Repost: Impression Management

Alert: Busy Week readying for car show. Can’t take time to write. Just Re-Runs. Business as Usual here in Calvarytempleland.

“…in the desire for enhancing interpersonal prestige…[people] strive to perceive positively associated things as similar to each other; as sharing common attributes…regardless [of the reality]…” (J.Tedeschi)

Ahh. This is a big one. Pastor’s prestige, persona, and popularity. Pastor Scott thrives on it. And without it, he is sad/mad/bad. Time for impression management. The art of using any positively perceived person/place/thing to provide for himself – the elusive, elixir of admiring, fawning sheep. How to do this [picture sweaty wringing hands]? So easy, this is. What/who do the sheepses like? Answer:

  • Pastor Tony Wozniak – simpleton who refuses to see the handwriting on the wall. But he has a fairly intact reputation. Verrrry useful.
  • Car shows, sports camps, wife working at local gym to promote her clean, rich, athletic image. And lure in more just like her, yes?
  • The motorcycle [mobster/pastor] motorcade trips to the rich highlands of Winchester. Where we are diligently looking to plant another church.
  • Ahh, the naive youth we have lured in with our razzle-dazzle lifestyle. Pastor loves the high life. And so do the young people. Tahoe, Disney, golf, Caribbean islands, cruises, hot cars, big diamonds. But its our sweet kids who attract the most positive response. How darling. Did you see them marching in that parade last year? Ahhhh.

Do you want to know how many of the kids have had a family member or two ripped right out of their hearts? And lives? Becaussssssse? Pastor was being threatened? By their honesty to confront him for his wrong-doing? Calvary Temple-land is an illusion, supported by lies. When will you understand?

But God says, “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord” (Psalm 31:6). “Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain…the priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit” (Jeremiah 2:5,8). “Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein” (Act 14:14-15).

Who is my brother?

(Pastor Scott’s secret thoughts)
“Where are the men and women to look me in the eyes, and save me from myself? Does anyone care about my soul, more than their own? Does anyone have the core strength to tell me NO! Can anyone suffer my abuse, my twisted logic, my deadly love in order to keep trying to bring me the truth? Does anyone really care enough about me, to stop me?

What about you, Chuck? Richard? Neil? Scott? Jerry? Or how about you Jeff? Kimberly? Waleed? Jon? Greer? Tony? Or you Bruce? Mike? Josh? I chose you to work alongside me, because I admired your integrity, hoping you would help me walk the straight and narrow. Hoping I could not corrupt you. I have always hunted for ‘precious lives’. Did I corrupt all of you? Am I that powerful? Is there no one good enough to withstand me? To save me from myself? Please stop me, because I can’t stop myself.”

But God says, “And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually” (1 Samuel 18:29). “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:1-3). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).