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If you attend Calvary Chapel, or love someone who does, please pray about what you are about to read. Ask God to show you what to do with this information. Don’t just read this, and then choose apathy. Calvary Chapels are full of sweet God loving people. Please bring this information to the leaders, the pastors, youth pastors, members, and anyone who will listen. Maybe someone will stand up and be heard.
In the book of Revelation, we have the Lord Jesus Christ writing to the churches. Some of His comments are positive, but some are also very harsh. None of us would like to think that He has any correction to bring to our churches, but it is pure stupidity to think that we are above any of what He has to say.
To the church of Pergamos Jesus says, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.” (Rev. 2:14) And to the church of Thyatira He says, “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” (Rev. 2:20).
He had even commended them for previous good works–being willing to be martyred, faith, service, and love. That doesn’t mean that they get a free pass on lust and idolatry (worldliness and false teaching).
My great concern right now is for Calvary Chapel. They are a conservative fellowship of churches that teach the Bible verse by verse. They have a reputation for being a safe place to fellowship. However, they are promoting the Whosoevers, even giving them a weekly platform in their main pulpit. And the Whosoevers, as I will show are promoting the sin of Balaam and the sin of Jezebel.
Calvary Chapel has not been without scandal or controversy, even currently. This is all quite horrible. But there are Calvary Chapel Fellowships that honor God. Teach the Word. Pray. Evangelize. Love. And make a difference for the Kingdom.
So, with all this going on, I understand that Brian Brodersen has been too busy these last few months to take my (repeated) calls and answer my (repeated) emails and inquiries about what I see happening in the Whosoevers.
But you would think that if there was something demonic happening in his ministry, he might want to know??? He might want to take a stand??? I would!!!
It doesn’t look like it.
The Whosoevers began as an evangelistic ministry from Calvary Chapel Golden Springs. Pastor Raul Ries’ son Ryan had a spiritual experience with demons and Jesus and he decided to start a ministry reaching out to the most unchurched in our communities. Even though the Bible says to not lay hands on a minister rashly, Calvary Chapel chose new believers to head up a huge ministry, and has not provided much spiritually mature guidance. I have already written about The Whosoevers and Brian Head Welch here, here, and here. But things have gotten much worse, so after much prayer and after trying to help Calvary Chapel and The Whosoevers by talking personally to them about the danger of all this, I have decided to write again.
If you look at their new website you will find no mention of Jesus Christ in how they describe their organization.
“The Whosoevers is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 between Sonny Sandoval, Ryan Ries, and Brian “Head” Welch. Our mission is to bring like-minded individuals from various subcultures together and create a positive shift in today’s world.”
A positive shift? Is that code for something? It sounds rather New Age to me. It sure doesn’t sound like the Great Commission from Christ.
Jesus didn’t come to earth to bring about a positive shift in various subcultures.
The Benefit of the Doubt, and Yet No Excuse
Now let me begin, by saying that this gets confusing. Because they say a lot of good things. They have the whole “Murder Your Flesh” promotion. Which sounds a lot like repentance. I prayed so hard asking God if I just don’t get it. I used to support the Whosoever movement when it first got started. It looked like a huge harvest of people coming to Christ. But it is different now. I was listening to a teaching by Jacob Prasch and he said that you can’t just go by what they say. You have to look at what they do. Bob Coy preached against sexual sin while he was living in it. People can say good things, but do you see that fruit in the organization as a whole. Please ask God to help you see things clearly, in truth. I want to show you some important clues.
Here is Ryan’s “I Am Second” video where he details his conversion and repentance. You can see he likes to highlight his sin, which always makes me feel a bit polluted. But if you get halfway through it, you might cry.
I don’t get it. Is he just a knucklehead that means well, and makes mistakes here and there? Or is he like the seed that fell among the thorns and worldliness and confusion are drowning out the fruit. I do not know.
I do know that some of the things in the Whosoever movement today are just absolutely, unquestionably demonic.
If Ryan is doing the best that he can, and he just doesn’t understand these things. Then those who are mature and full of knowledge and wisdom need to help him, and correct him. Apollos was a preacher in the book of Acts and he had a good heart, but he had some things to learn. So Priscilla and Aquilla took him aside and helped him. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. “When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26).
What usually happens is that no one will correct the minister in error, but they will attack the blogger pointing out the error. So we will see how that goes.
If Ryan is truly God’s chosen man to minister to the most unchurched, then correct him so that he can be more fruitful. If he is full of the Holy Spirit, he will appreciate it.
“I am come a light into the world, that WHOSOEVER believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46)
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? WHOSOEVER therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
The Whosoevers and the Doctrine of Balaam
Balaam was hired by King Balaak to curse God’s people. But he couldn’t, because God wanted to bless His people. So he told Balaak how to get God’s people to curse themselves. His idea was to send the pagan women from the neighboring villages into the camp; the men would marry them and be led into idolatry. The plan worked. God’s people married worldliness and cursed themselves.
The enemy is still in the church, trying to get God’s people to marry the world and curse themselves.
Gross Worldliness and Sin Promoted on The Whosoever Website
They will say you need to “Murder Your Flesh,” but if you visit The Whosoevers website, you can click on the “About” menu and select their YouTube page. You can find several videos including this one that is a 20 minute Korn concert. There is NO EVANGELISM in the video. NO CHRIST. It is 20 minutes of people literally screaming out “M*ther F#&K3rs!!!” at the top of their lungs throughout the concert. It is so disgusting that I sat at my computer and wept that they were promoting this on their website. I am so angry about it that I am sick.
WARNING–Explicit images and language (straight from the Whosoevers website)
If you look at their events, you will find information about a baptism as well as an invitation to a secular metal concert without ANY Christian bands. It has a demon in the picture, and Korn will be playing with satanic bands like Cannibal Corpse. I used to listen to them before I got saved. I immediately knew through just the Holy Spirit that I could no longer listen to them! How confusing is it for new believers when they see the church promoting satanic concerts?
Just last month Slipknot had an event in Southern California called “Knotfest” that brought thousands of people.
“Each festival day on Saturday and Sunday will be “13 HOURS OF THE APOCALYPSE” from 11AM to 12 Midnight featuring tons of different festival attractions including the Slipknot Museum, Massive Fire Hell Zone, Packs of Freakish characters, the scariest ride from the Clown’s childhood at the Iowa State Fair, THE RING OF FIRE, a Fighting Thunderdome, a Festival Zipline, a sideshow freakshow and many more to be announced” (Knotfest.com).
Here is a shocking description of the event from Revolver. So despite the fact that “pagan fire performers” and “goat spirit animals” were going to be featured, The Whosoevers thought that this event was “going off.” Unlike the other brave and obedient Christian groups that shared the gospel outside the gates (even facing persecution), the Whosoevers set up a merchandise table inside the festival to sell their t-shirts to Satan worshipers. Yes they were giving out CD’s of their testimonies, but their Facebook posts indicate that they apparently enjoyed the festivities.
In fact, many of their Whosoever Facebook fans, later commented things like, “Oh, I was there! If I had known you guys were there I would have said hi.” No shame. Like it was the mall, or something.
A few weeks ago Pastor Brian Brodersen was on Pastors Perspective (a radio program on KWVE) talking about how he pulled Gungor off KWVE because they have unbiblical beliefs. But he allows the Whosoevers to promote Korn? If you think this is okay, then you didn’t watch the video of the Korn concert above.
A few weeks back, The Whosoever’s Shine Event (located at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa) featured an interview with Fieldy from Korn. A supposed believer, who thinks it is okay to work in a music group that blasphemes Jesus, sing perverted and explicit lyrics and has a satan worshiping lead singer. I listened online and I was actually so surprised to hear how blasphemous Ryan Ries was throughout the interview. Feel free to listen to it here “Interview w/ Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (Korn) and Wife Dena” (9/25/14). In this clip you will hear Ryan Ries imply that God hates sincere set apart Christians–“Jesus hates the religious people,” that Jesus may have whipped people with the chord when He cleaned out the money changers–“The Bible doesn’t say that Jesus hit anyone with the whips, but it doesn’t say that He didn’t!” and that He can help you get off drugs if that is what you want–“He isn’t going to force you.” He threw in the usual raw language that he likes to use, like “screwing.”
It was a trip. So irreverent.
He said that Jesus was the first punk rocker. Which makes no sense, since Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not rebel against it.
He said that Jesus was trying to get the religious people out of His Father’s house. But he was trying to get out the merchants. Those who were trying to make a profit out of people connecting to God. If anything, The Whosoevers are merchants. They are constantly promoting their merchandise–hoodies, hats, tanks, t’s, stickers, etc. #themovement #thewhosoevers #korn
They teach another gospel and another Jesus. “You can repent if you want to, but don’t get too holy because that is self righteous. And Jesus is just like us. He is an idol made in our image. If we are punk rockers, so is He!”
It is crazy. Because I was just reading the Bible this weekend and I was in Revelation 1, and I saw Jesus described like this:
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.
John saw Him and fell on his face as if dead! This is the same John that lived with Jesus in close companionship for three years, even seeing Jesus transfigured. And yet when John sees Jesus in this heavenly experience, he can’t handle it.
It is a sin to change Jesus. It is a sin to compromise His glory to make him appealing to people that don’t like Him. It is a lie.
He is not a punk rocker.
He is God.
The Whosoevers are not preaching holiness. They preach the doctrine of Balaam–get the church to marry the world. Bring the two together. This is evil.
You can’t expect me to believe that God will display his glory through Slipknot and Korn! But I guess they do expect me to believe it. They expect all the well fed sheep of Calvary Chapels to believe it to. Or maybe they just hide a lot of this from the masses.
14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”
–2 Corinthians 6:14-18
The Whosoevers Promote the Doctrine of Jezebel
Jezebel was the most wicked woman in the Bible. She was responsible for the persecution of God’s righteous people and the introduction of the worst idolatry in Israel’s history. What do false teachers do? They try to seduce God’s people into lies and sin, and if God’s people resist, they persecute them.
Don’t believe me? Let’s just see how much anger this article stirs up! LOL.
You even see this attitude in Brian Welch. When Brian went back to Korn, many of his fans did not understand. They were confused and wanted to ask him why he would be going back to a band with a satanic lead singer, and lyrics that are blasphemous and R-rated. He said God told him to. But then he began to antagonize and mock the Christians that were confused by his actions.
- February 8 he wrote–“I wish I could kill some Christians, then pray and raise them from the dead, then smack their face. But I can’t, so I won’t. LOLOL ALL LOVE!”
- He wrote a song about judgmental Christians and asked his fans to name it. He deleted comments of the Christians, that were wondering what he was doing coming against the church, but allowed non-Christians to cuss out Christians. “Help “Love & Death” NAME OUR NEW SONG! It’s about critical, judgemental people who ain’t got no love in their hearts. Lets hear some ideas?” Then thousands of his fans came up with possible insulting names for judgmental Christians (many of whom attend Calvary Chapels and met him through the Whosoever movement).
New Apostolic Reformation, and Occult False Teaching
So, not only are the Whosoevers promoting the satanic, sinful, blasphemous and worldly music culture–they are also allowing Brian Welch to promote his extreme charismatic false teaching to the fans of the Whosoevers. And attacking anyone who speaks against it.
Brian is not a regular Christian. He is a mystic. He is a drunk in the spirit roll on the floor laughing or barking like a dog, “slain in the spirit” type of Christian. The Holy Ghost movie proves his association with false teachers, like Bill Johnson. He shares on his Facebook page when he is attending Bethel Redding.
He even is seen serving communion with blasphemous teacher John Crowder. Watch and tell me that these people are not behaving under a demonic influence. It is shocking. You will feel sick watching this.
Here is a portion of the letter I emailed to Costa Mesa:
“Brian Welch has a separate Facebook page called Love Drunk Headly. I have friends that go to Calvary Chapel churches that follow this page. This page is very mystical. He writes about his mystical experiences with God. These experiences are typical of those associated with Bethel Redding and the International House of Prayer. I think most people think he is being poetic– “high on his love.” But when you realize that he spends time with people who literally preach getting high on God’s love in a blasphemous way, it isn’t just poetic.
- On June 5 he wrote–“Jesus is revealing deep hidden mysteries to me right now after my trials and I am getting so high on his love.”
- On March 26 he wrote that a friend asked him how he can learn to feel the love drunkenness. He replied, ” In order to open up the heavenly dimension to make you sensitive to the spiritual/angelic realm ruled by Christ, I recommend that you take in God all day, every day, in any way that you can. Make yourself “attractive” to God. The word says if you “draw near to God,” He will “draw near to you.” Drawing near doesn’t mean for 5, 15 or 30 minutes. Drawing near is a lifestyle. It’s eating, drinking, reading, seeing, listening and breathing in God… All day, every day (as much as your schedule permits of course) . . . ” (he goes on)
- March 18 he wrote–“I mentioned that I don’t go to church a lot, but I don’t dislike going. I do dislike boring, traditional churches but I respect everybody for what they believe and how they want to live their lives. I usually go to gatherings at nighttime rather than early Sunday mornings. Feels more like a party at night! I was at a spot last night and I had a smile glued on my face most of the night. I even found myself belly laughing hard with friends by the end of the night. Was a blast! I could feel God or angels or something. I don’t see them yet, but I can sense or feel “things” a lot. I know when the atmosphere shifts spiritually. There are some people, who are very normal I should add, with the gift of seeing things in the spirit world. A very young girl last night told me she saw some angels of joy twirling around my head. I believe it, because I could feel stuff going on. I know to some of you that this sounds nuts when you read about it, LOL, but I swear, the more you open yourself up, you actually figure out that it is very real. It’s cool because I totally function normal and I mostly hang out with people who don’t believe in this stuff the majority of the time, but I’m always connected to my spiritual life, especially when I find time to get alone and when I have time off from regular life. When Jesus walked the earth, he was attached to two realms – The earth realm and the heavenly realms. My goal is the same. I can be banging my head at KoRn concerts all over the world, and be connected with God in Spirit at the same time. I used to detach from this world all the time and party with drugs, now I just detach myself from this world and I party with God, & all my peeps (no matter what they believe)! Drugs take you into the spiritual world illegally (spiritually speaking). Jesus Christ takes you into the spiritual world legally.”
Don’t you think they would care about this?
But it gets even WORSE.
On September 17, he shared a video that told about his recent graduation from Jonathan Welton’s “Supernatural Bible School.” In this video below, he encouraged all his Facebook friends to join this school, “to find out what Jesus is really like.”
Johnathan Welton is very dangerous.
Spirit of Error details some very shocking information below:
Welton claims that all Christians should be reclaiming the following practices from the occult as part of their normal Christian walk.
- Reading auras: The ability to see invisible energy that surrounds a person and learning information about that person based on the color or form of his or her aura
- Clairvoyance: The ability to perceive extrasensory information about an object or event from the past, present, or future
- Clairaudience: The ability to hear sounds, music, and voices sent from the spirit realm
- Clairsentience: The ability to sense smells sent from the spirit realm, along with tastes and touches
- The use of power objects: Physical objects, such as crystals and amulets, that contain supernatural powers
Here are a few quotes from Welton, that send shivers down my spine:
“I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples of things that the New Age has counterfeited, such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and more. These actually belong to the church, but they have been stolen and cleverly repackaged.”“We need to begin to use [New Age] counterfeits as signposts. Every time a counterfeit shows up, take it as the Lord presenting you with an opportunity to reclaim . . . the Church’s stolen property.”(Jonathan Welton)
When is someone going to stand up and say this has to stop!
So I called Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa again, and spoke to Brian Brodersen’s secretary again. I thought he would want to know this stuff. I have still yet to hear a response. And I wasn’t trying to be difficult. I explained that many people I love are involved in this ministry, but I want to warn them and before I did that, I wanted to hear Pastor Brian’s response to all of this. No luck.
This is so demonic. The Bible is clear throughout the Old and New Testaments that we are to have nothing to do with these activities. They have never been a way to commune with God, and they have always been a way of demonic deception. This is literally “doctrines of demons.”
As I was reading Revelation chapter 2 and 3 (Jesus letter to the churches) I noticed that He brings a word of correction to ministries that are even doing some things right. Just because something looks good, doesn’t mean we should ignore serious red flags.
The enemy is always trying to get into and destroy the work of God in the church. He prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The enemy gets us to curse ourselves the same way Balaam brought down Israel, getting them to marry into paganism. He also gets us to destroy ourselves like Jezebel did, by bringing in false doctrine that appeals to our flesh, idolatry.
The Whosoevers are doing both. Getting Christians to compromise with worldliness and even outright satanism and calling that evangelism. They are also presenting false doctrine, and calling it an experience with God.
And if that is not enough, Calvary Chapel has been warned about it and they don’t want to stop it, fix it, or even warn the sheep that there is a wolf in the sheepfold. Which is surprising because they are so conservative. They speak against Joel Osteen, and The Shack, and they don’t even have any of the books from the teachers Brian Welch is promoting in their bookstore. They never would. But they are ignoring this?
So what are you going to do?
If you go to a Calvary Chapel, please talk to your pastor and your youth pastors. Please let them know what is going on, and what is being promoted. I am not the only one upset about this. There are people reaching out to Brian Welch and warning him of his false beliefs. This is all public. You just need to look to his Facebook pages.
Please pray for these people. But don’t expect that God will just fix them, without us standing up and talking to them about it. God hasn’t just fixed other false teachers or other derailing movements. If we don’t stand up against error in our churches then God won’t deliver us from the error; He will give us over to it. Because we have chosen it. Error in the church is a judgment. That is why Joel Osteen is still the pastor of one of the largest churches in the world. False teaching and unbiblical ministries, are in themselves a judgment to the people who want to sit under them.
Share your concerns. Don’t be intimidated because they are Bible scholars or because they are successful. We have to hold everyone accountable to the Word of God. The Bereans didn’t even listen to the Apostle Paul until they checked what he taught with the Word of God.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” 2 Timothy 4:3
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. (Titus 2:11-15)
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourselves. (1 Timothy 1:6:3-5)
There used to be a generation of evangelists that didn’t care about being seeker friendly or relevant. They preached the truth. You don’t need to be cool to be used by God. You just need to be simply honest. Here is a video from A.W. Tozer on real evangelism. I hope that we can get rid of these gimmicks and compromises and just get back to the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of the Scriptures.
A.W. Tozer on Evangelism — So Good Please Watch
If you still are not convinced, please listen to this sermon by David Wilkerson. He would be rolling over in his grave right now if he knew his ministry Teen Challenge was partnered up with the Whosoevers. If you disagree, you have never heard this sermon.
On November 21, 2014 Brian Brodersen responded to the information presented in this article (and other articles/videos that others have posted online) on the Pastors Perspective Radio Program. He fully supports the Whosoever ministry and said that he has no time to listen to people who want to talk about Brian Head Welch’s false beliefs or associations with worldliness; and he gave some weak excuses for his position. If you would like to listen to the program or read my response to his reasoning, please click on the link below.