Dee Parsons’ pastor was Pete Briscoe
“I have been wanting to write this post for a long while but I have waited until Bent Tree Bible Fellowship (BTBF) and Pete Briscoe made the decision to go forward with publicly declaring that they would have women as elders. What was even more quiet was the fact that BTBF has long had a female pastor, and from what I can tell, we can now say female pastors. None of this takes me by surprise and I am incredibly proud to say that I spent many years at this wonderful church. Better yet, I can say that my husband and I felt quite close to Pete.”
Dee Parsons taught a class while at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship and upon leaving the church, Pete Briscoe told her: “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t teach.” (L)
Has Pete Briscoe smashed “stereotypes” in allowing female pastors and elders as Dee Parsons wrote? Or has he smashed God’s word in allowing these female pastors and elders?
Stuart and Jill Briscoe are the parents of Pete Briscoe. The following was taken from Dee Parsons’ “Smashing Stereotypes” article:
“Jill and Stuart came to the States from England. You can read about them at their website Teaching the Truth. Pete grew up in a home with intelligent and committed parents: both dad and mom. They were both powerhouses. I will never forget the time that Pete, during a service, told a story about his mother, Jill, coming to speak at the chapel…
“As she rose to speak, a number of young men turned their backs on her, showing their disdain for a women teacher. Pete broke down in tears as he reviewed all the wonderful things his mother had done in her life. He could not fathom how aspiring pastors could be both so cruel to her. Through my years there, I heard story after story of the enormous influence his mother, as well as his father, had on his life.
“In 2010, Jill and Stuart participated in a book called How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership: Compelling Stories from Prominent Evangelicals. This book is helpful in understanding how some Christian leaders (and yes-Jill is a leader) came to an understanding that women in leadership can occur within faithful churches.” (L)
Stuart Briscoe: Globalist, Ecumenist, Feminist
The Briscoes were major figures in the global ecumenical Lausanne/National Association of Evangelicals movement. Stuart Briscoe was on the Advisory Committee of the Lausanne Movement’s Mission America Coalition. (L) Billy Graham (33rd degree Mason) convened the first Lausanne Congress in 1974. (L) The purpose of The Lausanne Movement and Mission America Coalition is to transform and to unify Christians, churches, and denominations into social service within Satan’s world government. Stuart Briscoe was also a leader of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Consultation) which is a member of the World Evangelical Alliance (an NGO of the United Nations). (L)
“In 1951, the National Association of Evangelicals revived the World Evangelical Fellowship from the ‘dying embers’ of the former World Evangelical Alliance (Evangelical Alliance of 1846) which became the NAE’s international umbrella. The Evangelical Alliance, now called the World Evangelical Alliance, was formed in 1846 in a conference held at Freemason’s Hall, United Grand Lodge of England, the mother of all Masonic lodges. (L)
“The World Evangelical Alliance is the shadow government to the Lausanne Movement which is the umbrella over the global ecumenical movement.” (L)
Biblical Discernment Ministry’s (BDM) expose of the Briscoes is also revealing. According to BDM, Stuart Briscoe was a speaker at the 50th Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals. He was Vice Chairman of the 1979 Milwaukee Billy Graham Crusade “where the Roman Catholics held a city-wide mass for the new ‘converts’ gained from the Graham crusade!” Stuart Briscoe also promoted Promise Keeper’s in his church and wrote daily devotionals for its publication.
“Its [PK’s] roots are Catholic and charismatic to the core. PK’s contradictory stand on homosexuality; its promotion of secular psychology; its unscriptural feminizing of men; its depiction of Jesus as a “phallic messiah” tempted to perform homosexual acts; and its ecumenical and unbiblical teachings should dissuade any true Christian from participating. Promise Keepers is proving to be one of the most ungodly and misleading movements in the annals of Christian history. Nevertheless, Stuart Briscoe is a promoter of this ecumenical, charismatic, psychologized men’s movement…” (L)
Stuart Briscoe was formerly senior pastor of the 10,000-member Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin which “ordains women … and has several women among its 20 full-time pastors.” (L)
“Stuart Briscoe defines an ‘evangelical’ as someone who has had ‘some type of conversion experience — although that can be defined differently by different people, from a major turning point in life to a simple baptism’ (March 1995, Exclusively Yours, ‘Elmbrook Church: The Secret of Its Success,’ pp. 10-15). That’s easy-believism at best and baptismal regeneration at worst!!” (L)
Stuart Briscoe is a globalist and an ecumenist with a feminist agenda.
Jill Briscoe: Globalist, Ecumenist, Feminist
Jill Briscoe is also a globalist and an ecumenist with a feminist agenda. According to the BDM expose, she has served on the Board of Christianity Today.
“Christianity Today, Inc., which was founded in 1955 by Dr. L. Nelson Bell and his son-in-law, William Franklin “Billy” Graham, represents a nexus for the ecumenical leaders of the Lausanne movement.” (L)
According to BDM, she also served as the women’s prayer chairman for the 1979 Milwaukee Billy Graham Crusade and was a speaker at the 50th NAE Convention. She has also been a speaker at Women of Faith Conferences, the women’s counterpart to the men’s Promise Keepers.
“Women of Faith is part of the global apparatus designed to draw Christian women into the worldwide ecumenical movement.” (L)
“Jill Briscoe serves on the board of Christianity Today, neo-evangelicalism’s most prominent magazine, and on the board of the theologically-liberal and politically-leftist, World Relief…The Briscoe’s church in Wisconsin also has a liberal position on the role of women in ministry, e.g., ‘Elmbrook Church ordains women … and has several women among its 20 full-time pastors.’ Jill Briscoe has stated that she ‘would like to see women become willing to serve the church at any level …’ Currently, women also serve as deacons at Elmbrook Church, and in the past have been considered for positions as elders. Elmbrook’s associate pastor of women’s ministries, Laurie Katz, states that, ‘At Elmbrook women are highly regarded and are given positions of responsibility in the church … This church is stronger because of all the women who have been empowered here. … The Council of Elders does not function in an authoritarian way, they just oversee things. We don’t have to have our decisions approved by them’ (March 1995, Exclusively Yours, ‘Elmbrook Church: The Secret of Its Success,’ pp. 10-15).
“The 4/8/96 Christianity Today quotes Jill Briscoe thusly:
“‘And for eight years I preached and taught and saw people come to Christ on the streets. The hierarchy of the mission was thrilled and affirmed that gift in me… The people who have set me free to minister to men as well as to women have been men, not women. In my own church, through my husband and the elders, women have gained huge freedoms — we have ‘come a long way.’ We have women pastors on staff. We have women in every echelon of leadership, apart from the council of elders.’ (Emphasis added.)
“Jill Briscoe has also taught at Word of Life, Moody Bible Institute, and brought the Sunday evening message at the 3/96 National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) convention. Obviously, Jill Briscoe either has no idea of what the Bible teaches about women in ministry, or simply doesn’t care.
“One of the busy spots at the 55th Annual NAE Convention (1997) was the Christians for Biblical Equality exhibit. This group made available the books Women Elders Called By God and What Paul Really Said About Women. This radical group is calling for women’s ordination and rejecting the Scripture texts that forbid women serving as pastors and elders. Their statement said ‘We believe that Scripture is to be interpreted holistically and thematically. The Bible teaches that in the New Testament economy women as well as men exercise the prophetic, priestly and royal functions. Women are to be used in pastoral care, teaching, preaching and worship.’ Among those who signed this declaration are Myron S. Augsburger, Stuart Briscoe, Tony Campolo, Vernon Grounds, David Hubbard, Bill Hybels, Richard Mouw, and Ronald Sider.”