Have you heard this one before? Especially from rather new-to-Calvary folks. They are naive at best, stupid at worst. The old timers of Calvary know very well just how much our church is like a cult.
Pastor uses the typical allurements of the world to deaden the intellect of those he is looking to grab:
1) Good looking people, especially youth/young adults
2) Well dressed
4) Well mannered
5) Wealthy with a good job
6) Fancy houses and cars
The subtle message is this: LOOK AT ME!!! I am healthy, wealthy, and worldly wise! I MUST be Godly!
But God says, “For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world” (1 John 2:16). “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). “And constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Timothy 6:5).