Paul Smith “Uninvited” To Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference
His invitation was revoked and his fee refunded.
This was done in the name of ‘unity” by CCA representative Don McClure.
This email is circulating from an anonymous source.
After researching the matter, we have no reason to doubt it’s authenticity.
I write to you as both a brother and at least someone who was regarded as a friend.
As you know, most of the CC movement is well aware of the struggle within the Smith family, and some of us within the CCA council, and some of the leadership of CCCM.
I am sure that this breaks your heart as well as many others and we truly pray for a day when all of this is joyfully and peacefully healed in the Lord.
But, a pastors conference does not seem to be the arena where such could ever happen. I am sure that your presence there would be a lightening rod of disunity. You would not be able to attend without voicing your differences and others would certainly be asking you how you think about many things. We truly want the focus on the Lord and the encouragement of the churches; something I hope you do as well.
I honestly hope for the day when we could all come together in fellowship and enjoy friendship once again. Until there is some sort of healing in these matters, I need to let you know that we will be returning your conference fees and invitation.
If you would like to have a cup of coffee sometime, I will be available.
McClure’s rational was that he didn’t want the Smith family disputes over the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa empire disturbing the felicity of tranquil fellowship at the annual meeting.
While there may be some truth to that, the real reason is to quell any dissension in the ranks.
This purge was initiated by the expulsion of George Bryson…and the purge will continue.
This is not a theological dispute…Bryson and Paul Smith both are as true blue, classic, Calvary Chapel as they come.
This is a political dispute…because both Smith and Bryson have disputed the narrative being sold by McClure and others about Chuck Smith’s endorsement of the CCA and it’s leadership.
Rather than allow their voices to be heard and real questions raised, dissenters are now purged and exiled.
So much for the value of “affiliation”.
So much for the truth.
More to come…