C3 Church – Following the Prince
of This World
In April of 2012, we reviewed the C3
Church Global site, and here’s
what we found:
Phil and Chris Pringle, Dean Rush, Dean and Jill Sweetman, and Simon
and Valerie McIntyre are all what the world would deem to be nice people.
And that’s just it. They are all about the things and the love
of this world; their promotional sites and videos are all about hype
and carnal enthusiasm.
One small example of many: In a promotional video, Dean Rush artificially
stimulates the gathering behind him for the camera. This is not God’s
spontaneity but Satan’s reasoning and subtlety, a flesh-oriented
and flesh-generated enthusiasm. While the world operates this way, the
Kingdom of God and His children do not.
Pringle boasts statistics – 300 churches, 74,000 people, places “booming,” 1
church to 84 churches in parts of Africa, with Pringle shooting for 1,000
churches around the world by 2020. They are all about growth of numbers – numbers
of people, churches, church plants, and countries. Their emphasis is
plainly of their expansionist ambitions. This has nothing whatsoever
to do with the Kingdom of Heaven or its King.
Did Jesus care about the sizes and numbers of the seven churches in
Revelation, or was His concern the quality of life - of righteousness
and holiness? Did He talk to them about winning souls, or about faith
As “Pastor” Dean Sweetman declares with his wife, they are “pumped.”
“Pumped” is not a godly inspiration, but a carnal stimulation, a
fleshly enthusiasm. This is not a matter of semantics. These people know
nothing of the Spirit of God, nothing at all.
They have a “2020 vision.” This isn’t the direction
of the Spirit of God, Who guides one day at a time. This is the ambition
of man, the ways of the serpent. Do they know what awaits them tomorrow,
never mind in 2020? Truly, I fear for these people in the shortly-coming
years. What does our brother James say about this kind of thinking?
James 4:13-16 ESV
(13) Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into
such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” --
(14) yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life?
For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
(15) Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live
and do this or that.”
(16) As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
Does God care for numbers? David numbered Israel and got into trouble
for it (1 Chronicles 21). As a result, many perished. God cares only
for hearts. He wants your heart.
These people boast of the thousands worshipping the Lord. Are they really
worshipping Him, or are they worshipping joy of life, fun, pleasures,
entertainment, social benefits, belonging, purpose, mission, self-importance,
and identification with others? They climb up another way, only to be
cast out of the wedding feast in the end.
Where’s Jesus Christ? He’s nowhere to be found. There is
no “sign of the Son of Man in Heaven” (Matthew 24:30).
These people have perversely distorted the truth of reaching out in
the Name of Jesus Christ. This is nothing but a promotional campaign
engineered and driven by the prince of this world who comes as an angel
of light, befriending, flattering, deceiving, and destroying.
As Satan did with Jesus, so he has come to these people saying, “All
these things [kingdoms of the world] I will give you if you will fall
down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9 MKJV), and these people have
fallen for it.
The telltale marks of falsehood are legion at their site and so many
others like theirs. Besides the worldly and fleshly allurements these
people brazenly present, read The True Marks
of a Cult and Diabolical
Doctrines, and you’ll know better the error these people propagate
to draw people to themselves, doing so in the Name of the Lord.
Yes, they are friendly, enthusiastic, motivating, sociable, smiling,
and outgoing people, attractive as friends and associates, even apparently
sincere and well-meaning, but wrong, wrong, wrong. Jesus Christ is nowhere
to be found with them. By Him, we sound the warning and declare the truth.
He who has ears, let him hear.
There’s no mention of repentance from sin, no talk of taking up
the cross, no sobriety - just cheering, happy, clapping, smiling, reveling
people doing their thing to attract still others to do the same. Is this
of God? We solemnly say, “No, this is Satan in all his power and
glory.” This is all of the world.
And we also say to you: “Flee fornication and idols, all of you
who would save yourselves from this ‘untoward generation’ (Acts
2:40) and have the true and eternal life of Jesus Christ.”
You can’t have it both ways, people. The cross alone is the way
to life. There’s no other way. Does anyone see the cross with these
promoters? Be honest, for only by honesty about yourself and God and
fully surrendering to Him will you live.