Lying for the Lord

Looking thoroughly into the history of Calvary Temple and the lives of its leaders, a pattern emerges. A pattern of “institutionalized deception”.

Evidence establishes that when our pastor needs protection for himself or the ministry which he built, it was and is ok to “fib, deceive, distort, inflate, minimize, exaggerate, prevaricate, or lie.”

He is what is known as “a pious deceiver” — who begets leaders who are pious deceivers. Deception is used if, in pastor’s view, it results in a good outcome. In other words, he thinks he knows when God approves of lying.

But God says, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell” (Matthew 23:15, 23-28, 33).

To our church, Jesus writes, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:18-19).

Break Down of a Half-Truth

Our pastor loves to throw around the word “truth” of late. Half truth is actually more accurate. Let’s illustrate from a recent sermon, “Don’t be afraid to bring the truth to some of these people also that are professing Christians. I…I was encouraging Jon, look, the guy lives in Fairfax, you know his wife wants to go to church in Fairfax, but he drives every day to Ashburn for work, so he is driving by here to go to work and won’t come here to be fed? And led? And be prepared in this hour? We don’t apologize for telling him you know you need to leave where you are and come out and get fed so you can live praise God. I mean you drive by the place (Calvary Temple) five times a week, surely you can drive another day, you know, and hear the Word of God… but the fact of the matter is, you need to come or die.”

Let’s get our calculator out. Five work days + plus three services n/o + two prayer nights n/o + one family night n/o = eleven trips to Sterling per week. Just another typical half truth we like to propagate here at good ol’ Calvary Temple Sterling.

(n/o- not optional; mandatory, required, or you are deemed luke-warm, rebellious, backsliding)

But God says, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

Wiser Than Seven Men (Taken from Proverbs 26:16)

Pastor uses this verse to silence those who raise serious questions about his actions. This implies the questioner is SO smart…even smarter than all the pastors put together!

Mockery is a great way to publicly shame/silence honorable people here. Over the years, far more than seven men have tried to reason/warn our Pastor. He has blown them all off.

But God says, “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out. Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:9,11,13).

Another Gospel? (Taken from Galatians 1:6)

When our church leadership want to get rid of someone with excellent character, Pastor will use this phrase to get us to avoid them. He says, “So and so wants us to believe another gospel!” *Shock/gasp/horror!!!*

Here is another catch phrase which requires no proof to back it up, but the effect is immediate-righteous-indignation. And it gets us all to fall in line and help destroy another individual.

But God says, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again:If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9).

Could our Pastor be the real perpetrator of “another gospel”?

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen” (Galatians 1:3-4). THIS is the real gospel.

They Hate Our God

Often someone who leaves our church is characterized as a “God hater”.  Suppose a good friend has decided to leave Calvary Temple for a personal reason.  Maybe they don’t really give an explanation and you are curious as to their reasons why.  Maybe you hope to maintain your relationship with this friend, seeing no reason not to.  Talking to them is discouraged or even forbidden.  You will hear from the pulpit “why would you want to hang out with someone that hates your God?”  Even if you know that they are serving God, you will be criticized and probably find yourself in a meeting being told this person is off limits. Usually, leadership will say that they have information we do not, and that they don’t want to gossip. It is a convenient way to slander someone without any proof.

But God says, “For he that is not against us is for us” (Mark  9:40). “If someone says ‘I love God’ but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar, for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?” (1 John 4:20).  “A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.” (Proverbs 16:28).
And finally, we must be very careful to not bear false witness against a brother or sister.  Do they really hate God? Or just believe God is leading them elsewhere.

Love of God

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)

You Can’t Love Them Enough…

You can’t love them enough to make them obey God.” Our pastor will use this phrase to get some reluctant people to cut off an individual he wants to send to “the pigpen” – to be broken. “Are you more loving than God?” He will ask. “Why no.” He will then reply, “Then let God deal with them” (i.e. have nothing to do with them). Tricky, so I can’t love them enough…I should stop loving them. Right? Question #1: does God love perfectly? Yes. Question #2: does God love us enough to make us obey Him? No. Question #3: does God stop loving us when we are disobedient? No.

God says, “But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people” (Romans 10:21). “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:14-17).

Behold How We Love One Another

We are taught to express in practical and outward ways our love for each other. It looks impressive and frankly, it is designed to. However, it will be gone in an hour. Every bit of it. If our pastor says so. No more greetings, smiles, hugs, phone calls, visits, babysitting, jobs, help, family ties, friendships, advice, assistance, encouragement, etc. The purpose being to shame you, break you, humble you, chasten you, purge you, discipline you, control you. You may be a loving and close member for thirty years or more, but will be blackballed in a day. No questions asked, per pastor’s orders.

But God says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in himJohn 3:17.

(For other references see: 1 John 3:14-19, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 17:10)

The Elitism of Calvary Temple

Elitism is a dangerous tactic. We have been taught that though we may not be the best church, we do offer the best chance of getting to heaven. We are told again and again that other churches teach a watered down gospel and do not require their members to do the word of God. The pastors say things like “where else can you find….” or “the average Christian believes…” In a subtle way (or maybe not so subtle), this creates a strong feeling of superiority among the members. This becomes an “us and them” attitude. As soon as someone feels superior, they become arrogant and can no longer receive from others or minister to others with a pure heart. Even more, we are now not able to hear from God for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). There is always a feeling of “I am so well taught” and “I DO the word unlike you.” We would never say this openly, but it is often in our thinking, and even more, has become part of who we are. Superiority creates a wall between us and others. We may be looking down on others with almost a haughty attitude. But scripture tells us “…not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3.

This superiority is a divisive spirit that affects all we believe and “justifies” our ungodly response to the body of Christ. This same spirit extends to the division of friends, family, marriages, or anyone who does not measure up to our “superior” walk with the Lord. And of course the outcome is we will never want to leave Calvary Temple because, after all, there are no other good churches out there. (i.e., just like ours). We will not even attend another church when out of town. But suppose God wants to send you out to serve Him elsewhere? 2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.”

This elitism is sin, poison, and an abomination in the Church of Jesus Christ.

Control of Information

Those who control the information are usually in control of the people.  In Calvary Temple, we are encouraged to only read Pastor Scott’s books, (or listen to his teachings), or read the books in the bookstore that have been “pre-approved” by leadership.  Pastor Ron did a teaching many years ago in which he stated that we should only be studying Pastor Scott’s teachings in our own personal devotions.  He said that God is leading him and we should follow that leading, therefore, we should concentrate on those scriptures and teachings.  In other words, God speaks to the pastor, not us.   And yet the Bible clearly shows that it is Scripture that speaks to us:  “but when He, the spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.”  John 16:13.