Bible teacher and author Charles W. ‘Chuck’ Missler is described on his Bible-based ministry website, Koinonia House (khouse.org), as a “unique man with a unique message”.
Mr. Missler has been speaking throughout New Zealand over the Easter period and beyond [in 2000].
It is Mr Missler’s third visit to New Zealand. This time he is with his family.
He started his speaking journey on Easter Sunday in Auckland followed by meetings in Wellington and Christchurch and an appearance on Canterbury’s Freedom TV.
In Wellington, he spent time sightseeing, and obtained a long-term business visa from the Department of Immigration.
This visa allows him and his family to extend the Koinonia House ministry to New Zealand.
If all goes to plan, it will take a couple of years to convince the government that Koinonia is profitable and create a primary support base for the ministry and headquarter it in New Zealand.
The man and his ministry
Mr Missler’s message has always been, “to get people to take the Bible seriously”.
Their primary mission and whole focus, he says, is for people to get into the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.
Mr Missler heralds from Calvary Chapel where he taught for almost thirty years.
In New Zealand, his ministry operates through Calvary Chapel, Auckland.
Chuck Smith is Mr Missler’s pastor and their Church is “non-denominational and very fundamental”.
It was through a personal and business crisis that Mr Missler was encouraged by Hal Lindsay to take his part-time teaching into a full time ministry.
Mr Missler’s teaching can not only be heard on his well-received and followed Radio Rhema programme 66/40, but on the Internet.
“More and more of what we are doing is broadcast and through the Internet. More and more of our following is on the Internet. Khouse.org is probably the largest and most popular Christian website in the Internet,” he says.
They have three servers in the USA, with potentially one in New Zealand and Europe, and they can link them all by satellite.
“We’re involved in some major satellite programmes. More and more of our ministry is geographically independent.
We have aspirations to meet with the Prime Minister about some of our satellite projects and some other things, and they are very profound for New Zealand, but I am not at liberty to get into that.”
Electronic media resources has further enhanced Chuck Missler’s mission.
They publish commentaries on CD-ROM and PDF text format, which cuts the costs in half.
Mr. Missler intends to provide more and more resources on the Internet free of charge.
Chuck talks about the issues
A former executive, Mr Missler believes technology has increased our productivity to create a leisure class. “Economic and technological progress has been staggering. Society is not better off in a moral sense, but certainly better off in its transportation and communications. It’s only in a short period of time that we travel with the speed of sound and communicate with the speed of light. From a moral point of view, it’s the worst of times. From a technological and prosperity point of view it’s the best of times”.
What of Y2K? Mr Missler has his views on end time prophecy, and some where predicting doom and gloom on January 1 2000, but the apparent lack of trouble didn’t take Mr Missler by surprise.
“The good news is that there wasn’t a synchronisation of problems to create an infrastructure clash. There were lots of problems, but they weren’t recorded in the media or radio or public relations liaisons. A lot of things happened that the general media didn’t follow. The good news is that no one was hurt and the preparations are to be applauded. It’s not a question of being right or wrong, it’s a question of did the facts justify being prepared.”
Of Biblical prophecy, Mr Missler believes a lot of prophecy is being fulfilled and parts of the book of Revelation are taking place and other parts of that book are for the future.
He points to world events as examples of this. Israel is back in the land, there is a dispute over Jerusalem (Zechariah 12), impending invasion in the Middle East, a rise of a superstate in Europe, and the rise of China. “People who have done their homework in prophetic scenarios believe we are living in a critical time”.
He says his new book, Cosmic Codes, includes but is not limited to the Bible.
“Most people writing about Bible codes have a cryptography background.
“They also confine their attention to what is called eqi-distance letter sequences. There are only three chapters of twenty-five on that in our book. Everybody writing in this area has no cryptography background. We have a substantial background in that area.
“Cosmic Codes has emerged as the definitive book on the cosmic code, not just the Bible codes, but also includes discussions on DNA and the digital universe.
“We highlight the characteristics of an extra-terrestrial language. There are attributes to the Biblical texts that are startling and tend to authenticate the supernatural, extraterrestrial origin of the Bible.”
Mr Missler believes the Body of Christ [the Church] is rediscovering the Word of God, to anchor its beliefs in the word of God, not experience.
However, he says there are many elements of the Body of Christ, which are excessively relying on waves of fad, experiential fads, instead of anchoring in the Word of God.
“Churches that are prospering and are healthy and are having real answers to real problems are Churches that anchor their activities in the Word of God itself.”
Mr Missler emphatically says, in response to the greatest thing he has learnt in his ministry that Jesus Christ is the only relevant issue, churches are not.
[First published in Challenge Weekly, 2000]
P.S. Koinonia House is based in Idaho, USA with offices in New Zealand, Australia and Africa.