Emergent Catalyst Conference spreads a wider web

The eight-year-strong Catalyst franchise conference aimed at millennials has long pushed a leftist social justice message rather than the Gospel of the Cross. But as we see more and more leadership conferences pushing the message of UNITY, I’ve been noticing of late the premiere Catalyst Conference is spreading a wider net to include Word of Faith and Dominionism (NAR) celebrities. This year’s theme doubles down on unity, with “Uncommon Fellowship.” Here are this year’s seeker-mergent growth gurus gathering Oct. 5-7 in Atlanta:

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A couple of links to check if you’re not sure what’s wrong with this picture: Brian Houston, Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Judah Smith.

What’s Chuck Swindoll doing there, you might ask? You may be surprised to know he has been a part of Catalyst almost from the beginning, not as a speaker necessarily, but as one of its contributors. Swindoll was Catalyst’s 2009 lifetime achievement award winner. Here’s the podcast in which he speaks about brokenness, accountability and why it is dangerous to be successful. Yes, he actually speaks about Jesus, and the perils of fame. Perhaps some of this year’s celeb speakers should go back and take a listen. Perhaps someone should let Swindoll know that his involvement lends credibility to the wolves.

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I’ve been to Catalyst, and I can tell you that amid the iPad giveaways, circus tricks (I watched someone being shot out of a cannon), and the Doritos commercial the audience helped film, Jesus Christ is not glorified. I can also tell you that a wide range of doctrines not of Scripture are included in the ever inclusive net of unity. Check out what Catalyst is all about:

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5 Responses to Emergent Catalyst Conference spreads a wider web

  1. Ron Rilee says:

    What a barf of a lineup. Our D inlaw loves Hatmaker form the If simulcast, and my wife’s cousin attends The City Church with Judah. Stanley should go on tour with Rob Bell.

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  2. Nellie says:

    Just for curiosity, how does a rapper (if he is a Christian) promote Jesus by calling himself “Propaganda?” Back up band is called “Monkey Got Game,” I think…

    You know what I miss? A good old fashioned, down-to-earth prayer meeting. Now we need conferences that fill large buildings and gain some popularity. Just as most of them just mosey along without any knowledge or fear of the Lord. We can’t get on our knees anymore. We want entertainment branded with a weak Christian theme.
    Yeah, make me different. Thus, the Emergent Church has brought another brand of Christianity to the deceived. Take a bow, Y’all must be proud.

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  3. Manny1962 says:

    The Emergent Church and the NAR are clearly steering onward to Rome, there’s no doubt in my mind they’re the catalyst of the ecumenical movement that seeks to bring Protestantism and Romanism together under a pope, who in my opinion will point to the antichrist as the new messiah. Notice how Rick Warren melds Islam and Christianity, many mix Judaism (Old Testament) and Christianity, truly as we were warned by the apostles……… The world doesn’t want Christ, the world wants “peace,” wealth, health, hedonism and libertinism. Clearly we are living in the days foretold by the prophets, I feel sad for anyone who thinks “The Church” will redeem this government, this culture and this planet.

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    • Sola Scriptura says:

      Amen Manny…and the pope is the spiritual heir of Nimrod (aka Baal, Osiris, Gilgamesh,etc.), hence sun symbology everywhere (the monstrance, the host, and in much of their architecture). If only we knew what the hierarchy of the RCC truly believed….Everyone who is not a Bible believing Christian, is working for the antichrist, whether they know it yet or not.

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  4. Q says:

    Excellent article.

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