The Together 2016 Conference (Or Reset 2016) is intended to tear down denominational walls and promote unity between believers. A confirmed list of all speakers can be found here. Originally, this article was going to be given its title based off of who will all be showing up, but that would have made the title too long (Something along the lines of "Lecrae, Trip Lee, Josh McDowell, Ronnie Floyd, Ravi Zacharias, Andy Mineo, Tedashii, and Francis Chan to appear with Christine Caine, Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, and Kirk Franklin"). The site states that its goal is to, "meet on the National Mall to come together around Jesus in unified prayer, worship, and a call for catalytic change. " (Source). Take a look at the lineup. While there are those who don't preach a different Gospel, there certainly are some who will be there that aren't. Namely, members of the Hillsong Cult: Hillsong UNITED and Pastrix Christine Caine.
Hillsong is a Word of Faith cult founded by Brian Houston. From 1983 to 1999, Hillsong remained a single church. After that, the Cult spread to a widespread denomination. Brian Houston still leads the cult, being the lead pastor of the Hillsong Sydney Mega-Church. People like Carl Lentz have also arisen in Hillsong. A few months before his death, the late Ken Silva wrote about how Lentz was caving on the homosexuality issue. In the past year, Pulpit and Pen picked the story up. In these posts, you can see that not only Lentz was caving, but so has Brian Houston. Houston is the pastor of the church that most of Hillsong UNITED attends, and not only has he been getting close to Vinism, but has also taught the Prosperity Gospel. In the year 2000, Houston wrote a book full of the Prosperity Gospel which was called, "You Need More Money" (Source).
If it isn't enough that Christine Caine is a member of this Hillsong Cult and that she was a protege of Joyce Meyer, take a look at her own words. In her book Living Life Undaunted, Caine said, "Obedience to God is the key to a life full of love, joy, peace, hope, progress, success , blessing , abundance, and prosperity." I would like to point you to Apostle James, who was beheaded. Or Stephen the Deacon, who was stoned. Let's look at Church History. We will see men like Jan Hus, who was tricked, betrayed, and burned at the stake. We can also see William Tyndale, who was hunted down, arrested, tortured, suffocated, and then had his body burned. John Foxe's Acts and Monuments (Or Foxe's Book of Martyrs) is a great refutation of the Prosperity Gospel. Another important issue with the Prosperity Gospel is that it confuses the promises of God. God doesn't promise material wealth or Earthly success or physical healing. Instead, He promised forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him. The Prosperity Gospel makes His promises weak and cheapened in comparison.
However, Hillsong isn't the only Word of Faith cult that will be represented there. Also there will be Kari Jobe. Kari Jobe is the worship pastrix of Gateway Church (Source), which is pastored by Word of Faith teacher Robert Morris.
It is clear that this is not a conference people should be speaking at as believers. However, who is sharing the stage with these people? Trip Lee. Ronnie Floyd. Tedashii. Lecrae. Ravi Zacharias. Francis Chan. Kirk Franklin. Josh McDowell (Which disappoints me, because I like McDowell). Many of these same people would claim to be critics of the Prosperity Gospel. Keep this verse in mind while contemplating whether or not they should be doing this:
"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting." (2 John 1:10, ESV)
[Writer's Note: In the context of the verse above, bringing someone into your home would be considered a sign of approval.]
[Writer's Note: Amy Spreeman from Berean Research wrote an article about this as well. You can read her article here.]
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