It has become fashionable to have “Q & A” sessions at these gatherings now and they had one here as well.
I was going to go through and chart each lie as it was told, but it’s really not worth my time or yours anymore to do so.
I will note a couple that stand out…
The opening remarks always begin with the foundational lie, that lie being that Chuck Smith really wanted this group to govern Calvary Chapel after he was gone.
All you need do is search this site for “CCA” for the truth about that one.
The truth was that Smith was ambivalent at best about this set up and many observers (including myself) believe he wanted “the movement” to die with him.
Still, the lie has been told so often that I suspect even the liars are beginning to believe it and the rank and file seem to swallow such tales without need for water to wash them down.
The second lie is that “nothing has changed” since Smith’s death.
Nothing except that Smith is gone, the national pastors conference is gone, “affiliation” is now done on the East Coast, and the movement is now run by the CCA and by regional leaders who no one has any idea how they are selected.
There is no process for their selection and there is no structure for any accountability.
The move out of Costa Mesa and it’s demotion to another “regional” conference has nothing to do with anything but minimizing the influence of Brian Brodersen and his contingent.
The one thing that has not changed is that there is absolutely no accountability standards in place for anything other than a violation of “the distinctives”.
Even that process that has no formal structure and when someone asks how someone gets removed from the movement, the answers are purposefully vague.
While the rest of evangelicalism wrestles with how best to protect children and hold leaders accountable, Calvary Chapel still thinks that abstinence from alcohol while waiting for the Rapture is the critical cutting edge concern.
So yes, in some ways…nothings changed.