The first time I ever heard the phrase “The Scream of the Damned” was on March 19, 2009, right around the time that Dee and I began our blog The Wartburg Watch. It absolutely INFURIATED me! How dare someone suggest that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ “screamed” on the cross and that He was ‘damned’, which means “condemned, especially to eternal punishment”. I believe “damned” is a sensational word that implies someone is being sent to hell. After reading C.J. Mahaney’s book Living the Cross Centered Life, I discovered that this ridiculous phrase originated with R.C. Sproul (see yesterday’s post).
Then I watched the trailer for the Resolved 2009 conference, which is sponsored by John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church. Words cannot express how deeply disturbed I was to hear C.J. Mahaney and John Piper perpetuate this warped view of Jesus’ last words on the cross. As I explained in yesterday’s post, I do not believe that Jesus Christ, the God-Man SCREAMED, and I certainly don’t believe He was DAMNED! I call this sensationalism. Here’s the Resolved 2009 trailer where this idea is put forth. As you watch the video, please keep in mind that the majority of conference attendees (who paid at least $140 to attend, not including travel, lodging, and food) are likely devout Christians who LOVE, not hate, Jesus Christ. Why would the lost pay hundreds of dollars to attend this conference? Take a look…
Much like the sensationalism of Hollywood, this crowd is going for SHOCK and AWE!
Here are a few comments from those who watched the Resolved trailers:
“i just got the shivers.”
hahahahah me too
resolved is so good at making videos
How is Resolved 2010 going to top “last year’s performance”? The conference planners will have to get more and more sensational in order to keep the audience coming back.
The inflammatory statements made by C.J. Mahaney’s (and even John Piper) in the Resolved 2009 trailer were the LAST STRAW for me. As I stated before, how dare they describe my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, in such a shameful way! Where will it end?
That’s one of the major reasons why Dee and I are focusing on the Calvinistas. They have an agenda, and they are systematically carrying it out. Their behind the scenes strategy reminds me so much of the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1979/80. Dee and I have explained that the SBC had gotten too liberal, but Paige Patterson and his cohorts used their conservative stance as a POWER GRAB.
Here we are thirty years after the SBC takeover, and the Calvinistas are busy promoting their own agenda. As the same reformed speakers assemble different target audiences to put forth their agenda, it appears there is no end to their crusade. With every passing year, the Calvinistas become more and more influential in Christendom.
How have the “Reformed Big Dogs” gained so much power so fast? Well, take a look at C.J. Mahaney’s schedule during the months of April through June 2010. I believe the reason Mahaney is always a favorite speaker is because he schmoozes the audience and provides the “entertainment”.
C.J. Mahaney will be speaking at:
Together for the Gospel (T4G) April 13-15
Next 2010 (SGM Conference) May 28-31
Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference June 13-14
Resolved 2010 June 25-28
Palm Springs, California
There are likely others I have missed. When will this divisive nonsense end? Why do reformed Christians feel the need to congregate to the exclusion of those who are not reformed?
Answer: When people STOP attending conferences and buying books and other resources at the conferences. We believe it was “Musicman” who commented on one of the websites critical of SGM that while he was in a Sovereign Grace church the money he spent on books, conferences, and other resources annually was just about the same as his “tithe”. Imagine if that money had gone to “missions”. Instead, it went to those who write the books (C.J.) and plan the conferences.
BTW, if you don’t have your own copy of Living the Cross Centered Life, you’ll surely have the opportunity to buy it and the rest of C.J.’s books at any of the conferences listed above. No wonder he has given over $100,000 to Southern Seminary since 2002.
Here’s the cost of attending the Together for the Gospel conference in April 2010 (http://www.t4g.org/conference/t4g-2010/):
- Early Bird Registration – $199
Ends October 31, 2009
- Student Registration – $99
Ends March 28, 2010
- General Registration – $249
Ends March 28, 2010
It seems like I heard there might be 5,000 attendees. Let’s say a third of those attendees are early birds, a third registered after the early bird deadline, and a third are students. What are the gross receipts from ticket sales?
$199 x 1,667 = $331,733 (early birds)
$99 x 1,667 = $165,033 (students)
$249 x 1,667 = $415,083 (general)
Let’s see, that’s $911,849 in total gross receipts for a three-day conference! And we haven’t even factored in book sales at the conference, which must be HUGE!!! Go and look at the photos from previous conferences. This is why reformed conferences will keep getting bigger and bigger and why more people will jump on the band wagon. It’s also why C.J. Mahaney — conference planner and speaker extraordinaire — will get ever more popular among the Calvinistas. Just remember, “it’s a business”…