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Prepared for the members of the Madison Church of Christ

By ConcernedMembers

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE MADISON CHURCH OF CHRIST?
So you, son of man. I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for me.

Ezekiel 33:7




1ST EDITION



INDEX


PREFACE
BACKGROUND MATERIAL

SADDLEBACK-THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH NIGHTMARE...............................................................................3

THE CHRISTIAN CHRONICLE FACILITATES THE COMMUNITY CHURCH TAKEOVER OF

THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST............................................................................................................................21

THE COMMUNITY CHURCH......................................................................................................................................23

THE PEOPLE'S CHURCH-A WAYWARD VESSEL....................................................................................................25

WILLOW CREEK.....HEGELIAN DIALECTIC AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER........................................................28
TIMELINE- WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK AT MADISON CHURCH OF CHRIST?....................................................29
DEACONS BEG FOR ANSWERS & THE ELDERS RESPOND......................................................................................34
CONCERNED MEMBERS LETTER TO CONGREGATION............................................................................................39
THE FINAL REPORT AND VOTE TOTALS.....................................................................................................................41
COMMENTS WRITTEN ON THE VOTING BALLOTS....................................................................................................48
WHO IS LARRY SULLIVAN & THE STRAUSS INSTITUTE?..........................................................................................50
TRANSCRIPT OF BEN JONES’ REMARKS & CLOSING PRAYER...............................................................................51
TRANSCRIPT OF TOM HADDON’S CLASS - HOW TO TRANSITION THE MADISON CONGREGATION TOWARD SADDLEBACK AND HOLY ENTERTAINMENT..............................................................................................................54
INTERVIEW WITH GARY McDADE OF THE GETWELL CHURCH OF CHRIST...........................................................61
BOB JOHNSON ON “THE COVENANT OF MEMBERSHIP”..........................................................................................66
DAVID LIPSCOMB ON CHURCH AUTHORITY..............................................................................................................68
A STUDY OF THE MADISON CHURCH OF CHRIST ELDERS & THEIR ACTIONS......................................................69
TO THE ELDERS OF 683 CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN THE CHANNEL 5 VIEWING AREA.........................................71
ORDER FORM.................................................................................................................................................................72
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PREFACE
What Happened At the Madison Church of Christ?
There are thousands of churches being taken over across America.
This book is only about one of those churches. It's about the Madison Church of Christ. By studying the methods used here along with the resource references you might be able to inoculate your church. At the very least you will recognize the signs early on. Many of the current members of the Madison Church of Christ still don't know what happened.

Some never will know! This book is for them as well.
Madison Church of Christ was a 60-year-old church. At one time it was one of the largest churches in the US, and the largest Church of Christ. It thrived for many years on the vision of its elders and those of it's ministers. Those visions undoubtedly came from the inspired word of Jesus Christ.
At sometime in the last 10 years there was a deliberate plan by a majority of the elders to take the Madison Church of Christ into a more worldly realm. They used secrecy, covert planning, and outside sources to scheme and to change the format and direction of the Madison Church of Christ. The Elders knew that the membership would never approve such a plan. Using the tools of the "Community Church Movement"(consultants, books, seminars, meetings, planters, seeders) they slowly started initiating change so the members never noticed it until it was too late.....
At the heart of the plan was the fact that old members were going to be driven off so new techniques could be used to go out and reach the un-churched through new "Contemporary Holy Entertainment" methods developed by the "Community Church Movement.” Old members had to be kept on board long enough to get their plans ready, or the funds would not be there to pay for the new building. So by the plans very nature, it had to be secret.
The church had no plan in effect to renew or approve elders. There was never any need. The elders had always been “as approved by God.” Ten of the last fifteen elders would begin to shed some doubt on that. The Elders did not even need a majority at first, because some of the elders went along unwittingly.
This edition starts shortly after some of the members begin to smell something strange in January 2001. Later editions may go back and fill in some of the timeline.
To even start to understand what's happening here, you must read the background materials in the first of the book. This is only the first edition, and not the end. New editions will be printed as needed. To keep abreast of current changes, please visit our web site; http://www.concernedmembers.com/madison
Here is the list of players;
5 Godly Elders

10 Not so Godly Elders

120 "Deacons" (allegiance unknown)

2,800 - 4,000 church "members"

2 "teners" (people who have publicly confessed to have broken all ten commandments)

Unknown number of "sinners" (This is what the 10 elders call us.)

Unknown number of "demons" (Flying everywhere, too many to count)



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SADDLEBACK- THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN CHURCH NIGHTMARE!

"everything is done so that the people really won’t understand what is happening"

"Right, the other thing they do, is that they will split the service and they will have a

traditional service for the elderly people who don’t want to go into these changes

and then they will have a second, more contemporary service for the youth"

Comments added to beginning by Despatch Editor…W. B. Howard

Extract from Despatch Magazine Vol. 13:2 [June 2001] Entire magazine online
If our readers absorb no more than this article from the whole of the June Despatch, then they would have done well!
We urge you to take especial note of the following material, as it contains info. Which is almost unbelievable! When we listened to the audio tapes from which we have gathered the material herein, I had a strong realization that we were listening to a description of the Antichrist system seeking to obliterate from the earth Biblical Christianity and the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! This is something so innovative and efficient that one is immediately enlightened to the fact that brilliant brains have planned all this out, and that really no group of men could be so blasted clever! Behind this planning an ancient, evil conductor holds the baton to which tune these people are playing. What am I getting keyed up about here? RICK WARREN and the “Purpose-Driven Church” programs for church expansion!!! Also heavily interacting is BILL HYBELS and his church expansion programs. We will give our readers the following transcript, straight from the audios of RADIO LIBERTY, USA, with Dr Stanley Monteith interviewing Robert Klenck, tapes entitled, “Marketing Christianity” One and Two.
A business consultant, who has been working with the international bankers, has designed the Purpose-Driven Church programs. Robert Klenck reveals a sinister involvement with the Rockefellers. The robbing of the Gospel of such matters as awareness of sin, need to repent and become righteous in God’s enabling, the sacrifice of Christ’s Blood for remission of sin, separation from the evil world etc is what makes the “success” of the Purpose-Driven Church program possible. Therefore we Bible Christians are encountering a highly effective way of defeating Christianity by means of enticing churches to seek numbers, power, money (from tithes and donations etc), and very large buildings. The enticement includes the dialectic approach which makes “Christians” value “meeting the needs” of an ungodly society, instead of standing firm on the truths of God’s Word and obeying His commands - and knowingly preaching unpopular messages which lead to spiritual repentance. The “success” in the world’s eyes can be very great by giving way to these business programs, the masses are flocking to be in churches which bring a popular message, give them rock music, lovely buildings and accommodating, pleasant, worldly- wise preachers. These programs are here in Australia, believers. Already in the USA some 150,000 pastors have been trained up in these awesomely powerful brainwashing programs. The most alarming matter presented by Robert Klenck is the revealing of the PROFILING and DATA BASING of congregations for the political powers of the New World Order. Also the COVENANTS which people sign which bind them to the Purpose-Driven Church programs - they will refuse to turn against these Change-Agents because the naïve congregations feel they will be denying Christ Jesus if they do so!

Dean Gotcher is mentioned in this transcript we have a video of his available taken from the NTSC format to our PAL version. ($10 including postage and handling within Aust. )

Email: iardeangotcher@yahoo.com For enquiries of Dean Gotcher himself.



Our Alpha Expose material relates both to this transcript and Dean Gotcher … another brain washing technique. Material available from our site, use the online search engine or write to us for details.

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[Segments have been removed that were unimportant to the subject i.e. extraneous chatter.]

TRANSCRIPTION OF AUDIO TAPE - JUNE, 2001.

SIDE ONE OF TAPE NUMBER 1.

DR. STANLEY MONTEITH WITH ROBERT KLENCK.
TITLE: MARKETING CHRISTIANITY.

INTRODUCTION BY DR. MONTEITH -

his background as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr Monteith introduces Dr. Robert Klenck.
TOPIC: SELLING CHRISTIANITY.
There is a conscious, organized effort to change the message and the music of the Christian Church - to make it more acceptable to the world. Well, I always thought Christianity was supposed to transform the world, but of course if you look you can see what’s happening today and you look at the statistics on divorce in the church - well, it is just as much in the church as it is outside the church - maybe even more. As far as abortion, as far as so many other things that go on, there is not much difference between the church and society as a whole.
Is that what God intended? I thought that Christianity was supposed to transform individuals and not make them more like the world. One thing that happened, and I think increasingly I hear this from across the country, is that the music of the church has changed and instead of the great hymns of Christendom now we have a rock band and a loud beat because of course, it will appeal to the young people. We justify that because we want to get the young people into the church and that of course we talk about things like sin. Oh we don’t want to tell people they are sinners. After all that’s going to make them feel bad about themselves and hurt their self-esteem.
In fact, apparently Robert Schuller, who is a very, very successful minister, has said “You know, you would never want to tell them they were a sinner”, and so we no longer talk about hell or damnation or the fact that we really need a Savior - we make ourselves feel good about ourselves and that is going to get us into church. But is it going to change our lives? Is it going to transform society?
Well, we are going to be talking about this. Dr. Klenck has done a lot of work, a lot of study on this and he is one of the most articulate spokesmen on this most important of the subjects.
Bob, (Dr. Klenck,) I thank you for being with us this evening.
(For the benefit of transcription, Dr. Monteith will be identified as D.M. and Dr. Klenck as B.K.)

B.K.: You are very welcome.
D.M.: Bob has worked with us, his wife Tammy has been working with us but she is not going to be with us tonight. She is into a lot of other very, very important issues. But why don’t you tell our listeners how you got involved in this. Why have you put the time and study into this and of course, what you found so you just go ahead and just start telling us why you have began to study this so called “Church Growth Movement” that is to make Christianity more palatable to people and bring them into the church.



B.K.: Back in 1993 is when the Lord drew us to Him and we became saved and then shortly after that we were in a small Baptist Church and this was in 1994. We were baptised there and then the pastor started to bring some changes into the church. He brought in material from Pastor Rick Warren apparently he had gone to some conferences with Pastor Warren and was really touting his material, touting his (Rick Warren’s) whole programme and implementing all of it in a very rapid fashion at the church. He (the pastor) was telling us stories about how the little small church was going to grow to huge numbers and also was boosting me into leadership. He wanted me to be, sort of, his right hand man and be close to him from the ground floor and twenty years from now we would be able to look back and look on this huge ministry and say that we had been there, you know, right from the beginning all along.
But quite a few changes started to happen in the church. The music was changing - was part of it, bigger changes that he was doing, he took the pews out of the sanctuary and replaced those with chairs. They restructured, what they called ‘discipleship’ and they started to put us on tracks to leadership - we had to go through courses and they implemented ‘101’, ‘201’ and ‘301’ courses that they wanted everybody in the church to be involved with the courses and they would do assessments at the end, tests and tests and assessments of us, also required that people sign covenants in order to move on to the next level which of course in the Scripture we are commanded not to sign any covenants because it says that let our yes be yes and our nay be nay any more than this comes of evil.
D.M.: Alright, now of course did you notice that they were sort of changing the structure of the service, in other words - and the minister, instead of coming in a coat and tie was coming in more casual dress and people certainly were encouraged, at least indirectly, to be casual in their approach to the services?
B.K.: Yes, that is a very big part of it as well, is the right to not be intimidating to so called ‘seekers’ - unchurched people - churched and unchurched people trying to bring in more unchurched and again trying to make it so that it was more of a ‘comfortable’ - more of an entertaining type of service.
They started to bring in more drama - actually, even the day that we were baptised - the pastor dramatised the point - actually chained himself to the pulpit - he was chained to the pulpit during the entire service. It wasn’t until somebody actually brought the key - it was ‘Jesus Christ’ and unlocked him from the ‘bondage’ of his chains - things like that.
D.M.: What you are getting was more of entertainment rather than relying upon the Christian message. Entertainment - things that would hold people’s attention, a drama, a video, a television and things of that sort. Is that what they were sort of getting into?
B.K.: Right.
D.M.: What about dance and other things of that sort?
B.K.: Well we weren’t there all that long, so we saw a lot of these being implemented and then we left because - the main reason we left was 2 reasons:
(1) That he was going away from deep Scriptural teaching - much more superficial messages. He would give a hand out which had a few ‘fill in blanks’ and basically once you fill in the four blanks which were on handout, that meant the sermon was over.
D.M.: But of course now, wasn’t this really trying to get people into church - wasn’t the motivation behind it certainly a good one, in other words, that if we can get people into church, why then of course, we can get them the Gospel after that.
B.K.: Ostensibly, that’s what is stated.
D.M.: Of course, weren’t a lot of the courses - what happened in these courses - that you had to take ‘101, ‘201’ and ‘301’ ?

(D.M. states on the tape that these course numbers are ‘101’, ‘102’ and ‘103, where in B.K.’s introduction they are different - have altered the transcription to agree with B.K. J.S.). Did that take you into the Gospel itself?



B.K.: Some of it did. Some of it was around the Gospel, but then it was more geared, especially in the ‘301’ course towards ‘spiritual gifts assessments’ where they are actually doing psychological profiles on the people in the congregation and finding out where your strengths and where your weaknesses are and then trying to motivate you to use your areas of strength in ministry. So at the - the nicest way to say it, I guess, was that it was fitting people to the task which was o.k. However, the more sinister side of it is that they are actually doing personality profiling on people and data basing people and sharing this information with other agencies.
D.M.: Other agencies - within the church, of course?
B.K.: Well no, Governmental agencies.
D.M.: Wait a minute now, why would the church share anything with the government agency?
B.K.: Well, in order to first maintain 501C3 tax exempt status and we are seeing this more and more as the church is being partnered with the government so called ‘faith based’ organisations in order to dole out social programmes for the U.S. government. Both political parties have been involved with that, currently President Bush is pushing hard for this.
D.M.: Jesse Jackson, of course has been using that scam for a long time. He did very, very well. In fact, his mistress was very happy because he was paying for her salary and her accommodations out of the money he had apparently, most of it coming from Government grants to his multiple ministries. But be that as it may. Of course, does something like this work? In other words, does it have an impact on people beginning to come to the church more and more? Did the church begin to grow?
B.K.: It did begin to grow but I would not call it good growth. The youth group was the biggest amount of growth and the kids that were involved were pretty rebellious youth and were not really being challenged in the youth groups to live Godly lives.
D.M.: But of course, they were coming to church, weren’t they and at least hearing something about Jesus Christ? Or were they just sort of coming to church because it was entertaining?
B.K.: For the most part, it was entertaining and they did youth trips and did ice-skating and various areas that they would pay for with the church’s funds that was certainly a drawing card. Very little with respect to exposure to the Gospel, again really the command to lead Godly lives and I remember even one episode where one of the fathers in the church took his 16 year old daughter down to have a tattoo for her sixteenth birthday. And that was sort of common type of things we saw going on there.
D.M.: But of course, the children were entertained and it at least got them out of the streets. Did they sort of justify that at least they were not just hanging around in gangs; at least they were coming to church? Was that the type of rationale for what was going on?
B.K.: Right! That was a lot of the rationale - which was a very pragmatic approach but unfortunately, again, as Christians, we are supposed to be in the world but not of the world and we are supposed to be again salt and light to the world. We are supposed to be different and these kids were not being told to hold up that standard and not being pushed or convicted at all of their activity to change and to live Godly lives.
D.M.: Of course, you left the church - do you know what has happened to it since you have left - has it grown since then or is it still pretty much like it was?
B.K.: It has grown, and then actually the pastor recently has left to become a church planter. I think he has gone to Ohio or somewhere to begin planting churches.
D.M.: All right, now of course you have had to find another church and did you eventually find a church where you felt comfortable?



B.K.: We did for a while, found for about 5 years and clearly the teaching there is much more - well it is through the Bible and that is what we were really pushing the pastor to do. We had, in the church where we got saved we had been …………expositionally and unfortunately that small church folded and that is why we went to the second church. But we had a thirst for expositional teaching.
D.M.: By expositional teaching - what, just the Word of God?
B.K.: By verse and then along, and then going in depth to what other verses would correspond with other areas of the Bible that would correspond with the verse that we would go through.
D.M.: But of course, you were adhering to this concept that the Bible is the Word of God, the infallible Word of God and you wanted to get into that rather than perhaps the entertainment and the other sort of ‘good feeling’ part that comes with - is this what you call a ‘seeker friendly’ church?
B.K.: Yes.
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