Saturday, December 19, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Joey Simoneau, Sarah Foster, Jon Fitch, Sarah Kain, Joshua Fitch, Christina Konczal and Wendy Perozich
Throughout the years (at Calvary Temple) there have been teachings about honoring your parents. However, the practice at Calvary has been to shun your parents if they leave or disagree with CT. If you are to honor your parents, why are you instructed to curse them? It is because of the subtle twisting of the 5th commandment of God done by Star Scott.
"Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12."
Matthew 15: 3- 9 Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, "Honor your father and mother" and "Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death". But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is 'devoted to God,' they are not to 'honor their father or mother' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.
Ezekiel 21:17 He that curses father or mother, let him die the death.
Ephesians 6:1 speaks of obeying your parents in the Lord and Ephesians 6:2 speaks of honoring your parents - two different commands to children.
Friday, May 29, 2020
But there is another war-zone many of us have been in much longer; the fight to to see our families and friends set free from the wicked grasp of Calvary Temple. This battle is not invisible and we cannot take a pill or a vaccine to bring healing. We are not sure if there will ever be a return to normal.
- Parents who have not seen their daughter in many years and have never met their grandchildren. They have NO contact with them. And yet Star Scott blames them for dividing their own family.
- A husband and wife that have not seen their son in 10 years and have never met their two grandchildren. And yet Star Scott blames them.
- A young man who has had to legally fight to see his children and rarely sees his parents. And yet Star Scott blames him.
- A mother and father that lost 4 children and 7 grandchildren to a lie. A lie that they are responsible for losing their children, that they are at fault.
- A husband who lost his wife at the direction of CT leadership. And he is blamed.
- A young man that was so emotionally battered by Star Scott and his evil cohorts - that to this day is still working to rebuild his life. But he is told he was at fault.
- A woman who has lost her daughter and has a grandchild on its way that she may never meet. Yet she is to blame.
- A daughter who has lost her parents and sisters. She has been condemned by the pastors and her own parents to hell.
- A young woman who lost more than can be counted at the hands of those she trusted.
- Two children (now adults) who have publicly denounced Star Scott for the sexual abuse they endured. Scott blamed the children.
Their "sin" is they either left Calvary Temple (for any number of reasons) or they disagreed with, criticized, or asked too many questions about Star Scott. Leaving his kingdom (or being forced out) is the unpardonable sin; your punishment is loss of friends and families.
And here is a very sad thing - most of us KNEW it would happen if we left. It's why many of us stayed for so long. And those inside Calvary Temple know it also. So they stay.
But if you do leave Calvary Temple, Star Scott will make sure that you lose everything and he will say it is YOUR fault.
Friday, February 21, 2020
Having attended Calvary Temple, I am well aware that what is spoken from the pulpit often has a double or hidden message. Star Scott is skilled at "preaching" the word of God, using lots of Biblical verses and spiritual sounding phrases, but all the while putting forth another message that will cause the listeners to hear and absorb something very different.
Consider the following excerpt from the blog post entitled He Said That? Pt 2
"I asked Greer this morning, "How would you summarize the message of the last six months? What have you heard over the last six months of our teachings? She thought for a minute, she said", "women are evil....I know that's how a woman is hearing it." (Ezra and Nehemiah Dec 2008)
Women are evil..........Scott never once said those words or anything like it yet Greer rightly said that this is what women (and you can be sure the men also) heard.
A "teaching" from October 30, 2019 called Achieving Nothingness Part 3 illustrates this verbal sleight of hand so familiar to many of us.
Can you find any compromise in your life over the last months? ...Are you standing up for the gospel on the job? Are you afraid of losing your job,.....friends? What about family? We’ve got family members and we’re going to hang out with them on Thanksgiving and we wanna show them we love them, and some of these people are flat out just sinners and railers and yet we compromise that somehow we are going to love them into the kingdom. No, no, no, no you're not! praise God. You are going to do what God says and HE will cause those to be added such as should be saved. Where is our boldness? Where is our desire for purity of application of the word of God?
(Before I continue, what is the difference between a "flat out sinner and railer" and just a regular sinner? Would it be ok if we hung out with a plain old everyday sinner but just not with a "flat out sinner and railer?")
On the surface, Scott does not appear to say anything that would directly forbid members from spending time with family and friends outside of Calvary Temple. But notice the seeds he plants; he talks about compromising the gospel and implies they are disobedient if they don't "do what God says...". He repeats the word "compromise" in the context of wanting to "love them into the kingdom". He implies that they are bold and purely applying the word of God if they do not "hang out" with non-Calvary family on Thanksgiving. And he states that God does not use believers to draw loved ones into the kingdom.
He further emphasizes these thoughts with the following:
And I’ve stood and I’ve watched us as a people, at decisions that we make that are so worldly and carnal, that are not biblical decisions, they are cultural, nationalism, American, oh God we need to come out from among them and be separate. (so being with family members is actually cultural, nationalistic and American but not Christ-like or biblical.)
How many times have we heard Star Scott or the other pastors use phrases like the following:
- Why would you want to hang out with God-hater?
- Why would you spend time with God-hating family when you can be ministering to the body?
- Those that have left here are railers and dividers. They are reprobate.
- We are handling things - stay away from those who have left, we know more than you do.
- Those that do not attend CT do not get to enjoy the privilege of taking part in weddings, graduations or field trips.
- Anyone who leaves Calvary Temple is backslidden.
- Calvary Temple members that sacrifice their families are pleasing to God.
Those of us who attended Calvary Temple know the scriptures Scott would use to support his message of shunning. (do not be unequally yoked, bad company corrupts good morals, don't even eat with such a one, be ye separate.....).
But though Jesus surrounded Himself with faithful men, He often shared His love with others, whether believers or not.
Matthew 11:19 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
Luke 5:29-32, "And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax-gatherers and other people who were reclining at the table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, 'Why do you eat and drink with the tax-gatherers and sinners?' 31 And Jesus answered and said to them, 'It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.'”
Convincing Calvary Temple members to shun ALL who have left Calvary Temple depends on Star Scott's ability to group everyone into one God-hating, unsaved, reprobate, non-Christian category. Whether they are or aren't.
It is relatively easy for Star Scott to convince members to stay away from the "unbelievers"; but he has to work a little harder to convince them to stay away from professed Christians. How does he accomplish it? It's actually not that hard, just label everyone who has left without permission of leadership as "rebellious." "Out of order. " "Disobedient." "Wayward." Therefore, they need to repent to the pastors before they can be in "right standing". And the confession is never really enough to restore relationships. As some have been told, they just weren't sorry enough.
Their crime? They refuse to attend a church that has pastors and members known to be sexual abusers as well as physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically abusive.
So leaving Calvary Temple, for any reason, brings about the same consequence. You are to be avoided. Period. And CT'er, if you find yourself searching for an exception (of which there are a few), you are deceiving yourself.
And all of this brings up the question - Why? Why is it so important to keep members away from non-Calvary family and past friends? Because they know the truth about Star Scott, Ron Zarou, Dan Konczal, Forbe Carlson, Kevin O'Connor, Kimberly Heglund, other pastors and deacons and many members. Those who committed the atrocities and those who covered them up. Those who lied and those who kept silent.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Friday, August 16, 2019
Listen to his own words as he takes on the persona of the average congregant:
Why can’t I keep my mouth shut? What is it that compels me? Pride, self will, haughtiness, that thinks it’s the end of all truth, that we have to police others, judge others. The scripture tells us if we are going to endeavor to keep this unity, we’re gonna have to come to understand clearly and put a guard over our lips.....
...just that one statement - "and you're in a meeting with us and we ask you a question, we already know the answer" - reeks of a man full of his own self-importance, pride, arrogance and disdain for the very people he is supposed to be serving.
- The pastors are like policemen. But 1 Peter 5:3 speaks of the leaders "not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock."
- The pastors are all knowing - when you are called in to a meeting they already know the answers to their questions. How do they know what someone has done? Are they spying on you? But scripture says: 1Kings 8:39 You alone [God] know the hearts of all the sons of men.
- Because they already know the answers to all their questions, the pastors do not need to engage in dialog with you, they are just "trying to see if you will confess". But John 7:51 says "Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?" Proverbs 18:13 He who answers a matter before he hears it--this is folly and disgrace to him.
- Calvary Temple pastors are like lawyers. Scott does not say they try to be as upstanding, honest, and fair-minded as lawyers. No, the implication is they are as calculating, devious, and shrewd as lawyers. "as smart as lawyers". "We already know the answer...." We're trying to see if you're going to confess."
The bottom line is the pastors have all knowledge and complete control over your lives. If they say come in for a meeting, you are too afraid to say no and even too afraid to defend yourself. You are already judged guilty. The message is always the same - they are in charge, you are to submit. They hold all the power; you are insignificant, irrelevant, and most definitely guilty.
But God has something different for the believer in Jesus Christ. He expects us to seek God daily for His provision, to know the word of God for ourselves, and to be led by His Holy Spirit. The role of the 5 fold ministry is to equip the saints, not lord it over them. Adult men are priests of their own households, women are helpmeets to their own husbands. Children are under the care and admonition of their own parents.
Men and women of Calvary Temple, stop giving control of your lives and households to the leadership. Stop being treated like children that are too "stupid to come out of the rain". (Yes, Star Scott has said that about you.) Star Scott is not a policeman, he is not a lawyer, he is not Moses, he is not the High Priest, he is not the Holy Spirit, he is not your God. And sadly, he is not your pastor.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Monday, July 8, 2019
Mensaje de advertencia para las comunidades de Sterling y las áreas circundantes 8 de julio de 2019
El Culto del Templo del Calvario, ubicado en Sterling, VA, organiza cinco campamentos de deportes “gratis” cada año durante un período de dos semanas. Se promocionan a sí mismos como “cristianos”, sin embargo, su líder, Star Robert Scott y otros miembros están actualmente bajo una investigación activa de más de cuatro años por la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Loudoun por las denuncias de ABUSO SEXUAL DE NIÑOS.
El 25 de junio de 2018, otro artículo completo fue publicado en línea por The Washington Post, exponiendo y describiendo aún más el abuso y la destrucción graves a personas, niños y familias llevados a cabo, ordenados o cometidos por Bob Scott y muchos otros. en este lugar.
(Ver The Exiles: ex miembros dicen que el Templo del Calvario en Virginia presiona a las personas para desterrar a sus seres queridos. ¿Qué sucede con los que se van?)
El ex diácono y actual miembro de CT Kevin O’Conner fue arrestado por abuso sexual infantil de un menor y será juzgado en enero de 2020.
Hemos estado hablando con la esperanza de hacer que el área metropolitana de Washington DC, en particular las comunidades de Sterling / Ashburn, conozcan el Templo Calvary. Una simple búsqueda en Google proporciona mucha información con respecto al liderazgo de CT y la destrucción y abuso de miembros de unidades familiares enteras.
Por favor, por favor, por favor, no asistan a estos campamentos. Si bien es “gratis”, el costo para usted y sus hijos es astronómico. Por favor mantenga a su familia segura.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
As mentioned in the previous post, Star Scott has said some peculiar things in recent days. It seems clear that he himself does not recognize the inappropriateness of his own thought process and subsequent messages to his church.
There has always been a pattern of Scott speaking unseemly and unbiblical comments. Perhaps those inside Calvary Temple have become immune to his tasteless illustrations, but I remember being unsettled (to say the least) by the personal stories of his own sex life. I was not alone, many were very upset at his description of his daily sex life. (and even more so when he spoke directly to the youth and young adults). And how many times did we hear of the near naked girl in coveralls in a room with 2 people fornicating on a mattress behind him? It always sounded more like fascination on his part.
So once again, Star Scott reveals his own inner thought process during a recent meeting. Scott attempted to dissuade his congregants from their apparent widespread and destructive habit of gossiping about one another. Apparently, there is strife, infighting, discord, and all manner of dissension throughout the congregation.
In order to convey the seriousness of the gossiping taking place within the church, Scott does not turn to scripture (of which there are many) to encourage his congregation toward righteousness and away from gossip and strife. No, he apparently has a better way. He uses an illustration of his own devising to portray the seriousness of gossip.
"How about following a worship service, turning on an x rated pornographic film in the back corner over there and practice some fornication in the auditorium and yet we’ll gossip in the auditorium."
Please keep in mind that there are children present in these meetings. And we know from previous messages, there are many men with a pornography addiction in the church. I would assume that as you read Scott's admonition, you had a clear image of what he imagined in his own mind. And so did the children. And everyone else.
One of the warning signs of a potentially sexually abusive pastor is listed here:
"[The]pastor may begin making inappropriate comments (sensual, suggestive, questionable, etc.) during the sermon, Bible study, etc."
Are You Covering for an Abusive Pastor? by Denah Michelle Moon
From the July 2011 edition of HopeSpeak)
Signs you may be covering for a pastor who abuses the flock spiritually:
You can recognize the harm and turn from it, even if it's been a long time coming.
* This article refers not only to clergy sexual abuse, but to abuse of power in other ways, such as financial, spiritual, emotional, etc.*
used by permission of Denah Michelle Moon
Once again, Calvary Temple, you are being warned. Please research signs of an abusive church, an authoritarian church, a toxic church, etc. You will be shocked at how Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA fits the vast majority of descriptions.
It is not too late to get out of Calvary Temple. Here are my suggestions:
do not talk to "friends" about leaving (they will report you)
do not agree to meetings with leadership (it only makes it worse)
do not hope things will change (they won't)
do not hesitate, just go
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Though the upcoming trial is not about Calvary Temple, O'Connor was a deacon and is a long time member of the church. There is an ongoing investigation of Calvary Temple and a number of its members by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department (assisted by the Virginia State Police) due to allegations of child sexual abuse.
In the meantime, I checked in with the Calvary Temple website and listened to a few of Star Scott's recent messages to his congregation. I was curious what he might be saying to his followers as they prepare to once again be in the public spotlight. Star Scott continues to shock those of us who have left Calvary Temple. I would venture to guess that even his own people may have been unsettled by some of his recent remarks. Though these particular remarks are not about the upcoming court case, they warrant some attention.
On January 27, 2019 Star Scott gave a message concerning prayer and the need to pray continually and fervently for the sick. In the church I attend, the pastor also speaks of prayer and gives us biblical illustrations of men and women of God that prayed fervently. But the following example given by Star Scott was unlike anything I have ever heard.
"The first thing I do [when he wakes in the morning] is begin to pray, I begin to pray for 'A'....in my mind between wake and sleep in my mind as I woke up and as I begin to intercede for [her] in my mind this is going on, I'm not saying it's a vision, I'm just saying these are things I force myself to do, I imagine these things....and I can't go into the whole story, but on this last time, and I, I remember in this time and I called 'J' and I said, said make, with all of the the...., the modesty you can, but take a picture of A, right now, and expose as much as modesty will allow, and in my mind I see it, put in the newspaper, before and after, the recreation of that which has been lost to cancer...."
Within weeks after these statements, 'A', sadly, passed away.
When I heard these comments made by Scott, I felt a myriad of emotions and responses. Anger. Nausea. Shock. Disbelief. Sadness. And especially I hoped and prayed that 'J' did not take a photo of his precious wife in the days just before her death. I hope, if 'A' was able, that she told her husband in no uncertain terms - NO WAY. I hope ''J" felt disbelief that another man would want to see his wife in her final days, "expose[d] as much as modesty will allow", and would then want to publish her photo in the newspaper.
What kind of man lies in bed in the early morning hours forcing himself to think of a dying woman, her body exposed "as much as modesty allows"? What does that even mean? Who thinks of these things? Imagining a dying woman in the final days of her life, exposed to a camera, is shameful. Even perverse. Scott cannot claim that this was a word from the Lord, he clearly said it was not. No, he said he FORCED himself to think of this, to IMAGINE this.
And WHY would Star Scott even utter these words to his followers? Perhaps because he himself cannot see the violation of human dignity resulting from such a request. He can't see it because I believe he is depraved. And he has another agenda. In those early waking hours what is he really thinking about? How to impress the public and rescue his own reputation? (not possible, Calvary Temple and Star Scott have had a "reputation" for many years and it has never been good.) As someone recently commented, "Star Scott has a PR problem". What better way to solve some of that problem then with the merchandising of God's work. This is nothing more than the exploitation of a woman and her family in the most difficult time of their lives. Because it's all about Star Scott, his reputation, and his kingdom.
This was not about faith in the healing power of God. This was about Star Scott promoting himself to his congregation and to the surrounding community. Scott seized an opportunity to capitalize on another person's suffering in order to appear radically spiritual in front of his followers. Instead, he came across as self-serving and heartless, among other things.
Thinking about 'A' and 'J's family, I was reluctant to write about this. But Star Scott publicly spoke it in a meeting as well as put it on the public website. My hope is someone in Calvary Temple will give it some thought. This is their pastor, the man they seem to revere above all others. Can they see how offensive this is? I will remind the readers of the scripture Scott quotes often: "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks."
In an upcoming post, I will comment on a few more of the detestable statements of Star R. Scott. Statements he recently published on a public website for all the world to hear and think about. I'm certainly thinking about them and I hope his followers do the same.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
What follows is the shortened version of the original post along with the two updates.
In a recent message at Calvary Temple of Sterling Virginia, Star R Scott spoke the following:
"Dear God, the young people's lives that are being destroyed today. I cannot believe how Christians are putting their kids out in the public arena and having them defiled through our education systems. ..You know all of the uproar today of kids being afraid to go to school... Our children are here, we keep 'em safe. Praise God. I pity the dude that tries to come here and shoot somebody."
And so, in light of this bold declaration....
"Our children are here, we keep 'em safe"
We have a few questions for Calvary Temple leadership and members.
- What about those that have left Calvary Temple because of childhood sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse?
- What about those currently IN YOUR CONGREGATION who say they have been abused?
- And adults currently IN YOUR CONGREGATION who have been accused of child sexual and physical abuse?
- What about the ongoing investigation of Calvary Temple concerning these allegations? (see update #1 and 2)
- What do you think of the fact that the still active investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the State Police has been turned over to the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney?
- And finally, are you troubled by the fact that Star Scott has recently told you he has criminal charges that he had expunged from his record? and that in the context of this message, he made it clear that you are not to ask what it was that he had expunged?
From the Washington Post Article dated July 1, 2018
"The email alleged that Scott Sr. had molested his two young nieces for years, starting when he was a youth pastor at Greenfield Assembly of God Church in Bakersfield, Calif., and continuing into his Herndon days in the early ’70s. “THEY WERE JUST INNOCENT CHILDREN AND YOU ABUSED YOUR POWER AND AUTHORITY,” the email said. According to Scott Jr.’s former wife, the couple also reported the allegations to the Herndon Police Department. (Scott Jr. did not respond to messages sent through intermediaries seeking comment.) In a partially redacted copy of a 2008 police report that I obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, one of the nieces, Lori Upshaw, confirmed the story. The report said that Virginia prosecutors declined to pursue the case and suggested the victim press charges in California. But she ultimately decided not to do so. Reached by phone, Upshaw, who was a Greenfield congregant, said her uncle began molesting her regularly when she was 11 and continued until she was 15."
UPDATE # 2
From Loudoun Times Mirror article dated August 22, 24, 2018
"An on-again, off-again 15-year investigation into allegations of systematic sexual, mental and physical abuse at the hands of a Sterling church’s leadership has led to the indictment of one of its former deacons.
A Loudoun County grand jury on Aug. 13 indicted Kevin R. O’Connor, 62, a former deacon at Calvary Temple Church, on seven sexual assault-related charges, including two counts of aggravated sexual battery by force, threat or intimidation on a victim 13 or 14 years old and one count of forcible sodomy."