Calvary Chapel Breached
Sami Awad and North Coast Calvary Chapel, May 10, 2013
SRN Note: The "screenshot" below is from the North Coast Calvary Chapel website 'Events' page, taken Friday, May 10, 2013, the morning of the day Sami Awad is scheduled to speak at North Coast Calvary Chapel, 1330 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad, CA. 92011.
SRN staff telephoned North Coast Calvary Chapel at 9:05AM, Friday morning (today), and the church 'Event' automated telephone recording simply directs callers to the church website 'Events' page for up to date information.
When calling again at 9:20AM and speaking directly to a church office staff representative and asking if Sami Awad is still scheduled to speak Friday evening, the office staff representative simply replied that the church "is encouraging people with concerns [about the event] to simply come and check it and see for themselves."
Holy Land Conversations: God’s Heart For ALL The Middle-East
Friday, May 10, 7pm Family Center
• Mae Cannon who serves as the Senior Director of Advocacy & Outreach - Middle East for World Vision USA. She is a pastor, writer, activist, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for righteousness and justice. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009)
• Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois [ Broken link as of August 2014: www.lynnehybels.com/bio.asp ]
• Sami Awad [ Broken link as of April, 2014: www.holylandtrust.org/index.php/staff ] - A Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem
The following well written article, published May 6, 2013, expresses the authors concern over Sami Awad speaking at North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, CA.
See http://www.holylandtrust.org/ and http://www.globalonenessproject.org/people/sami-awad
Calvary Chapel Breached
By Jim Fletcher
May 6, 2013
Near the summit at Masada, one can see the place where the Romans breached the defenses of the 1,000 Jewish men, women, and children who’d fled after the destruction of Jerusalem some two years earlier. It is on the western side and serves as a stark reminder that since forever, enemies of the Jews have sought to do them harm.
Masada ended badly for those Jews, and while they are not always threatened first physically, they are always threatened.
This week, Sami Awad, a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem (and director of the Holy Land Trust), announced on Facebook that he will be speaking at several churches on the West Coast this month. The May 10th date caught my eye and leaves me dismayed.
May 10 San Diego, CA. North Coast Calvary Church. 7-9 p.m.
In a two-week stretch, from Seattle to San Diego, Awad will speak at more than two-dozen churches. Most of them will be churches friendly to his pro Palestinian message.
That’s why the May 10th engagement is so stunning, and so dismaying.
For 40 years, Calvary Chapels have been a stronghold of biblical thought. The verse-by-verse teaching style from the pulpits is a blessing to the American Church, now awash in false teachings and outrageous personalities.
It was a matter of time before leftist thought was mainstream enough to contemplate infiltrating Calvary Chapel.
That’s now happened.
Awad, whose family is well-known in certain circles, has been partnering with American evangelical friends Lynne Hybels, Todd Deatherage, and now Gabe Lyons to promote what he describes as a “non-violent” approach to peacemaking. In brief, Awad and his friends portray Israel as a lamentable occupier of Palestinian land and the usual narrative also includes discussion of the big “open-air prison” forced on the downtrodden Palestinians by Israel’s “apartheid wall” (security fence to realists).
I get concerned when I hear information that is skewed. For example, the so-called Christian Palestinianists allege that the fence completely encircles Bethlehem.
That is a lie.
For some time, a full campaign—well-financed, organized, and choreographed—has been underway to marginalize Israel to evangelical audiences. Typically, the approach of Sami Awad has been to portray Israel as a harsh occupier in need of tough love. End the occupation, allow the right of return, and establish a Palestinian state.
Who is Sami Awad? A March 15, 2008 article in the British paper The Guardian gives us a clue:
“Outside Betlehem's Nativity Church, Christians yesterday queued not to celebrate the birth they believe happened here but to mourn a death - that of a Palestinian militant with close links to neighbouring Lebanon's Islamic militia, Hizbollah.
“Mohammed Shehadeh was one of four Palestinians shot in an Israeli undercover ambush here last week, killings that have fuelled support for Hizbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, among Christians and Muslims alike.
“School principals, teachers and students from the Bethlehem School, the Catholic School and the Greek Orthodox School paraded to the mourning tent outside the church chanting and waving placards praising the Palestinian 'martyr'.
“'People admired Shehadeh's ability to stand up to the Israelis,' said Sami Awad, Christian executive director of the Holy Land Trust, dedicated to promoting non-violent action against Israel's occupation. 'There's a lot of admiration for the charisma that Nasrallah has and the way he speaks and presents his views in public.'”
Unfortunately, later in the article, Awad’s view doesn’t sound any better:
“'The reason he was popular was because he presented a symbol of those individuals who were engaging in resistance,' Awad said. 'People are seeing that Hizbollah has done what others have failed to do either by military operations or negotiations. If Fatah had been able to achieve real steps through negotiations, people would be following that [process] and be feeling more proud of it and more supportive of it.’”
I frankly wouldn’t trust anyone who wouldn’t unequivocally denounce anything Hezbollah stood for, past or present. Let’s not forget their murder of American Marines in Beirut in 1983.
Whether it’s Fatah, Hezbollah, Hamas or any other murderous organization, the view that Israel is at fault is false.
Occupation. Land-for-peace. Right-of-return. Carving-up tiny Israel.
Interestingly, this “cure” for the Arab-Israeli conflict is the same as that of the PA/PLO. When one hears a presentation from Awad & Friends, as I have, one is struck by the extreme one-sidedness.
This is what North Coast Calvary Chapel will be treated to on May 10. Awad will be joined by Lynne Hybels and Mae Cannon (of World Vision).
The basic MO of these presentations is that Israel took Palestinian land in aggressive wars. Cleverly, in fine-tuning their presentations, these influential speakers are now talking in terms of being “Pro Israel, Pro Palestinian, Pro Peace, and Pro Jesus.”
Who could argue with that?
Again, it’s a cleverly worded attempt to sound even-handed, tolerant, and peace-loving. I think it’s anything but.
By the way, anyone who thinks peace can be achieved by caving-in to Palestinian demands is either uninformed, deluded, or malicious.
“Pro Israel and Pro Palestinian,” in the context of Sami Awad & Friends, is grossly naïve. Every single thing we know about the Palestinians in the last two decades since Oslo underscores a compelling case that a Palestinian state would be a lethal threat to Israel.
So we can’t have our peace cake and eat it, too.
Although there are people involved in these activities who are genuinely looking for peaceful solutions, many are not. When one considers that the basic story line is that Israel is at fault—and when Palestinian terrorism and murder of Jews is rarely if ever discussed—one can legitimately wonder whether this whole endeavor springs from efforts at peacemaking or…malice. (source)
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The question people are asking is, "What will the leadership at North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, California do about this? Will they allow Sami Awad (and Lynne Hybels) to speak, or not? The outcome will be posted here as either 'YES THEY DID' or, 'NO THEY DID NOT.'
The outcome from the May 10, 1013 event: Yes, they did allow Sami Awad and Lynne Hybels to speak at the North Coast Calvary Chapel event.
Other Calvary Chapel Concerns:
See Video: God's Method of Consistently 'Warning' and 'Teaching' (11:33)
Calvary Chapel Breached by Jim Fletcher (May 6, 2013)
(Also posted on Rapture Forums, WorldviewWeekend, Walid Shoebat, Lighthouse Trails, etc.)
Calvary Chapel Breached, Sami Awad and North Coast Calvary Chapel by Chris Lawson (May 10, 2013)
North Coast Calvary Chapel Breached Indeed!: What Will The NCCC Leaders Do? by Chris Lawson (May 10, 2013)
Further Implications of Calvary Chapel North Coast Event – Lynne Hybels Presence Shows Serious Move Toward Apostasy
Concerns For The Calvary Chapel Movement
Calvary Chapel Alert / Chuck Smith Quotes and Transcriptions from Pastors Perspective