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.
“If you leave here, you will fall away.” Everyone that turns down a promotion to move to another city, or turns down an opportunity to go on the mission field outside of Calvary Temple, or does not pursue a possible mate’s life outside of Calvary Temple, or any other opportunity, does so out of fear of losing their salvation. In addition, we have been told over and over again that other churches are not quite as good as Calvary and therefore, remaining at Calvary Temple will give you the best chance to get to heaven.
If you now believe that God might want to use you in another place, you are afraid to leave knowing that you can never find another church like Calvary Temple. But scripture says “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” John 10:28. Just because you leave Calvary Temple does not mean that you will be immediately plucked from God’s hand and fall into the abyss of sin that is often associated with “the outside”.
(For other Scripture references refuting this tactic see 1 John 2:25-27)
A very effective tactic in Calvary Temple is “fear based marriage“. I say fear based because parents are convinced that allowing children to marry someone outside of Calvary Temple is dangerous. According to our leadership, children should only marry those that have been in the congregation for an extended period of time so that leadership can know them, judge them and approve them. If they approve, then the children can marry. However, we can all think of exceptions to this rule, the times when someone has been at Calvary Temple just a short time and marries a member in record time. These marriages within families have the effect of keeping families locked together, making it so much harder for people to leave and attend another church.
If a young adult (or adult for that matter) meets another Christian at their work place or neighborhood and wishes to pursue a relationship, it is completely discouraged. This keeps everyone from hearing from God personally and from ever leaving Calvary Temple. However, Scripture instructs us concerning marriage: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). God does not say we must only marry within our local fellowship, He says we are to marry a believer.
Most unusual is the amount of sexual sins in our church. Current and past accusations of immorality, homosexuality, extramarital affairs, molestation, and pornography have pervaded the church, but many of these sins have been excused and covered up; perhaps this is largely based on your position in the church. However, if you are on the “non-favorites” list, watch as the hammer falls with righteous indignation. Considering how vigilantly we guard ourselves against the leaven, it is miraculous how many repeat offenders are considered Godly, and how many good people have been purged and shunned.
God hates unjust balances. Proverbs 20:10 says, “Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord.” And Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” The double standards repeatedly used at Calvary Temple regarding sexual immorality is an abomination to the Lord and in no way lines up with Scripture.
(For other Scripture references refuting this tactic see Amos 5:7 and Proverbs 20:23)
The tactic of saying one has committed “spiritual adultery” is often used on real believers who love God, but may have rebuked our pastors, saying that they are behaving unscripturally. In order to silence the Godly individual’s reproof, the leadership marks them, shuns them, and tells the congregation that the believer has committed spiritual adultery; everyone is, of course, shocked at the revelations. So we now have to go into passive mode again because it is just too confusing to understand. Our pastor knows more than we do, so we won’t ask questions. It is easier to blindly trust what the pastor says about the individual, but is that the right thing to do?
When the accusation is made that one has committed “spiritual adultery”, follow the example of the Jews in Acts 17:11 who, “…searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so.” Do not just take the accusation lying down, not caring to search out the matter. Did the person even commit spiritual adultery? In Ezekiel 20:30-33, God reproved the leaders of His people for spiritual adultery; which they were committing through the practice of idolatry, going after the gods of other nations, and making their sons pass through the fire. So you see, spiritual adultery is very obvious by our actions. If someone is labeled a “spiritual adulterer” then find out why they were labeled in such a way; do not just believe what the leadership says before taking it back to Scripture and making sure that it lines up.
(For other Scripture references refuting this tactic see Isaiah 5:23 and Proverbs 30:5)
Years ago Pastor decided that the deacons were not to be in one accord with their wives (i.e. they weren’t supposed tell their wives what was being discussed in the deacons meetings). This was not because their wives were gossipy women; obviously their husbands would not be deacons if they did not have their houses in order. This decision was made because the deacon’s wives often disagreed with the unethical practices employed by the leadership, and as Godly women, they would voice their concerns to their husbands and the pastors.
God has something to say about this division of marriage, which is subtle but deadly. Mark 10:7-9 states, “‘therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. ’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Our pastors sow discord among the marriages in our church by calling women evil and insinuating that they must be kept in the dark in regards to what their husbands are involved in.
(For other Scripture references refuting this tactic see Ephesians 5:31 and Genesis 2:24)
Confusion is everywhere in our church, but we have learned to deaden our conscience and questions by employing passivity of mind. As we have been told before, “Don’t discuss our discipline methods with others; others would not understand, it would cause confusion”. True enough, the methods do cause confusion to those outside of Calvary.
However, God says that confusion (and every evil work) are the symptoms of envy and strife (James 3:16), and that it is the product of earthly sensual, devilish wisdom (James 3:15). However, the wisdom that is from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, and easy to be understood; it is full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness are sown in peace of them who make peace (James 3:17-18). How opposite this is from the terror and fear tactics used by our pastors and deacons? The Gospel is simple and so is living it.
(For other Scripture references refuting this tactic see 1 Corinthians 14:33 and 1 Corinthians 14:40)