I have become more sensitive to these types of ‘pastors’ because of my own dealing with controlling, self-serving people who claim to be ministers. I reckon I shouldn’t be surprised – this is where depravity, abuse of power, and a cult mentality leads you.
First, start here.
Then, there is another report out which shows that abusing people in the U.S. wasn’t enough – Scott went to where so many Prosperity Preachers and their ilk are going today – Africa:
For more than three decades, Calvary Temple, a Pentecostal church in Sterling, has been a source of controversy. People have been devoting their lives, families and bankbooks to the message preached by founding pastor Star Scott, but hundreds have also left Calvary over the years, saying their families and relationships were destroyed by Scott and an intense culture where people are urged to divorce spouses and shun children who resist Scott’s teachings. People who resist the Calvary way are accused in sermons of hating God.
Now the same allegations are being leveled at Calvary’s mission churches in Kenya – but in a different cultural context.
Police in Eldoret, Kenya, have reportedly issued a warrant for the arrest of one of the Calvary pastors, a Virginia man named Ron Zarou, and civic leaders are calling for a probe of the Calvary branch. They say the church wasn’t properly registered, nor is its school and that its members are being forced to leave non-church-member spouses and to marry church members. They also allege the church is improperly taking church members’ financial assets.
Here is a news conference where family members decry what is happening:
Calvary Temple has 18 spin-off churches in Africa, down from 40.