Is Calvary Chapel Head Chuck Smith Covering for a Child Beater?

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Smith: a titan of American Christian, a gnat of a man
One of these days, I'm going to get around to investigate Calvary Chapel and the many allegations sent my way that it protects abusers within their ranks. It's one of American Christianity's great open secrets, and only Christianity Today has truly tried to tackle the subject. But maybe others will get there before me--I hope not, but if that means bringing people to justice or exposing Calvary Chapel's far-from-God leadership, so be it.

Consider a scandal brewing in Visalia. There, Calvary Chapel's pastor Bob Grenier has had to fend off allegations from his own sons that he savagely beat them as children during the 1980s and 1990s. The brothers have gone to police and even Calvary Chapel head Chuck Smith with their story--no dice. Their story involves bowdlerized police reports, an uninterested district attorney's office, disbelieving faithful and an apathetic leadership--wait, are we talking about Calvary Chapel, or the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal in Orange?

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Alex and Bob Grenier, in happier times...
The story began earlier this year, when brothers Paul and Alex Grenier filed a criminal complaint with the Visalia police department alleging abuse decades ago at the hands of their father. But the story remained under wraps for months until the brothers went to the Bee alleging the police and prosecutors were lagging on the case, probably because Pa Grenier is a chaplain with the black-and-blue.

Police laughed off the code of silence claims, but it took a court order for Paul and Alex to get a copy of the police report regarding their case--and when they got it, the abuse was glossed over. You can find the watered-down report and many abuse stories at the Grenier brothers' website, appropriately called Calvary Chapel Abuse. The report mentions that another Grenier brother, Geoff, lives in Newport Beach and also suffered abuse (although he's not talking). Prosecutors have declined to press charges against Pastor Grenier, citing statute of limitations.

What does Chuck Smith know? The founder of Calvary Chapel visited Visalia in early July, just a couple of weeks before the Grenier matter hit the proverbial fan. Calvary Church leaders told the Bee that the Grenier brothers came to them with the allegations, but they refuse to disclose whether they plan to investigate. But Alex Grenier alleges Smith knows more about what happens in his church than the popular image of the Hawaiian shirt-wearing, ever-grinning fogie has crafted.

"This blog is about accountability and justice," Alex writes. "Since Big Calvary likes to be a non-denomination denomination so Chuck Smith doesn't have to pay for the misdeeds of corrupt jerks like [another Calvary Chapel pastor]...then there needs to be a place where victims of other corrupt jerks like Bob Grenier can go to get help, blow the whistle on the abuse and corruption, and spread the word to warn the church per 1 Timothy 5."

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bubblegumgirl
bubblegumgirl

I've heard several men, godly men say pastor's are rats, can't disagree with exposing abuses for over 40 yrs.  Someone said, all churches are cults and all pastors are rats=can't disagree.  VERY FEW HOLY REMNANT CHURCHES that pray for people and not PREY on the people. "As the church goes so goes the world", if the world is corrupt it's because the church is. RESEARCH A MATTER, GET UNBRAINWASHED AND THINK FOR YOURSELF=please!

bubblegumgirl
bubblegumgirl

Note the L.A. Times Article on Calvary Chapel abuses/cover-ups Februrary 28, 2007 by

Sad took Alex Grenier's case public over 17 months ago to Media/Church leadership and was anything done? Obviously with January 27th, 2013 Article by The Daily Beast written by David Sessions exposes CC abuses for years and what the false church/leadership is basically saying is it's ok to molest, sodomize rape and murder children (physically/methorphically speaking and false shepherds/wolves/hirelings will use your tithe/gifts/alms/offerings to do so and it's ok).  IT'S IN ALL DENOMINATIONS, not just the catholic church, read Don't Call Me Brother by Austin Miles and it's how false church operates.  Stupid brainwashed sheep don't research a matter but tithe and attend without questioning, ordering their churches 501c3 report to see what owe, worth and where the money goes.  Not to mention doesn't research abuse in the church, abused by name of pastor/church, controversial articles name of pastor/church; people's negative feedback.  Matthew 7:13-14, spoken of the numer of few who make it. Also, in the book of revelations, it talks about the church is the whore riding the beast and to come out of her, people don't research that matter either or the expose on CC by James Lloyd, and the Rapture Cult lie.

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