After serving pastor and his vision for five/ten/thirty years, you will be disposed of, or walk away — empty. You will be left alone without family, friends, structure, or much hope in God. You have been robbed. Everything shaken. Doubting God’s redemption and mercy and love for you.
But God says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5) “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). “Fear them not therefore:for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light:and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 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 10:26-28).
But God says, “My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts. Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law. Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers” (Malachi 2:5-10). “Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment” (Malachi 2:17). “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not” (Malachi 3:18).
Steal — the hearts and lives of children, wives, husbands, as well as their money.
Kill — the relationships and the reputations of family members.
Destroy — your hope in the goodness, love, and mercy of God.
Devour — take all you have and are for themselves.
But God says, “Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed:but ye feed not the flock” (Ezekiel 34:3). “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd:the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:9-11). “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9).
Many times pastor has had one of us call the police and/or put a restraining order on our own family member. These individuals pose no danger, except in pastor’s mind. He just wants to prevent them from talking with us. They might convince us of the truth.
Getting us to call the police is so odious, so infamous, so destructive, so false (giving the appearance of wrong-doing), that it usually drives a wedge that few relationships overcome.
Only the Godly will refuse to participate in evil deeds such as this. Or to ask forgiveness for calling the police on their own husband, wife, parents, children at pastor’s direction.
May God forgive us for what we have become.
But God says, “For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely” (Jeremiah 6:13). “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18). “But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren” (1 Corinthians 6:6-8).
More and more are fleeing our church, knowing the wicked deeds that our leadership commits without remorse.
What goes on here is like a news broadcast on the religious persecution in the Middle East. “[Pastor] is very clear on these issues. The deal is very simple. For those who live under the rule of [Calvary Temple] the options are: one can flee, convert, pay a fine, or be put to death. There will be no co-existence.” (When pastor says, “Put to death” he does not mean physical death; instead, he means spiritual death. To him it means: marked, put away, cast away.)
Um, which faith are we talking about? Certainly not the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
But God says, “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy:for, behold, your reward is great in heaven:for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation” (Luke 6:22-24).