The Great and Powerful Oz

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).

Children of This World Are Wiser Than Children of Light (Taken from Luke 16)

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.