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Guest post by X-Ray

Almost five years ago, July 4, 2006, my discipling partner and I were both members of the Cincinnati Church of Christ. We decided to meet for coffee when we ran into another former member. With the fallout of the Henry Kriete Letter still fresh in my mind, this former member confirmed many suspicions I had that the Cincinnati Church of Christ wasn’t changing and heading towards a healthy direction.

He gave me permission to think.

Five years later, prompted by the Holy Spirit, I started discussing current church issues with a campus intern for the Cincinnati Church of Christ. I asked what they were using to “study the Bible” with people. And she gave me the “new” study series… with notes from the leadership embedded in it.

Ohioans such as myself enjoy the trick-taking card game Euchre. Using this as a metaphor, the campus intern called trump on Spades while I was holding the Jack of Clubs. She gave me what is known as the “Left Bauer” (the code name of this project), which was now the second highest trump in the deck and could most definitely prevent her from taking the majority of the tricks.

The final result is this in-depth analysis of this “new” study series entitled Kip McKeanʼs Theology: Still Winning in the Cincinnati Church of Christ. As the title states, the theology taught by the Cincinnati Church of Christ in terms of salvation is still the same as what Kip McKean has taught in “First Principles” for over three decades. It’s just the same rusty (but effective) steel trap, but with a different paint job.

Thanks to the folks who helped review it and work out some of the details. And special thanks to Jen Chambers of Spiritual Pornography.com and Chris Lee of REVEAL.org.

(The full URL to the paper is: http://www.reveal.org/library/theology/kipwinningincincy.pdf)

2010

September 2010 – ICOC Coop Churches International Leadership Conference

August 2010 – SODM Jubilee

 

A Glorious Bonfire?

SP.com has noticed a trend happening in the Sold Out Movement and the ICOC Coop Churches.

Both groups have equated numerical growth with proving that God is with them, church leaders never miss an opportunity in articles, sermons, and especially conferences  to mention their membership numbers and excitedly proclaim the number of churches in their movement.

The SODM conducted their Jubilee at the beginning of August 2010 and the ICOC Coop Churches just concluded their International Leadership Conference at the end of September 2010.   Both groups spent a lot of time boasting about their numbers during their conferences.

Both groups point to their stats as some sort of proof of God’s blessing. Both groups proclaim to teach the truth.  Both groups learned their doctrine from Kip McKean.

Looking at the SODM this week, we noticed that they boast of an Inaugural Service on September 19, 2010 of the London International Christian Church.  But wait, we remembered the London International Christian Church being planted back in October 2007, lead by Tim Kernan and 19 others.

“Great news from Europe and Africa! The London International Christian Church was planted by the Kernans in late October [2007] with 19 financially poor disciples.”

Then in 2008 in an article published on Upsidedown21 the London International Christian Church was called the London Remnant Group.

“More good news from abroad: The London Remnant Group, led by Tim and Lianne Kernan, hosted the second European Missions Conference on Ocrober 17-19, 2008.”

Why the change in name?  Not growing?  Was the membership numbers dwindling?

Now in September 2010, they conduct another inaugural service and claim they have “counted the cost” with the “Remnant Group” and now they are all ready to start the church.  The phrase “counting the cost” means that leaders meet with each member of the church and typically go through an accounting of that members sins.  The member is challenged about all areas of his life and expected to be broken about their lack of “sold-outed-ness” and then called to be more committed than ever before.   Once again the members are then challenged to get busy evangelizing.   With the sting of rebukes fresh in their hearts, the church holds another inaugural service.  Does anybody in the SODM ever stop to think about what is happening here?  Don’t they see how McKean is using the hype of an inaugural service to fire them all up without mentioning they’ve tried this before and apparently it failed?

“Now illuminating this dark world covered with “the shadow of death,” the Spirit of the “Light of Israel” has ignited a glorious bonfire called the London International Christian Church! Again it can be said, “A great light has dawned!” McKean, September 2010

A glorious Bonfire? Will this one last?  Why the need to “count the cost” with members who are already supposed to be sold-out?  The article mentions 27 members counted the cost?  They were planted back in 2007 with 20 members.  Only a growth of 7 members in 3 years?  Not a very good showing to prove God is with you.

We’d like to ask, “Is the SODM growing at all?”

Over the past 4 years, we’ve monitored the list of SODM churches.  Did you know that at least 18 churches were on their list and are no longer listed?

  1. Reno-Taho International Christian Church
  2. San Francisco International Christian Church – on/off several times
  3. Bangalore Christian Church
  4. Berlin International Christian Church, Germany
  5. Iglesias Cristiana Internacional de San Salvador, El Salvador
  6. Iglesias Cristiana Internacional de Guatemala City, Guatemala
  7. Toronto International Christian Church
  8. Iglesia Cristiana Internacional de San Pedro Sula
  9. Tulsa International Christian Church
  10. Sacramento International Christian Church
  11. Salt Lake Christian
  12. Corvalis Church
  13. Honduras
  14. Portland Oregon Church
  15. Siberia
  16. Northern Ireland International Christian Church
  17. Savannah Church of Christ
  18. Several churches listed in Chile

And we’ve recently noted that New Delhi International Christian Church was removed from the directory.

Why would a church of sold-out disciples who have to be 100% committed to even be baptized and are committed to evangelizing the world in one generation not be carrying out their mission? How in the world could they become lukewarm with McKean leading the way?

McKean claims,

“God’s modern day movement is moving with an ever-increasing momentum!”

Is it really?

ICOCinvestigation .com

This website, SpiritualPornography.com,  came from the need to post information that was originally posted at kipmckean.com.   While most of the links and documents at kipmckean.com were specific to McKean, we have also collected quite a bit of information that pertains to the church that McKean built called the International Churches of Christ.   ICOCinvestigation.com was started several years ago to expose the practices of the ICOC.  We have collected quite a few documents and information for your review.   McKean is building a new kingdom and appears to be building it in the same footsteps as ICOC.  Can we excpect the same results?

These two websites are slowly combining into one website where you’ll be able to find a lot of information regarding McKean, the ICOC and the SODM.

Most members of the ICOC and SODM have no knowledge of the inner workings of their own church.  Sadly, to ask questions about such topics as finances, doctrine and practices, often times brought the questioner into the spotlight and your own character would become the problem, instead of the issues being raised.  So we decided to publish as much as information as we can find about the ICOC.  If you have information and documents that you think would be helpful to understand the inner workings of the ICOC, we invite you to contact us and send in your information.  If you wish, your identity can remain anonymous.  We understand the difficulties that come when leadership becomes aware someone is speaking out.

Once again, the information they don’t want you to see, they call spiritual pornography.

Even ‘spiritual pornography’ has found its way onto the information superhighway. Instead of building lives for God, enemies of the church and disgruntled former members are uniting to attack the Kingdom and destroy people’s faith. They present their “facts” and their “stories” in such a way as to picture the church as an abusive, authoritative, greedy and evil cult. Of course, the danger in reading such material is that only one side is presented in personal stories of hurt, and no way exists to ever learn the other side.  Al Baird, Elder of the LA ICC – in an ICC WWW Article titled – ‘You’ve Got Mail‘ 6/25/99

While we can understand the leaders, including Al Baird, do not want the average member to know this information, we can’t understand why knowing it would “destroy people’s faith.”  People’s faith should be in God and learning the truth about the church they are involved in should strengthen their faith and encourage the average member to hold their leaders to a higher standard of openness.

The ICOC has had years and years presenting “their facts and stories,” we invite our readers to check out the  information at ICOCinvestigation.com and encourage you to continue your research about the International Churches of Christ and McKean’s new Sold Out Discipling Movement, the International Christian Churches.

Back to the Future

In Kip McKean’s world everything is monumental.  Every event that he schedules for his church is historic and life changing. McKean makes decisions as to where to live and he claims it’s the Spirit leading him.  McKean decides where to plant a new church and it is somehow the Spirit leading his church.

In January 2009 McKean brought together his central leadership team for his soldout discipling movement and selected his first-round-draft-picks for the position of world sector leader.  These world sector leaders will be given the charge to evangelize whichever ends-of-the-earth McKean, or I mean the Spirit, assigns to them.

In this article, while attempting to convince his readers that appointing world sector leaders is god’s will, we get some much needed insight into how McKean views his own position in his church.

“In each great movement in the Bible, there was always “God’s man” and the chosen few around him that formed “the leadership” through which God led that movement.”

That is until that movement confronts “God’s man” and requests he take a sabbatical and then “God’s man” resigns to work on issues in his life.  After McKean’s closest friends confront him and are hopeful for his repentance,  McKean isn’t content being a part of any movement he can’t lead, instead, he calls out a remnant and begins again.

McKean says,

“Today, many in “Christendom” are against a central leadership and a central leader.”

McKean refuses to see the difference between a movement opposed to a central leadership and a movement opposed to him leading the central leadership.

McKean goes on to discuss corruption within the Catholic church,

“They overreact and say, “We have no need for a human leader, a pope!” They go on to say, “The Bible teaches against a hierarchy of leadership.” In truth, it does and it does not. Ironically, most preachers who parrot these words are at “the top of the hierarchy” in their local, autonomous congregations. They simply want to lead “their own kingdom” and not submit to God through another man’s leadership.”

While it appears McKean is attempting to jab the ICOC leaders with these statements, he refuses to see that he too wants to lead his own kingdom and not submit to God through another man’s leadership.

It’s interesting to note that within McKean’s churches, each member is required to participate in a discipling relationship with another member over them.  Each member is held accountable to their discipler and to God.  Yet a central leader has no one over him. McKean claims,

“this man is held accountable by God. If God is with him, God blesses the movement. If he departs from God, God will take him out of leadership by killing him, or he disqualifies himself by falling away.”

This comment gives us some insight into how McKean may have viewed his leaving the ICOC.  Obviously, God didn’t kill him and McKean believes he did not fall away from God,  so McKean still views himself as “God’s man.”  No wonder it was quite a shock for McKean when he was forced to seek employment elsewhere.  Because “God’s man” doesn’t submit himself to other leaders for help and direction, he needed a new movement to lead and in August of 2005 McKean declared,

“as of this Jubilee the Portland leadership believes it is time for a progressive “calling-out of the remnant of disciples” from dying, former ICOC Churches.” The Portland Story

While the ICOC grew quickly and lessons learned over the years has given McKean experience to work from, his message hasn’t changed.  His doctrine and methods to implement his plans haven’t changed and eventually he’ll reap the same results he had with the ICOC.   We can look back at the “historic and life changing” events of the ICOC and predict with incredible accuracy what will become of the ICC.

Let’s look back to the future and see where things are headed!

ICOC Timeline ICC Timeline
1979 God initiates his modern-day movement as Kip McKean preaches to the 30 “would-be” disciples in the Gempel’s living room in Boston 2003 – McKean moves to Portland to begin his ministry again.  Making a point to point out how few chairs they would need to set up, “Wednesday Night Services – what a blast! A little less than a year ago, I would arrive early for Midweek services and asked myself whether to set up 20 or 25 chairs!! (This would be only about 1/5 of the membership of 120.)”   2004 Wednesday Night Services!
1979 Introduced the “key” or “pillar” church plan for evangelizing the world by “planting” churches in key metropolitan areas around the globe. 2008 – The Five Year Plan – To evangelize the world, pillar churches will be planted in the following mega-cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Moscow, Cairo, Lagos, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mexico City, Sydney, Santiago, Sao Paulo, and one city in India – Mumbai, New Delhi, or Chennai. During The Five Year Plan, several more US churches must be established providing international student converts, who will “go home” to plant churches of sold-out disciples. Also, being a first world country, the US will provide mission funding for the third world.
1987 – August – The benevolent arm of the church, later named HOPEworldwide was founded 2009 “New Hope” led by the Bordieris later named MERCYworldwide. (2% of plantings’ weekly contribution will support this worldwide charity.)
1988 – World Sector Leaders chosen from couples the McKeans have trained 2009 – Future World Sector Leaders appointed.

“The weekend of January 23-25, 2009 was historic – the first official gathering of the Central Leadership of the SoldOut Discipling Movement! …One disciple reminiscing about the “glory days” of the thousands being baptized in the Boston Movement (International Churches of Christ) asked, “Are these the new World Sector Leaders?” I responded, “In time, they and others will receive this charge.”

1989 LA World Sector Administrators chosen, Cecil Wooten appointed leader of WSAs
1993 – First Kingdom Teachers appointed
1993  Discipleship Publications International begins
1994 – Geographic Sector Leaders appointed
1994 – First World Missions Leadership Conference held outside of US
1994 – Evangelization Proclamation is released. A six-year plan to plant a true church of disciples in all 170 nations with a city of over 100,000. 2009 – The Crown of Thorn Project begins.
1994 – KNN is established SNN produces the Exodus video for the 2010 Jubilee
1994 – LA Story – LA Church Bulletin began
1996 – 1st HOPE Health Corps Conference – Los Angeles
1997 – 1st Kingdom Campus Conference (ICMC) – Paris
1997 – World Sectors financially sectorized
2000 – June – ICOC announces fulfillment of the Evangelization Proclamation

2001 – November – The McKeans step down from leading the LA Church of Christ to take a sabbatical and work on family issues

2002 – November – McKean’s announce their resignations as World Missions Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader and Leader of the World Sector Leaders
2002 – World Sector Leaders also disband and call for a unity conference for the future