Phil Pringle in his advert for Presence Conference 2016 is not appealing to Christianity but rather pagan mysticism. In this article – we expose the lies and theological bankruptcy behind his Presence advert.
LIES 1-4 EXPOSED
“To be in Him is not a religion, a strict moral code or ceremonial creed.”
What is Phil Pringle smoking?
His first line is deceitful on so many levels. Let us examine his “religion” claim. To be in Christ is to be religious to the Father:
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27
Lie one exposed.
Jesus says if we love him, we will obey him and keep/defend his teachings. Furthermore, Jesus commands us to go into all the world and make disciples. His teachings are strictly founded on the moral teachings of the Torah, teaching us what good morals are before God and man. However, his teachings also include why he died for us as Paul lays out in his epistles to the New Testament church.
Lie two exposed.
Phil Pringle’s final statement attacks a central core doctrine of the Christian faith- our creed. That is, our confession of faith.
If we confess Christ as Lord and believe he was raised from the dead we are saved (Romans 10). If we believe the gospel we are saved (1 Corinthians 15). To be in Christ is to confess Christ which is WHY the church has creeds – to help combat heretics (like Phil Pringle).
Lie three exposed.
Nevertheless, Pringle does not even believe his own statement. He is lying to people.
To be in Christ, according to Phil Pringle, is to tithe ten per cent of your financial income to his church so that God does not curse your finances, your business and your life. Simply read his book, ‘Financial Excellence’ or read how he financially manipulates people around his Vision Builders events. That is a false religion that serves the interests of Phil Pringle.
He does invent his own religion and moral code after people give their lives to his jesus.
Lie four exposed.
So what is Phil Pringle peddling?
This is the clue: “It is to know the very source of life, to dwell in Him and Him in us.”
This is nothing but New Age mysticism. He has attacked what Christianity in his first statement and has redefined and reduced it down to something, abstract, absurd and mystifying in the next.
The allusion to the Roman Catholic mystic Francis of Assissi is also present in this statement. He has simply reworded, “Preach the gospel and occasionally use words” to “For it to show in everything we do.” *
To further back the claim that Phil Pringle is pushing his own man made religion, he states: “For people around us to know that there is something different, a secret that they are anxious to find out.”
The Christian faith is a public faith, not a secret faith. It doesn’t withhold a special “secret” from people. The Apostle Paul makes this so abundantly plain:
… “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” Acts 26:25-7
Pringle is only capitalising on people’s piety and creating a religious environment where if people do not attend his pagan event, people will miss out on “a secret that they are anxious to find out“. This is elitism. This is ego-stroking.
Christianity makes disciples by teaching people about Jesus and preaching his Word. Jesus prayed to His Father that “that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Jesus did exactly this through teaching and preaching. His commission to his disciples was to create disciples in every nation, “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).
Pringle is rejecting Jesus’ great commission. Instead,
“This year our desire is that every adult, youth and child would experience Jesus.”
The pagan Greco-roman world experienced their deities in worship experiences. In contrast to paganism, Jesus taught his disciples and spread the way of God through teaching and discipling. To know God and to receive eternal life was through the preaching of God’s Word (Romans 10) – not “experiences”.
This is not even a Pentecostal teaching offered by Pringle. This is how shamanism or paganism works:
“We should never underestimate what a moment in His Presence will do. And what that moment will cause us to do.”
We can underestimate the moment this false presence will do. This false presence will result in people being lied to, and manipulated to move to the front of the arena to give up lots of money to get their miracle.
This has been the norm for nearly two decades. It’s deceitful – and Pringle knows exactly what he gets out of this: fame, prestige and power. It’s flat out lawlessness, which is why he is a pulpit criminal.
THE FALSE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION COMMISSION
“We experience Jesus because His mission should be the concern of every believer…”
No Pringle – people are TAUGHT about Jesus. You are pushing the cult teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) where people are to “experience Jesus” in worship, the same way pagans experienced their gods. And “His mission” is not Jesus’ mission but Pringle’s man made vision to further his lucrative Pathfinders rich boys club and your colleges (just watch all these adds bombard viewers at the conference).
If you are not convinced that this is the NAR Commission, Pringle finishes the sentence with this:
“… we are called to permeate every part of society.”
Nope. Not true. We are called to make disciples. The false NAR Commission is also about infiltrating the seven mountains of society. Pringle has invented his own language and concepts by calling this “Marketplace ministry”, something that he indoctrinates college students to embrace.
Face it – you’ll get more out of a bible study than putting up with this neo-pagan trash disguising itself as though it is a “Christian” conference. If Christ and His Apostles warn us about lawless men like Pringle and tell us not to tolerate them in His name – why disobey Christ?
… Is it because you like experiencing a different Jesus that Pringle has invented for your own personal satisfaction?
C3 PRESENCE ADVERT
From C3 Presence Conference,
To be in Him is not a religion, a strict moral code or ceremonial creed. It is to know the very source of life, to dwell in Him and Him in us. For it to show in everything we do. For people around us to know that there is something different, a secret that they are anxious to find out.
This year our desire is that every adult, youth and child would experience Jesus.
We should never underestimate what a moment in His Presence will do. And what that moment will cause us to do. Our cause is to be the salt and light. We experience Jesus because His mission should be the concern of every believer; we are called to permeate every part of society.
Our prayer is that this conference would continue to revive the creators, the builders, the innovators, the leaders and those praying and acting powerfully in situations that are not always seen. That every single person would receive new vision and understand the impact that just one person who has had an encounter can have on their world.
We cannot wait to seek Him together and are counting down the days till we have the great privilege of hosting you, your family and friends at Presence Conference 2016!
Phil & Chris Pringle
Source: Phil Pringle, Presence Conference, http://www.presenceconference.com/, Accessed 15/04/2016.
* We are aware that Francis of Assissi never made this statement. We are acknowledging that this is something that many false teachers allude too in their false religious presentations.