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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Enormity of it All

We were recently contacted by the writer of a blog that exposes abusive, authoritarian churches. The owner of this blog keeps an ongoing record of false teachers and asked for any additional information we wished to provide concerning Calvary Temple. As I began to compile a list of some of the problems associated with Calvary Temple, I was overwhelmed with the enormity of it all. It is one thing to hear of one or two problems in a church, but when one sees the list associated with Calvary Temple, it is shocking.
  • Star Scott teaches that he can hear from God on a level the average congregant cannot and is to be obeyed because he is the "man of God". To do otherwise is to be rebellious and out of order.
  • Counsel is to come from superiors in the ministry, i.e deacons and pastors. (not from friends or family members). 
  • Any infraction is to be immediately reported “up”. Matthew 18 principles only apply for minor infractions. 
  • When Star Scott's wife of 30+ years died, 2 1/2 weeks later he married a 20 yr old in the church. He stated that as High Priest, according to Old Testament instructions, he is not permitted to mourn and must marry a virgin that could be "molded". (thus conveniently eliminating any of the older women in the congregation).
  • Scott allows no oversight of the finances, has no set salary, buys whatever he wants and the church pays the bills. (since the IRS investigation, he says he now receives a salary. His lifestyle has only improved since then.) No questions asked. Though the congregants tithe and give offerings, they are not allowed a detailed account of where their money goes. 
  • Scott owns multiple race cars, motorcycles, expensive sports cars,  and classic cars. Has what he calls an "automotive outreach" in which he races and shows his Corvettes. 
  • Teaches mandatory 1st and 2nd tithe, and when necessary, a third tithe. If you drop off giving, you are excluded from church activities and benefits or asked to leave.
  • Teaches absolute shunning of anyone who "rebels" by leaving the church without his permission. (and he never gives permission, only puts out those who ask too many questions).
  • Advises spouses to divorce the spouse who has stopped attending the church.
  • Children must only marry within the church with leadership approval. No one may marry someone from outside of CT.
  • Scott and the other pastors as well as others close to leadership has covered up sexual abuse of several children and probably many more.
  • Allegedly sexually abused his two nieces when he was a youth pastor in CA. They were ages 9 and 11, went on 3 years. He fled CA (though it has been said by those who were in the church at the time that he was forced to leave) and came to Herndon VA to take over a small church. When the nieces came with parents to visit, he apparently abused again. There is a police report on file with the Herndon, Virginia Police Department, though no charges were pressed.
  • Has claimed miracles that when questioned about the truthfulness, advised his staff to remove the “testimonies” from the website because there was “disagreement” about their veracity.
  • ROUTINELY badmouths - slanders -  past members and other churches as well as other pastors in the area.
  • Multiple families have been divided, parents have not seen their children for upwards of 25 years and children are cut off from their parents. If a child no longer wants to attend CT, Star Scott advises parents to put "rebellious or backslidden" children out on the street with only the clothes they are wearing. One 14 year old girl showed up at an ex-Calvary member home because she had nowhere to go.
  • Insists that if a child was raised in Calvary Temple, "they have no choice" but to be a Calvary Temple believer. As soon as a child questions anything, the child is called into multiple meetings and "counseled." 
  • Everyone at CT knows to keep their questions to themselves, even in their own households. One woman we know was terrified to question any of the problems she was seeing for fear her husband would put her out. 
  • There is a culture of fear within CT, members know what the stakes are if they disagree. They will lose their family and reputation.
  • Star Scott takes multiple vacations a year, all first class, while some members of the church cannot buy a new car.
  • Scott owns multiple properties of which most of the congregation is unaware.  
  • Star Scott ridicules people spending $5.00 on a Starbucks coffee while his wife shops on Rodeo Drive and sports a $25,000+ engagement ring. 
  • Teaches that fathers are to carry out the vision of the PASTOR, rather than raise up children in the nurture and admonition of the LORD. Fathers are not to have a vision for their own families.
  • God-given families are secondary to the "church family".
  • Finances and family problems are openly discussed in deacon's meetings without member's knowledge or consent.
  • Abuses (sexual, physical and emotional) are covered up by the leadership. Members are taught to leave it to leadership to handle. Though there are known cases of sexual abuse; they were never reported to the police. 
  • The pastor tells congregants to read only what he recommends. (mostly his own books, see CT website). An associate pastor told the church to use their own personal study for the reinforcement of what the pastor is teaching, not what they believe God is telling them.
  • Children, during youth group meetings, have heard very intimate details of Star Scott's sex life from Scott himself.
  • Women, upon the loss of a child may not ask God "Why?". To do so would be rebellious and not honoring to God.
  • Slander; destroying reputations of anyone who disagrees with Star Scott.
  • Star Scott lied about his educational background.
  • Star Scott uses the pulpit to gossip about and bully the members. It is not necessary for him to name names, as everyone in the church knows exactly who he is talking about. Everyone's personal business is in danger of being broadcasted to the entire church. People learn to keep their mouths shut. (or to ask only questions that make themselves look good.)
  • Scott uses ridicule, mockery, disdain, criticism, contempt, exaggeration etc in his "teachings". Members are careful to stay under the radar to avoid such treatment.
  • Members are convinced they will spiritually suffer if they leave the church to attend another.
  • If you attend Calvary Temple, "you have been placed here by God" and are told that you have no right to leave.
Many Calvary Temple members might be aware of much of the above, but perhaps not every point. The newcomer to CT only sees the seemingly positive aspects of belonging to a group of Christians that appear to be committed to one another. But as time goes by, members begin to see the ugly underbelly of CT. New members, and even many long time members, are kept from "reading the fine print". By the time all becomes clear, they are trapped through marriage, family, and fear. Many lack financial resources should they decide to leave Calvary Temple. In addition, most have given up close relationships with friends and family members that do not attend CT. Leaving Calvary Temple can be extremely difficult.

Make no mistake, Calvary Temple is NOT a good place. It has the potential (and likelihood) to destroy your life, marriage, family and faith. Stay far away from Calvary Temple of Sterling, Virginia. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lies From Calvary Temple

Fresno State or Fresno City College???

This post is primarily directed to current Calvary Temple members. Your pastor has repeatedly lied to you.

As a past member of Calvary Temple, I sat in many services when Star Scott proudly referred to his time at Fresno State. (Below are some quotations from the Calvary Temple website to support my statement). Fresno State is the common name, used on the university's website, for California State University, Fresno. Fresno State is the prestigious university that alumni are proud to call their alma mater. Few however, if any, would brag about their years at FRESNO CITY COLLEGE. Star Scott, though he said he attended Fresno State, did not. He attended a community college. 

Furthermore, did he really have a football scholarship - the "free ride" he often referred to? If he did have a scholarship, it was TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

Here is the bio presumably written by Mr Scott himself: (red emphasis mine)


Pastor Star R. Scott

Senior Pastor at Calvary Temple Church
United States
Religious Institutions

CurrentSenior Pastor at Calvary Temple Church
EducationBerean Bible College & Seminary, Fresno City College, Bethany Bible College
Summary
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. Pastor Scott spent...


The following are quotations from Mr Scott
  • "Fresno State was paying for everything else........" Living in the Supernatural Pt 5 11/24/02
  • "And I was playing football at Fresno State-and I'm good-looking." Two Become One Pt 1 7/5/06
  • "I can still remember pulling up alongside the road there at Fresno State and walking across this one big practice field "  Preferring His Presence Pt 3 6/25/00
  • "and was attending Fresno State...."Faith that Prevails Pt 9 7/8/12
  • "My brother and I went to Fresno State to the football game.....and this guy is sitting there and I asked, 'So are you alumni here?' "Oh yeah; we're alumni." So I said, "Well, I am too."  Faith that Prevails Pt 11 7/11/12
  • "I looked into the newspaper and the University of Nevada was playing Fresno State. He went to Nevada and I went to Fresno."  The Cross Pt 2  2/6/05
  • "I was at California State University, Fresno." Sure Foundation Pt.4 8/13/09
Calvary Temple members, does this concern you? Your pastor deliberately deceived you into thinking he had attended Fresno State. He actually told outright lies, not just once, but many times.

What true man of God would lie to and deceive his "followers"?



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

He Said That? Part 4

The following statements were recently made by Star Scott during a teaching he calls The God of This World.  Mr Scott has a rebuke for all who dare to ask God the question "why?".

"Job loses everything he has. Can you imagine in one day all your kids were gone? Tragic death and they are all gone. Sadly, your wife is still there. There is no greater burden in life than an unregernerated [sic] wife. Could God have stopped Satan from killing Job's kids? Absolutely! Why,Why, Why, Why? You are not allowed to ask why. All your kids die, you are not allowed to ask why. .....here's what you are able to do. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Hallelujah, amen? If you are not there, you are worldly. If you are not there, you are being affected and your life is being directed by Satan's tragedies and attacks and God is not being glorified because it's all about you. 'Poor me. Look how I have been abused. I have my rights, this isn't fair....'".

When I heard this, I felt deep sadness and anger on behalf of mothers and fathers who have gone through the unspeakable grief of losing a child.  I imagine it is a testing of one's faith and trust in God like none other.

But Star Scott has a message for you: "You are not allowed to ask why". If you ask why, you are worldly. If you question God, you are being led by Satan. If you ask why, you are not glorifying God. If you ask why, you are a whiny crybaby saying "poor me". If you cry out to God with questions, you are accusing God of abuse.

Mr Scott focuses on Job's wife and the statement she makes to Job, "curse God and die". His conclusion is that Job's wife is the worst possible burden for Job to have to endure (I guess even worse than losing all his children, wealth, etc.) and because of her momentary outburst, she is lost for all eternity.

Yes, Job's wife speaks to her husband "Curse God and die!" But Job's response to his wife is not as condemning as Star Scott's is. "...[Job] said to her, "You speak like one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" Note that Job says ...."like one of the foolish women"...... He does not call her a foolish woman, only that she is speaking like one. He then goes on to comfort her with his own hard-won wisdom.... "Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" And yet even after Job says this, he struggles with what the will of God has brought into his life.

(If you are interested enough to pursue this subject, it is enlightening to do a study on the word barak, translated in Job to mean curse. The Hebrew verb barak occurs just over 325 times in the Old Testament, and is often translated to mean bless, or to kneel down. Perhaps Job's wife was actually saying 'you have kept your integrity, now kneel down, bless God, and die. Indeed, some scholars believe this is the more accurate translation.)

And that is all we know of Job's wife. There is no mention of Job putting his wife out, or of God condemning her to hell, or of her death. There is also no mention of Job marrying another woman. At the close of the book of Job, we find that the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. We can assume (and many scholars do) that Job's wife bore him his children and shared in his blessings.

Star Scott states that  Job "... kept his integrity, didn’t he. He makes great statements like the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the lord." 

But Job also spoke the following:

"Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me." Job 10:18

"Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hireling who looks for his wages, so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me." Job 7:2.3

"I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God." Job 13:3


“What strength do I have, that I should hope?” (Job 6:11 NKJV)

Does it please you [God] to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands,
while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?” Job 10:3


“He [God] throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes. I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.” Job 30:19

I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul. Job 10:1

“As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice,
the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul…” Job 27:2

“…then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me. Though I cry, ‘I’ve been wronged!’ I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.”  Job 19:6,7

And others have spoken boldly to God, asking why? when? how long? Even accusing God of forsaking them.

From the Book of Psalms: 

“Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (10:1)

“Why have you forgotten me?” (42:9b)

“Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?” (44:24b)

LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? (94:3)

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? why are you so far from saving me? (22:1)

From Jeremiah  Why was I born? Was it only to have trouble and sorrow, to end my life in disgrace? (20:18)

From Habakkuk  O Lord, how long shall I cry for help and you will not hear? Or cry to you Violence! and you will not save? (1:2)

And finally from Mark   Jesus said "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 15:34b

And yet according to Star Scott, the woman who loses her child/children may not ask God why. The worst tragedy a mother can endure and Mr Scott calls her worldly if she asks God why.

But God in His infinite love, grace and mercy speaks to us:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:5

For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.…Matthew 7:8

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:4  

Sadly, Mr Scott, in his attempt to silence women, has twisted the scripture to say far more than it does. Though he often says "ladies, I'm on your side...", he more often speaks against them. (May I remind you of the time he taught on women's role in the home - he asked Greer what she thought the women were hearing. Her response? That women are evil. Even his own wife understood Scott's opinion of women.) 

Because God is largely silent concerning Job's wife, why is Star Scott building a principle from the one emotional response of a grieving mother? Not only is there no scriptural basis for this new "principle", Mr Scott is doing exactly what scripture warns against:

Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. Proverbs 30:6


Why does Mr Scott teach his congregation that God is not big enough to handle their questions and doubts? Doesn't God already know our hearts? In a loving, honest relationship, we are free to come to God as our Father, knowing He will never turn us away. He is always willing to hear and comfort us in our times of grief and doubt. 




















Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hypocrites and Calvary Temple

A thought on Hypocrites-

I recently read an article that was quite insightful. On the topic of hypocrites (and psychopaths). Star Scott once laughingly shared from the pulpit that when the IRS was investigating him, they assessed him as a psychopathic narcissist. He almost sounded proud of the label. So when I came across this enlightening article on hypocrites and the people they target, naturally my mind went back to Pastor Scott and his statement about himself.

So I would like to share the link, for all of us out there that have been wounded by Pastor Star R. Scott of Calvary Temple Virginia, and the rest of his leadership. I especially love the section on the types of people they target. Not idiots, or bad people. But the truly good people. It's almost as though he is trying to rid the world around him of the exceptional Christians, in order to make himself appear the best God's got to offer. Creepy but worth the read. God bless.

https://www.psychopathfree.com/articles/7-signs-of-hypocrites-the-people-they-target.300/

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I have heard it said: "I wish someone had told me what was wrong in Calvary Temple. If only someone had tried to talk to me."

I must admit, when I hear this I feel a little puzzled. I understand there is a strong level of control and brainwashing inside Calvary Temple (I experienced it myself), but surely there have been enough red flags to force some personal responsibility. When the blog "Against Calvary Temple" began in 2012, there was no longer an excuse for not questioning Calvary Temple and its abusive tendencies. Prior to that time, I can understand  being taken in by CT's (fake) appearance of godliness. However, once the blogs, media attention, (see full list to the right) and the testimony of past members began to reveal the ugly underbelly of Calvary Temple, it became increasingly difficult to ignore the truth. How can more be needed? The signs are everywhere if you are willing to open your eyes and ears.
  • When you have heard rumors of sexual, physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional abuse, children being put out on the street, families being divided through divorce or shunning, affairs, addiction to pornography, financial fraud, IRS investigations, FBI investigations, lies, coverups, and emails detailing pedophelia committed by a pastor, it might be a reason to start thinking. 
  • When the above are not just rumors, but actual events taking place before your eyes, you should be extremely concerned.
  • When blogs start popping up confirming some of the rumors you have heard, it might be a warning to take these things more seriously. 
  • When a blog is started as the only way for a mother to speak to her own children, you should be alarmed. 
  • When the IRS enters your church and begins an investigation, you might begin to have some questions.
  • When you hear that the police are seriously investigating sexual abuse, you might take note (and start protecting your children). And when a LCSO detective loses his job over his connection to Calvary Temple, you should wonder why.
  • When the local news media is suddenly involved, you might be more than a little worried that some or all of these things are probably true.
  • When some past-CT members stand across the street for a full year trying to warn you and the community that Calvary Temple is a false, lying, dangerous church, you should wonder. (Wonder why people would stand in the heat, rain, snow, freezing temperatures? I am sure they all had better things to do on a Sunday morning - like go to a good church with none of the above.)
  • When past-CT members try to talk to you when they see you in the community, you might listen (instead of running) and even more importantly, you might ask questions. 
  • When the leadership speaks evil of EVERYONE who has left Calvary Temple, you might question the odds. Everyone??? Not ANY of them are leaving for godly reasons? 
  • When you hear teachings that seem heavy-handed concerning pastoral authority, obedience to the leadership, spiritual superiority of the leadership, superiority of Calvary Temple, destruction of families, condemnation of past members, extreme giving of time and finances, isolation from other churches, etc, you should run for the door.
  • And when you want to leave Calvary Temple but are afraid to do so, knowing you might lose all friends and family, you truly have seen the truth. 


You have been told.


UPDATE 4/3/2017

According to local social media and the Loudoun Times, on 3/31/2017 witnesses observed ATF raiding a Calvary Temple owned condo. The condo is located in a community that includes at least 5 other condos owned by either Calvary Temple or members of CT. Weapons, including assault weapons, along with computers and other items, were removed. The tenant was brought out under restraint. The following day, 4/1/2017, the tenant returned to his condo. On 4/1/17, witnesses also observed other tenants removing weapons from other CT owned condos.

  • Calvary Temple has been investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department, the State Police, the IRS, the FBI, and now ATF.  My recommendation to members of CT is to get out while you can.

YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD.  AGAIN. 


http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/feds_raid_sterling_apartment_owned_by_calvary_temple654


Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

First John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Calvary Temple vs Scientology


At first glance there appears to be nothing in common between Scientology and Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA. On the surface, this would be true. Calvary Temple is a church claiming to be based on the Bible, while Scientology is a church based on the claims of a science fiction writer. However, in light of the recent A&E documentary "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath", similarities become more evident. The doctrine may be different but their deeds are much the same.

For those of us who were once part of Calvary Temple, this documentary hits very close to home. In fact, in many instances we could have just inserted the name Calvary Temple and it would have been called "Calvary Temple Survivors and the Aftermath."  I daresay some of us could feel shivers up and down our spines as we listened to ex-scientologists tell their stories of abuse at the hands of their leaders.

And that brings me to a question: I wonder if current members of Calvary Temple can read the following quotes and determine if they were spoken by CT members (current or past) or ex-scientologists.  (both "churches" are represented.)


"Being critical of the church would put family relationships at risk."

"I was towing the line because I didn't want to lose my family."

"It's like an automatic understanding that if you buck the system, this (losing family members or friends) is what will happen."

"She was a mother who stayed so her child wouldn't turn against her."

"I knew if I complained about the time I had to devote, I would be reported to leadership."

"There was a husband who would not even speak of his questions to his wife for fear of her turning against him. Even divorcing him."

"He had total control of the money, and when told to give more, we all gave more."

"The church offers no financial transparency whatsoever to its members or the public."

"Many former members have not spoken to family members since they left. Some for many years."

"There is simply no proper way to leave."

“anyone who speaks out against the church is seen as an enemy,”

"the church breaks up families and friendships."

"The leader of the church is always right and members are always wrong in any dispute."

"Those who question and leave are subversive ones."

"Leaving the church meant leaving family and friends behind."

"Many that should be in jail are not. Why? Financial settlements."

"I couldn’t leave or I would lose my husband and my children"

"anything serious that goes on is handled internally"

"Families were discouraged and prevented from seeing each other."

"Our time was not our own, we had to be at the church nearly every day."

"We were forced to "confess" our trespasses."

"speaking against the church, even when it is true, is wrong."

"an atmosphere of fear is created to prevent us from talking."


This is a small sampling of commonality between the two "churches". As stated before, both Calvary Temple and Church of Scientology are represented. It should cause concern with members of Calvary Temple that it is very difficult to tell the difference.

Please, do your own research about abusive, authoritarian churches. If you find yourself hesitant to examine if Calvary Temple is an abusive church, you will know you have a problem. No individual should be reluctant to seek out the truth.  Jesus said the truth will set you free.










Monday, January 16, 2017

A Guest Post

To members of Calvary Temple

You need to shake yourselves and wake up!

Do you realize the false teaching you are sitting under? I heard part of your Christmas Day teaching.

http://webaudio.calvarytempleva.org/stream/2016/20161225a-_dW65HBjK.vBv_te4mtq7Q.mp

Of course Star Scott was predictable as always. First things first, Bob must ridicule all other churches that didn't have a service on Christmas day. I guess CT hasn't figured out that it's not the day, we are to honor God every day. But you have hate in your hearts and are so arrogant to think of yourselves more highly than you ought. Other churches honored God by worshiping Jesus on Christmas Eve, why do you feel you can stand in judgment based on your own traditions? (Other churches could criticize you for not worshipping Jesus on Christmas Eve, but they are too busy worshipping Jesus and reaching the lost.)

Which brings me to the Christmas Day service. Your teaching literally made me sick to my stomach. The following is a quote from your pastor:

"This birth, this virgin birth, amen? Hallelujah! We recite it in our Christmas plays, our little children know the verses. But what an ingenious, miraculous occurrence took place on that day that Mary conceived, amen? think about it. God's great redemptive plan of man, in one man, Adam, all men died. as humanity passed on that sin nature, but the scripture is very clear in telling us that in this ingenious plan God invaded humanity through that little young lady Mary...  Would to God that we would have some of our young ladies that same age, and we are not sure how old Mary was, but she would have been somewhere probably between 14 and 16 years old. That would rise up and regardless of what the natural perception of the world would be say be it unto me according to your will, amen? there are young ladies in here that can know that call of God in this hour. and know that same Holy Spirit that could come and indwell them and though it wouldn't be a child that would be conceived within them it would be that experience of the new creation. They would become a new being, amen? (if you want to hear just this portion - and believe me, you should hear it from his own mouth, start at approximately 8:26)


This should have all of you (in and out of Calvary Temple) very alarmed. It is one thing to teach on the Virgin Birth (a ONE time occurrence in the history of man), and Mary's special mission of God. It is another thing to relate it to the other 14-16 yr old girls sitting in the congregation. If I were a parent in CT, I would take my daughter and run far away. Bob, you can say all you want that you are speaking of spiritual indwelling only, but it is frightening to talk of young girls being "spiritual enough" to stand up and "know that call of God in this hour". ...regardless of what the natural perception of the world would be.... First thought? Who do you have your eye on now, Bob? Or who wants a wife among the 14 or 16 year old girls? Or is it that she is 17 or 18, and the parents need a push to sacrifice their daughter? Is there one among the men that you are trying to appease because he wants a young wife? Is this young girl about to be told she would be answering the call of God on her life just like Mary? Will you be referencing the "for such a time as this" verse?

Calvary Temple members, you must always be aware that the words you are hearing are not always the entire message. You need to listen and understand what is REALLY being communicated. Pedophiles and other abusers are adept at sending a message beyond the obvious words being spoken.


Parents - WAKE UP!!!


Let me ask the members of Calvary Temple this: Suppose a pastor in a church in northern Virginia had molested children for 3 years? And then fled the church when it was discovered? Would you be troubled that he had never answered to a court of law for his felony crimes? How would you feel if you were never told of this pastor's despicable sin? Suppose this pastor kept it hidden from his new congregation, would this bother you? Do you think you might warn others about attending his new church? Or would you give him a pass like you have done your own? And if you warned others, would you now be divisive, enemies, and irredeemable, going to hell? Would you be the bad guy because you want to protect your children and honor the word of God?


Do you think you might be troubled by this same pastor referencing young girls in the manner of this teaching?


Parents, you will be standing before to God to answer for how you protect your children. Let me remind you: Bob teaches that the proper order is: God (Bob, because he is his "mouthpiece") the pastor (again, Bob), the deacons, (let's be real here - Bob), the captains, (well, you know) the kids, then maybe the parents. But God's true order is: God, spouse, family, church. Guess what, Bob is not in there at all. Run, people, run!


The nail scarred hands are not Bob's hands. He did not die for you. But he wants you to die for him. If only you could see what everyone around here sees. Your church is a fake church. Oh, you have some truth and you have some sincere members. But your leadership is corrupt, lying, false, money hungry, power hungry, and they have covered up abuse for years. Abuse has happened right under your noses, and you are refusing to see it.


Run for your lives...for your daughter's lives!




(Oh, and one last thought: how many people will be "out of town" on Super Bowl Sunday? You hypocrites. And whoever fills the pulpit that day will not dare criticize Bob for being on vacation, taking his much needed rest, once again. On Super Bowl Sunday. Unless,of course, his team is not in the game. Then he can stay back and mock those who are not in attendance.)









Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Long, Hard Look at Calvary Temple


I want people to take a long, unbiased, hard look at Calvary Temple here in Sterling, and the fruit of its ministry; it may be prudent to quote Lanny Davis who wrote about political scandals, "Tell it all, tell it early, tell it yourself." Or to quote a paraphrase of Proverbs 28:13, "What we cover, God uncovers and what we uncover, God covers." Calvary Temple appeals on the premise it is doing the Word of God better than other churches. Pastor Star Scott encourages the recruitment of only the best people, using the Scripture "Commit to faithful men..." By seeking well-raised young adults and teenagers (moral, obedient, godly). 

So has anyone noticed, besides me, that this faithful, moral, godly group known as Calvary Temple, has an AWFUL LOT of litigation passing through our local county courthouse? Take a day, go there, and type in the names of members of Calvary Temple. You will find numerous restraining orders, foreclosures, unpaid back taxes, divorces and custody battles. All conveniently hushed up with comments like 'You wouldn't understand.'

Then there are the allegations involving marital infidelity of pastors and deacons inside Calvary Temple: pastor divorcing his wife and refusing to pay alimony, child support and leaving the country to hide in Kenya in order to avoid prosecution. Allegation of diamonds being smuggled into the country from Kenya by another associate pastor of Calvary Temple. Concerns from former members about confiscation of church assets of now defunct satellite churches in Maine, Richmond, and even a Spanish satellite in Sterling led by  Pastor Louis Castro, by Star Scott. Resignations of associate pastors and deacons of the church, who refuse to have anything to do with Pastor Star Scott, and are strangely quiet. Some reference of those being made to sign documents by Star Scott, ensuring their silence or suffer repercussions. Again, conveniently hushed up with 'You wouldn't understand.'

Then there is the too numerous articles and news clips regarding Calvary Temples ongoing and previous investigations:

2. In Kenya which caused one Calvary Temple pastor to flee to the U.S (  http://youtu.be/ROd4hg7YQVg)
3. Adult children who were forcibly removed from Calvary Temple and put into deprograming (http://potomacfalls.blogspot.com/2015/05/calvary-temples-contentious-history.html)

We are beginning to understand. 

Let's not forget that protesters stood on the street across from their former church for ONE YEAR on each Sunday morning to warn newcomers and inform current members of what goes on inside Calvary Temple.

Plus the ever present blogs like this one, titled: 

Shocking information about Calvary Temple church, now available to the public, help others search and connect with former church members, who tell stories that are eye opening and eerily similar. Stretching back over the past three decades. Because individuals have spoken out via social media, blogs, news interviews, and street protests, the larger community of No. Virginia and abroad is fore-warned. I think we understand.

And it becomes apparent that this supposedly 'authentic, godly, moral, gospel oriented church', which enjoys quoting from D. Wilkerson, A.W. Tower, H. Taylor, Bridges, and other good ministers, is pretending to be something it REALLY. IS. NOT. Just look at the facts. Out of the mouths of 2 or 3 witnesses, let everything be established, Matthew 18:16. He must have a good report of them which are without 1 Timothy 3:7.

We understand.

Former Calvary Temple Member

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

An Anonymous Comment to the Post Concerning "Reaching Out"

Hello. If you don't mind, I'd like to add a few comments to your article on the young adults recently contacting family after twenty long and awful years of cutting off their family.
May I ask, what about the congregants in the church; who coached them to do this horrendous deed to the kid's parents? Have they gone to 'Mitch and Anna's' parents and apologized as well? Has the pastor apologized, he who encouraged this terrible behavior of running away and hiding the kids in his own home ( a single man, at the time unmarried), and later encouraged one of the kids to change his family name to the pastor's last name? Where were the responsible Christian adults in that church? Were they complicit in such illegal activities? (encouraging a minor to run away is illegal).  Either by their silence or actively participating in hiding the kids from their parents?

Any apologies to the wounded family from these folks?

All in all, these questions being asked, it is not just the pastors who are seducing young people, the whole church is responsible for these unbiblical actions of destroying families. Also I think it is interesting that they are stealing kids from Christian homes.  It is not like they are taking and hiding kids from Buddhist or Muslim or Jewish homes. As far as I have seen, only the Christian kids are being taken, the ones raised up in Christian homes by Christian parents who are too righteous to fall under the spell of wicked leaders pretending to be pastors.  Sorry. This stuff infuriates me to no end. Cowards all I say, at least in Calvary Temple of Sterling, Virginia.

-anonymous bystander-

Monday, July 4, 2016

Calvary Temple is "Reaching Out"

It appears big things are happening at Calvary Temple. The word on the street is Star Scott is "allowing", even encouraging, some congregants to get in contact with their long rejected family members.

One story: Twenty years ago, "Jim" and "Karen" left Calvary Temple and began to attend another church in the area. The leadership of Calvary Temple assigned their two teenage children to live with families within CT. The son changed his last name to that of his "adopted" father. As far as I know, that was the end of any meaningful contact for Jim and Karen and their children.

Fast forward 20 years and Calvary Temple son "Mitch" and Calvary Temple daughter "Anna" have contacted their parents. They wish to have a relationship with their parents and introduce their own children to their "new" family.

When hearing this news, many other rejected family members and friends who have left CT have rejoiced for Jim and Karen and their children. Many years of prayer, fasting, protesting, and publicizing have gone into patient waiting for just this kind of event. After the initial happiness and celebration, however, most cannot help but think "maybe my children/grandchildren/husband/wife/brother/sister/aunt/uncle/cousin/friend will contact me." "Maybe this long-standing rejection of anyone who has left CT is about to change."  "Maybe Star Scott has repented and changed". "Maybe the long nightmare is about to end".

Questions, doubts, thoughts all swirl within our minds. We struggle with the desire to believe God has moved on the hearts of Calvary Temple leadership while still questioning if there is something more behind this "reconciliation". Many are quite (more than quite) suspicious of Star Scott's motives.

We ask ourselves:
  • Is it possible Star Scott has another motive for allowing contact between Mitch and Anna and their parents? Could it be the past year of public outcry against the destruction of families has motivated him to take on a kinder, gentler persona?
  • Could the ongoing Loudoun County Sheriff's Office investigation yield some very ugly charges that Star Scott would like to counteract with a good-will action?
  • Could Mitch and Anna have finally said enough is enough? Is it possible the children have realized shunning their parents is just not biblical?
  • Could Star Scott be tired of the murmuring among his members as they disagree with the policy of cutting off all those who leave CT? 
  • Could it be Star Scott has decided to allow ex-Calvary members (that have not spoken out publicly, or at least not recently) to have contact with family and friends as a way to encourage the more vocal among us to shut up? If we are quiet, will WE get to see our family/friends? In other words, is this blackmail?
  • Are the numbers in CT shrinking and with no new community members coming into the fold, are the members being encouraged to try to get the "rebellious" to come "home"?
  • And what are the shunned ones being told as to why they are suddenly allowed contact with CT members? One was told satan was not to have his way anymore by bringing division; another is allowed to attend family functions because they are not a professing Christian; another is told they never were a Christian, so they can now have contact; one is apparently allowed to have contact because they are a Christian. Confusing, isn't it?
Because ex-Calvary Temple members cannot hear/have access to the teachings (though Star Scott told a reporter everything they say is on the website and is available for anyone to access, this is a lie) we cannot help wonder how Star Scott currently communicates this new freedom of seeing loved ones to his congregation. This is a complete reversal of the general policy that forbids current CT members from having relationship with ex-CT family members, "marked" ex-members, kicked out members, etc. Star Scott is very likely spinning many scenarios that add up to the same conclusion: go ahead and contact those who are not speaking out. His true reasons are unknown, we can only surmise.

Update: since the writing of this entry, we understand that the above example is not an isolated event. Multiple families are also now hearing from estranged family members still in CT.  The common denominator? Those in Calvary Temple are now reaching out to those who have not spoken publicly against CT. 

To be continued.....





Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Re-post of Red Flags

One of the most talked about posts was called Red Flags. With some additions, I am reposting it here. As past members of Calvary Temple continue to sound a warning to the community concerning CT, we would like to remind the CT members that you have a responsibility to confront the sins of Calvary Temple leadership. By staying in Calvary Temple, supporting the pastors with your tithes and offerings, and giving the appearance of 100% support, you are part of the problem. You cannot claim innocence because you are not in leadership. We are all responsible to speak out against sin.

Calvary Temple is being investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police.  Links to the articles, blogs and updates are here.

Members of my family and I attended Calvary Temple for many years. During that time we noticed many things that were very troubling. They were either scriptures that were misused or misapplied or events that were disturbing. Unfortunately, we overlooked them.

I was recently reminded of Star Scott once saying: "The Bible read says that {your sin} is cast into the sea of God's forgetfulness, amen?" (There is Yet One Man Pt 12 December 9, 2012). In reality, the scripture he was referring to do says something quite different. It actually says You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. I was struck by how forcefully he mis-quoted a scripture and pulled the congregation into agreement by saying "amen?" and waiting for the "amen!" response. Everyone happily agrees to a scripture that doesn't exist.

I began to think of other red flags that I or my family had allowed to go by without challenge. Many of the following can be found in other groups when studying abusive churches and cults but the following list should especially be taken note of as they are particular to Calvary Temple.
  • families or marriages breaking up when one member stops attending Calvary Temple 
  • misquoting and twisting scripture to say something other than its actual meaning (as in the above example or the now infamous "high priest" being required to marry a virgin)
  • encouragement to read only those books in the church bookstore  (that have been pre-approved by leadership)
  • being encouraged to follow Star Scott and leadership rather than the Holy Spirit (because they hear from God more than us)
  • continual emphasis on obeying the pastor
  • bible studies or book clubs requiring approval by leadership
  • discouragement of marriage counseling or marriage-related events (such as cruises) outside of Calvary Temple
  • complete lack of financial transparency or accountability
  • marriages taking place within a few short weeks without the time of getting to know each other
  • directing children to find other families to live with in the event parents stop attending CT
  • separation and isolation from natural family
  • continual criticism of other churches and pastors
  • maligning of character from the pulpit (especially of those who have stopped attending CT)
  • the respect of persons, those in the "inner circle"
  • unwritten rules - we all knew what we could say or ask and what we couldn't
  • constant adulation of Star Scott ("propping him up")
  • fear of losing salvation if you leave CT
  • warnings of bad things happening if you leave CT
  • elitism (see previous post
  • encouraging members to recruit from other churches
  • lack of accountability for the leaders
  • being told we might have to move to the church-owned rural property
  • being told we might have to bring our resources to the "feet of the apostles"
  • the cutting off from the Assemblies of God
  • insults (and false witness) directed at former members 
  • father's authority in home being weakened and even removed (I remember  Star Scott telling fathers that their only job is to enforce what is being said from the pulpit)
  • unscriptural marking
  • our children hearing intimate details of Star Scott's sex life (by Scott himself)
  • telling kids to miss college exams when young adult retreat was rescheduled to another weekend
  • daily bible reading being controlled along with assigned prayer lists rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to direct reading and prayer
  • being told that we should be studying only what Star Scott is teaching during our own study time
  • statements such as "...we can't go into the details but...."  or "I can't remember exactly but...." and saying enough that everyone in the congregation knew exactly who was being talked about 
  • statements such as "that's the kind of woman I would like to punch in the face", or they are "daughters of satan"
  • extreme corporal punishment - sometimes leaving severe bruising and causing parents and teachers to be very concerned
  • a wife being put into a hotel room for 91 days to "break" her
  • rumors of child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse
  • rumors of the above being covered up and not reported to the police
  • being told God had placed us here and therefore could not accept a job transfer
  • being told we could not date someone we met somewhere other than inside Calvary Temple
  • the exodus of many long-time members (even those in leadership) 
  • being told to avoid or not talk to those who have left ("we have it under control")  ("if we can't convince them to do the right thing, why do you think you can?")
  • learning that our pastor had covered his sin and then misrepresented the nature of the sin when it was revealed
  • Star Scott rebuking the congregation for buying a $5.00 cup of Starbucks while his wife shops in Bloomingdales and on Rodeo Drive
  • Criticizes people taking an "expensive" vacation while he and his wife and extended family travel first class
  • Continuing to buy expensive luxury vehicles, jewels, clothing, etc. Continuing to indulge his own passions while members foot the bill
  • The pastor is always right and you are always wrong if you approach leadership with a disagreement
  • Accusing a woman of "dumpster diving" to obtain copies of credit card receipts when in reality it was his own son who revealed the extravagant purchases made and listed on the receipt
  • blaming the victims rather than the perpetrators, Star Scott admitting he had committed grievous sin that affected his family out west
I have not elaborated on these Red Flags; those of us that attended or currently attend Calvary Temple are familiar with these incidents and characteristics. Calvary Temple is a dangerous place; on the surface it is biblical but underneath it is depraved and abhorrent. When your eyes are opened to the control and abuse, you find yourself sickened that you never saw it before and thankful that you see it now.


He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible--and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Ephesians 5:13

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. John 3:20

Monday, May 30, 2016

How Star Scott Creates Division

One of the ways Star Scott brings division to the body of Christ is by ironically talking of unity among the members of Calvary Temple. At first glance, it seems he is promoting a church that is of one accord, all being under the umbrella of Jesus' lordship. Upon further examination, however, we begin to see how the so-called harmony and community is actually a method of isolating one (very) small part of the "church" and pitting it against the rest of the church. Here are his own words as he instructs the members of Calvary Temple to separate themselves from the Body of Christ:

"Are you confident that what we as a community have, do we truly believe that the words that as we mark individuals here is having its effect. Now some here have taken it upon themselves to be the exception. 'Just [want to] talk to them spend a few words with these people, talk a little bit'. We have to be of one accord. Paul says when you are gathered together and my spirit is there and Jesus is there - you don't have a right to walk beyond it. 'well it was an opportunity to speak'. what will you say that the Holy Ghost hasn't already spoken." 
(this was from a recording in the Spring of 2015. Star Scott, in his quest to be "in the light" and transparent, telling everyone "you can hear everything we say on the internet", abruptly removed his current teachings from the CT website.)
Star Scott's message - "you don't have a right to walk beyond it" - is spoken with all authority and righteous indignation. But it reveals something beyond a so-called desire to be a loving pastoral shepherd looking out for his sheep. It shifts trust in God to trust in (one) man. Instructing the members of CT to not only avoid speaking with those who have left, but if they do, they have "walked beyond biblical order", is bringing fear and control rather than trust in God. Mr Scott takes away any opportunity for the members to be led of God in their daily lives. They enter the workplace or community with the decision already made for them that should they encounter one of the "rebellious, lost sheep", they are not to speak with them. To do so would be "out of order and walking beyond the instruction of the designated authority". But that is not what God asks of His children. He instructs them:

"I will lead you in the way you should go". (Psalm 32:8)                    

"You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me." (Psalm 73:24). 

"But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law." (Galatians 5:18).

Prior to Star Scott's admonition to the members to avoid walking in the Spirit, he first informs them that all those who have left are to be unilaterally condemned. He does this swiftly with just one sentence:

"thinking more highly of yourself and my people love to have it so. We are all familiar with this scripture, its one of the chief whining points of those that are no longer among us."

Just think about that statement for a minute. Many of those Star Scott is referring to are brothers and sisters in Christ. They are pursuing God, fellowshipping with other believers, and ministering to the saved and unsaved alike. Some are wounded and still recovering from the harm done to them while in Calvary Temple. (of which many members are unaware.) And some have made a decision to no longer follow God. Yet Star Scott despises them all for the same reason - they have spoken against his supremacy. They no longer recognize Star Scott as the authority in their lives.

(And in regard Scott's above statement, I have to say I am impressed with his ability to cover all bases in one sentence. First, he quotes a scripture (well, two scriptures sandwiched together) to give himself some authority. He draws everyone into his inner circle of eliteness by saying "we are all familiar".  In other words, we all think alike, you are one of us. And he then uses an inflammatory, derogatory word - whining - to condemn ALL who have left CT. And finally, he finishes with a biblical sounding phrase - those that are no longer among us - to further cement the shunning of ALL. In other words all that have left are not one of us. Well done, Bob.)

(and the phrase "one of the chief whining points" reveals his true heart, not the heart of a tender and compassionate shepherd searching for a lost sheep, but the heart of an angry man fearful of losing control.)

Are the members and leadership of Calvary Temple truly interested in the spiritual welfare of those who have left their fold? If so, when coming upon them in the community, why do they turn away and refuse to speak? Why not have a conversation and show the love of Jesus? Perhaps it is because they cannot display what they do not have. If the members of CT are "so well taught" (as they have been told again and again), and know the scriptures "better than most pastors", and are heads and shoulders above the rest of the church, how is it they are not capable of speaking to a few misguided lost souls? Are the members of CT so weak that they will be adversely affected by a few "whiners"?

And this begs the question - why is Star Scott so adamant about keeping his members away from those who disagree with some of his teachings? Because it is dangerous to his own little kingdom and threatens his dominion.

Please do some research on abusive churches and their tactics and see if you recognize Calvary Temple or Star Scott. Here is just a sampling of what you will find:
  •  In an unhealthy church disagreement with the pastor is considered disloyalty and is virtually equal to disobeying God. Spiritual language is used to disguise the manipulation that is going on. Questioners are labeled rebellious, insubordinate, and disruptive to the harmony of the body. (Recovering From Churches That Abuse by Ron Enroth).
  • The majority of the time, former members are publicly ridiculed and humiliated before the church, and members are told not to associate in any way with any former members. (Churches That Abuse by Ron Enroth)
  • When a pastor tells his congregation that those who leave his church or disobey his authority are in danger of God’s wrath, you can be sure this man is operating in a spirit of control. He is attempting to use fear as a carnal means of keeping people in his church. The line usually goes like this: “If you leave our church, the blessing of God will be lifted from your life, and you will miss God’s will.” Another version says, “If you leave our church, you will be in rebellion, and Satan will be free to bring havoc into your life. ” Fear is the motivation behind such comments -- not love. You can be sure that this type of reasoning is not from God. Jesus never motivated men out of fear. In a controlling church, fear is a form of manipulation. Instead of motivating people through love and servanthood, a controlling church tries to motivate through manipulation. When people do leave, they are labeled rebellious, or the rest of the congregation is given the explanation that they left because they had become offended. In an unhealthy church, there is never a good reason why anyone should leave. Regardless of the situation, the people who leave are always the “problem.” (CBN Ministries),
  • Anyone who goes against the leader’s authority is publicly shamed for their actions. Then they are cut off from the congregation and treated as outcasts. Those who are still in the flock are warned to not have any interaction with those who have been shunned. (http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/7-signs-of-abusive-leadership/)
  • Shaming – Spiritually abusive ministries often publicly shame their followers. Leaders in such groups misuse confidential information and share it widely in order to humiliate people. Or they bad-mouth people who have left the group. This maintains an atmosphere of fear, degradation, and disempowerment. (https://libertyforcaptives.com/2013/05/09/ten-major-symptoms-of-spiritual-abuse/)
  • Information from ex-members is often labeled as “lies” and members are advised to not respond to ex-members who initiate contact. In some cases responding to the ex-member at all is strongly discouraged. In such a church system as this, the members are easily manipulated and turned against their brothers and sisters in Christ... Jesus said that the unrepentant believer, after two warnings, is to be treated as “a gentile or tax collector”. {This}means to not relate to them as you would a brother. It does not mean to cut off all contact. Jesus himself interacted with Gentiles, including tax collectors. In many abusive church systems the purpose of excommunication and shunning has little to do with the Biblical goal of restoration and more to do with personal agenda. Typically, the intention is to keep those who have left from sharing their reasons for leaving with those in the church. http://www.jennifercotti.com/2013/03/02/characteristics-of-an-unhealthy-abusive-church/)
  • There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil. (Rick Ross) 
  • Healthy churches see themselves as one small part of the body of Christ, and as such, part of the fellowship of believers throughout the world and throughout time. In abusive churches, however, there is an emphasis on the specialness of this particular body and why we need to keep ourselves separate from all the corrupted churches and inferior churches that are 'out there'. (http://dory.typepad.com/wittenberg_gate/2005/05/controlling_per_1.html)
  • Once you are gone is it as if you never existed. Your former friends will not talk to you because you are a heretic. (http://abusivechurch.org/signs-of-abuse/)
  • Creating an environment of fear in leaving. Any deserters are punished by shunning, and are vilified and marginalized by ridicule before and/or after they leave. This creates a profoundly deep subconscious fear in the existing members to never leave, so this won’t happen to them. Anything outside of the group is inferior and of Satan. It is evil. There is no rule or doctrine more pure, or better, than the group’s. Outside is failure and disaster. (http://www.wickedshepherds.com/MindControl.html)
  • You've noticed a pattern of people leaving the fellowship, but you hesitate to ask your pastor about it and don't like to delve into the reasons behind the exits. (http://www.thehopeofsurvivors.com/news_notes/covering_abusive_Pastor.php)

Star Scott says "what will you say that the Holy Ghost hasn't already spoken". But the word teaches that the Holy Ghost speaks through US, the believers, the children of God. If you also believe that, then why are you not allowing Him to speak through YOU? We are no longer in Old Testament times when we heard through a man, Jesus came to give us access to the Father by the Holy Spirit. And why are you allowing the leadership of Calvary Temple to cut you off from friends and family just because we left your church building? Many of us took our faith with us when we left the building. Thankfully, He goes with us wherever we go. 

Years have gone by, families remain divided, lives have been destroyed, but people are now speaking out against these atrocities. Do not tell yourselves that it is because those who have left are "bitter". Those who have not spoken out receive the exact same treatment as those who are vocal. So don't blame the messengers, it has been done to any and all that dared to disagree with Star Scott and chose to leave Calvary Temple.





Friday, September 25, 2015

Warning Signs You are in a Cult

The following article is from http://www.esama.ca


If you suspect the group you are in is harmful, but are not sure, ask yourself these questions:


  • do they claim to have a special corner on the truth, something no other groups has?
  • are you told to not question what is being taught, as the leadership are godly, honest, have divine authority and you must trust them?
  • are you discouraged from asking questions as to why members have left, and expected to accept the reasons the group leadership gives you?
  • do they put down other churches, groups, etc, while pointing out their faults and errors to build themselves up? do they use peoples faults and sins as examples of what to do and what not to do?
  • are you made to feel your failures, as though your performance is not up to par to their righteous standards?
  • do they recommend for you to be around their people, expecting you to attend all group activities? if you do not, are you are questioned about your spirituality or dedication?
  • do they stop you from reading anything negative about themselves?
  • do they call those who fall away enemies, dogs, or cancer, even using examples from the Bible or other such materials?
  • do they place an emphasis on evil and the devil, declaring that the world outside is a threat to the group?
  • do they defend themselves in every area?
  • do they give importance to a spiritual goal, such as enlightenment, godliness, salvation, that has no real tangible way of being measured?
  • do they operate in humility, or seem arrogant, and make demands on you to obey, using such statements such as “real believers obey without question or if you really were a devoted follower you would do such and such"?

Be aware of:


  • an instant bonding or friendship without even knowing you
  • being told you have a special calling or potential and that if you join you will move further ahead; flattery is used often in cults
  • when you ask questions about the history of the group, the answers are vague or avoided altogether 
  • feeling that something is being hidden from you

Cults will always divide the family unit instead of bringing them together. They will make you choose between God and their church. They use scriptures such as: "Jesus came to bring a sword, not peace" or "one must give up brothers, sisters, wife, and house for the kingdom and be a true follower". Children often become the most hurt because of strict rules enforced on them. They lose their childhood and are deeply affected, being unable to adjust later on in life. Religious systems that are not balanced can be socially and psychologically disastrous for innocent children.

http://www.esama.ca