How is it that almost every person who leaves Calvary Temple is either in rebellion, deceived, or cast away? If this is true than how can anyone be truly saved without the teachings of Pastor Scott? Thanks to pulpit “damage control” and “unofficial” leaks you find out that someone who was part of the body of Christ and a dear friend 24 hours ago is now to be avoided at all costs. The tactic presented here is clear and simple: it is defamation of character. When someone leaves the church there is quite often a good reason, but the pastors don’t want truth to be known.
This cannot be spelled out any clearer in the Scriptures; it is completely unjustified to defame a brother or sister in Christ. James 4:11 says, “Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.” According to the Online Dictionary, defamation of character is “the action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel, and induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable feelings against an individual.”
(For other Scripture references refuting this tactic see 2 Corinthians 12:20 and 1 Peter 2:1)
How would you feel if you went to your deacon and shared something in what you thought was a valid conversation only to later hear it being mocked from the pulpit? You can barely pay attention to the sermon because your mind is running rampant wondering why on earth Pastor Scott would be attacking what you said. The answer is intimidation. This is a tactic used quite often at Calvary Temple and its goal is to take a person who is of good reputation and demean the individual to make them question themselves.
The only person in the congregation who knows it is an attack is the individual who is being mocked since names are rarely mentioned. A Scripture that comes to mind regarding this tactic used by Calvary Temple is 2 Corinthians 1:24 which says, “Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.” If Paul wasn’t able to justify lording over “lesser believers”, in the same way Pastor Scott has no reason to tear apart questions and concerns that those in the congregation have.
(For other Scripture references refuting this tactic see 1 Peter 5:3, 2 Corinthians 4:5, and Matthew 23:8-10)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.