The Calvary Chapel Split: An Update
Don’t expect a response from Brian Brodersen to the last Calvary Chapel Association screed.
He’s not interested in an ongoing internet food fight.
It’s not his style, nor his heart, to engage in strife.
What some folks need to come to grips with is that Chuck Smith intentionally left all the assets that were associated with “Big Calvary” under Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa to be controlled by that church, it’s board, and it’s pastor.
That’s why some were so desperate to wrench the church away from Brodersen by any means necessary.
They failed to do so because, at the end of the day, Chuck Smith denied them.
That is undeniable, legal, fact.
Brian Brodersen doesn’t have to answer to anyone, but his board and congregation, for how he uses the assets his father in law passed on to him.
Whether you like it or not, CCCM is the home of Calvary Chapel…they own the trademarks to the name and logo and no smear campaign can change that.
If that chaps your bottom…blame Chuck.
We have also learned that there is more internal division on what’s left of the CCA council…that letter was a bridge too far for some.
This, despite more claims of unity in the last letter…
I want to address the meaning of the word “accountability” in regard to the CCA letter.
When we talk about accountability here we are speaking of being held accountable to biblical standards of morality and ethics.
That is not what McClure and company are speaking of.
They are speaking of accountability to the doctrines and culture of what they perceive Calvary Chapel to be…thus. not just fidelity to a pre trib Rapture, but a commitment to abstinence from alcohol and a refusal to associate with outsiders they feel are a threat to that culture.
One fairly prominent pastor has already been threatened by the CCA that if he continues to associate with someone they do not like he will be kicked out…
Finally, the KWVE purge was not about Brodersen exacting wrath on his enemies.
It was about the station no longer being able to subsidize any programs and getting a better business model in place.
Well, except for John Randall…that was an answer to his betrayal.
Tomorrow, I’ll address some of the ignored victims of this mess…
Update: Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa is no longer listed by the CCA as an affiliated church.