Frequently marriages here at Calvary are arranged (coerced, set-up, commanded) by the leadership. Contrary to what we are told to believe (that God spoke to the individuals), some of us know that the real reason is to keep someone from leaving Calvary. Not everyone is considered valuable to keep, pastor kicks out many undesirables. Here is the list of assets (people) considered valuable enough to push into quick, arranged marriages:
- Those that are good looking
- Those with money or those who stand to inherit money from unsaved relatives
- They are “fresh fish” lured into a stagnant pond
- They were raised at Calvary and are very popular/influential
- Their parents are in leadership at Calvary
These are some of the reasons why someone is kept at Calvary at all costs, and only the most “rebellious” will buck the system.
But God says, “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self- control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men” (1 Timothy 3:1-9). “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:12-17).