“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Matt 13:22
Josh Kelsey tweets a quote of Pringle,
“”The cross is enough.” @philpringle preaching life into #C3 America pastors.”
If Pringle believed this, why is he bringing Steve Furtick to preach at his Presence Conference 2012? It was Steve Furtick who had issues with Matt Chandler for preaching the correction and the cross.
Why does Pringle hardly preach the cross? Why does he preach more on money and financial miracles, anointings and blessings as a means to obtain Godliness? If “The cross is enough” C3 shouldn’t be saying,
‘“We couldn’t think of anyone better to speak on raising money than our very own Ps Phil Pringle.” – vision2020kl, Smells Like Team Spirit!, http://twitpic.com/5elp15, image modified 21/06/2011 3:28:26PM. (Accessed 22/06/2011)
Pringle advertised over two weeks ago the following (emphasis mine):
“Hey Jurgs and Leanne and the mighty C3 church in San Diego. I can’t wait to be with you on the eleventh and the twelfth of February. We’re gonna have such a fantastic weekend. I’m so excited to be with you, to be in that atmosphere of that mighty church again and to feel all the incredible amazing things that God is doing amongst you. I can’t wait to be bringing the Word of God. I’ve got such a word burning in my heart for our church and for our churches throughout this coming year. And I know that God is going to touch you individually, in your family and in every area of your life, just through a fresh impartation and connection with the power of God over this weekend. So really, make sure you bring all your family and all your friends for a great family blessing, for a great impartation to your finances and into your business and into your market place ministry. I know that this year, C3 San Diego has gone over another threshold into a whole new area of blessing, of being blessed and being a blessing right there in America and throughout the world. I’m believing with you for one of the most incredible weekends we’ve ever had. See you soon! God bless you.” – Phil Pringle, http://www.twitvid.com/KKGF4. (Accessed 16/02/2012.)
If the cross is enough, then why does Philip Pringle focus on this “great impartation” on peoples “finances” and their businesses? Why does he focus on perishable worldly things that never satisfy?
A preacher is meant to go to a church to preach the cross, encouraging Christians to bring their unsaved family and friends. This is so that unbelievers may come to know Jesus. This is not what Pringle has faithfully demonstrated in both his words or actions.
In fact, Pringle seems to go against the teachings of Jesus, proving to be a thorn, choking the gospel that he says he preaches.
Whether Rebekah was serious or not, Phil Pringle in C3 Church Atlanta attempted to get the congregation to buy him a jet… And he was dead serious.
“… At least that’s from checking in, security and all that. So in a month that’s 48 hrs. In a year that is 2 days so that’s- that is 24 days a year. Twenty four days in a year- that’s almost a month a year I can save myself. Ok, so over ten years- over twelve years – that’s a year. In one year I have saved myself one year of my life. One year of my life is worth a whole lot more then what any jet is worth or anything like that so – amen!
If you – would like to buy that jet [congregation starts to laugh] for us… This weekend – I don’t know what you’re laughing about. I’m serious. [More laughing] And you just go right ahead and slap that black amex down on some counter. And ahh… we’ll be flying, amen! Praise Jesus! Ahaha!” – Phil Pringle, C3 Church Atlanta 8/8/10, http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/8802074, 08/08/2010.
Later, Pringle promotes himself, his false 2020 Vision and starts speaking faith/prophecy. Read the rest of the transcript below.
[Continued] “You know it is – It’s always a pleasure to be here. We have a vision of planting a thousand churches around the world so I have no hesitation playing videos and material that promotes our vision – what we’re doing.
One of the great things we’re doing right now is an online college. We’ve just started three weeks ago and we already have five hundred students. Now to plant these – another seven hundred churches in the next eight years – nine years, we need another seven hundred leaders, seven hundred worship leaders, seven hundred methodist administrators and ahh – oh just administrators will do. You know. And if we could have administrators like Jeff, song leaders like Joe, that would be phenomenal. But even moreso to have leaders like Dean Sweetman who was on the online college now. He’s our latest addition. I don’t know if you guys can play that for us now that would be great.
Fantastic! So your pastor is featured in this. You can [go] on line college. You can do it at home on your own or as a connect group. Or as another group – maybe a good way to get people in to meet the Lord. New York City Church, our church in Time Square, is doing it. And they in their first week had, I think, two people come to Christ who were just attending the college. And so it can be used in all kinds of opportunities and ways that will really, really be a blessing.
And a- so I’d encourage you to get a hold of that. Get a hold of my books and things like that.
We’re about to start a church in Shang- ah! In Hong Kong! And ah, we probably will start in Shanghai as well. And ah- maybe you’ve got someone in Toronto you can send to help us out. Although they don’t speak French down there and ah – it’s alright! But we need to be starting churches everywhere and we’re sending people down to Hong Kong.
And I’ve just had ‘You the Leader’ [Pringle’s Book] released in Chinese. So that’s a really good thing. Although you’d already know that if you were following me on Twitter. And so if you’re not, go ahead and sign up. We can all stay in touch. We can find out. It’s a connector. It’s just brilliant in staying in touch with one another.
And I know you might be saying, “Oy yeah-roar-rru-roar” (plays an ogre) Get over that and just get on it! It’s a fantastic tool that God has given us to connect with each other all around the world and just to know what we’re all doing. It’s fantastic! And I love all technology that is helping us achieve those ends. There are gonna be some negatives but we don’t focus on those things. Amen!
I’m gonna say this, ‘It’s like, even though I’ve been in Singapore last weekend, speaking to that church, (it’s not a C3 church); and I’m going from here to LA, (we’re speaking at C3 LA tonight- while doing a live painting); they’re going to Jakarta to a thing called the ‘World Harvest Conference’ which is a huge conference they have in Indonesia. And when I go to those places, I am like a guest speaker. It’s not really my show – it’s not my place. So to give- give leadership, is not what they’re looking for. They’re looking for ministry. And if you’re gonna be a leader, you need to have ministry. But the leadership is limited to a sphere of people that you lead. And you guide and you influence and you direct and shape the culture of that.
So whenever I’m in one of our churches, I’m like – I just pick up that burden and cause that I am going to shape the culture here and feel like the pastor here for the day and uh – talk to you about where we’re going. Not that ah you know I need to announce where Dean is going and you’re aware of all that. But as the leader of our movement, I know that I need to be promoting our cause and keeping you on the same page as where we’re going so that we’ve all got one mind – we’ve got one purpose – one spirit. And the delight of dealing with Dean and Jill and the whole team here, is that everyone is so on the same page, we hardly even need to talk. We’ve just got the vibe and we’re going in the same direction.
And so my job in coming into these situations is to be like that!
Ken[?] and John called me the arch bishop the other night. But it’s sort of like that to present to you the over-arching culture and vision of where we’re going. And I really enjoy doing that.
So I speak a little stronger. A little more cause and direction and leadership orientated, when I’m in our C3 churches. I want you to come to me to Deuteronomy 8:18, here this morning. And in the next thirty minutes, I would really like to be able to change your life for you. And if you’ll let me just tinker with your brain, I reckon I can do that- and I mean REALLY change your life. In your – in your world. And both in your domestic world and in your church world.
And every time I’m in any kind of service, I’m believing for God to bring at least one miracle into a person’s life. And while you’re just sitting there, I am convinced that a miracle is going to happen in somebody’s life here today. The miracle I believe that will happen, is that you will get a house. And I would like to think that all of our people will own their own homes, amen! In Jesus name!
And I know some of you would like a medical miracle. Well I’m believing God that can happen as well. But I really have a word that some of you hear today will go out of this place and you’ll buy yourself a house. You’ll have a house and you’ve always wanted a house and now you’re gonna get one, in Jesus name. Amen! – Phil Pringle, C3 Church Atlanta 8/8/10, http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/8802074, 08/08/2010.
NOTE: ALL SCREEN GRABS WERE TAKEN BEFORE 19/01/2012.
Below are five youtube videos of Phil Pringle speaking on ‘Financial Excellence’ in his evening service on 22/05/2011. Comparing Pringle’s morning message to his night time message, Phil Pringle not only demonstrates a complete lack of biblical knowledge and resonsibility or accountability to handling the scriptures correctly, Pringle exhibits hypocrisy. In his morning message he said,
“As we launch into this part of the year – tax returns, all these other areas, finances become an important subject of the media and of our own lives as we try to tidy things up as we come to the end of the year, etc-etc. And especially in the Kingdom of God, it’s important that you and I have this area under control, that we understand what this is about. Because finances are important.
I know that there’s this feeling sometimes, like Christians we intend to say well, ‘Well [shows disdain on his face] it’s not about money‘. And I agree, it’s not. But money’s not unimportant and I have a healthy respect for the power of money. And so did Jesus.”– Phil Pringle, Ps Phil Pringle: Financial Excellence Part 2, http://www2.myc3church.net/videos/ps-phil-pringle-financial-excellence-part-2, Sermon (PM), 22/05/2011.
Rather than agree money is not an important focus for Christians to have, you will see in this sermon Pringle stresses the importance of money.
A solid critique of this sermon will be up later this year.
Below are six youtube videos of Phil Pringle speaking on ‘Financial Excellence’ in his morning service in 22/05/2011. Unfortunately for someone who has a doctorate in theology, Phil Pringle demonstrates a complete lack of biblical knowledge and shows no resonsibility or accountability to handling the scriptures correctly, especially when it comes to finances.
A critique of this sermon will be up later this year.