The Shepherding Movement by Brother Maynard – Subversive Influence blog

I’ve mentioned the Shepherding Movement a few times, and lately have had a couple of request to explain something about what this movement was all about. Rob McAlpine‘s forthcoming book, Post-Charismatic contains a good overview of the movement as well as the Latter Rain and other charismatic movements… the book should be out shortly, but I can’t just link to it yet… so here goes.

In the early 1970s, four well-known charismatic leaders responded to a moral failure among charismatics in south Florida. Bob Mumford, Derek Prince, Don Basham, and Charles Simpson felt a need for personal accountability and covenanted together for this purpose, submitting their lives and ministries to one another. Ern Baxter, who had ministered with William Branham, was later added to the group and they became known as the “Ft. Lauderdale Five.” They formed Christian Growth Ministries in 1974, and in the movement that they began, the accountability they shared became an emphasis that all believers should submit to a “shepherd” in order to be discipled in the Christian life. Their prominence helped gain wide acceptance for their teaching, which included what was felt to be correctives to the charismatic movement at the time. Other charismatic leaders began submitting to the authority of the Ft. Lauderdale Five in what was known as “covenant relationships.” A network of cell groups was formed, with members submitting to a shepherd who in turn was submitted to one of the five or a representative who was submitted to one of the five. At its height, it was estimated that some 100,000 people were involved in this network in the USA. In conjunction with this pyramidal authority structure, the movement taught that every believer needed to be under a “spiritual covering” from a leader in authority over them. Other doctrines taught by the movements included echoes of Latter Rain theology, such as restorationism.

Full article here:

http://subversiveinfluence.com/2008/02/the-shepherding-movement/

Rachel Miller and the Missing CBMW Posts on the Eternal Subordination of the Son —

Why does CBMW secretly delete inconvenient articles?

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Why 1 Timothy 2:8-15 Does Not Ban Women from Teaching & Having Authority in the Church — The Junia Project

From the mailbox: “Just wanted to say thank you for your article on 1 Timothy 2. It was a great reference for me as my 13 yr old daughter asked me about it when she read it during her devotions. I was not sure how to respond to her until I found your article. Thank…

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Kevin DeYoung – Keep on Plodding! — Thou Art The Man

Crazy Busy Kevin DeYoung recently found time in his overloaded schedule to write a short article for the Ligonier website titled “Stop the Revolution. Join the Plodders.” (Ironical, in that just a few years ago DeYoung seemed to be encouraging revolution; but it’s all a matter of perspective- one man’s terrorist is another man’s…

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A False Gospel Always Promotes Abuse – by Pastor Jeff Crippen at A Cry for Justice blog

Gal 1:6-7 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– (7) not that there is another one, but there are s…

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