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Thursday, September 4, 2014

You Can't Have it Both Ways

One of the false doctrines promoted by the leadership of Calvary Temple is that in order to leave you must first get their permission to do so. Leaving by your own choice without the "blessing" of Pastor Scott  has resulted in much heartache. The "rebellious" ones have been labeled everything from a defector to out of order. They have lost families and friends. Calvary Temple executes a very harsh sentence to those that leave their current church to go to another church. 

Question:  If it is a biblical requirement to ask permission to leave your church, why is Star Scott now suggesting that the members of CT should actively recruit those in another church and encourage them to defect and come to Calvary Temple? CT members are advised to have a conversation with someone, determine if they are being fed properly, decide if they are dying where they are, and tell them to leave their church and come to CT where they can be "fed and led." Now perhaps I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but this seems to be hypocritical. You just can't have it both ways.

However, if you believe it's ok to proselytize people from their own churches, you might want to prepare yourself. Pastor Scott has mentioned that members of McLean Bible Church could benefit from members of Calvary Temple "rolling in there" and "preaching the word". He suggests that it is not readily evident that they are Christians. But first you might want to listen to some of the teachings posted on the McLean Bible website. (or attend a few services). You might want to listen to the teachings of the many other local churches such as Cornerstone Chapel or  Capital Church. Perhaps you should attend a worship service and teaching at  Community Church in Ashburn,  Harvest Chapel in Reston, or Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly. Maybe attend one of the many small groups in the Washington DC area that welcome visitors. You will need to listen to or attend services of many churches to be sure you are not recruiting someone from a solid, bible believing church.  

 I suggest this because you will be encouraging people to commit the "sin"(according to the standard of Calvary Temple) of defecting from their church and rebelling against their "designated authority". As you believe from the many years of Star Scott's teaching, leaving your church is a grave sin. It would be beneficial to you to be very, very careful and very prepared before causing a member of another church to "sin".  

Do you want to make the judgment that determines if God is ministering to this person through their church? It seems the conversation of "what are you hearing from God among the young adults?" and the answer "nothing" may not be the whole story. I would be very careful before I draw the conclusion from such a conversation that a person is "dying" and needs to come to CT to "live". 

According to Star Scott it is ok for you to encourage others to commit the "sin" of leaving their church but it not ok for a Calvary Temple member to leave and attend another church. Again, you can't have it both ways. Either it is wrong to leave your church without the pastor's permission, or it is up to the individual to hear from God and go where He leads. But it's not ok to say you cannot leave Calvary Temple without Pastor Scott's permission but you can convince others to leave their churches without their pastor's permission.

The bottom line:  Mr. Scott does not believe God is able to raise up churches that minister the word of God and bring life to those who attend and he does not believe that God Himself can place people where He wills.  

For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith. 4 For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function, 5 so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another. 6 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us.   Romans 12 3-6

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  Romans 8:14

This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.  Isaiah 48:17

1 comment:

  1. I have had feedback from several readers, all are saying how much they just want to see their families set free and see Star Scott repent and be right with the Lord. This is not an attack against Star Scott, Calvary Temple, or anyone else. It is truth being spoken.

    He who covers his sins will not prosper,
    But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Proverbs 28:13