TBN Star A.R. Bernard Is An Ecumenical Leader?
Posted by Job on October 1, 2008
I had always wondered why TBN was so intent on promoting A.R. Bernard, who is not the typical personality that they get behind. Now we know the answer: it is all about the new world order of government, politics, and religion, and Bernard is a major player in it. It is also curious that Bernard takes the reins from Calvin Butts, a fellow who went from being a minor figure to a major player in New York ecclesiastical circles for a TV stunt where he bulldozed some rap CDs. In a similar fashion to how TD Jakes did not take off after the Time Magazine cover claimed him as the next Billy Graham (forcing the folks to go to Rick Warren and Joel Osteen instead) Butts did not achieve the media profile that many predicted. But for a TBN Pentecostal like Bernard to take the lead of a major ecumenical organization is rather significant. It really does show that the Pentecostals are going to play a major role in the globalist plans.
NEW YORK – The Rev. A.R. Bernard, founding senior pastor of Christian Cultural Center, was officiated as the new president of the Council of Churches of the City of New York Thursday night, during an installation service where speakers called for the revival of the Church. Bernard takes the reigns of CCCNY, the nation’s oldest ecumenical council of churches, from the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III who served as president for the past 10 years. Butts is pastor of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
Speaking from the stage of his Brooklyn megachurch, Bernard said the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who by aligning his opinions with that of the black church, has sparked a dialogue on what the church truly is.
“It’s an opportunity for us to clearly define who we are,” he told a responsive and enthusiastic crowd. We are not the white church, black church, or Asian church but “The Church,” said Bernard.
His words echoed a rousing sermon given earlier in the three-hour service by the Rev. Elder Bernice A. King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who received a standing ovation before and afterwards. (Please note: Bernice King is a crony of notorious pulpit pimp Eddie Long, and is playing a major role in getting Long into good graces of the civil rights leadership community after Long flirted with the Republicans in 2000.)
She said it was no coincidence that it was her first time delivering a sermon since she visited the site of her father’s assassination 40 years ago. Reading from Scripture, King said it took 40 years for the situation to overturn for the beggar at the Beautiful Gate in Acts 3. It also took that long for the Israelites to enter Canaan Land from the time of Moses to Joshua. King pointed out that it has been 40 years since God spoke through “prophet King” and challenged “the church” to posture themselves so that God can bring change to the status quo. (“Elder” King failed to mention that her father, unlike her grandfather, rejected the virgin birth, deity, atoning death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So if her father was a prophet, it was of the false variety. Of course, Bernard knows this also, yet he allowed this woman to get up and lie in his pulpit. So Bernard fits right in with these people.)
To “bring Christ into culture” is what this installation is about, she said. (There we go again. More Pentecostal dominionism as described in this link. I suppose that children of prophets can forget about what the Bible says, which is that to be in Christ is to be in emnity with the world, that if you love the world then the love of God is not in you, and that the world hates and rejects Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ is going to have to Himself come and subdue a wicked rebellious world with a rod of iron.)
Joining Bernard on the executive seats were vice presidents of the Council G. Morris Gurley, attorney/banker; Bishop Norman N. Quick of the Church of God in Christ; and the Rev. Arabella Meadows-Rogers, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of New York City. (So we have a moneychanger/lawyer, another Pentecostal, and a female pastor of an apostate liberal demonization – excuse me denomination. Quite a group.)
The Rev. N. J. L’Heureux, Jr., executive director of the Queens Federation of Churches, was re-elected as secretary. The Rev. Dr. Adolfo Carrion III, superintendent emeritus of the Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God, was elected treasurer. (Looks like this group has basically been taken over by Pentecostals and charismatics.)
Each of newly installed officers received a certificate of installation, Bible, constitution of CCCNY, and a map of New York City. Bernard was additionally bestowed the presidential stool, which Executive Director Emeritus Dr. John Hiemstra described as representing “the yoke of Christ'” as he placed it over Bernard. (Anyone familiar with initiation rites of the various societies and cults, please comment.) Several elected officials, including two legislators and two Borough presidents, attended Thursday’s service and gave congratulatory remarks to Bernard.
Bernard, who founded CCC in 1978, also founded Brooklyn Preparatory School (BPS) in New York City in 1993. He also sits on the current New York City Economic Development Corporation Board. He is recognized by several New York publications and magazines for his work in African American and Christian communities in New York. Bernard is the host of two weekly television broadcasts, “Faith in Practice with A.R. Bernard” and “The A.R. Bernard Show,” and nationally syndicated radio broadcasts.