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What is Christ Commission Fellowship?

Christ Commission Fellowship
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Christ Commission Fellowship (CCF) is an indigenous, evangelical megachurch in the Philippines. It was founded in 1982 by Pastor Peter Tan-Chi and his wife Deonna (a Chinese and an American, respectively). CCF claims to have more than 60 satellite churches in the Philippines and abroad with over 70,000 total members. Even without foreign financial assistance or affiliation with other groups, CCF was able to build its own 10-story ministry center with a main auditorium that can hold up to 10,000 worshipers.

Typical to evangelical churches, Christ Commission Fellowship believes in the Trinity, in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Scriptures, in the deity and humanity of Christ, in the deity of the Holy Spirit, in salvation by grace, and in baptism by immersion. CCF’s core values are stated as these: Love God, Love Others, Obey God’s Words, Volunteer, and Engage the Family. Christ Commission Fellowship implements Discipleship of 12 (D12) as its strategy for church growth. CCF defines D12 as a strategy on church growth that is “based on Jesus’ model of discipleship.”

In worship services and meetings, Christ Commission Fellowship utilizes the topical method of preaching. Most sermons are focused on the practical application of the Christian faith and how to achieve life goals. Some examples of sermon titles are “Succeed in Balancing Life,” “Succeed in Family Relationships,” “Succeed in Passing On a Godly Legacy,” “Turn Depression into Hope,” and “Follow God’s Design on Relationship.” As a haven for Christians from different churches, CCF pastors don’t speak about controversial issues such as speaking in tongues, baptism of the Holy Spirit, eternal security of believers, and the end-times. As a result, most members have no expertise in defending their faith.

Christ Commission Fellowship says it does not hold to either Calvinism or Arminianism, as it sees both systems of belief as “humanly derived systems.” But a cursory look at the teachings and practices of CCF reveals that it adheres to Arminianism more than Calvinism, combined with some Pentecostal beliefs. Bong Saquing, a prominent CCF speaker, teaches the Old Testament principle that failure to tithe invites the curse of God. CCF allows speakers whose theology is suspect to speak in their conferences, including people like Robert Morris, a well-known prosperity gospel preacher. Recently, Carlo Panlilio, who advocates G12 doctrines, was allowed to speak in a youth conference (G12 promotes modern-day apostles, the health-and-wealth gospel, and Kingdom Now theology, and it is well-known for creating divisions within churches in the Philippines).

There’s nothing wrong for a Christian to attend a Christ Commission Fellowship church, but he or she must exercise discernment. Since some CCF preachers take an eisegetical approach to the Scriptures, there is a tendency to focus on Christian ethics rather than on solid Bible doctrines. Also, the CCF has a penchant for accommodating suspect speakers, so there is danger for Christians to fall into spiritual immaturity and be led astray by false teachings. Just like the Bereans, we should “examine the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).

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