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).
This is the way our pastors shift blame for the decisions they make regarding our lives here at Calvary. Nothing happens at our church except at our pastor’s directive. He shifts focus from himself by teaching the deacons, captains, and fathers to “own the decision”. Pastor says what he wants done then sends out the men to do his bidding, BUT they must say it is their decision, no referring back to the source (pastor). The alternative to “owning it” is to leave and be shipwrecked (i.e. obey pastor and cover for him or be shunned by the church). You need to know the buzzwords, they have a separate hidden meaning. A good question to ask is, “Why is pastor hiding behind his men?”
But God says, “Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure” (Psalm 101:5).
(For other references see: Mark 10:42-25)
The nasty consequences of our church’s “judgments” are demonstrated in all those Christians who have been labeled guilty of something, unstated and inferred. Resulting in cases where innocent families are pulled apart simply on the caprice of a pastor who doesn’t know to stop.
But God says, “Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry “Peace” when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths” Micah 3:5.
(For other references see: Micah 3:1-4, Psalm 71:10-12)