Abuse Begets Abuse

We have two dozen or so young adults/adults who never see or talk to their parent/parents. On pastor’s orders. First the pastors destroy us, and then teach us to destroy those we love.

Take heed! We each must restore ALL of those broken relationships (some are decades old), inflicted by children, upon their parents, at the direction of our pastor. Our whole church has contributed to this “murdering” (Strong’s definition of the word “murder”: to trample, thresh, tread under foot) of fathers and mothers.

But God says, “As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer” (1 Timothy 1:3). “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me” (1 Timothy 1:5-11).

Break Down of a Half-Truth

Our pastor loves to throw around the word “truth” of late. Half truth is actually more accurate. Let’s illustrate from a recent sermon, “Don’t be afraid to bring the truth to some of these people also that are professing Christians. I…I was encouraging Jon, look, the guy lives in Fairfax, you know his wife wants to go to church in Fairfax, but he drives every day to Ashburn for work, so he is driving by here to go to work and won’t come here to be fed? And led? And be prepared in this hour? We don’t apologize for telling him you know you need to leave where you are and come out and get fed so you can live praise God. I mean you drive by the place (Calvary Temple) five times a week, surely you can drive another day, you know, and hear the Word of God… but the fact of the matter is, you need to come or die.”

Let’s get our calculator out. Five work days + plus three services n/o + two prayer nights n/o + one family night n/o = eleven trips to Sterling per week. Just another typical half truth we like to propagate here at good ol’ Calvary Temple Sterling.

(n/o- not optional; mandatory, required, or you are deemed luke-warm, rebellious, backsliding)

But God says, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).