The OCeeker: Calvary Chapel, the Mothership, and the Chuck Smith Death Watch

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Chuck Smith is dying

While this is good news for Smith (for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!), it's terrible news for those at Calvary Chapel who have pinned their blessed hope on being raptured away with an icon of American evangelicalism and the chief cornerstone of the long-dead Jesus Movement





Three decades later, the church that spawned 2,000 little Calvaries all over the world is devoid of the anytime-now anticipation of meeting Jesus in the air. 

Instead, the former "little country church on the edge of town" is filled with sensibly dressed Baby Boomers more zealous for Colonial Penn than the book of Revelation.

Not that the congregation isn't peppered with younger people, but even they seem to have moved on from end-times readiness to real-time resignation. Or maybe it's just the Sunday morning crowd.

Jan. 29 9:30 a.m, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa aka Calvary Chapel Santa Ana aka Big Calvary aka The Mothership

A bumper sticker implored godly motorists to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Of course, how Calvary Chapelites earnestly pray for the peace of Jerusalem is always a mystery in light of their eschatological playbook, which has the Antichrist slaughtering most of the world's Jews during a future seven-year period known as the Great Tribulation
​Smith: Gonna preach it till the wheels fall off
​Ch-ch-ch-check out Chuck's C2000 Series on Zechariah 13:8, as transcribed at www.blueletterbible.org

"So, again, the Jews are gonna go through a great holocaust in which two-thirds of them will die. Only one-third will come through. 

The antichrist is gonna make a covenant with the nation of Israel, but after three and a half years, he's gonna break the covenant as he comes to Jerusalem and declares that he is god, and seeks to show that he is god, and demands to be worshiped as god. 

And the faithful remnant at that time will flee to the wilderness. The antichrist will then seek to destroy all of the Jews that remain in the land, and two thirds of them will be destroyed; one third shall escape."

Holy HitlerBatman

Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. So in the name of Yoko Ono, let's give the peace of Jerusalem a chance. "Dear Jesus, Pastor Chuck says you have a perfect plan for the Jews. And that's for them to get damn-near annihilated before you come back. Uh, I dunno...peace out?" 

On the brighter side of the cross, a message on the wall of Calvary Chapel's lobby reminded the faithful to "pray for our troops." 

The OCeeker will! And, he will remember Christ's rather pacifistic words to Pontius Pilate: "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight." 

Those red-letter words are a pain in the ass. 

The OCeeker was last at "Big Calvary" several years ago when two bouncers practically tackled a friend who committed an act of Psalm 135:1-2 by standing to worship. 

Not only are Calvary Chapel's suit-cladded ushers infamous for squelching rogue worshippers, but they are known also for barring potty breakers from returning to their seats during the sermon. Go ahead. Try it. 

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Frisbee: WTF Chuck?
Indeed, Calvary Chapel has come a long way from taking in the bare-footed believers of the 1960s, those who would dance in the spirit on the streets that are golden. The church long ago crucified the counter-culture Christ on the cross of a comforting liturgy. They buried a dangerous Messiah and raised a mascot. Where have you gone, Lonnie Frisbee? Our Calvary Chapel turns its lonely eyes to you.  

The church was packed, but had the atmosphere of a waiting room at urgent care, with folks looking like they had to be there or else whatever ailment they had would only get worse.


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newportsects
newportsects

Is it tithe over truth? No wonder theres such a spiritual void in orange county-anyone with a heart and a newspaper would never bring their innocent kids to a building where they leave more molested than when they arrived. Smith is a great speaker, and what a voice, but when you try and distance yourself from your own "franchise" (his words), you are nothing more than just that. A business for profit. Gosh restaurants have a rating system based on filth-why not add churches too? The BBB should shut them down for false advertising-theres a cross on the building.  I heard it through the Vineyard that cancer may be the new wage for the knowingly covering up of this incredible sin by leadership in His Sanctuary. That means any of His OC churches. Wheres the "Church of Fraud" sign on all these vile businesses?

SteveB
SteveB

No matter how corrupt any church gets the bottom line answer is to simply stand up for Christ. Calvary says "vote with your feet" as membership isn't a church requirement. The Moses model harbors & hides sin yes...but does it cause you to sin?

If you truly believe Christ & His Word, then no pastor can fool you. You'd never put your faith or trust in a human because you already have the ultimate truth. Calvary "adds to" the Word of God constantly...that's what end times eschatology is "guessing".

Christ said not to do this...they do...so what do you do now? Separate from fellowship...or stay, rightly dividing the truth from Calvary's 'guessing'. I find myself having to divide wheat from chaff daily...and I have yet to find a "man's church" that follows the bible completely.

Focusing 'on Calvary' is the problem from the start. Whether you are on the pro-calvary side, or the anti-calvary side...you are both wrong...why? Where is your focus? Its on Calvary Chapel Inc. & its CEO instead of Christ.

Stop man worshiping and shift your focus. Stop organization uplifting and shift your focus. Stop man bashing and shift your focus. Stop organization bashing and shift your focus.

There is a huge 'honoring Chuck' parade happening all over Orange County. The christian thing to do, would be to refuse the honoring, and say "no, all glory belongs to Christ, I am no one". Why isn't this happening?

Mlinda3102
Mlinda3102

When a congregation does not have a clear understanding and means to hold every one, including the leadership accountable, there will be foxes, who are placed in charge of keeping "charge" over the flock.   The "Moses" model is not valid, no matter what Chuck Smith states. We are all annointed who are in Christ and we are all called to preach the gospel while holding one another to an account. To sweep anthing under the rug or to minimize behaviors that clearly are against God's Word is nothing more than joining in and reinforcing this type of wrong doing, particularly those who are placed in leadership roles. To say that there is no sanction or authority to hold another Calvary Chapel pastor accountable is not biblically sound. It is a easy way to play the middle field and to keep oneself from having to truely love in word and deed, however. It is a weak position and it is avoiding one's duties and obligation in protecting the body of Christ. Being with Calvary Chapel since 1978-----I am going to say to the leaders: we in the church are calling every pastor forward to give an account of all men who are cheating, lying, and abusing their family members. We are calling men and women alike to step to the plate and stop committing adultery and fornication. We are calling all who are or have or is playing games with another while violating their marital vows and displacing their partner. We are calling each person to stand up and stop mocking God's grace and claiming Once Saved Always Saved when in fact any attempts for most to bring these ungoldy behavior into the light is meant with the infamous weapon rule: To silent and to discredit the abuse, the forsaken, the betrayed, and the bullied. It is true that Calvary Chapel leadership has a history of turning their faces upon such atrocities within the congregation. It is also true that they are very weak on enabling others to take a more active part in bringing truth to the light.  Yet God's Word tells us that we are all filled with the Holy Spirit who are in Christ. It even tells us the the least of these ought to be able to decide these matters.  Hopefully, in time as the leadership changes hands, God will raise up one who will be more in line in not just preaching God's Word, but also implement it as well. It takes more than a fatherly smile and a "nice" or passive shepherd to lead those who want so much to know and to live in the way, the truth, and the light. God is not a respector of person and neither should we be.  It is time to pray that God does a leansing of the leaven that is in any Calvary Chapel as well as of other churches that claim to be Christian, teaching the whole gospel and walking in the Way. Ljp

Mlinda3102
Mlinda3102

When a congregation does not have a clear understanding and means to hold every one, including the leadership accountable, there will be foxes, who are placed in charge of keeping "charge" over the flock.   The "Moses" model is not valid, no matter what Chuck Smith states. We are all annointed who are in Christ and we are all called to preach the gospel while holding one another to an account. To sweep anthing under the rug or to minimize behaviors that clearly are against God's Word is nothing more than joining in and reinforcing this type of wrong doing, particularly those who are placed in leadership roles. To say that there is no sanction or authority to hold another Calvary Chapel pastor accountable is not biblically sound. It is a easy way to play the middle field and to keep oneself from having to truely love in word and deed, however. It is a weak position and it is avoiding one's duties and obligation in protecting the body of Christ. Being with Calvary Chapel since 1978-----I am going to say to the leaders: we in the church are calling every pastor forward to give an account of all men who are cheating, lying, and abusing their family members. We are calling men and women alike to step to the plate and stop committing adultery and fornication. We are calling all who are or have or is playing games with another while violating their marital vows and displacing their partner. We are calling each person to stand up and stop mocking God's grace and claiming Once Saved Always Saved when in fact any attempts for most to bring these ungoldy behavior into the light is meant with the infamous weapon rule: To silent and to discredit the abuse, the forsaken, the betrayed, and the bullied. It is true that Calvary Chapel leadership has a history of turning their faces upon such atrocities within the congregation. It is also true that they are very weak on enabling others to take a more active part in bringing truth to the light.  Yet God's Word tells us that we are all filled with the Holy Spirit who are in Christ. It even tells us the the least of these ought to be able to decide these matters.  Hopefully, in time as the leadership changes hands, God will raise up one who will be more in line in not just preaching God's Word, but also implement it as well. It takes more than a fatherly smile and a "nice" or passive shepherd to lead those who want so much to know and to live in the way, the truth, and the light. Ljp

Icmiracles
Icmiracles

Josh I am inviting you to Calvary Chapel CC.  Let me know which service would be convient for you and I will make arrangements to go with you.  If you have an heart open to the truth, I encourage you to say a prayer.  Ask GOD if HE is real to please open your heart and mind as you read the New Testament book of John.  This book was given that those who read it with a sincere heart will realize the truth (of course you have to be open to the truth).    I look forward to meeting you and I hope you will read the book of John with an open heart.  Marantha, Penny

Icmiracles
Icmiracles

Josh Dulaney and this article are a very sad reflection of the dumming down of America.  If Josh is over 16 years old more of your cells are dying than are being renewed.  So that would mean you are physically dying too.  Spiritually you sound close to death now.  Are you just wanting to know Christians and Jews?  You sound like you just might be Muslim.  I am curious as to whether you are editorlizing  for the sake of writting or do you have other motives, as I suspect?   That this was in an O.C. publication is very sad to hear where some of our young peoples hearts and minds are being directed.  If you Christian or Jew please pray over the county and for our country as a whole.  Please identify yourself and know that you are welcome at the church as long as you act within acceptable social manner. 

Deserthogs
Deserthogs

This makes me feel sad to read.  Sad for the writer.  Obviously whoever you are, you have no idea of the man Chuck Smith is.  In my estimation, Chuck is sincerely THE most Godly man I have ever met.  There will be a huge void left when he gets his final promotion.  An no....  None who attends or has ever attended Calvary Chapel worships Chuck.  It simply is not something that is done and Chuck himself is ever conscious of never allowing himself to be elevated to that status.  It is so intriguing to read such words from one who slams anyone proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.  Those of us who are part of the family know the truth and know you speak so because of your own lack of comfort in His presence.  Yep, might sound corny to you because you refuse to understand, we WILL be praying for you.

Glce4christ
Glce4christ

I like your style of reporting. Any ideas where Lonnie i ? He had some followers.

Andrew Johnston
Andrew Johnston

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.1 Corinthians 13:2

Pastor Chuck has served the Lord the majority of his life. He would be the first one to tell you he is not to be worshiped, and would point you to Jesus. Please show him the respect he deserves as a fellow human being and honorable man.

Seekingtruth
Seekingtruth

please stop worshipping a man and get your focus back (if it was ever there to begin with) on Jesus!

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I've been attending Calvary in Costa Mesa for over 16 years.  I love this church.  I agree with Johnnyjohnston.  What a hatchet job!  I'd be interested to know what is truly behind this nasty article.

Angelica Ruby Acosta
Angelica Ruby Acosta

May God bless Pastor Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel churches... What an awesome life he has lived so far - dedicated to serving the Lord and others. To the "OCeeker": Jesus loves you.  Angelica Ruby Acosta

CC truth'er
CC truth'er

Josh, sounds like you were once on staff at CCCM? 

Oh how the the truth hurts when it's true!CC truth'er says..."The fall of CC was an inside job"

Johnnyjohnston
Johnnyjohnston

You should be ashamed of this irreverent diatribe.  Chuck Smith is a godly man who loves to proclaim the Scriptures. Calvary Chapel churches have done a good work for the Kingdom of God for over 50 years.  Johnny Johnston, Calvary Chapel, Santa Cruz, CA

Dr. Roger Everett Koleman
Dr. Roger Everett Koleman

You stated: "None who attends or has ever attended Calvary Chapel worships Chuck."  You simply couldn't know that unless you were privy to the thoughts of everyone's mind.  People who attend churches worship many things other than the True and Living God.  Perhaps some of these do worship Smith.   At the very least, Smith is an idol to those that refuse to hear the truth about his deception.  And you do not know what idolatry is possibly in anyone's heart.  But out of the abundance of deception in Smith's heart he speaks!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Yes, because Godly, Christian people denounce sexual abuse victims from the pulpit for showing the extreme bravery to come forward. I guess Chuck must hand out those rose-colored glasses like peanuts...

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Angelica, johnny, andrew....

I appreciate your posts.  But, such a bitter spirit prevails here, I think my time would be better spent praying about it.  God bless each of you.

Dr. Roger Everett Koleman
Dr. Roger Everett Koleman

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them."  -- Ephesians 5:11

"But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep."   -- John 10:12-13

     Chuck Smith has appeared numerous times on Paul Crouch's TBN "Praise the Lord" program, thereby giving his approval of that apostasy. If Smith were an "honorable man" he would not do this evil.

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Hey...that wasn't necessary.  No one worships Pastor Smith.  We appreciate him for the great bible teacher he is. 

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Thanks johnny.  I attend Calvary in Costa Mesa and was shocked by this article.  Let's pray for Mr. Deluney.  God bless you all in Santa Cruz.

Dr. Roger Everett Koleman
Dr. Roger Everett Koleman

How do you know that "no one worships Pastor Smith"?  When one refuses to hear anything negative about someone they admire, or refuses to be corrected, then one in essence makes an idol of that person.  Chuck Smith is duplicitous, deceptive, and slippery.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

And were your rose-colored glasses a personal gift from the man?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Chuck Smith is not above reproach...that's all I was trying to say. I'm sorry if you think I'm unkind for pointing out your ignorance.

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I'll say the same to you.  No need for unkind remarks.

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