John Macarthur's International Ministry Partners With Foreign Governments
John Macarthur's international ministry is called The Masters Academy International (TMAI). TMAI has 16 training centers world-wide. The following are two examples of TMAI centers that partner with foreign governments:
TMAI Brazil Partners with Mozambican Government
The TMAI training center in Brazil is called the Ekklesia Institute (IE). EI partners with Central Baptist Church of Fortaleza, Brazil, “which has helped spearhead the institute’s vision country-wide.” The leader of EI is Tyler Hopkins, a Master’s Seminary graduate. “Over the next 25 years, the Ekklesia Institute seeks to train 100 pastors and church leaders in each of the Portuguese speaking nations of the world.” So “training Brazilians makes sense—not just for making disciples in South America, but for theologically equipped Brazilians to go out into other nations of the world as disciplemakers.”
The headline of the June 2006 TMAI newsletter reads, “Focus: Project Maputo.” What is Project Maputo? Project Maputo is “a church planting and leadership training enterprise and I.E.’s pilot project in Mozambique.” According to the June 2006 TMAI newsletter, “Brazil and Mozambique share the Portuguese language…and they also share I.E.’s attention, and that attention is planting the seeds of change in both nations.” Notice they are planting “seeds of change.” The Maputo Project “is a plan to plant an urban church in the Mozambican capitol, Maputo, that will serve as a leadership training base in the country.” “…there is not one church (in Maputo) that is effective in making disciples.” So E.I. will “equip African pastors to multiply the disciple making efforts…” Four churches in Fortaleza, Brazil are partnering with I.E. in the Maputo Project.
How and why did Ekklesia Institute (TMAI Brazil) go to Maputo, the capitol of Mozambique? “In early March (2006), the President of the Baptist Convention of Mozambique, Isaias Uaene, invited the Ekklesia Institute to organize a pastor’s conference in Maputo.” The Baptist Convention of Mozambique is a member of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). The BWA is a UN-NGO dedicated to the one-world agenda. According to the TMAI website, in Dec. 2005, Mozambique’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Massingue, also met briefly with I.E. leaders “when he visited Fortaleza (Brazil).”
When I.E. leaders went to Maputo they were to lead a pastor’s conference there. The President of the Mozambique Baptist Convention “asked I.E.’s leaders to speak on “Understanding a Biblical Philosophy of Ministry and Pastoral Integrity.” The conference attracted “150 African church leaders.” According to the TMAI website, “The teaching (at the conference) was excellent, yet it is clear that without an existing example of a progressive, biblical ministry in the city, most of what is taught at the conference remains theoretical to most of the listeners. Maputo needs a thoroughly biblical and progressive evangelical church that will serve as an exemplary ministry. This is why the Maputo Project embraces church planting as well as leadership training.” What is a “progressive evangelical church?” The Maputo Project embraces church planting and leadership training. Church planting and leadership training are the “P” (plant churches) and the first “E” (equip leaders) in R Warren’s PEACE plan.
What else did the I.E’s leaders do during their stay in Maputo? “In Maputo, Mr. Massingue [Mozambique’s Minister of Science and Technology] invited Pastor Armando (IBC Fortaleza’s [I.E. partner] senior pastor) to a meeting of his national secretaries. Armando was given a full hour with these officials in order to address HOW CHRISTIANITY IS CONCERNED WITH DEVELOPMENT (emphasis added). Armando is a master at seizing a good opportunity and the Mozambican officials responded enthusiastically. They even extended his time and asked another Brazilian on our team, Amarilio Fontenele, a civil engineer, to present his suggestion on how to develop a standardized public housing dwelling. Now, back in Brazil, Amarilio is assisting the Mozambican government to develop a standardized design.” Armando told these Mozambican government officials how “Christianity is concerned with development!” What kind of Christianity is practiced by TMAI Brazil?
So, at the behest of a UN-NGO member org, TMAI Brazil is now partnering with a foreign government in what appears to be a housing development project. This church-state development partnership sounds similar to what Habitat for Humanity (UN) does when it comes to town and partners with churches. In partnering with a foreign government in a housing development project, John Macarthur’s Grace Church, through TMAI Brazil, is finding its proper place and function within Peter Drucker’s Communitarian partnership (New World Order).
In another article on the TMAI website, I.E.’s leader’s meetings with Mozambican government officials are described “as a series of providential encounters” as “the team ‘crossed paths’ with an official within the country’s Ministry of Labor.” But doubt is cast on just how “providential” these encounters really were since another article on the Maputo Project states that the Minister of Science and Technology for Mozambique, Mr. Massingue, had already met with I.E.’s leaders months prior in Brazil.
Is TMAI Brazil interested in training pastors to preach the true gospel in Mozambique? Or is TMAI Brazil interested in fulfilling R Warren’s PEACE plan? TMAI Brazil is “P”lanting churches, “E”quipping leaders and “A”ssisting the poor (building housing). Through their leadership development they are “E”ducating the next generation. Are they “C”uring the sick? “When IBC’s senior pastor, Armando Bispo, was invited to speak to students at the Medical School at Mendlane University (in Maputo),” others from I.E. joined him. Why were I.E.’s team invited to a medical school to speak to students?
Regarding the state of Christianity in Mozambique, a senior pastor in Maputo stated, “When the Marxists ruled Mozambique, we weren’t supposed to believe in God anymore; now that we are free to believe again, most well-educated people don’t remember God even exists.” This pastor fails to understand that the Communitarians now rule Mozambique. And they are very happy to allow the type of “Christianity” that TMAI is bringing there: “Christianity” that’s engaged in leadership training and construction projects. The Mozambican government is now being transformed into a Communitarian partnership with the social sector (church) and business sector. This transformation is being facilitated by change agents dedicated to the one-world agenda.
Regarding the church’s needs in Maputo, Mozambique, the TMAI website states, “Her leaders need training, boldness and a vision to reform the church so it may meet the challenges of a city that is rapidly becoming part of a global economy and culture.” That TMAI quote sums up TMAI’s goals pretty well: Train leaders by casting them a vision to “reform” the church “so it may meet the challenges” of a rapidly changing, global society. Change agents are asking: “What is the role of the church in our rapidly changing society?” As Communitarian partners? As social workers? As a one-stop welfare distribution center? Is the Church called to “reform” and to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing global economy as the TMAI transformational leaders desire? God forbid!
Training Leaders for Cuban “Cell” Churches
The TMAI training center in Honduras is called Ministerios Evangelicos de las Americas (MEDA) or the Evangelical Ministries of the Americas. MEDA has “a conference program, and now an established seminary, MEDA is equipping Bible teachers and church leaders in Honduras, as well as the rest of Central America.” “In 2005, MEDA ministered to 1400 different pastors and lay leaders through its 23 conferences and it ministered to 30 men at the seminary level.” Having a seminary with a 4 year curriculum, is MEDA a biblical training center? Is there evidence that MEDA, like TMAI BRAZIL, is also partnering with the government?
In the March, 2007 TMAI newsletter, a headline reads, “A Visit from the Vice President.” The article gives an account of a visit the Vice President of Honduras, Elvin Santos, made to the MEDA facilities in Jan 2007. The following quote is from the article written by Pastor Adrian Donato of MEDA, a graduate of the Master’s College and the Master’s Seminary. “The secret police came about an hour before the Vice President was to arrive…” “Eventually, the Vice President came over the mountains in his thunderous, blasting helicopter. He touched down on the MEDA soccer field and was surrounded by military and secret service as he came over to shake hands and greet our families, and the MEDA personnel.”
The Vice President then hopped aboard one of a caravan of cars that headed to the local “municipality where every mayor in Honduras was present.” Pastor Adrian Donato was asked to drive his car in the middle of the caravan from MEDA to the municipality. Due to the presence of the Vice President, security was on high alert during the trip, and Pastor Donato, feeling like a part of the security team exclaimed, “It was at that point that I realized I was really honoring the King in a very practical way out of love for Christ!” This MEDA pastor was honoring the King (in caps), referring to the VP of Honduras, “out of love for Christ!”
When they arrived at the municipality, Pastor Donato preached to all the mayors of Honduras. He read from John 19:7-11 and he “asked that each one of these mayors would carry out their duties and functions with the consciousness that they are accountable to God the Father.” Have any of these mayors heard the gospel and are any of them saved? “At the end of the ceremony, the Vice President specifically thanked MEDA for its hospitality AND ITS WILLINGNESS TO SERVE (emphasis added).” Willingness to serve? To serve whom? Is the Vice President of Honduras thanking MEDA (TMAI Honduras) for its willingness to serve the Lord Jesus Christ? This is most unlikely given that Pastor Donato later states, “We don’t think the President, nor the Vice President are Christians…” “After the ceremony, the train [caravan of cars] returned to MEDA, we enjoyed lunch at one of the MEDA homes with the Vice President and other dignitaries.” It appears that MEDA was used by the VP as his base during this stay. “At that time, Carlos Nunez (MEDA’s Executive Director) shared what we do at MEDA [to the dignitaries] and how the changed lives of people who submit to Christ is what will transform the culture. It was great!” The MEDA leadership also intends “to transform the culture” supposedly by “the changed lives of those who submit to Christ.” Will the Honduran culture be “transformed” by Christians submitting to Jesus Christ, or by community members submitting to MEDA’s leadership training program?
Pastor Donato ends by stating, “We have just been approached by the Colonel of the military base here in town to pray with them and to offer them biblical counseling!” “…the Lord has…given testimony of Him before kings and governors!”
The article also stated regarding this Vice Presidential visit: “The whole thing came about just by being neighborly and modeling Christ to our city mayor.” Are we, as Christians, called to obey Christ or to “model” Christ? “Modeling Christ” is not didactic teaching, it is transformational language and behavior employed by the church growth movement. To “model” Christ is like an actor playing a role. “When an actor takes on an archetypal role through method acting by implanting an aspect of that archetype into their psyche, essentially becoming a gateway for an egregore [a demon].” (The Art of Memetics, p. 74.) To “model” Christ is not to be born again, but to take on a role that would only change one’s outward behavior.
Another TMAI newsletter (8/07) stated that MEDA received another visit from the Vice President of Honduras in June, 2007. Why the second visit? To ask Bible questions? Or to help facilitate MEDA’s “willingness to serve?”
Does MEDA have connections with any other governments? To quote from the Jan, 2007 TMAI newsletter: In 2001, Carlos Montoya, a Master’s Seminary graduate, “moved with his family to Honduras to serve the Lord at MEDA.” “In April of 2006, Carlos received an email from Len Crowley with Counsel & Capital, offering an opportunity to extend MEDA’s ministry beyond the borders of Central America—to train key evangelical leaders from Cuba.” The plan called for bringing 10 men from Cuba to a pastor’s conference at MEDA. There was the matter of “obtaining permission from the Cuban government.”
Bringing the Cubans to the conference “involved a pair of calls to the Chief of Staff to the Honduran President, one of which resulted in intervention from the President himself.” (One of the men organizing the conference was the cousin of this Chief of Staff.)
The Cuban government allowed 3 men to attend the conference at MEDA. One of these Cubans explained “that the Cuban church is experiencing an unprecedented growth in the form of ‘cell’ churches throughout the country. Because of this, there are not enough leaders to lead those churches.” (“So many churches with so few leaders” ought to be the motto for the church growth movement.)
Notice that this Cuban didn’t say there was unprecedented growth in Christianity in Cuba; rather, he said there was unprecedented church growth in the form of “cell” churches. Cuba is a communist nation where true Christianity isn’t allowed. According to a U.S. Department of State warning in 2004 regarding Cuba: “Cuba is a totalitarian police state, which relies on repressive methods to maintain control.” 103. But now that Cuba, like the rest of the world, is being transformed by Communitarianism, a cell church led by “Christian” leaders is allowed; a cell church, being essentially a network of facilitator-led small groups or home groups. These “Christian” cells will be led by men transformed through leadership development.
Keep in mind that the man who brought this Cuban venture to the attention of MEDA, Len Crowley, the managing director of Counsel & Capital, is a ministry representative for the Center for Church-Based Training (CCBT). The CCBT is a ministry that offers “facilitator-led small group studies” for sale under the guise of “discipleship for small groups.” Has the CCBT found a market for their “facilitator-led small group studies” in Cuba since their “explosion in cell churches” has occurred?
If anyone thinks the Vice President of Honduras is visiting and thanking MEDA for its “willingness to serve” the Lord Jesus Christ or if anyone thinks there is an explosion in true Christianity in Cuba that’s taking the form of “cell” churches, then they are greatly deceived.