Laurie sitting with Rick Warren at his Harvest Crusade. (Click here to read about John Macarthur's Purpose Driven ministries.)
In a May 2008 letter to pastors and leaders, Laurie talks about his upcoming crusade in New York City, stating,
“God is on the move...this move is also seen in the formation of the New York City Leadership group. Under their direction, a community-wide 40 Days of Purpose campaign with Pastor Rick Warren has been launched, and the significant services of Bill Hybels' Leadership Summit conferences are also being organized to strengthen the local church.”
Below is Greg Laurie's letter to pastor and elders:
Dear Pastor or Church Leader:
These are exciting times in the Greater New York area! It seems that God is on the move. Last year, we had the tremendous privilege of coming to New York City and proclaiming the gospel at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. We were absolutely stunned when the evening event sold out and we had to add a matinee, which also sold out. All told, more than 9,000 people attended and some 1,200 responded to the invitation to receive Christ.
Some would say that evangelistic meetings don't work anymore. But we've seen just the opposite. People are hungry for the gospel, for hope, and answers to the deepest questions about life.
And so, at the invitation of churches and leaders in the New York City area, we are coming back to the Garden this year. But this time, we're thinking bigger. We have secured the Arena at Madison Square Garden for the evening of Sunday, October 19. On top of that, we've also been invited to present the gospel at the Autumn Blaze Festival on Saturday, October 18 at the IZOD Center in the Meadowlands. It's a big leap of faith, but as I said, we believe that God is on the move.
This move is also seen in the formation of the New York City Leadership group. Under their direction, a community-wide 40 Days of Purpose campaign with Pastor Rick Warren has been launched, and the significant services of Bill Hybels' Leadership Summit conferences are also being organized to strengthen the local church. Add to this the fact that our friends at The Times Square Church are offering their "Prayer In The Square" event on September 7th, and it seems that God wants to do a significant work in America's greatest city. It is our prayerful goal at Harvest Ministries to provide two evangelistic opportunities that will follow these events and give the church an opportunity to proclaim with simplicity and directness what it means to follow Christ!
Joining me for both events on October 18-19 will be award-winning musical guests Mercy Me and Reliant K. We are looking for new churches that want to be part of the new believers discipleship process. You can register your interest online at ny.harvest.org. We will offer training for volunteers to help at both events, and your registration will insure that you'll get all the information you need.
I look forward to hearing from you and to linking our shields together as we seek to advance the gospel in the greater New York area.
Greg Laurie is sponsoring, through financial support, The New York City Leadership Center’s Sept. 2008 “Launch Event.” On The New York City Leadership Center’s website, their “Leadership Team” members are listed. Among those listed are Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Bob Buford, Ken Blanchard and Frances Hesselbein, the Chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute (Warren’s name has recently been removed). These team members are church growth kingpins and yet Laurie states that the organization they lead, The New York City Leadership Center, has been formed as a “move of God,” and Laurie approves of the 40 Days of Purpose campaign which these leaders will direct.
How can John Macarthur’s pastors claim that he has taken a strong stance against the church growth movement when he preaches with and fellowships with and endorses those who advocate this movement?
Chuck Smith also spoke with John Macarthur at Greg Laurie’s conference. A Calvary Chapel head pastor once told me that Chuck Smith, Greg Laurie’s pastor and the founder of the Calvary Chapel movement, considered Peter Drucker to be his good friend. This pastor told me that Smith met with Drucker to discuss matters concerning “the transitioning of his church.” I was able to confirm with Smith’s secretary that, indeed, Smith and Drucker had met for lunch. If he sought Drucker’s counsel, then Chuck Smith was seeking the counsel of a humanist and kabbalist Click here to read that Drucker's father was the Grand Master of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Austria.