False Pastor Bob Coy
Since I’ve been waiting to post a comment on CalvaryChapelAbuse.com for eight hours now, I’ve decided to post it here while they’re working to fix the traffic problems. Alex’ site is getting pounded with numbers. Over 26,000 visitors in the last 48 hours, with 3,587 of them presently online!
What’s behind the recent flurry of interest in Calvary Chapel Abuse?
Well, some Evangelical Idol of Calvary Chapel fame got caught in some “moral failure” and. . . well, perhaps Michael Newnham has broken it down best when he asked this most poignant of questions:
So when a megachurch with ten satellites loses the personality they were built on. . . what happens now?
For me, it’s an opportunity for dialogue, for education, for engaging in real spiritual warfare for the outright deliverance of those who have been swallowed by the beast. . . who—trapped inside the belly of Leviathan—are made to believe darkness for light, made to play the Whore and not the Bride, made to serve deviant wolves in a most toxic of church environments.
Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities (Revelation 18:4).
And so here’s the comment I am waiting to drop at CCA in answer to Tommy who told me we don’t have the right to judge Bob Coy; and Leave it at that and let him and The Lord deal with “what really happened.”
Let me clarify something for you, Tommy. (( #298 ))
It is not only the right, but the responsibility of the Body of Christ to judge the ministry, theology and character of every one who assumes to stand before any congregation as their purported Christian leader. They are all accountable and subject to the scrutiny, judgement and correction of the entire Body of Christ in accordance to the Word of God (1 Thess 5:11-22). For if one member suffers, we all suffer (1 Cor 12:26); and although we are to take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, we are, however, called to expose them (Eph 5:11).
Now when anything is exposed to the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Eph 5:13-14).
The entrancement of light shining upon the people of Calvary Chapel is no true godly light at all. It is but woeful darkness masquerading as light (see Isa 5:20), full of poisonous lies and toxic substitutes for the real thing.
So to clarify my position in all this—Bob Coy does not come under my fire for whatever sins he’s just been caught doing, but for being an institutional Wolf and False Pastor in a House of Bondage the Word of God calls the accursed Whore of Babylon!
Apparently we’ve got an Allegory of the Cave situation at work here. While CC prisoners are chained in the direction of the shadows dancing upon the walls, we have (through various reinforcing techniques—the power of music being one of them) the sheeple being entertained and entrained to believe that they’re actually sitting under true biblical teaching, that they’re actually feeding off the true light of God.
But it’s a distinctly false fire burning in the bellies of these Calvary Chapels, burning in the hearts of these Pastors—with every one of them standing condemned as antichrists for their teaching of an utterly False Gospel; for their setting themselves up as false spiritual Heads of their own ecclesiastical domains; and for their asserting a most unbiblical form of Spiritual Authority. Please know—every single CC Pastor is indicted for being a Priest of the Whore of Babylon.
From Calvary Chapel’s franchised inception she has been structurally Roman in faith and practice. Her steeply hierarchical model for doing church has been legalistically designed for absolute ecclesiastical domination and control. . . and apparently (as I read above) some people feel most comfortable with this sort of subjection, but it’s not spiritually healthy. It’s not even personally or corporately viable to have some franchised Moses possessing ruling authority over God’s people—it creates spiritually weak and blind followers, to say the least.
From the Chuck Smith outset the Moseses of Calvary Chapel have maintained their domination and control by indoctrinating the church with a false gospel that has invariably placed their congregants deeper and deeper into spiritual bondage (to things like fear and despair, to deceit and self-righteous pride, even to such visionary things as service to the Pastors themselves).
This domination and control is solidified by the assumption of a false spiritual authority. These enterprising Pastors make themselves the decisive ruling powers over their Calvary Chapels, taking ownership over their churches. And while they teach their congregants that they are to be submissive and obedient to their pastoral authority, these Pastors, in turn, don’t consider themselves to be subject to any sort of submission or accountability to the congregations they rule.
It’s a One Way system at Calvary Chapel. Either the Pastor’s way or the exit door. They don’t have body guards in these prisons for nothing.
Paul in Ephesians tells us that we’re to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (5:21). Shouldn’t the Pastors be the foremost models in teaching us what it’s like to submit to one another?
[[ Note: the gifted shepherds and teachers we have among us are tasked with showing us how to wield spiritual authority over the spiritual realm of the Adversary.
By no means is this a spiritual position of authority over other members of the Body, but an authority and empowerment for each other that we possess—so that we all might learn to wield properly and most effectively the spiritual authority every Spirit-filled follower of Christ has inherent access to.
In the words of Jesus:
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:19-20).
True spiritual authority is the power to subject dark spirits to the children of light, not the power to subject others to ourselves! ]]
Now when I say “antichrist” I mean it in the most literal sense of the word, for our Greek preposition anti- carries with it the meaning of “in place of” and “against”.
And it is for this reason I take up my sword against Calvary Chapel: the Moseses there have established for themselves mediating positions that essentially come in-between and against God and his people. And they are bloody guilty of some most wicked spiritual abuses against the children of God!
Tommy, you have swallowed the fruit of lies. Or maybe you’ve been swallowed by the beast that keeps you blinded from the true light of life. The chains in CC are spiritual and theological. Let’s pray they’re broken. That soon those prisoners within these dark chapels might experience directly the fresh healing Sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:1-3), face to face, unmediated by the dazzling shine of Wolf Bob Coy’s teeth!
Here’s a couple additional comments I made earlier on CCA on April 5
toward discerning the soundness of any congregation I believe there are two critical issues involving a body’s faith and practice that if not properly aligned to the Word of God will cancel them from being consider a legitimate operation.
These two ultimate issues regard their teaching on salvation and their expression of spiritual authority.
If they employ some sort of hierarchical structure and teach that some members hold positions of ruling authority over others—than this is an unbiblical establishment that should be marked for avoidance and condemnation.
I support this assertion with Scripture here:
If they teach that the acquiring and keeping of a believer’s salvation has anything to do with their willing and / or their running (such as Calvary Chapel teaches) than you have a false expression of the Body of Christ. It is a dangerous house of bondage.
Here’s an extensive teaching on this I put together recently for a friend that covers this issue here:
Please consider what I’ve written, and challenge anything that appears wrong. Please correct me and sharpen me in my understanding.
I believe the proper biblical model for church governance involves a congregational approach to discerning and performing God’s will as overseen by a plurality of elders who are ultimately (ecclesiastically) accountable to the members they serve and stand before.
Here’s a 50 page booklet by Mark Dever entitled “By Whose Authority”. I commend it to you. I believe Dever get’s our ecclesiology right.