“Church of Tares” a must-see video

Got two hours of time to spare?  I hope so, because if you’ve ever wondered what the “big deal” is about the fruit of the Purpose Driven Church created by Peter Drucker and championed by Rick Warren, Bob Buford and Bill Hybels, this free video is well worth your time.  At about an hour and 46 minutes in, Stand Up For The Truth gets a mention about research we did last summer — and even if we weren’t in it, I’d strongly encourage you to watch this video!

“Can the Church borrow the marketing tools of the world and apply them to the Church? What is the history of the Church Growth movement and its false premises? Who is involved in the new evangelicalism and second reformation? Why are these movements embracing contemplative mysticism? How does this movement play into the New World Order?”  These questions and more are answered in Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker-Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order:

Here is how the producers describe their video project:

Church of Tares chronicles the man-centered pragmatism of these evangelical Christian movements in comparison to the Bible’s instruction for building the Church of Jesus Christ. As a sequel to The Real Roots of the Emergent Church, Church of Tares documents the connections between the liberal Emergent Church movement and the Church Growth movement. Both movements’ leadership were discipled by business management guru Peter Drucker, who was attracted to the megachurch movement as a social phenomenon that could bring about his “new society” and New World Order. Megacurch pastors Rick Warren and Bill Hybels as well as Leadership Network founder Bob Buford all acknowledge Drucker (who professed not to be a Christian) as their mentor and have built their organizations upon his secular business management philosophies rather than the foundation of Jesus Christ.

The fruit of these movements is great compromise of the Gospel and the Great Commission. Rick Warren claims to be ushering in a new spiritual awakening and second reformation with his P.E.A.C.E. Plan. But this reform appears to be a social reformation rather than a spiritual one by joining together in ministry with unbelievers to fight global giants. Such compromise has led to the affirming response letter to the Common Word document which declares Muhammad to be a prophet and the Bible and Qur’an to be of the “same Divine origin.”

Written, edited, narrated and directed by Elliott Nesch. Original interviews with:

  • Paul Smith, leader in the Calvary Chapel movement founded by his brother Chuck Smith, who also wrote the foreword to Paul Smith’s book New Evangelicalism: The New World Order.
  • Phil Johnson, executive Director of Grace to You, a Christian tape and radio ministry featuring the preaching ministry of John MacArthur.
  • Chris Rosebrough, Captain of Pirate Christian Radio and Host of the Fighting for the Faith radio program, holds a degree in Religious Studies and Biblical Languages from Concordia University.
  • Joe Schimmel, Senior Pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California, head of Good Fight Ministries and producer of such films as The Submerging Church and They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll.
  • Gary Gilley, Senior Pastor of Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois, and author of several books including This Little Church Went to the Market: The Church in the Age of Entertainment.
  • Bob DeWaay, former Senior Pastor of Twin City Fellowship in Minneapolis, Minnesota, author of Redefining Christianity: Understanding the Purpose Driven Life Movement, The Emergent Church — Undefining Christianity as well as over 90 articles on important theological issues through Critical Issues Commentary.
  • Ray Yungen, speaker, research analyst and author of A Time of Departing and For Many Shall Come in My Name.
  • James Sundquist, founder of Rock Salt Publishing and author of Who’s Driving the Purpose Driven Church?
  • Eric Ludy, bestselling author of dozens of books on Christian thought and living, the President of Ellerslie Mission Society, teaching pastor at the Church at Ellerslie, the lead instructor in the Ellerslie Leadership Training.
  • Robert LeBus, Bible researcher, apologist and evangelist.

This film is non-profit and FREE, not to be bought or sold, but you do have permission to make copies and distribute freely. To obtain a DVD, simply contact us for a free copy or make a donation with your request:


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6 Responses to “Church of Tares” a must-see video

  1. Sondra Gillis says:

    Please send CD "Chruch of Tares". Thanking you in advance!


  2. Mary says:

    Hi Amy

    This video is definitely a 'must see' for all Christians! Especially for those who are attending a church where they once heard their pastor preach Biblically solid sermons, but now they can't quite figure out what is happening in their church. This video gives clear and detailed information to help people understand about the 'church growth movement' and how important it is for all of us to be as the Bereans and to 'examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said (and done by those who claim to speak for God) is true,' (Acts 17:11) so that we will not be led into deception.

    I attended Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows for almost 15 years, but chose to leave at the end of Jan. 2012 after the 'Elephant Room Conference,' so I take a personal interest in this video (and have watched it at least four times now) and appreciate it very much because it addresses the serious concerns that many of us as Christians have with Steven Furtick, Perry Noble, and others. This video is one of the best I have seen, because it gives clear answers to reveal to people what is sadly taking place within many churches today.

    May God use His Word and this video to reveal truth to those who are confused and searching for answers.

    Looking forward to tomorrow's show!

    God Bless You


    • Solomon says:

      I have seen quite a few DVD's on the problems of Rick Warren's PDL and seeker sensitive movement, and I must say this 2 hour long video is the best as far as I am concerned. It gives credits where it's due (e.g. WR's PEACE plan do help to improve the living conditions of the poor) and then it points out the underlying problems behind all these 'good social works'. Also scriptures are quoted appropriately at the right time and most of the people being interviewed give fair and correct comments.
      One question for Mary. We have switched over from a PD church to a Harvest Bible Chapel (in Toronto, Canada) a few years ago. We find the preaching is very solid and Biblical. Can you explain what you mean by "Elephant Room Conference"? and why it made you leave Harvest after 15 years? I thought all Harvest BC are Biblically sound churches set up by James McDonald.


      • Mary says:

        Solomon, first may I say, "Praise God that your church is no longer a PD church!" I would somehow love to hear how that successfully happened, knowing in most instances those who rebel against this change are simply removed!

        In answer to your question concerning '"The Elephant Room Conference" and why did it make me leave,' I will try to be brief out of respect for Amy, because my answer in detail would make an entire post. James MacDonald came up with the idea for this conference. Here is the 'Purpose Statement' that was once posted on 'The Elephant Room' website, but is no longer there:

        “The Elephant Room is more than an event. It is the outgrowth of an idea. The idea that the best way forward for the followers of Jesus lies not in crouching behind walls of disagreement but in conversation of all kinds of leaders about what the Scriptures actually teach. We must insist on the Biblical Gospel, right doctrine and practice but not isolate ourselves from relationship even with those who believe much differently.

        These are conversations about the most Christ honoring ways of building a church. Our goal is unity, however a true unity cannot be fashioned in pretense or denial of truth nor can it be won among those who prefer sectarianism to the unity Jesus prayed for. To advance Christ’s call to unity we must do what men have always done, we must push and prod and challenge and sharpen each other’s beliefs and methods. Fidelity and fruitfulness, both matter. No one has a corner on the truth and methods must do more than ‘work.’ "

        When I first heard about this conference I had mixed feelings because of who James was getting involved with: Steven Furtick, Perry Noble, and then T D Jakes, a known Modalist –he held to the heretical view that denies the individual persons of the Trinity. But since James had not given us any reason to doubt his intentions before, I thought that he would indeed stand strong for Biblical truth as he had faithfully done in the past and that he would lovingly, but firmly confront any pastor who either had false doctrine or some unbiblical ways of preaching or worldly methods of reaching those who attended their churches. But sadly, it was clear by listening to many videos of the conversations that took place with T D Jakes during E R 2, (search "Reviewing the Comments of T D Jakes in the Elephant Room" -James White, as well as "Chris Rosebrough Deals With T D Jakes Apparent Reversal on the Trinity" on YouTube) that at the end of the night he was declared as having embraced the Biblical understanding of the Trinity, in spite of the fact that he continued to use Modalistic language as he explained what he now believes. You could hear many people applauding in the audience which means that many left there that night with the understanding that he was indeed a "brother-in-Christ," and nothing could be further from the truth.

        There were many other things that happened that led me to leave, but that was the deciding factor. I wrote about it in great detail on my blog, but I don't want to post the link to it here. If you're interested you can ask Amy and I give her permission to share that with you.

        My final comments to you would be: Continue to be the Berean that you appear to be, and whomever your pastor is make sure to test every message he preaches in light of Scripture, and check every verse that is preached to make sure it is not taken out of context. Make sure your pastor is accountable to your elders, unlike James who has more power than his elders do. I could say much more, but I have said enough. Above all, pray. Pray for James. Pray for whomever your pastor is, whether you actually have your own pastor, or if you will have James live streamed into your church. Pray for discernment and wisdom for you, as well as for all the people in your church and in all the Harvest Bible Chapels that James intends to plant all across Canada…and throughout many parts of the world. God bless you, Solomon. (Great name to have!)


  3. June Tomlinson says:

    Hi! I subscribe your weekly email I live in the United Kingdom please could you contact me for my address, I don't know if you had it when I signed up with you, as I would like the free dvd called "Church of Tares.

    Thank you
    God Bless


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