In the third and final part of this article series concerning Mr. Joshua Chavez (aka: “Servus Christi”), we will take a look at his hypocritical “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” methodology for determining who is an apostate.
Please see the latest on this three part series: Servus Christi Updated, where I respond to a lengthy defense of Servus Christi, written at his behest by one of his friends.
Concerns, Part Three
In addition to presenting Mr. Chavez with all of the above evidence of his sin, I also attempted to demonstrate to him the hypocrisy of his actions by applying the standards and logic he applies to the numerous Christian brothers mentioned above, to himself.
As noted in the introduction, Mr. Chavez claims he is exposing apostasy in the Church. However, as also shown, he has not done this. Not once. In fact, his exposés are nothing more than strawman arguments and ad hominem red herring fallacies. He condemns person A because they appear at a conference or in a photo with person B, who in turn has appeared at a conference or in a photo with person C who may or may not be a false teacher, or is somehow affiliated with a false teacher. This is guilt by association twice removed. As faulty a methodology as this is, it is the methodology Mr. Chavez has chosen to employ; and, in doing so he has exposed his own hypocrisy.
I have dubbed the red-herring methodology used by Mr. Chavez the “Servus Christi Rule of Partnerships and Affiliations.” As you will see, when Mr. Chavez and his own affiliations and partnerships are examined by using his own methodology, his hypocrisy becomes glaringly evident.
On his website, Beginning of Sorrows, Mr. Chavez recommends both Jacob Prasch and Moriel Ministries, as well as Beresford Job.
To begin with, let's look at Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel. Jacob Prasch calls Chuck Smith his “friend and brother,” “solidly supporting” Chuck Smith's positions, defending him against any and all critics. It should also be noted that Mr. Chavez also speaks glowingly of Chuck Smith as well. On his blog he writes of Chuck Smith, “Smith was known for being a verse by verse bible teacher.” Based on his approval of Chuck Smith, Mr. Chavez has clearly aligned himself with Chuck Smith as well; and that brings us back to the “Servus Christi Rule of Partnerships and Affiliations,”
Chuck Smith held Rick Warren in high regard, calling Warren a “brother in Christ,” and stating that he had no problem sharing a stage with him. This is the same Rick Warren who has affiliated himself with both Islam and the Vatican. That places Mr. Chavez only one degree of separation away from Rick Warren. The fact that Mr. Chavez judges and condemns others for doing the same thing that he himself has done exposes Mr. Chavez as a hypocrite.
In his last email to me, Mr. Chavez tried to explain away Chuck Smith's affiliation with Rick Warren by saying, “As for Chuck Smith, he entertained Rick Warren ONCE in 2009 at 82 years of age a few years before his death at a time when Rick Warren was not well known nor established in his ecumenism.” And yet, this isn't true. In fact, it is a bald-faced lie. Rick Warren was quite well known when he shared a stage with Chuck Smith at the Calvary Chapel 20 year anniversary “Harvest Crusade” on August 16, 2009. Warren had published his best selling book, The Purpose Driven Church, in 1995. He followed this up with another best seller, The Purpose Driven Life, in 2002. To say Chuck Smith was unaware of Rick Warren would also be untrue, as Smith denounced Rick Warren in 2006. A statement released by Smith's church stated, “The teachings and positions of Rick Warren have come into conflict with us at Calvary Chapel. Pastor Chuck has directed us to discontinue this product [Purpose Driven Life] effective immediately.”
Furthermore, on April 17, 2005 Rick Warren launched his ecumenical “Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan” before a crowd of 30,000 people in Angel's stadium in Anaheim, California. On January 20, 2009 Rick Warren appeared at President Barack Obama's inauguration where he publicly prayed to the Islamic “Isa;” and, on July 4, 2009 Warren appeared at the 2009 ISNA Conference addressing upward of 40,000 Muslims. By the time Chuck Smith shared a stage with Rick Warren on August 16, 2009, Rick Warren and his ecumenism were both well known and well established. And yet, none of this served to dissuade Chuck Smith, a man whom both Mr. Chavez and his close friend Jacob Prasch held in high regard (and whom Prasch was intimate friends with), from reversing his condemnation of Rick Warren, and embracing Warren as a Christian brother and a friend.
In fact, none of Warren's ecumenical heresy served to dissuade Smith from sharing the platform with Warren at a Calvary Chapel event. None of this served to dissuade Chuck Smith from introducing Warren as “my good friend who pastors Saddleback Church,” and none of this served to dissuade Smith from asking Warren to lead in prayer.
In fact, the following day, August 17, 2009, Chuck Smith was appearing on a local radio program when a caller expressed dismay at Smith sharing the stage with such a well known heretic, asking Smith, “Should pastors share a platform at an evangelical event with someone who typifies the Emergent Church, a minister?” Chuck Smith's answer is very revealing regarding his relationship with Rick Warren, as he said, “Now it could be that God IS calling him to that, but that isn’t why God has called ME to do and so, but I can still look at him as a brother in Christ. … We were both invited to be there but we were on the platform together, sat next to each other, and he is a brother in Christ, and so I didn’t really have any real problem with sharing, being on the same program together with him.”
Mr. Chavez's claim that Chuck Smith, “entertained Rick Warren ONCE in 2009 at 82 years of age a few years before his death...” is equally untrue as they appeared together on a radio call-in program on February 27, 2013; for which Rick Warren sent out a message on his Twitter page saying, “Answering Bible questions with my friend Chuck Smith on KWVE radio today.” The simple fact is that Chuck Smith was good friends with Rick Warren, and considered Warren a brother in Christ, in spite of Warren's well known ecumenism.
Mr. Chavez also wrote in his last email to me, “Jacob Prasch is one of few people who OPENLY condemned the trajectory of Calvary Chapel and rightly predicted its demise. Jacob praised the early work of Calvary during the Jesus Movement.” It should be noted that during the early work of Calvary Chapel during the Jesus Movement, Chuck Smith was partnered with a man by the name of Lonnie Frisbee, a drug addicted homosexual who died from complications of AIDS in 1993. This is the man whom Jacob Prasch “praised” for “the early work of Calvary during the Jesus Movement” (to quote Mr. Chavez). Again, did Mr. Chavez not know any of this about Jacob Prasch? It is common knowledge, and easily found with a simple Google search. Does Mr. Chavez not vet those whom he recommends?
And then there is Chuck Missler. Mr. Chavez attempts to dismiss Jacob Prasch's affiliation to both Chuck Smith and Chuck Missler by writing, “Both Smith and Missler are dead, and Jacob had no regular partnership with either of them.” And yet, as we have seen, Jacob Prasch was intimately affiliated with his good friend and brother Chuck Smith, whom he both supported and defended. Mr. Chavez judges and condemns others with far more tenuous relationships than Prasch and Smith; and yet, Mr. Chavez seems to think the one is not okay and evidence of apostasy, while clearly dismissing the relationship between Prasch and Smith. This is, by definition, hypocrisy.
Jacob Prasch's relationship with Chuck Missler is even more solid than his relationship with Chuck Smith. Not only does (not did, but does) Jacob Prasch call Chuck Missler his friend and brother, but he goes on to say of Missler that he “liked Chuck very much personally,” that he has always “appreciated the ministry of Chuck Missler, [my] brother in Christ.” And, while Mr. Prasch did not share the stage with Chuck Smith, by his own admission he actually shared the stage many times with Chuck Missler in both the United States and the U.K.; and he “remains grateful for the sanction [Missler] lent to the ministry of Jacob Prasch and Moriel.”
Again we turn to Mr. Chavez's “Servus Christi Rule of Partnerships and Affiliations” in our examination of Chuck Missler (whom Mr. Chavez is only degree of separation away from via Jacob Prasch). As with Chuck Smith, Mr. Missler was also partnered with a known heretic. In Chuck Missler's case it was the “singing prophet” of the New Apostolic Reformation, Mr. Kim Clement. Before he himself passed away (November 22, 2016, almost two years before Chuck Missler who died May 1, 2018), Clement partnered with Chuck Missler for what was billed as a “very special End Times conference hosted by Kim Clement featuring the teachings of Chuck Missler” at Missler's own “Koinonia House” ministry, on January 9th-11th, 2015.
Additionally, on April 19, 2014 Kim Clements gave a prophecy wherein he stated that Pope Francis was God's chosen, and that same year he appeared on Benny Hinn's television program, “This is Your Day” where he gave more false prophecies.
Although these numerous false prophecies were given (and failed to come to pass) in 2006; as well as his obvious affinity for and affiliation with both Pope Francis and Benny Hinn (both known heretics), Chuck Missler still invited Clement to his ministry and partnered with him there for a special conference. What makes this even more interesting is that on January 12, 2008, Jacob Prasch's Moriel Ministries published an article that both exposed and condemned Kim Clement (and Benny Hinn) as a false prophet! Even after knowing this about Clement, and even after his “good friend and brother” Chuck Missler hosted Kim Clement at his ministry and partnered with him, Jacob Prasch still endorsed, promoted, and spoke glowingly of Chuck Missler. And again, according to Mr. Chavez's own methodology, this places Mr. Chavez only one degree of separation away (via Jacob Prasch) from Chuck Missler, who partners with false prophets.
In his video condemning Paul Washer for this same type of affiliation (see section A above), Mr. Chavez pulled out all the stops in his vitriolic rant against Mr. Washer, condemning him because he did not know of any affiliation between Martin Bucer Seminary, Brazil and Thomas Schirrmacher in Germany. I think it appropriate to paraphrase Mr. Chavez's words here, simply substituting Mr. Washer's name with Mr. Chavez, and Thomas Schirrmacher with the names of those whom Mr. Chavez is affiliated: “Somebody might say you didn't know who he was. You didn't know this about Jacob Prasch, Chuck Smith, and Chuck Missler. Why not? Why not? Did you blindly enter into a partnership with Jacob Prasch without ever inquiring who he was and who he supported and partnered with? If so, it would be such a gross act of negligence, it would be comparable to leaving your baby in a baking car in mid-July. It would be more comparable to taking your children and dropping them off at the abandoned shack on the corner with some shady looking people and saying, 'we'll leave them here to be baby sat, we're going out for the night.' You don't know who you're subjecting people too? You don't know who you're subjecting God's people to? You are pointing the sheep of God in the direction of a man who is partnered with known heretics...who is clearly a devilish man. Are you claiming you didn't know, Mr. Chavez? At best you are guilty of negligence to such a degree it calls for the immediate removal of yourself from any and all forms of ministry, especially discernment ministry. What kind of fraudulent nonsense is this? Or worse, you know exactly who Jacob Prasch, Chuck Smith, and Chuck Missler are partnered with, and you just don't care. So which excuse are you going to use: your negligence or you're apathetic? Either way, you're disqualified for ministry. This is disgustingly bad in every possible way. This is not a light matter. You are not just partnering with people who teach questionable doctrine, but people who are such painfully obvious false teachers who are leading people away from God and straight toward hell.”
 In 2006, God says, 'I will now multiply the anointing on the ages from 8 to 17. They shall become the voices to this Nation, by Kim Clement, Jan 12, 2006, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/3727, accessed 12 August 2018
 From The Den, April 19th, 2014 - The Den, by Kim Clement, http://www.kimclement.com/prophecyview.php?id=547, accessed 12 August 2018
 Soothsayers And Charlatans - It Must Be The Last Days, Written by Moriel Administrator, Saturday, 12 January 2008, https://www.moriel.org/component/k2/item/734-soothsayers-and-charlatans-it-must-be-the-last-days.html?ml=1, accessed 12 August 2018
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:1-5, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.” What Mr. Chavez has done in condemning others while not condemning himself for doing the same thing is exactly what Jesus is talking about in this verse. Hypocrisy.
In his last email to me, Mr. Chavez indicated that I somehow thought my exposing his hypocrisy was my “trump card,” some sort of smoking gun. Nothing could be further from the truth. His demonstrated sin in sections A, B, and C are evidence enough of his sin. Rather, by showing that he himself is guilty of doing the exact same thing he condemns others for doing exposes his hypocrisy. He states that since I do not believe in guilt by association (which I do not, unless it is a case of a person partnering in ministry with a known and proven heretic), then showing that he is guilty of such hypocrisy as a result of using his own methodology is actually null and void, because I would be “proving a point that you don't believe in.” No, it proves that Mr. Chavez is guilty of doing what he condemns others for doing. Instead, he says that I “ought rather pity me and leave me be.” Again, no. Mr. Chavez is a professing Christian and he is attacking the Body of Christ, sinning against the Body of Christ, and Scripture obliges me to take up that issue.
I do pity him, and I do sincerely want him to repent. Mr. Chavez should publicly recant his false witness against brothers in Christ, he should publicly apologize to those whom he has publicly bore false witness against, and he should rectify the wrongs he has done by removing any and all public videos, articles, tweets, and Facebooks posts wherein he has bore false witness against brothers in Christ.
In my private emails to Mr. Chavez I begged him repeatedly to repent, recant, and rectify and he steadfastly and stubbornly refused to do so. In my last email to him I told him I would give him a week to do so, which I feel is ample time. Mr. Chavez stated he had no intention of repenting, recanting, or rectifying the wrongs he has done, and he stated there was no need to wait a week before taking this before the Body of Christ.
Mr. Chavez then closed his last email to me with the statement, “Has Lakeland become Laodicea?”
I will leave it up to the Body of Christ to decide what to do about Mr. Chavez; and also to try and decipher his cryptic closing sentence. I will continue to pray for his repentance.