…And By Your Words You Shall Be Condemned…

“There are people wasting their lives hating me. How sad and all of this time, and I just love them. They say all manner of evil against me and I bless them. I don’t have anything against any of these folks, I just wanna see them make it. Right now many of them are under judgment of God. My only hearts desire is that they could be right with God. You can’t be right with murder and hatred in their heart. And even if we did what they said we did, they gotta forgive. That’s their job. I know I have” (Pastor Scott).

Pastor says he only loves. Pastor says he doesn’t hate anyone. Pastor accuses others of great wrongs while he himself is as pure as the driven snow (apparently). In the seven years since our pastor’s son exposed some of what goes on here at Calvary Temple, there has been…

  • Around 15 people cursed (marked) by pastor.
  • Around 17 people who asked to be restored to our church (i.e. the families they have been torn from).
  • Out of that 17 it seems that four have been allowed back to our church and their families. (Although the relationships seem strained and fake).
  • The congregation has seen 0 (zero) hate messages to pastor or anyone else in our church. (Pastor does have a nasty habit of fabricating stories in order to mislead us and keep us from the truth).

But God says, “And the burden of the Lord shall ye mention no more:for every man’s word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God” (Jeremiah 23:36). “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords” (Psalm 55:21). “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

The “Love” of Cain – (gulp)

We all have propagated the lie – “No church has ever loved me as much as Calvary Temple.” (Love bombing is a bit more accurate.) It’s not genuine love of Christ. We are just doing what is required by Pastor in order to keep us from fleeing in droves. Not everyone here is a willing participant. Some are coerced into destroying – and some (about 40%) are destroyed. But always under the banner of “this is the love of God to you.” Right…more like the love of Cain for Abel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOiyD26cJ2A&feature=youtu.be

But God says, “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other” (Galatians 5:15). “For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous” (1 John 3:11,12).

In Greek, the word “love” (from 1 John 3:11) is “agapaó” and it means, “To welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly, brotherly love, good will, benevolence.”

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)

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)