This teaching is drilled into us kids at Calvary Temple school “DT” whenever a harsh discipline in meted out. The teachers and pastors will tell us it is “the love of God to them”.
Purposefully blurring the lines of truth. Most of us dare not question or we will get the old refrain “do you know more than all the years of combined pastoral wisdom represented here?”
What is the love of God really like? In 1 Corinthians 13 God says that it is patient, kind, not proud, well mannered, not self-serving, doesn’t think evil or get provoked easily, rejoices in the truth, bares all things, believes, hopes, and endures all things, and it never fails.
What does Calvary Temple’s “love of God” look like? It puts children on the streets to fend for themselves, puts wives in motels and keeps them away from their children, tells husbands to divorce wives in order to attend the church, tells kids not to trust their parents, etc. This is eerily similar to the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.
But God says, “But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you:Moses, on whom you have set your hope” (John 5:42-45). “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10). “But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:11).
(For additional references see: 1 John 3:15-18, 1 John 4:6-12, Romans 13:9)