It’s a matter of public record that Phil Pringle has long been promoting his ‘God-given’ 2020 Vision – to have “1000 churches planted by the year 2020 with an average attendance of 500 members”. Pringle openly stated that this ‘2020 Vision’ came directly from God Himself, with accompanying claims that God speaks ‘audibly’ to him (apart from His written Word), affirming this ‘vision’.
With the understanding that it’s an extremely serious thing to claim to speak on behalf of God, we ask our readers to keep in mind the following scriptures:
“For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:8-9
“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’ Thus says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! Your prophets have been like jackals among ruins, O Israel. You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the Lord,’ when the Lord has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Declares the Lord,’ although I have not spoken?” Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord God. My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord God.” Ezekiel 13:1-9
With the five most important CWC articles on this ‘God-given’ 2020 Vision linked below, we also revisit the following YouTube review from Ps. Chris Rosebrough from Fighting For The Faith, where you will hear Pringle’s false ‘vision’ doctrine and twisting of scripture being clearly exposed:
“The fact that people think that this guy can cast vision and prophecy is a judgement against them because they’ve got to be under a strong delusion – because even if you know your bible just a little bit you can see through this sham, and protect yourself against people like him, and others under the C3 movement. The whole movement is corrupt going all the way up to the top, Phil Pringle, who is a false prophet, false apostle, false teacher and there’s nothing about him that’s genuine. The man is a charlatan and he’s as greedy as all get-out….” Ps.Chris Rosebrough.
Source: Chris Rosebrough, The Crucible Season, PirateChristian.com, http://www.piratechristian.com/fightingforthefaith/2018/9/the-crucible-season, Published July 26, 2018. (Accessed Sep 23, 2018.)
The Final Countdown – Vision Not Accomplished.
We also revisit the recent series from the nightly TV program “A Current Affair”, where extensive video reports put forward a well-documented case against Phil Pringle’s claims to be a man of God. And it was interesting to note that “A Current Affair” included the coverage of Phil Pringle’s antics as part of their 2019 New Year’s Eve wrap-up of popular stories and scandals! (Link to be provided when available)
In light of his ‘prophetic’ claims, Church Watch Central decided it’s only fair to wait and see if Phil Pringle did indeed achieve the ‘2020 Vision’ that God supposedly gave him – a chance to affirm Pringle as a true prophet?
Not the false prophet he has already proven himself to be?
Reformation Charlotte editor, Jeff Maples, published the following article on December 22, 2019. While we don’t for a moment believe Phil Pringle really hears from God, Church Watch Central made the decision to wait until January 1, 2020 to post this article.
Worldwide Megapastor, Phil Pringle’s False “2020 Vision” Prophecy of 2019 and Before Never Came to Pass, of Course.
Jeff Maples writes:
C3 Church is a large, multi-national multi-campus Pentecostal megachurch based in Sydney Australia. It is one of the biggest charismatic movements in the world which rivals Hillsong in its reach. Led by Phil Pringle, the network — which is practically a denomination in and of itself — has hundreds of churches and campuses in Australia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
Phil Pringle is an “apostle” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and believes that the apostolic sign gifts — such as tongues, healings, and especially prophecies — still exist today. The NAR is a movement that embraces these false teachings to such an extent that they have created a worldwide network of “prophets” and “apostles.” Phil Pringle is one of the leaders of the movement.
Phil Pringle proudly boasts his standing in the NAR movement, as presented by Church Watch Central,
Phil Pringle is unusual in that he does not hide the fact he allows himself to be recognized as an ‘apostle’. For instance, you will note this through his very close involvement with NARpostle (and convicted felon) David Yonggi Cho’s Church Growth International (CGI), an infamous apostolic network of the New Apostolic Reformation. In fact, Pringle has no problem advertising his involvement in the CGI apostolic network.
“…when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:22
Throughout 2019 and even dating back decades past, Phil Pringle “prophesied” that his “church” would see record growth — thousands of new locations — by time 2020 hit, calling it the “2020 Vision.”
“We’re going to see 1000 churches planted by the year 2020,” he declared in years past, only to back off of his false prophecy now admitting that it didn’t happen and readjusting it.
While false prophets like these are leading thousands — if not millions — astray, God truly is working in His remnant that he has promised. True believers should continue to beware of them (Matthew 7:15), test them (1 John 4:1), warn the sheep about these false prophets (Ephesians 5:11) so that they cannot deceive more people.
“While evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13
Source: Jeff Maples, ‘Reformation Charlotte’ blog, https://reformationcharlotte.org/2019/12/22/worldwide-megapastor-phil-pringles-false-2020-vision-prophecy-of-2019-never-came-to-pass-of-course/. Published December 22, 2019. (Accessed January 1, 2020.)
“But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:20-22
“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.” 2 Peter 2:1-2
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