Interesting Information About "Promise Keepers"

Compiled by John Beardsley Dated 4/19/96 – Updated 9/20/97
Lots of scriptures, questions and quotes regarding Promise Keepers 

NEW: From the PK News Oct 97 For "Stand In the Gap" (SITG) in Washington, D.C.!

'Blow the trumpet,' Schlafer said. "In the Old Testament, the shofar (a ram's-horn trumpet) was blown prior to battles to signify the army of God. Our host people, the Native Americans, blew flute, and other people groups used trumpets. So, we will use numerous instruments to invoke the Spirit of God to consecrate the event." he said, "As we blow the horns to start the program, we will be announcing the arrival of royalty, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings." 


 Is the Promise Keeper Agenda the Bible’s? Does McCartney’s belief about Haggai 2:7 in the context of the Bible?

 Is this how Christians should start everyday? Read on, is this what God would have a Christian speak?

-Does this align with scripture? II Peter 2 1:19-2:3 for starters.

 Is this dissertation from McCartney a true representation of God’s will according to the Bible??? Are the following verses about Church unity and Racism?

 Matthew 18:15 - 22 KJV
15. Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. 21. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

 -Compare his words to this scripture, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 Is McCartney correct? This is more evidence of McCartney’s Roman Catholic beliefs!

 -At least nine psychologists and at least one psychiatrist helped write this book! The first chapter is by psychologists Gary Smalley and John Trent. Second chapter is by Evangelist Leighton Ford, (related to Billy Graham) who writes "Our Four Basic Needs As Human Beings," "A psychiatrist friend tells me we have four basic needs as human beings."

 Is this "The Lord is calling men from across our nation to lead a new uprising of men filled with God’s Spirit" as McCartney suggests?

 -This institution stands unequivocally for traditional Catholic doctrine and practice. Does Catholic doctrine align in Biblical unity? More proof of PK’s ecumenical intentions!

 -Do Christians need to talk about these things? (Eph. 5:4; Col. 3:1-3, 8; Phil. 4:8,9). Is the use of Freudian psychology O.K. for the Christian?

-Is this what God says in the Bible? Or is it a social agenda?  Again, more nonsense about "racial reconciliation" the PK way, NOT God's way!

 -Can Ryle be trusted to bring a Biblical message? Can PKers honestly say that the Vineyard/Signs & Wonders movement is not influencing them?!

 -There is more in this article these are just a couple of notable highlights! Is God’s word comparable to a novel written by men??

The scripture says:
"All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 -Is the Catholic Mass and Eucharist the same as the Lord’s Supper? NO!!!

 -Compare this to Jeremiah 10:2 "Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen…"

 How does Promise Keepers "define" this "unified body?" Read McCartney’s earlier statements above.

What Churches are we sending these men back too!?

-Again proof of PK's liberal ecumenism!

"Early this year, Promise Keepers revised their Statement Of Faith in a way that passed theological muster with those Catholics: 'Only through faith, trusting in Christ alone for salvation, which was made possible by His death and resurrection, can that alienation be removed.' Paul Edwards, Promise Keepers' vice president for advancement, explained that the statement of faith is a 'dynamic' document, and that Promise Keepers is open to change. "When Promise Keepers first published its brief statement of faith, it did not include the phrase "through faith alone." It was added because of the outcry of those who protested that the absence of this phrase leaves room for false gospels which mix grace and works, faith and sacraments. You see, false gospelers do not deny that salvation is by faith and by grace. What they deny is that it is by grace ALONE through faith ALONE without works and sacraments of any sort. Now we see that Promise Keepers has again modified its statement to remove "through faith alone" to please the Catholic leaders with whom they are fellowshipping. (Quotes and comments on the Sunday Vistor adapted from article July 18, 1997 by David W. Cloud, Fundamental Baptist News Service)

 "Although Promise Keepers welcomes Roman Catholics to participate in our ministry, this should not be perceived as an endorsement of the Roman Catholic Church. Our focus is on what we have in common biblically and where a man's heart is. We believe it is justification by faith – and faith alone -that determines a man's standing and status as a believer." (An Official Response to my query dates 12/11/95 from Ashley Nearn Promise Keeper Correspondence Services)

 So the truth is Promise Keepers lied! Men of integrity? Indeed!

More Interesting Information on Promise Keeper Speakers
- More like a who’s who in ecumenical and unbiblical teaching today!

When a question was asked at a PK press conference regarding "laughing revivals" where those involved "bark like dogs" and "bray like donkeys" Dr. Henry Blackaby (SBC) [Author of the neo-orthodox book "Experiencing God"], speaking on behalf of PK said, "We don't try to evaluate that, and neither do we take a position regarding women serving as pastors." Dr. Joseph Stowell [President, Moody Bible Institute] immediately declared, "Our God does not ever wear an angry face. He deals with compassion." [We don't know what Bible Dr. Stowell uses, but it is not the same one we use! Does he really think God did not have an angry face when He told Moses He was going to destroy Israel for its sin (Exodus 32:9,10), or that Jesus Christ did not have an angry face when He drove the money changers out of the temple? The Bible says the Lord Jesus Christ "looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts" (Mark 3:5) (Ralph Colas report, 4/1/96, Christian News, pp. 1, 9-10; 1st bracketed comment from this author and second bracketed comment from O Timothy editor, David Cloud).

Bill McCartney (1991-1997) Founder and board member of Promise Keepers, and head football coach at the University of Colorado until his recent resignation (1/3/95). A former Roman Catholic, McCartney's theology is now charismatic as evidenced by his membership in a local church affiliated with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship a denomination founded by hyper-charismatic, signs & wonders "healer" John Wimber. Promise Keepers also has McCartney's Vineyard pastor, James Ryle, on its Board of Directors, and Vineyard member Randy Phillips is its president. [In his book, From Ashes to GIory, McCartney speaks glowingly of his Roman Catholic background, and asserts that he still believes much as a Roman Catholic. He states that he did not leave Roman Catholicism as much as he joined James Ryle's Vineyard Fellowship because it was "meeting his needs at the time."] 

Gary Smalley (1991-1997) & John Trent (1992-1993; 1995-1996) author, founder and President of Today's Family, Gary Smalley is the "Church's" leading proponent of Right-Brain/Left-Brain pseudoscience. The popularization of right-brain/left-brain has been largely due to the book The Language of Love, co-authored by Smalley and fellow psychologist, John Trent. (Both also have theological degrees, but apparently believe that the Bible alone is insufficient to handle people's problems of living.) As for John Trent, former Vice President of Today's Family, and now President of Encouraging Words, he talks about personality traits, not like those of the Bible, but astrology. He compares our behaviors to animals and says this is why we act the way we do he has you compare your actions to a lion, a golden retriever, a beaver, or an otter.

Chuck Swindoll (1994-1995) Swindoll is the former senior pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California (for 24 years); he resigned in mid-1994 to become president of neo-evangelical Dallas Theological Seminary. Swindoll's "resume’ of heresy" is seemingly endless he recommends the books of many of the worst psychologizers, New Agers, and occultists imaginable, all under the banner of "all truth is God's truth." [At the 7/94 PK Boulder, Colorado conference, Swindoll, clad in faded denim, roared onto the stage astride a motorcycle to the band playing "Born to Be Wild," and then delivered a sermon on avoiding temptation.]

Luis Palau (1992; 1995-1997) internationally known Argentinian evangelist Luis Palau ("the Billy Graham of South America") is a Catholic sympathizer whose ecumenical message is heavily diluted with pop psychology and Arminian easy-believism. He regularly cooperates with apostate Methodism and the radical fringe of Charismaticism (e.g., Oral Roberts). – Coming to Rapid City soon!

 E.V. Hill (1992-1997) hyper-charismatic pastor of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in the Watts section of Los Angeles (member in the apostate National Council of Churches) and V.P. of the National Baptist Convention. Hill praises Jesse Jackson (apostate, radical social activist) and has been linked with liberal groups such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (which endorsed the early-1993 Gay Rights march on Washington, D.C.!). Hill is a frequent guest speaker on various charismatic platforms (e.g., at Kenneth Hagin's Rhema Center). 

Jack Hayford (1991-1997) author and hyper-charismatic pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California; he claims to have seen a vision of Jesus seated in heaven and to have heard Him speak! (At the 5/94 Promise Keepers regional conference in Anaheim, California, Hayford gave three reasons why God required circumcision in the Old Testament: "[1] God wants to touch your very identity as a man; [2] He wants to reach out and touch your secret and private parts. This enables Him to better perform surgery on the heart; [3] God wants to touch man's creative parts.") He is the senior editorial advisor for Ministries Today, a pro-charismatic magazine published by Strang Communications, is a Promise Keepers board member, believes that the Catholic mass is a valid form of Christian worship see above and believes that being committed to doctrinal distinctives at the expense of unity is an example of "small-minded sectarianism" (12/95, Charisma, p. 68). Hayford is also pastor to Jan and Paul Crouch of the heretical and blasphemous Trinity Broadcasting Network! 

Gary Oliver (1991-1993; 1995-1996) author of Real Men Have Feelings Too, psychologist, Clinical Director of Southwest Counseling Associates, and Promise Keepers board member. Among the many Freudian and miscellaneous humanistic psychological models used by Oliver, his favorite appears to be one based upon the teachings of "Christian" psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb. Concerning PK and Catholicism, Oliver says, "Since day one, we've really encouraged Catholic participation, not because they are Catholics, but because anyone who loves the Lord is welcome." Oliver’s materials for the PK related "Men of Integrity" series booklets are VERY much like counterpart Robert Hicks listed below even quoting material which is part of the secualar "male bonding" movement by Robert Bly!

 Larry Crabb (1992; 1996) author, clinical psychologist, and founder and Director of the Institute of Biblical Counseling at Colorado Christian University in Morrison, Colorado. Crabb's model of counseling is primarily a psychological system of unconscious needs that supposedly motivate all behavior. This system has been derived from Freudian (the "unconscious") and humanistic (a hierarchy of needs) psychology, with great emphasis on so-called emotional needs. . Additionally, Crabb focuses on the "needs" of the self which are directly from the humanistic philosophies of Abraham Maslow and the hierarchy of needs. Crabb redefines repentance of sin to the rooting out of sins others have committed against you. Crabb employs counsel from the perspective of the world and not the Bible.

 Robert Hicks (1993) Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Seminary of the East (Dresher, PA), pastor, psychotherapist, president of the psychologically-oriented Life Counseling Services, and author of the Promise Keepers endorsed book The Masculine Journey (foreword by John Trent). (See earlier in this report for details.) Hicks is the author of other psychobabble books: Uneasy Manhood, Returning Home, Failure to Scream, and Man of All Passions

Howard Hendricks (1993; 1995; 1997) psychologically-oriented Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary, spends considerable time conducting so-called "Christian" marriage enrichment seminars, endorsed Robert Hicks' book The Masculine Journey as "an eye opening key to understanding the Bible's teaching on what it means to be a man.") He is also a Promise Keepers board member.

 Joseph Stowell (1994-1997) Ecumenical psychologizer and president of the Moody Bible Institute. Stowell has previous strong ties to the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC). Read his comments above. 

Jim Smoke (1993) Executive Director of the Center for Divorce Recovery and author of Ten Ways You Can Grow Through Divorce. Smoke is a self-love advocate whose terminology sounds much like that of secular psychologist Carl Rogers!

 Bill Hybels (1994-1996) Author, church-growth guru, and the ecumenical, psychologically-oriented pastor of the 12,000-member Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Too much material to demonstrate here how dangerous this man’s "church" is to Biblical teachings!

 James Dobson (1993) pop psychologist, author, and founder and Director of Focus on the Family Ministries. According to Dobson, "low self-esteem" is the root cause of most societal ills. Dobson has heavily promoted Promise Keepers on his nationwide radio program, and Focus on the Family Publishing is one of Promise Keepers' publishers and produces most of its tapes. In PK's early years, Promise Keepers was keep afloat by a gift from Focus on the Family.

 Greg Laurie (1994-1997) author, crusade evangelist, and charismatic pastor of the 12,000-plus membership Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California; Calvary Chapel's Chuck Smith is mentor for this ecumenical psychologizer.  

Bill Bright (1992; 1995-1996) ecumenical/Catholic promoter and founder and Director of Campus Crusade for Christ. Bright was a signator to the 3/94 ecumenical accord "Evangelicals & Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium," and won the $1 million 1996 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

James Ryle, Boulder Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship pastor, Promise Keepers board member, and pastor to Founder Bill McCartney. Read about him above. 

Chuck Colson co-author of the ecumenical accord "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" and another recipient of onemillion dollars from the Progress in Religion Award. At the 9/96 rally in NYC, Colson, sounding like "Mother" Teresa, said, "If you trust in God it doesn't matter what religion or race you are, we all belong to each other." - How can this be considered a Biblical statement?!

 John Wesley-White, evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Juan Carlos Ortiz, the pastor of Hispanic Ministries at apostate Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral

Billy Kim, Far East Broadcasting Company ,who speaks and travels with hyper-charismatic and new age teaching Paul (David) Yonggi Cho and is vice president of the apostate Baptist World Alliance.

John Dawson, charismatic author and International Director for Urban Missions of Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

Max Lucado, popular psychologically-oriented author and Church of Christ pastor.

James Robison, hyper-charismatic pastor and televangelist.

Haddon Robinson, ecumenical Gordon-Conwell professor and neo-evangelical writer for Radio Bible Class.

Rick Ryan, pastor of the charismatically-oriented Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara, California.

Dennis Rainey, self-esteem psychologizer.

Ron Blue psychologizing financial guru.

Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's liberal son.


 The Spirit of Baal! They have joined themselves with the idols of worldly wisdom (psychology), the idols of Roman Catholics – the dead saints, and the new age and occult teachings of Native Americans as they seek to "invoke" the Spirit of God to this event! The Christians response is clear as it was in old testament days: "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD [be] God, follow him: but if Baal, [then] follow him. And the people answered him not a word." 1 Kings 18:21 

Some closing verses for the reader to consider:
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." 2 Timothy 4:3-5 

A large amount of the information is from various Promise Keepers Materials or from a "friendly to PK" radio interview with "Steel on Steel" show on a Denver, CO radio station June 8, 1995 with Bill McCartney. The section "More Information on Promise Keepers Speakers was adapted from the article "Promise Keepers – Ecumenical Macho Men for Christ?" by Biblical Discernment Ministries also connected to this site.