This is an alert for our readers:
A much-publicized Christian “impact” conference is coming to Miami, FL this weekend, February 10-12. It is youth-oriented, having rock-style music and fiery preaching. Some of the keynote speakers are quite well known in the Christian community. Some come from churches and Christian organizations which have solid grace-oriented statements of faith and salvation. But please be forewarned that some of the speakers are from churches or ministries supporting Calvinist/Lordship Faith teachings.
Here are some of the speakers speaking at the ONE Conference:
Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse, a worldwide help organization
Frank Harrison, a Coca Cola executive and well-known Christian conference speaker
Francis Chan, Conference Speaker, Author, radical Lordship Faith promoter (see any of the many articles on the Expreacherman site for more detail on his teaching).
Bob Coy, Calvary Chapel, Ft. Lauderdale
Brian Houston, Hillsong Church, Sydney; Carl Lentz, Hillsong, NYC. Hillsong Church has a troublesome LS type statement of faith regarding salvation: “We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.”
James MacDonald, Harvest Bible Chapel, Chicago. The Harvest Bible Chapel statement on salvation is equally troublesome to the Hillsong statement, again, promoting a Calvinist/ Lordship Faith salvation plan. It reads,
“We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the substitutionary atonement in our place, and that salvation is found in none other than Jesus Christ. Before Creation, God chose those who would be saved and granted this unearned grace solely based on His sovereign good pleasure. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was the sole and complete payment for sins, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath, for each person that turns from sin in repentance and places their faith in Christ alone by grace alone. At salvation each person is made a new creation by the Holy Spirit, declared righteous before God, and secured as an adopted child of God forever. Genuine faith continues in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life eager to glorify God and persevere to the end.”
Rich Wilkerson, The Rendezvous, Miami. The ministry’s statement on salvation is more toward the Biblical Ephesians 2:8-9: “This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone . . .” However, “repentance” as a term is used but not defined and fruits of the spirit and a holy life are expected evidences of true salvation.
Britt Merrick, Reality Church, Santa Barbara. The church is self-described as “missional” in focus, but does not appear to be connected with the neo-Calvinist movement. Decent statement of belief: “We Believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that all are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God’s grace through faith alone are we saved.”
Greg Laurie, Harvest Church, Riverside, CA. Well-known radio Bible teacher and conference speaker (Harvest Crusades).
Scott Harrison, founder of clean water well-building worldwide help organization called, “WATER.”
Ed Young, Fellowship Church, Dallas. Pretty solid statements of belief on salvation and eternal security: “Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. . . . Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God [John 10:27-30], not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.”
Pedro Garcia, Calvary Church Kendall, Miami. Statement of faith looks alright, but, sadly, the web site recommends books by Calvinist or LS writers like John Stott, Francis Chan and Timothy Keller.
Miles McPherson, Rock Church, San Diego. Web site’s heading on its statement of belief regarding salvation bore the questionable wording, “Repent and Believe.” But upon downloading the complete statement it presented a grace gospel message.
Christine Caine, Equip and Empower Ministries, Sydney. Statement on salvation looked fine.
That’s about it for now. Feel free to check out these individuals on your own as well. Please let us know if you have any additional information or warnings about the ONE conference or about any of its speakers.