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Mar 21, 2019 by Helena

Francis Chan Releases Statement as Reaction to Concerns About Him Speaking at The Send With "False Teachers"

Francis Chan has been targeted for his choice of speaking at the Send and other events with "false teachers." He shares on Charisma Magazine what he feels about it and why he made that choice. 

The Send, a gathering of nearly 60,000 in Orlando last month, featured speakers including Lou Engle, Benny Hinn, Todd White, Daniel Kolenda, Michael Koulianos and more.

Chan released a statement to wearechurch.com, he addresses these concerns, and his beliefs on the prosperity gospel and more. 

On the Prosperity Gospel Chan says: 

"My understanding of that term is that it refers to teachings which imply that if you follow Jesus, He will make you healthy and wealthy. It is often used to attract people to make a decision to follow Jesus so that they can spend the rest of their lives in health and prosperity.

I believe this is a dangerous teaching for several reasons

I believe this is a dangerous teaching for several reasons. First and foremost (in my opinion) is that it contradicts the teachings and example of Christ and the apostles. Jesus taught His disciples "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matt. 16:24). It was not a call to come and prosper but rather the opposite- a call to come and suffer. The New Testament is full of passages explaining the suffering that comes with a decision to follow Christ. I once gave a sermon where I went through every book of the New Testament and showed how suffering was in every book but one. Jesus was clear that following Him meant forsaking things of this earth to find a treasure far greater (Luke 9:58; Matt. 19:21, 13:44-46). This was exemplified by the martyred apostles who spent their lives joyfully suffering. Paul speaks about this when he compares his lifestyle of suffering in comparison to false teachers living in luxury (1 Cor. 4:8-13, 2 Cor. 4, 11). It is dangerous because it is not the gospel. ...

we shouldn't really care about earthly possessions

The New Testament does not teach that everyone should expect riches on earth. Instead, it teaches that we shouldn't really care about earthly possessions. We have been given something far greater, so we can be content with basic necessities (1 Tim. 6:8). Jesus taught his disciples to pray "give us this day our daily bread." We are promised provision, but not riches on earth (Matt. 6:31-33). If we are given more, it just means that we've been entrusted to use those resources for His kingdom (2 Cor. 8:1-15, Luke 16:1-15). Beware of teachers who spend a lot of time talking about becoming wealthy (1 Tim. 6:10)."

On False Teachers he states:

I believe it is absolutely biblical to call out certain false teachers and beg people to run from their teachings

"I believe it is absolutely biblical to call out certain false teachers and beg people to run from their teachings. We see Paul do this in the Scriptures. As I was growing in my faith, I was grateful for radio shows where false teachings were exposed. I have always wanted to be a person who did not shy away from controversy, boldly willing to call out false teachers. In my zeal, I often denounced teachers and denominations without having my facts in order. I was sometimes motivated by pride rather than love. I have had to repent before true brothers in the Lord that I one time slandered. As a dad, it's a terrifying thought to know that I inappropriately slandered one of God's sons or daughters.

I still strive to boldly call out false teachers, but I have found it hard to collect accurate data. I am willing to do it, but I want to do it with caution. I will be judged for every careless word spoken (Matt. 12:36). Whether it is due to carelessness or a desire for fame, many Christians have fallen into the worldly practice of creating fake news. Exaggerations are made because it makes things interesting, driving more traffic to their sites, leading to greater revenue and attention. Over the years, many things have been said about me that simply are not true. I can't know the motives, but I am sure it is untrue. In the same way, friends of mine have been misrepresented and their reputations unfairly tarnished. I want to make sure that I am not guilty of the same thing.

If there is not repentance, I believe it is right to warn against false teachers and separate from them

We live in a time when it is hard to discover the truth about any one person because there are a slew of voices quick to state their opinions as fact. So I now have a team of people researching to try and differentiate between rumors and truth. As I gather that information, I will seek out the teachers and address the issues in a biblical manner (Matt. 18). I will pray for and seek their repentance in love. If there is not repentance, I believe it is right to warn against false teachers and separate from them."

To read his complete statement go to wearechurch.com.



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