We’ve been running a series of reports on the unbiblical happenings in the previously solid ministry, Cru — formerly Campus Crusade for Christ. They have been pushing the social gospel heresy as well as homosexual inclusivity and acceptance. We’ve also shown how The Gospel Coalition is tied to the paradigm shift taking place in the student ministry and how many of the leaders in Cru have forsaken the gospel of Jesus Christ for a false gospel of love, tolerance, and acceptance.
Now, it has come to light that another Cru leader, Gina Butz — the Vice President of Global Operations — is relentlessly promoting New Age heresy. And the word “heresy” is not being used lightly.
Butz is a strong supporter of New Age guru, David Brenner, who recently published a book at Intervarsity Press called The Gift of Being Yourself. The book, according to the description,
illuminates the spirituality of self-discovery. He exposes the false selves that you may hide behind and calls you to discover the true self that emerges from your uniqueness in Christ. Freeing you from illusions about yourself, Benner shows that self-understanding leads to the fulfillment of your God-given destiny and vocation…Rest assured, you need not try to be someone you are not. But you will deepen your experience of God through discovering the gift of being yourself.
Benner, a psychologist and self-described “spiritual director,” is a Perennialist (that all religions lead to the same God) and Panentheist (that God is in all of creation).
Butz is not just a fan or a follower of Benner, but relentlessly promotes his materials, ideology, and religion — a religion that is decidedly not Christian. On Butz website, she promotes the New Age Enneagram, writing,
The Enneagram can be a valuable tool to help us recognize what are those strategies we have developed to find life and love apart from God, to recognize our driving forces, and to see a path toward freedom and redemption. It can help us learn how to put on the “new self,” our true self created to be a reflection of who God is.
On this same website above the Enneagram she is promoting, she quotes her favorite New Age guru, Brenner, from his book,
The self that begins the spiritual journey is the self of our own creation, the self we thought ourselves to be. This is the self that dies on the journey. The self that arrives is the self that was loved into existence by Divine Love. This is the person we were destined from eternity to become—the I that is hidden in the “I AM.”
This is not simply erroneous, it is outright blasphemous. Butz is teaching that in order to find love in God, we must find the divinity in ourselves. This is the kind of heresy that is penetrating the from the top — where Butz is — to the lower level leadership in Cru. The organization is clearly off the rails, apostate, and should be avoided by all Bible-believing Christians.