Things I Think
1. In prior years when they had a Super Bowl caliber team, ESPN anchor Chris Berman used to note that “nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.” He meant by this that in times of loss or conflict the team would close ranks and rally around each other and find a way to victory.
Berman was wrong.
Nobody circles the wagons like the first couple generations of Calvary Chapel pastors.
Gayle Erwin has received some well deserved negative press in relation to his actions while a board member of Gospel For Asia.
Before the weekend was over he had been hailed as “one of the most influential and anointed ministers alive today; a pastor’s pastor” by one CC vet on social media.
It was of course,followed with a chorus of amens to that statement in the comments.
This is the passive aggressive way that this group has of trying to refute bad press and prop each other up to the end.
It also provides another layer of shielding from any accountability for any actions.
By implication, it attempts to destroy the credibility of those who bring criticism of one of their “brothers”.
They will go to great lengths to protect the guilty because the guilty one is never guilty in their eyes… the fault lies solely on the one who brings the accusation.
Facts never get in the way of their steadfast defense.
These men who claim that they were specially “anointed” by God Himself to speak the His truth will deny and suffocate the truth if it would require confession and repentance on the part of one of the chosen ones.
Thus, they will propagate a lie and become accusers of brethren who hunger and thirst after righteousness in the body of Christ.
My only consolation is that they are absolutely correct that they don’t have have to answer to me or other media , but to God.
It may not work out like they think it will.
2. You’ll have to forgive me if I’m a bit emotional…Miss Kitty has taken ill and I fear the loss of my faithful companion. Your prayers are coveted.
3. A “pastor’s pastor” would be someone who will sacrifice all for the flock God entrusts him with, not someone who refuses to speak or act except in their own defense in the light of corruption.
4. By the way, boys…it wasn’t Chuck that brought revival, it wasn’t Lonnie, it wasn’t the music, and it wasn’t Calvary Chapel. It was God. Get your old, grubby, hands off His glory.
5. Sources say that Calvary Chapel accounted for about a third of Gospel For Asia’s income. That means two thirds of it came from other sources that need to be informed that their money may not be going where they think it is, for the the purposes that they are giving it for. The three board members who resigned have a responsibility to those brethren to tell them what they saw and why they resigned or have their loss counted to them in the eyes of God.
6. I shouldn’t have to write any of this.
7. Whenever these scandals happen the institution makes the celebrity pastors out to be the victims. Let me tell you who the real victims are. The real victims are the people who have to be torn between what is reported and the trust they have in those who lead them. The victims are the real pastors who care for their flocks and are tainted by the lack of integrity of the well known. The real victims are the church and the truth and the Lord Himself who sees his Body in unnecessary strife and conflict because some people think that His word doesn’t apply to them. There, I hope you have some clarity on this matter now…
8. If you have to do a study to understand why people leave the church after all these messes, you probably can’t pass a drivers license test.
9. Despite all that I know about the church, Jesus still towers over it all and I cling to Him. I believe, help my unbelief.
10. Despite it all, we are all family and we have to be ready to extend mercy and forgiveness should confession and repentance ever come. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy…