Have you attended a Calvary Chapel and noticed any false teaching, practices or mentalities? If so, would you please prayerfully consider posting your testimony on the end of this post in the comments section? You can choose any name or comment anonymously. The purpose of this is to shed light on what is truly going on at Calvary Chapels behind the curtain (see Ephesians 5:11, 3 John 1:10, and Revelation 2:15,16) with regard to false teachings and practices (like the “Moses Model”) and to comfort those who are also walking the same path and experiencing emotional/spiritual abuse and/or false teachings.
I have run into hurting people in the community who have their stories to tell. I also have seen community reviews online (on Yelp, for example) for Calvary Chapels in Las Vegas that mysteriously disappear. Of course, the only ones that disappear are the ones that have a low star rating. I have photographed some of these reviews from Christians only to return later and find them deleted (what ever happened to freedom of speech? Why must God’s people be silenced?)! Also, on this website, I am able to see what other people in the world are “Googling” to get to this site. Technology is fascinating. Almost every single day, someone in the world is asking the question… “Is Calvary Chapel a cult?”.
If God leads you to share your story on here, I only ask that everything said be the absolute truth and that no filthy language be spoken. Please also share how God has helped you through your journey and comforted/strengthened you in order to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4 speaks of comforting others when we have suffered through something). If you know a loved one who has been shunned or suffered at the hands of Calvary Chapel leadership, please share this with them. LVAE has written a lot of informative articles on Calvary Chapels for your information (see categories in drop down menu). If you have any further questions about the unbiblical teachings and practices of Calvary Chapels in Las Vegas, please send an email.
Often, people think that Calvary Chapels are good because the pastor preaches the Bible on Sundays. For many Christians, they see something else the closer they get to leadership or when they start asking questions. Remember, counterfeit money looks real until you get really close and start analyzing and comparing it to the truth.
May the Lord bless you with strong Biblical discernment!
If you need detailed information on the teachings and practices of Calvary Chapel Green Valley, LVAE has that on file. If you are interested, please feel free to email.
See photo below of a typical day’s website stats (what people are typing into search engines to land on this website):
Chuck Smith teaches that pastors are not accountable to others which is a false teaching and allows abuse of power. Do you really know what your Calvary Chapel teaches? They say they only teach and believe the Bible, but do they add to or twist God’s words via the extra “foundational” document called the “Calvary Chapel Distinctives” written by a guy named Chuck? Please note that Chuck predicted the Lord would return in 1981, and that obviously did not happen. His direct quotes can be found in his writings (encouraging you to do your research). : https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/do-you-really-know-what-your-calvary-chapel-believes-its-not-just-the-bible-its-the-distinctives/
What are other Christians in Las Vegas searching for on the internet with regard to Calvary Chapels? https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/google-search-keywords-what-are-other-people-in-las-vegas-searching-for-about-apologetics-church-abuse-and-cults/
Spiritual Research Network (SRN) former Calvary Chapel Pastor Chris Lawson has conducted a lot of research on the errors/falsehoods of Calvary Chapels. Here is Pastor Chris on Vimeo with helpful, Biblical advice on confronting abusive leaders and warnings about doing so.
Hundreds of online testimonies from the public concerning spiritual abuse at numerous Calvary Chapels (please note that LVAE does not endorse all views expressed on this website): http://calvarychapelabuse.com/wordpress/calvary-chapel-whats-been-your-experience-good-bad-or-ugly/
Hear audio teaching: Chuck Smith teaches his followers that good Mormons can go to heaven… https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/chuck-smith-believes-and-teaches-that-some-mormons-are-going-to-heaven-and-are-christian/
It is always important, whatever church you attend (whether a Calvary Chapel or not), to compare the church to Rick Ross’s (Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist) Cult Warning Signs: http://www.culteducation.com/warningsigns.html