César Castellanos is dangerous to Christians

I have spoken in depth over the years about the G12 Vision and especially G12 Philippines. The toxic movement actually was started by César Castellanos an has even been rebuke by David Yonggi Cho that they stole the whole cell ministry concept from. G12 Vision is nothing more than the cell concept of Yoido Full Gospel Church taken to the extreme.

I am not against cell ministry if it works for your ministry. I have seen some of them be very successful. If you believe that every church must focus on cell groups, you just became part of the problem. Nowhere in the gospels is there a verse that says, “Get in a cell or go to hell.” (A G12 Philippines pastor actually told me this)

At the end of the day, the issue goes back to César Castellanos, pastor of the “mother church” for the G12 movement in Colombia. He thinks he is some type of super apostle and has made the Bride of Christ into a chain of command that is stricter than the United States Marine Corp.

In its’ present form, I find the G12 Vision movement to be a serious threat to the revival under way in South America. The Holy Spirit is moving with signs and wonders all over Brazil and Argentina.


Who is César Castellanos?

He is a pastor that militarize cell ministry, build an authoritative chain of command that controls the people, radicalize community to make Bob Mumford and company look like amateurs, and completely demonize anyone that does not agree with him.

Am I saying this guy is a Jim Jones type cult leader? Yes, I am. He has always wanted to use faith to control people and use them for his purposes. His goals are not even really spiritual. It is political. He wants to become the President of Columbia and he needs a base to mobilize.

Here in the Philippines, I see this same mentality in the G12 Philippines leadership. They are moving heaven and earth trying to get people elected to public office. However, it will never happen on the national level. No Evangelical will be elected in a country of over 100 million devoted Catholics.

However, make no mistake about it. César Castellanos is using this whole G12 Vision to form loyal foot soldiers for his political goals. They want to try and use their model to get control of every nation political so Jesus can return. Would you like some Kingdom Now with your breakfast this morning?

In the nation of Colombia, he has experience some success with doing it too. He is very close to the sitting President of the country and does have some influence as well. I do not know how people don’t see through his scam but the people of Colombia do not seem to mind.

When it is all said and done, this is the issue at hand: it is spiritual control that makes people that Jesus died to set free into personal slaves of the very people that should led them into complete liberation.


Over Spiritualizing Acts

Some of their ideas an basis for the control and the guilt trips is their misunderstanding of Acts. The records of the early church was them working out their salvation with fear as well as how they went about preaching the gospel with power to their generation. What worked for them in their culture an in the first century will not work in a different culture and time. This is a serious mistake that alot of ministries makes. Acts was the records of the Apostle, not scriptural commands.

However, some leaders such as César Castellanos think Acts should be strictly followed an they hold the book to be more strict than they even was in Acts itself. There is no freedom for the believer whatsoever in a church with the G12 Vision. It is about control, not freedom. 

As a Pentecostal and Charismatic, this is concerning to me. I was raise with a deep love for the Book of Acts an that there is much deep truth in the book. It is very sad to see people misuse the records to the point to form cults around it. The G12 Vision is more dangerous than the United Pentecostal Church that denies the trinity based on one verse in Acts. 

The hard part of it all is I do not see many true apostolic leaders in either South or North America trying to rebuke the nonsense coming out of these churches. They just silently say it is not what they believe an move on. We nee true leaders to stand up to the heresy and rebuke them just like the Assemblies of God rebuke the United Pentecostal Church.


Freedom matters

At the heart of the gospel is freedom. Anyone that tries to put you back in bondage is a false teacher. It does not matter if it is César Castellanos, Bob Mumford or John Bevere. Bondage is where you came from; not where you are going. The believer is designed for freedom.

If you need to ask a pastor or some super Apostle about what car to buy or where to get groceries, you are in a church that does not love freedom but keep you in religious bondage. Jesus took the bondage; not trade it for a new yoke that looked more pretty.

My concern around the G12 Vision is this issue at the core of it all. Where is the freedom at? It just is not there. If believers are not experiencing personal freedom an you have pastors controlling their lives (an finances), something is seriously, seriously wrong.


  • Cath
    October 28, 2016 - 1:01 pm

    Hello admin. I want to know more about Pastor Castellanos. However, reading your article made me ask about the facts. I just wanted to ask you, where are the facts in this article? I think this is pure opinion–and baseless ones. Can you give instances for major claims presented here? Thanks for reading my comment.

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    • Peter Vandever
      October 29, 2016 - 1:11 am

      For example?

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      • Cath
        October 29, 2016 - 2:27 am

        Yes. Something like that, sir.

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    • Isabel C
      March 7, 2017 - 2:33 pm

      As a Colombian and Christian woman, I know very well the facts in this kind of ideology. They pretend to preach the Gospel, however Be careful with these doctrines. We must read all from the Bible and others reference books, because we are living in very dangerous time. How is possible that pastors called themselves “Apostoles” having luxuries lives without any remorse?
      They are wolfes with lambs skin. If are a truly Christian, ask God for his guidance through the Holy Spirit and He will show the truth. God bless you.

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  • Cath
    October 28, 2016 - 1:01 pm

    Hello admin. I want to know more about Pastor Castellanos. However, reading your article made me ask about the facts. I just wanted to ask you, where are the facts in this article? I think this is pure opinion–and baseless ones. Can you give instances for major claims presented here? Thanks for reading my comment.

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    • Peter Vandever
      October 29, 2016 - 1:11 am

      For example?

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      • Cath
        October 29, 2016 - 2:27 am

        Yes. Something like that, sir.

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    • Isabel C
      March 7, 2017 - 2:33 pm

      As a Colombian and Christian woman, I know very well the facts in this kind of ideology. They pretend to preach the Gospel, however Be careful with these doctrines. We must read all from the Bible and others reference books, because we are living in very dangerous time. How is possible that pastors called themselves “Apostoles” having luxuries lives without any remorse?
      They are wolfes with lambs skin. If are a truly Christian, ask God for his guidance through the Holy Spirit and He will show the truth. God bless you.

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  • Christina
    February 9, 2017 - 8:04 pm

    I left a church that practices this man’s vision. The church is based in Kissimmee Fl called The Rock Church. I wish I had enough boldness to rebuke them. Because I was taught and drilled by pastors and leaders in that church that by speaking against that churches vision “you’re speaking against God” to not touch the anointing. These were words that was spoken when other ppl left the church. We were told they are speaking against pastors and leaders because they were offended. I was a leader at this church for 4 years and was saved at this church. Only church I’ve ever gone to in my left. I escaped, and I’m not being dramatic it felt like an escape to me. You are seriously enslaved and binded to the building and vision. The church building is open 7 days a week and they really think in there twisted minds if you’re not there those 7 days the covering of God leaves you and a spiritual door is open and demon’s attach. I had to separate from my in laws, sister’s and brothers because they are unbelievers and sinners and if I surround myself around them there demonic spirits will attach on me. I really believed this I trusted there leadership and guidance. Leaders in that church who’s husbands threatened divorce 4x because the wives are never home. And her response was my covenant to my pastor and church is 1st. I was guilty of this to, I believe that my covenant to my pastors and to the vision is first. I remember telling my cell group I’m going on a vacation I deserve it. My cell group leader and another friend if looks could kill said to me how dare you? You’re not entitled to anything ministry and God 1st. I responded ok 4day vacay instead of 7 my leader responded that’s much better. And i did as instructed, you can not read any other book unless approved by pastors. Everything has to be channeled up, your prayers, any decisions a job to get, where to move to, if a relative is allowed to live with you etc.. My mother was told by pastor and leader to let my brother be because he chose a life of drugs that by letting him live with her she will be opening up demonic doors. My mother is still stuck in that church she really see’s there’s nothing wrong with there false doctrine. She cuts us off her family because we all told her that church is a cult. I got out and only because I seen for myself it’s not Godly. When I told my mother i left the Rock because the Holy Spirit told me to get our her response was “you have no holy spirit there is no holy spirit in you”. The church told her I’ve been deceived. When I started reading the bible on my own God made it more clear to me. I use to think I couldn’t possibly have a holy spirit because if it didn’t agree to my leaders or pastors I was shut down by them. The Lord started showing me when I would ask him to reveal to me how can this be? Let’s not even get started with Evagelism you have to meet your goal of a 100 souls. The pastors would preach your doing the Lord’s will if you do this. They have this rock million campaign every October the month of the harvest. You are to relentlessy have hundreds and thousands of ppl say the prayer of Salvation by doing this they s are counted as Saved. And when you go to heaven this will be your fruit of lives u impacted and brought to the Lord. I disagree and questioned there method Salvation is not biblical. Where is the regenerated heart, where’s the change. There response to ppl is our job is to plant the seed of prayer salvation and God’s job to do the rest of it. Ppl in that church really believe they are doing God’s will. My Spirit couldn’t take it anymore. No one talks to me because I told them I no longer agree to the vision and I felt slaved. Because of that I’m talking against them. We the congregation paints the building, lawn care and maintenance, concessions, drama, all this in the name of ministry. Or as all three pastors would say “build God’s house and he’ll build yours” that meaning serve in the building. They would say “you want your family saved, job etc then serve”. They are cunning and manipulative. They feed off your brokenness, groom you there motto is my life for yours and then sucker you in under Jesus Name to form this controlling cell group of 12 and your life is your faithfulness to your leader and cell group. There’s so much more that goes on in that church but you get the idea.

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    • John
      March 24, 2018 - 6:33 pm

      I am really sorry you had that experience as a Pastor myself that works with G12 we don’t do this extreme control you mentioned, Yet I am mature enough to understand that people can take any vision out of context and scripture to extremes as you share here, G12 is a system to admin the church and it is based on four basics steps as you know:
      Win
      Consolidate
      Disciple
      Sent
      This is not much different then what must churches in the world are doing with changes is expression like:
      Reach them Build them reproduce them and many other examples, Sorry that you had this bad experience as a G12 Pastor I fully understand that G12 is not the only way to do church or grow a church there are many good strategies out there, And also you must understand that Extreme control is a problem in many church not just the one you mentioned or in the vision you mentioned, as is the Pastor so shall the church be, I don’t ask anyone to ask me what car to buy, where to work we don’t have church open 7 days a week unless you speak o prayer it’s hard to believe that any church especially G12 would be in church all week, yet I don’t doubt your experience but please realize that the vision you speak of is not to blame for the way your Pastor runs His Ministry. Hope you are doing good found a church to call home are growing in your faith and sharing it with others, remember you are here for a purpose and that purpose is to be light in a dark world let your light shine and all those you lead to Christ help them become fully mature followers of Christ!
      Blessings!

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      • Azusa Report
        March 25, 2018 - 4:12 pm

        There are pastors in the G12 churches telling people “get in a cell or go to hell.” This is WRONG. Period. Being in a cell group will not save you.

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  • Christina
    February 9, 2017 - 8:04 pm

    I left a church that practices this man’s vision. The church is based in Kissimmee Fl called The Rock Church. I wish I had enough boldness to rebuke them. Because I was taught and drilled by pastors and leaders in that church that by speaking against that churches vision “you’re speaking against God” to not touch the anointing. These were words that was spoken when other ppl left the church. We were told they are speaking against pastors and leaders because they were offended. I was a leader at this church for 4 years and was saved at this church. Only church I’ve ever gone to in my left. I escaped, and I’m not being dramatic it felt like an escape to me. You are seriously enslaved and binded to the building and vision. The church building is open 7 days a week and they really think in there twisted minds if you’re not there those 7 days the covering of God leaves you and a spiritual door is open and demon’s attach. I had to separate from my in laws, sister’s and brothers because they are unbelievers and sinners and if I surround myself around them there demonic spirits will attach on me. I really believed this I trusted there leadership and guidance. Leaders in that church who’s husbands threatened divorce 4x because the wives are never home. And her response was my covenant to my pastor and church is 1st. I was guilty of this to, I believe that my covenant to my pastors and to the vision is first. I remember telling my cell group I’m going on a vacation I deserve it. My cell group leader and another friend if looks could kill said to me how dare you? You’re not entitled to anything ministry and God 1st. I responded ok 4day vacay instead of 7 my leader responded that’s much better. And i did as instructed, you can not read any other book unless approved by pastors. Everything has to be channeled up, your prayers, any decisions a job to get, where to move to, if a relative is allowed to live with you etc.. My mother was told by pastor and leader to let my brother be because he chose a life of drugs that by letting him live with her she will be opening up demonic doors. My mother is still stuck in that church she really see’s there’s nothing wrong with there false doctrine. She cuts us off her family because we all told her that church is a cult. I got out and only because I seen for myself it’s not Godly. When I told my mother i left the Rock because the Holy Spirit told me to get our her response was “you have no holy spirit there is no holy spirit in you”. The church told her I’ve been deceived. When I started reading the bible on my own God made it more clear to me. I use to think I couldn’t possibly have a holy spirit because if it didn’t agree to my leaders or pastors I was shut down by them. The Lord started showing me when I would ask him to reveal to me how can this be? Let’s not even get started with Evagelism you have to meet your goal of a 100 souls. The pastors would preach your doing the Lord’s will if you do this. They have this rock million campaign every October the month of the harvest. You are to relentlessy have hundreds and thousands of ppl say the prayer of Salvation by doing this they s are counted as Saved. And when you go to heaven this will be your fruit of lives u impacted and brought to the Lord. I disagree and questioned there method Salvation is not biblical. Where is the regenerated heart, where’s the change. There response to ppl is our job is to plant the seed of prayer salvation and God’s job to do the rest of it. Ppl in that church really believe they are doing God’s will. My Spirit couldn’t take it anymore. No one talks to me because I told them I no longer agree to the vision and I felt slaved. Because of that I’m talking against them. We the congregation paints the building, lawn care and maintenance, concessions, drama, all this in the name of ministry. Or as all three pastors would say “build God’s house and he’ll build yours” that meaning serve in the building. They would say “you want your family saved, job etc then serve”. They are cunning and manipulative. They feed off your brokenness, groom you there motto is my life for yours and then sucker you in under Jesus Name to form this controlling cell group of 12 and your life is your faithfulness to your leader and cell group. There’s so much more that goes on in that church but you get the idea.

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  • Jan
    May 17, 2018 - 4:35 pm

    I just have a few questions on how the pastorship works. As i have met my girlfriend and known her way back in highschool and we became close when we started talking about our life experiences and her Faith. I tried to understand her mission and supported her in ways. And we became really close and i was enjoying my life with her.

    Then One day, everything got cut off. And she said she’s sorry. She needs to do it coz something is gonna happen real bad. That death is coming if she don’t stop.

    Why somebody would predict death just because what we’re doing is wrong?
    Then she ask me to go to the process.

    I start reading the bible understanding them. But what i dont understand is why is there a threat? A cut ties coz im not on the same faith. Is that normal? Its more like a torture to me. I Prayed in my own way beliefs. And now i found this information.

    Please someone help me understand. Have a Great Day whoevers reading this. God bless.

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