Warning about “The Send” stadium gathering

“In 2011 a major revelatory shift took place.” –Lou Engle, founder of The Send

Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.  (Lam 2:14)

Francis Chan is passionately promoting a stadium event called The Send, scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida on February 23, 2019.[1] At face value, the purpose of the gathering is to spread the gospel message. But something else may be happening here.

The Send website [2] listing the speakers and artists proclaims:

Look who is uniting for The Send. We aren’t coming together for an event we are gathering for a tipping point. Become a part of the story.

Okay, so what kind of tipping point? Become a part of what kind of story? Unfortunately, The Send speaker/artist list is dominated by: New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) advocates; contemplative prayer practitioners; and those who foment the heresy of Protestant/Catholic spiritual unity.

One goal of this ongoing series is an examination of the theology and practices of Todd White, Lou Engle, Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker, Francis Chan, Mike Bickle, and other scheduled speakers and artists.

The Bible warns, And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:11)

How did the concept of The Send originate? According to Lou Engle:

In 2011 a major revelatory shift took place. Into my living room walked these YWAM wild men, and they began to prophesy, there’s a coming shift to The Call. And it will not just be fasting and praying, but the proclamation of the gospel, signs and wonders and stadiums will be filled. And Billy Graham’s mantle is coming on the nation. And then they said, The Call is gonna lead to The Send. And it struck me–maybe The Call is a forerunner for a new Jesus Movement coming. [3]

Or, maybe it is the forerunner to something…else. The question must be asked–at what point in history does the false church begin to coalesce? (Revelation 17:1-6) As noted by Ray Yungen, Warren B. Smith [4] and others, contemplative prayer serves as a key linchpin for the rising false church.

“In the spiritual climate of today,” writes Yungen, “a unifying mystical prayer practice fits the paradigm necessary to unite the various world religions–the contemplative prayer movement is such a practice! I believe this movement is taking many on a downward spiral that could lead to the great apostasy. For this to happen, as the Bible says, there will be ‘seducing spirits’ who design a spirituality nearly indistinguishable from the truth.'” [5]

Thus it will be important to write about Mike Bickle, founder of International House of Prayer. While Bickle can be rightfully called the King of contemplative prayer, by no means is he the only scheduled speaker to embrace this deceptive practice.

According to Bickle, “Everyone in the Body of Christ is called to live lives of contemplative prayer…” [6]

As this series continues, we’ll see the results of immersion in contemplative prayer, the power of this deceptive practice, and its influence in the push for Catholic/Protestant unity.

End Part 1

Part 2: The Send conference features Bethel Redding speaker known for “grave soaking”

Source Notes and Links:

1. Francis Chan and The Send

2. The Send speakers and artists

3. Lou Engle and origin of The Send

4. Meditation and Contemplative Prayer by Warren Smith

5. Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing, pg. 184

6.   Mike Bickle and contemplative prayer

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