PHIL PRINGLE’S ASSOCIATION WITH DAVID YONGGI CHO
“Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.” 2John 1:8-11
This article will examine Phil Pringle and David Yonggi Cho. We will first look at there connections. We will then examine Yonggi Cho’s teachings and ministry. Finally, we will draw our conclusions on Phil Pringle and Yonggi Cho.
Update: Just recently for Phil Pringle’s birthday, Yonggi Cho decided to publicly endorse Phil Pringle and wish him a happy 60th.
In a previous article, we have recorded Phil Pringle associating himself with David Yonggi Cho through Facebook,
C3 themselves record Pringle’s connection to Cho in our article here,
Pringle has had Yonggi Cho teach at C3 Church Oxford Falls and even teach in his ‘bible colleges’:
Church Growth International
Pringle is also on the board of David Yonggi Cho’s Church Growth International (CGI) organisation. City Harvest Church says (emphasis mine),
“Ps. Phil is a board member of Church Growth International, an organization founded by Dr. Yonggi Cho, dedicated to teaching the principles of evangelism and church growth to pastors all over the world.” - City Harvest Church, Up-coming Guest Speakers, http://www.chc.org.sg/eng/church/events_highlights_phil_pringle_111126-27.php.
Rick Ross records that Church Growth International is,
“an ecumenical group of pastors dedicated to spreading his [Yonggi Cho's] theology and church growth methods around the world.” (Source: http://www.rickross.com/reference/yoidoyonggi/yoido7.html)
Here we can see Chris and Phil Pringle attending Cho’s church with the rest of the Yonggi Cho’s ‘Church Growth International’ (CGI) board of directors.
Pringle also has his books endorsed by the Cho as well. For example, Pringle records Cho saying the following on his book ‘You The Leader’,
“”I Would like to recommend the book entitled “You The Leader” by Dr Phil Pringle. All True Christians are called to use their talents and their gifts in a position of authority in the Body of Christ. This book will help each Christian understand his or her role in the Body of Christ” - Dr David Yonggi Cho , The Yoido Full Gospel Church Seoul, Korea.”
C3 promotes and sells David Yonggi Cho’s book ‘The Fourth Dimension’ in their own Gold Store at their church and online:
“Paul Yonggi Cho, pastor of the world’s largest and fastest growing church, bestselling author and popular speaker reveals secrets for answered prayer, church renewal, and personal growth… Strongly recommended By Ps Phil Pringle, Ps Mark Kelsey & C3 College.”
(Source: http://www.c3store.com/browse/print.asp?ProdID=125186. (Accessed 21/05/2012))
On that note, I have been personally informed by the previous school of Creative Arts principle Jeff Crabtree, that Yonggi Cho personally mentors Phil Pringle. This is apparently common knowledge among C3 Leaders at the Oxford Falls church.
I was previously a student at the C3 Colleges between 2007-2009. In mid-2007, I saw that a required reading for students in the School of Ministry (SOM), was Yonggi Cho’s book, ‘The Fourth Dimension’. I saw they had an assessment where they had to read Cho’s book and write on it.
Because of Pringle and Cho’s friendship, other C3 leaders are influenced by Cho. In fact, Dean Rush is a teacher of the C3 Church Leadership College. Dean Rush says on his blog,
“I just got back from Korea where I was attending Ps Yonggi Cho’s Church Growth Conference. It was unreal. I was hanging out with Ps Phil Pringle and Ps Kong Hee and listening to Ps Cho. That’s about as good a week as you can have!
This guy has built the largest church in the history of Christianity by prayer, faith and the Holy Spirit.
He preached a message on faith that took me to another level.
Here are 3 keys of faith from Ps Cho
1. Faith swells in an environment of faith.
It is so important for us to live in the faith zone, to operate in faith and to remain firmly in faith.
I think in the world today – we can have the intention of living by faith but are tempted by and often give in to the doubts, fears and realities that surround us every day.
Our faith gives way to fear.
We need to constantly be putting ourselves in an environment of faith – being in church, getting around great leaders and inspiring people, reading the word of God, spending time in prayer and seeing visions.
2. Faith wants to have a clear goal.
We need to know what we are applying our faith to. Define your goal and bring it before God in persistent prayer.
Keep your goal in mind and see it coming to pass. Pray for it, aim towards it and never let it out of your sight.
3. Language is the clothing for faith.
How cool is that thought!
Faith needs an expression and this happens through your words.
What you speak is what is inside you. So faith expresses itself in your life by your words. So speak words of faith and life and keep speaking them.
Lets be people that build the future by faith!”
(Source: Dean Rush, A new level of faith, http://www.deanrush.net/2009/10/26/a-new-level-of-faith/, 26/10/2009. Accessed 21/05/2012)
Even in the C3 College library, students have access to Cho’s material.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO YONGGI CHO
Paul the Apostle rebukes the Corinthian church for embracing men who bring a different gospel, a different spirit and a different Jesus into their church.
“I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”” - 2 Corinthians 11:3-5, (Emphasis mine).
As you will see, Yonggi Cho is a minister that fits Paul’s description. Since C3 uses the promotes book ‘The Fourth Dimension’ and teaches it in their colleges, we shall look what people at C3 Leaders are learning from Yonggi Cho. Cho writes,
“You can tap that power for your tuition, your clothes, your books, your health, your business, everything! When you go out to preach the gospel you are not preaching a vague objective, a theory, philosophy, or human religion. You are actually teaching people how to tap endless resources!” – David Yonggi Cho, The Fourth Dimension, 1979, pg. 186.
This is a different good news. A different gospel. The gospel is “teaching people how to tap endless resources”? That sounds like a prosperity gospel. In this same book Cho says,
“Son, as the second dimension includes and controls the first dimension, and the third dimension includes and controls the second dimension, so the fourth dimension includes and controls the third dimension, producing a creation of order and beauty. The spirit is the fourth dimension. Every human being is a spiritual being as well as a physical being. They have the fourth dimension as well as the third dimension in their hearts.” So men, by exploring their spiritual sphere of the fourth dimension through the development of concentrated visions and dreams in their imaginations, can brood over and incubate the third dimension, influencing and changing it. This is what the Holy Spirit taught me” - David Yonggi Cho, The Fourth Dimension, 1979, pg. 38-40.
This is not the Holy Spirit. This is a different spirit. You will not find this teaching any where in the bible. Where does the bible talk about second, third and fourth dimensions? Because Cho has made the claim that God gave him this divine teaching directly – if we are to believe Cho, this book is infallible. He has added another book to the scriptures because God spoke to him directly. Is it worth accepting that this book is an infallible writing of God because Cho received new divine teachings to teach other Christians? Hopefully all reading would conclude with a ‘no’.
Finally Cho teaches,
“God gave power to human beings to control the material world and to have dominion over material things, a responsibility they can carry out through the fourth dimension [their inner spiritual being]. Now unbelievers, by developing their inner spiritual being in such a way can carry out dominion upon their third dimension, which includes their physical sicknesses and diseases … Jesus is bound to what you speak forth … As well as you can release Jesus’ power through your spoken word, you can also create the presence of Christ. If you do not speak the word of faith clearly, Christ can never be released … You create the presence of Jesus with your mouth. If you speak about salvation, the saving Jesus appears. If you speak about divine healing, then you will have the healing Christ in your congregation. If you speak the miracle performing Jesus, then the presence of the miracle performing Jesus is released. He is bound by your lips and your words. He is depending on you…” - David Yonggi Cho, The Fourth Dimension, 1979, pg. 81-82.
This is clearly another Jesus. To say this is the Lord Jesus Christ is blasphemous. How can Cho call Jesus ‘Lord’ if he is bold enough to teach “If you do not speak the word of faith clearly, Christ can never be released”? Christ is not bound by our formulated lip service. What further proves this is another Jesus is Cho’s language. He teaches that when we a Christian speaks forth, ‘the saving Jesus appears’, ‘the healing Christ’ or ‘the miracle performing Jesus’ can work. Why does he sound like he is a releasing a different Jesus under his different desires or circumstances? It’s worth asking what kind of useless authority does Cho’s Jesus have when Jesus boldly declares the following.
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” - Matthew 28:18
Yonggi Cho’s Jesus “is bound by [Cho's] lips and [Cho's] words” and does not surpass the authority of Cho. So why does he teach this?
CHO’s CONNECTION TO SHAMANISM/OCCULT/PANTHEISM/NEW AGE?
David Yonggi Cho has been accused of promoting shamanism. Reynalds writes,
“Korean Christians tend to see Christianity as a path to material prosperity [sic]. That trait is a residue of shamanism, the native folk religion for centuries in Korea and other Northeast Asian countries.
In shamanism the shaman (a quasi medicine man or woman) is asked to intercede with the spirits to ensure one’s health or business success. Many professing Christians contend that the gods of shamanism and the God of Christianity are kindred spirits.”- Jeremy Reynalds, Shamanistic Influences In Korean Pentecostal Christianity: An Analysis, http://www.rickross.com/reference/yoidoyonggi/yoido2.html, 2000. (Accessed 22/05/2012)
We wish to point readers to these articles written about Yonggi Cho’s possible connection to Shamanism and other spiritual practices and beliefs.
With this in mind, we would like you to compare the above definition of shamnism with Phil Pringle at this years Presence Conference. Before Pringle started his ‘Miracle Offering’ session, Pringle said,
“I’ve got about a thousand miracles inside of me, ready to be unlocked into your world, in Jesus mighty name, amen!” - Phil Pringle, Presence Conference, 01:09:10, 12/04/2012.
Watch Pringle at his 2012 Presence Conference at 45:11 onwards:
Towards the end at 1:00:45, the drum beat is worked up again. Pringle gets up and starts binding the ‘devil’ off people who gave money. He clearly sees himself as the spiritual authority figure over every Christian present who just gave their money to him. At 1:01:25, Pringle rebukes the spirit of debt (if there is a spirit of debt). Remember a shaman will ‘intercede with the spirits to ensure one’s health or business success’. What we’re seeing is no exorcism. This is something else that we never see Jesus or his disciples do. He’s not casting out demons to see people saved but to see people materially blessed.
So why is Pringle yelling at spirits to be broken off for one’s health or business success? Is this a shamanistic element passed on to Pringle by Yonggi Cho’s influence?
CHO & THE ‘COMMON WORD’ CONTROVERSY
It is important that “Christians and Muslims… live together in peace”. However, this document is stressing more then this. It says that we with Muslims need to, “work diligently together to reshape relations between our communities and our nations so that they genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another”. This ‘work’ is reshaping more then just relationships.
However, the muslim God is very different to the Christian God. This document not only blurs the lines between the gods of Muslims and Christians – it willingly fuses them together. As the document tries to compare the similarities, it goes as far as saying, “God’s goodness is infinite and not bound by anything”. This article, “A Common Word Between Us” stresses “so insistently the unique devotion to one God, indeed the love of God, as the primary duty of every believer”. So in essence, this article is merging deities into one and calling them the same!
The Christian God IS bound. He chooses to bind Himself to His word and the covenants he has made with his people through time. His goodness is bound by Jesus and His covenant through His shed blood and broken body at the cross. This article is redefining the God revealed to us in scriptures.
Not only that – Cho has signed the controversial ‘A Common Word…’ petition that says that Muslims and Christians can “genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another”. Light House Trails Research offers this information on ministers who signed the petition.
Here is the petition:
So why has David Yonggi Cho signed this dangerous petition? How is this ‘Christian leader’ offering Christians an accurate witness to the Christian faith? Why is Phil Pringle still personally being mentored by this man who cannot distinguish the difference between the faith of Islam and Christianity? Jesus is not Allah.
We at C3 Church Watch do not wish to misrepresent the teachings and beliefs of David Yonggi Cho. We have quoted from his book what he teaches. We encourage you to go to the book itself and read his teachings if you question our research. We have documented as best we can his movement and have hoped to point people to accurate articles to help understand him further.
We do not wish to misrepresent how closely Phil Pringle and C3 associate with David Yonngi Cho. We are simply recording the facts the best we can. By placing the above factual accounts to the word of God, it becomes evident that David Yonggi Cho is a dangerous false teacher. As Paul continues to say about those who bring a different message, Jesus and spirit,
“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve…” - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.
Why does Pringle choose to be influenced by Yonggi Cho? If Phil Pringle is choosing to remain united with Yonggi Cho’s false teachings, then Pringle is “participat[ing] in [Cho's] evil deeds”. (2John 1:8-11.)
We encourage ANYONE who is moved by the grim facts about the spiritual status of David Yonggi Cho, Phil Pringle and the C3 movement, to pray for them.
Pray that Pringle repents, turns away from David Yonggi and re-examines his theological understanding of the scriptures. Pray for Yonggi Cho and his church to repent and return to biblical Christianity.