Just follow the yellow brick road…do you recall how the Wizard of Oz had people shaking in terror as he bellowed out his messages (smoke and mirrors)? There is some concern lest self-righteous individuals think all those Calvary weirdos get what they deserve. Consider Dorothy and her faithful companions were ignorant of being duped – they revered the great Oz – and so it is in the land of Calvary Temple.

Here we have a group of fifty-somethings who came to Pastor Scott in his heyday. But unlike faithful Toto, they never ventured to pull aside the curtain and see the man behind. Largely loyal and willingly passive, the greatest sin they have is allowing a man to teach their children and young adults secretly to do evil deeds (without asking any questions). How many parents sit in on our youth groups or young adult groups? They have given up the right to parent, unfortunately, to one who is unworthy to be in the same room as children. Blind obedience is a killer.

However, the Cowardly Lion, Straw Man, and Tin Man, finally stood up to the great Oz – it’s just about time that the men and women of Calvary do the same.

But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:17-19; 28).

Pastor for years has taught that we are not as wise as unsaved people in the areas of money and legal issues. This justifies using any means to outwit the government, the legal system, heck, even our own family members.

If they have what we (i.e. pastor) want, then anything (and everything) is justifiable.

We can lie, be secretive of our activities, hang out with bad dudes, be unethical, steal, be ruthless, suck up to the wealthy, spy on those who have left Calvary, defame, destroy, etc. The ways and means of doing evil is limitless.

But God says, “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things:and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts:for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:9-10, 14-15).

In other words, we are taught to take what we want by foul or fair means, all the while exhibiting a calm and self-possessed demeanor of a hardened criminal (uh, I mean Christian). Please, no remorse, no excuses, just get the dirty deed done per Pastor.

…think about these verses in regards to our church: “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to see if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, that I may pardon her. Though they say, ‘As the Lord lives,’ yet they swear falsely. O Lord, do not your eyes look for truth? You have struck them down, but they felt no anguish; you have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent” (Jeremiah 5:1-3). “An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?“(Jeremiah 5:30-31).

What will we do in the end?

Our Lord is coming quickly.

Actually we like to call it “put away”, but cast out is also what God calls it.

Children cast out on the streets, mothers/wives cast out of homes, husbands cast out by their wives on Pastor’s orders, friends cast out by friends. The list goes on and on. Names, faces, lives of people destroyed by our church.

But God says, “Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at his word:’Your brothers who hate you and cast you out for my name’s sake have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy’; but it is they who shall be put to shame.” (Isaiah 66:5). They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me” (John 16:2,3).

(For additional references see: Romans 11:1a, 3 John 10,11)

When we see someone on the street or at work who has left Calvary here is how we often handle it: a. Stony silence (even if they say “hi” or hug us) b. “You need to repent and come back to Calvary”.

But God says, “I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts…which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day” (Isaiah 65:2,5).

Pastor uses this verse to silence those who raise serious questions about his actions. This implies the questioner is SO smart…even smarter than all the pastors put together!

Mockery is a great way to publicly shame/silence honorable people here. Over the years, far more than seven men have tried to reason/warn our Pastor. He has blown them all off.

But God says, “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out. Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:9,11,13).

When our church leadership want to get rid of someone with excellent character, Pastor will use this phrase to get us to avoid them. He says, “So and so wants us to believe another gospel!” *Shock/gasp/horror!!!*

Here is another catch phrase which requires no proof to back it up, but the effect is immediate-righteous-indignation. And it gets us all to fall in line and help destroy another individual.

But God says, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again:If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9).

Could our Pastor be the real perpetrator of “another gospel”?

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen” (Galatians 1:3-4). THIS is the real gospel.