Warren, Blanchard, Hybels, Laurie, Buford – Launching New York Leadership Center

September 22, 2008

Another fine commentary from my brothers and sisters in the Lord at Lighthouse Trails. You should take note that Warren apologist Richard Abanes has never followed up on his initial warning about Ken Blanchard on Abanes website.

Could this move by Abanes own pastor be part of the reason Abanes has never followed up on Blanchard?

You decide.

A Lighthouse Trails Commentary

This past week marked the Launch of the New York City Leadership Center. This is a inter-religious venture that is being supported by some of the country’s most prolific Christian figures including Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Greg Laurie, Ken Blanchard, Bob Buford and Frances Hesselbein (representing the late Peter Drucker). The new Leadership Center hopes to “see the redemption of [their] communities through leaders leading together.”
1 The Leadership Center website states:

The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC) has been planted by Concerts of Prayer Greater New York to encourage, unify, and support faith leaders throughout the New York metropolitan area and beyond. We believe the redemption of our communities will be realized through effective leadership, coupled with the powerful embrace of united prayer.

Underlying the Center’s focus on helping the needy, the uneducated, etc., is the new spirituality that is being propagated today and carries the philosophy of emerging and contemplative spiritualities. 

Ken Blanchard, a proponent of mysticism, sits on the Advisory Board and will have significant influence in this new organization. Rick Warren is a major “evangelist” for both contemplative and emerging and will use the Center to launch his 40 Days of Love campaign.” Bob Buford, founder of the Leadership Network, was the driving force in initiating the emergent church movement. Peter Drucker worked with Buford on this formation. Bill Hybels has joined together with Brian McLaren and other emerging church leaders in bringing the new spirituality to the surface of evangelicalism. 

In June, Lighthouse Trails issued a report: “Greg Laurie Connects Purpose Driven to a Move of God – Gives Financial Support.” Laurie is one of two “event sponsors” for the New York Leadership Center’s Launch. The Center told Lighthouse Trails that this sponsorship was financial. While Laurie is a Calvary Chapel pastor (which has officially rejected Purpose Driven, contemplative, and emerging), his ministry supports the efforts of the New York Leadership Center. 2

As the nation’s Christian leaders race forward convincing tens of thousands of Christians that the church needs this inter-faith structure in order for the Gospel to be effective, they are simultaneously helping (whether they know it or not) to bring about a dangerous, mystical, interspiritual philosophy that will ultimately lead people away from the Cross and the Gospel message. Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, in particularly, have made it distinctly clear that they are on the emerging/contemplative spiritual path. 

These and other Christian “leaders” are focusing on “leadership.” But it is important to understand that what is taking place isn’t truly about leadership – it is about training people to follow: follow without question or dissention. Rick Warren’s ministry says those who oppose are like “leaders from hell.”3Unfortunately this path that so many people are now following will lead to great spiritual deception. 

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” I Timothy 4:1

One Response to “Warren, Blanchard, Hybels, Laurie, Buford – Launching New York Leadership Center”

  1. canyondweller said

    Don’t believe everything you read. Here is the Statement of Faith from this organization:


    We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
    We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
    We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. The express mandate of the Church is to fulfill the Great Commission.
    We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
    We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost that they are saved unto the resurrection of life.
    We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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