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.
Below is a story which ran this past Sunday in the Washington Post, concerning Calvary Temple, and it was a long one, so I am posting excepts, and not in any particular order, except maybe for context. Basically, Star declared himself Apostle and started to decided everything – including his second wife (a ‘virgin bride’ 35 years his junior). He has ordered a strict control over the families in his congregation, supporting divorce and child abandonment. He controls the church finances with no regard to for anyone, often using them for his own hobbies. He comes from the Assemblies of God, which to no fault of their own (maybe) has produced this guy along with the Latter Rain movement – hence Joel’s Army and the New Apostolic Reformation. He sounds like he would fit right with Todd B, Patty K, and Johnny C.
I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church. (3 John 1:9-10 NKJV)