Busting Brodersen: Part 2
“In the last ten years of Pastor Chucks life and ministry probably every sermon, seriously,was a doom and gloom message and it was basically the world’s going to hell, but the Lord’s coming, so buckle your seat belt, hold on, and we’re all going to be out of here…and so once a month I would preach, I would literally get up and try to counter what was happening for the other three weeks… because I could just look at the congregation and month by month by month the heads got whiter and whiter and whiter.We just were losing the younger generation to where when we came to the end it was hard to find a dark haired person in the congregation. And what had happened…is, you know, Chuck was so convinced about the Rapture in his time and he was so frustrated with the direction of the world that he couldn’t see any other solution…we’ve just got to be out of here…”
Listen to the whole clip…
This clip has caused a furor, not just because it suggests that some Calvary Chapels overplay the Rapture card, but more so because it was construed as a public criticism of Chuck Smith.
That’s the real problem that needs to be dealt with.
Let me add some background to Brodersen’s true statements.
Insiders have told me that every time it came to plan the senior pastors conference, Smith wanted the subject to be the Rapture.
He was often moved to anger or tears when it was suggested that perhaps that ground had been covered.
Personally, he didn’t come to grips with the fact that he wasn’t going to live to see the Rapture until the last few months of his life and that caused him much perplexity and depression.
Brodersen’s cautionary tale to the pastors should have been received gladly and seen as wisdom gleaned from experience, not an assault on the memory of Smith.
If Brodersen wanted to simply criticize Smith, the fact is that Smith put him through years of hell and gave him ample ammunition to do so.
I haven’t heard him speak of any of that.
Despite this, some people are upset over any public criticism of a man who’s been gone for three years.
This is a fact…read slowly…nobody has protected the legacy of Chuck Smith more than Brodersen, because he could do more damage to it than anyone else.
This dust up is an extension of the “no talk” rule that demands that those in authority never be criticized and has created an environment where all manner of abuse can flourish.
You see, if no one is allowed to talk of abuse and corruption, then no one has to answer for it either.
In an organization with no structure to address any abuse or corruption, that’s a mandate for tyranny.
Self appointed leadership will always use that mandate…just as as being done in CC right now by those trying to push Brodersen out by any means necessary…