The main reason is I find it hard to care about an organization that argues endlessly over whether one can have a beer and says nothing about one of their pastors allegedly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to sue his son and a charity they endorsed continues to scam millions from the people of God.
They aren’t really worth talking about.
However, sometimes there is something interesting from a historical stand point from watching the decline of a religious institution.
This may be one of those times.
The power struggle at the top of the non denominational denomination continues as it has since the death of founder Chuck Smith.
They failed, but that hasn’t stopped them from periodically giving it the old college try again.
Last night some members of the Calvary Chapel Association sent out a letter to the affiliates that was a poorly hidden broadside against Brodersen and yet another attempt to either provoke him to resign or inflame enough of the affiliates to drive him out.
It was a pure power play disguised as an attempt to create unity and clarify doctrine…doctrine that they want affiliates to believe Brodersen has abandoned.
He questioned the virtue of teaching through the Old Testament “verse by verse”… a position that would be affirmed by anyone who has endured the torture of sitting through or teaching a verse by verse exposition of the books of Numbers and Leviticus.
It’s also a position that would have been affirmed by Chuck Smith who often taught these OT books in chunks rather than verses.
The traditionalists and their loud supporters are trying to make this appear as if Brodersen has abandoned expositional teaching…which is both a lie and nonsense.
The big gun used to shoot at Brodersen was that he advised that some among them need to tone down the Rapture drumbeat.
This is again, a sane and rational position, but he may as well have advised the gathered men to preach wearing a bra.
Brodersen hasn’t abandoned the standard CC teaching on eschatology (or much else) at all…but it’s being spun as if he has.
It’s dishonest and wicked, but facts and virtue have never stood in the way of lust for power.
The traditionalists have set the date for a “international pastors conference” in Florida next year, as far away from Costa Mesa as you can get.
The agenda is allegedly to clarify the “core values” of Calvary Chapel…which in reality haven’t been questioned as much as expanded by Brodersen and his younger cohorts all over the globe.
The real agenda is to set the Distinctives in stone and attempt to divorce the greater movement from Brian Brodersen and Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
The real agenda is as it has always been, to centralize power among a few self appointed leaders and to squash anyone who may choose to think for themselves.
The only real “unity” in the leadership of this group is the unity of the Philadelphia coalition to usurp Brian Brodersen from the movement altogether.
Good luck boys…he owns the name and nothing you can do can change the fact that he’s the flagship pastor…whether you choose to salute as that flag goes by or not.