The Call

Dr. James Dobson speaking at The Call, San Diego.

Dr. James Dobson speaking at The Call, San Diego.

Thousands of Christians gathered at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Nov. 1, to fast and pray in support of Proposition 8 — which would ban same-sex marriage.

The Call” received support from prominent evangelical leaders like Dr. James Dobson (who spoke at the event) and from many Southern California churches — even though its list of organizers reads like a “Who’s Who” of the apostolic-prophetic movement. Well-known “apostles” and “prophets” behind the event include founder Lou Engle, C. Peter Wagner, Che Ahn, Rick Joyner, Bill Hamon, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, Dutch Sheets and more. See the national board and advisory board.

What’s the problem with this? The apostolic-prophetic movement promotes modern-day “apostles” and “prophets” who claim to wield unlimited authority and give new doctrinal revelation in addition to Scripture. It’s teachings have historically been considered outside orthodox Christianity.

Why would mainstream evangelicals like Dr. Dobson, Michael W. Smith (Christian musician) and Steve Douglas (president of Campus Crusade) partner with this fringe movement? (See other prominent evangelicals here.) My guess — and hope — is that they aren’t aware of the organizers’ teachings. But in their zest to support marriage and family values, their participation gives the movement greater visibility and credibility in mainstream evangelicalism.

As a result, many Christians who never heard of Lou Engle or Cindy Jacobs or Dutch Sheets before are going to want to learn more about them, buy their books and attend their churches. Then they’re going to start being exposed to dangerous apostolic-prophetic teachings.

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11 Responses to The Call

  1. Heather Fuller says:

    Thank you so much for getting this information out! I thank the Lord for somehow finding your blog b/c so far I’ve no one who has nailed down what my husband is into. He like me has been a protestant for many years and on his website gracehead.com someone linked him trumpetcallofgodonline.com who claims to be a modern day prophet. In trying to prove this stuff wrong, my husband became brainwashed by this demonic stuff. My husband had been dabbling in the weird before this trumpet stuff so he did have the door for evil slightly a jar enough for the legions of demons to come and take over Trent’s mind.

    Anyway, I can’t wait to read more of your blog to help me understand more of this “movement” that I’m pretty sure that my husband is into.

  2. JW says:

    Well Done! I really appreciate the truth that you represent here in your response to ‘The Call!’
    The multitudes that continue to flock to these gatherings sadden me very much as ‘Truth’ is set aside for a false message inside a false church.

    I am refreshed by the blessed reminders of truth amidst so much error!

  3. Servant2112 says:

    Holly,

    Have you ever heard of Rev Samuel (Sammy) Rodriguez? He’s the grand-high poohbah, what’s-in-charge of evangelical pentacostal hispanics, or something like that. He is on the Elijah list and I strongly suspect that he’s a dominionist. He was a guest-speaker at my ex-church, and his theology is fishy. I care because my sister, brother-in-law, and niece seem to think the sun rises and sets on this guy. I want to show my family that he’s involved in bad theology, but I need more evidence than just my gut feeling.

    I believe he’s involved with this whole group of apostolic kindom now dominionist men and women. He’s hard to pin down, though. Please let me know if you find anything.

    Thank you, and God bless!

  4. Anezka says:

    Are you really sure that this movement is not of God? Have you ever considered praying hard about it before writing this blog? I am not saying that you are wrong. It’s just that I am familiar with similar movements and the amazing thing is, God has used some of these people listed as organizers, to minister to my life. And I know that it was of God. I am not the type of person who gets easily carried away but I am careful to ask God, consult the scriptures… etc. I just feel that if this move is really of the Holy Spirit, we will be severely judged for passing judgment on these people.

  5. Marian says:

    I think this article is a bunch of bunk..Ihave personaly and sat under the very annointed ministry of Dutch Sheets, Cindy Jacobs and Lou engle..they are great people and filled with the Holy Spirit and led by the Spirit and His word in what they teach. Don;t judge God’s annointed or you may be judged yourselves.

  6. Brian says:

    The Call was wonderful and God is using these men. This article is sad and the author is totally missing what God is doing in the earth today.

  7. bibbo says:

    i am saddened but not surprised that articles like these exist. i thank the author for raising questions non of those involved would like to ask, but i am saddened because of the way it attacked the ministers, prophets, & evenagelists mentioned..it is correct that we should “test the spirits”, but shouldn’t our speech be “always with grace” (Col 4:6) whenever we speak of our fellow brothers & sisters in Christ? i am not surpised by the attacks being made against them..throughout the old testament, God’s prophets have been killed/imprisoned/murdered/slandered/etc. again & again bec. the people fail to hear what God is truly saying…i hope & pray that before you (the owner of this blog) make another post, that you seek God & spend time praying about your post before attacking another bro/sis in Christ…

    p.s.
    i am a product of the jesusrevolution – a move in the Philippines that was inspired first by the Promise Keepers & then by the Call…

  8. andreas andri says:

    I think you are like my friend. Anticharismatic movement, but now he is a mouslem (Islam).

  9. Scott says:

    This article hits it on the head. I wrote Dobson after this happened and his people said that they didn’t agree with these others but they shared the concern over gay marriage. I have spent a couple of years studying these movements – they are difficult to nail down they say they believe one thing but practice another. It is all about control – anyone who opposes them has a spirit or they use the don’t touch the Lords anointed line.
    The real problem with what is going on here is that they are attempting to become holy on their own by what they do – to find some new secret thing – to get in to some select group of Christians by what they do. They focus on being the elect rather than letting God work in their lives, and understanding grace and giving grace to others. What they are really doing is Gnostic and has more in common with Islam than with true Christianity.
    Unfortunately it has infested almost every Church like a parasite. You will notice that they are not looking to seek and save the lost – but rather entice Christians to come to the inner circle – the new thing the elite. What they do is get Christians to use their pride to overcome carnal sins – Trading carnal sins for spiritual ones.
    I have seen the destruction that this movement has done in churches and other organizations. Read about what these people are saying – honestly its really really scary!
    Scott

  10. Nathan Price says:

    Perhaps evangelical leaders are partnering with them because they stand with Scripture and the heart of God.

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