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
Bill Hybels, Greg Laurie,
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
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
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
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."3
Unfortunately 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