After taking heat for speaking at a stadium event with pastors described as prosperity gospel preachers and “false teachers,” Francis Chan has publicly responded to those concerns and vowed to continue speaking at events that feature people with whom he theologically disagrees.
The 51-year-old popular preacher and author who co-founded Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley California issued a lengthy statement over the weekend in an attempt to refute any negative “conclusions drawn” from his decision to speak at The Send conference in Orlando in late February.
The Send is a stadium conference that has been hosted in cities nationwide since 2011 by The Call, an organization run by charismatic Christian evangelist Lou Engle. At such events, a number of pastors and Christian leaders are invited to come and give a message.
With over 60,000 gathered at Camping World Stadium, the 10-hour Feb. 23 event was hosted by Youth With A Mission, Christ for All Nations, and Engle. The lineup included the likes of Chan, Benny Hinn, Todd White, Daniel Kolenda and music from Hillsong Young & Free, Jesus Culture, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, and Bethel Music.
Although The Send event was a major production in which Chan was simply invited to speak, pictures emerged online of Chan with Hinn and White. This sparked some critics to question why Chan would choose to speak at an event with “charlatans” known to “promote the prosperity gospel.”
“From what I hear from friends and critics (I stay away from social media, etc), there have been a lot of conclusions drawn from my decision to speak at The Send conference as well as other venues,” Chan, the author of Crazy Love, wrote in the statement.
“Some people have questioned my willingness to take pictures with anyone who asks for a picture with me. So I thought it might be helpful to explain some of my theological beliefs which have come under scrutiny as of late, as well as some of my practices/decisions.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith