pentecostal cult

Genuine Pentecostal cult, about 20 miles outside the D.C. beltway
Calvary Temple preaches the literal word of the Bib—uh, rather, the literal word of Pastor Star R. Scott, and he has increasingly hardened the battle lines: Either you accept his interpretations, or you're gone, and if that means jettisoning your kids or your spouse, too bad. Followers are down, from thousands to 400, but they're hardcore. (Bonus: The Bible says that, if the apostle's wife dies, the apostle gets to marry a 20-yr-old virgin, buy Ferraris, and set up a "racing ministry." That Bible, that sure is a good book.) Washington Post
     Posted By: Chuck - Tue Nov 18, 2008

The literal word of the bible isn't much better. I've read the bible several times and do not remember "Thou shalt buy a Ferrari". freak!
Posted by Madd Maxx on 11/18/08 at 08:11 AM
You've not got the new and improved translation, Maxx. The original text was "racing camel".
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/18/08 at 09:53 AM
Fear-based faith is more powerful than any other spiritual experience or insight. This dude is a master of control. He disseminates knowledge of the various discretions and the appropriate punishments among the congregation, who then bicker among themselves. His "sermons" in turn will echo the beliefs of the members, giving them a sense of righteousness. The members, in turn act out the model behaviour. This leaves little energy to focus on the inconsistencies of the church leadership. I could go on with the idea of mimicking the "model" behaviour, but why bore you lot, eh? It is sufficient to note that the guy is going to die eventually. When he does, someone will come along who will either clear the cobwebs from the congregation's eyes or will continue to build on the previous freak's work. Stay tuned for more from "As the Bible Thumper Spurns!"
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Posted by agent j in Toronto, Canada on 11/18/08 at 10:01 AM
There's a pentacostal church by my house, my brothers used to attend it, that actually preaches wealth and that if you are not wealthy than you are living in sin. It's all your fault because God wants you to be rich. They promote giving more than the tithe because God gives back ten-fold and that is the way to really build up wealth. My brothers ended up going to another church that actually allows you to be poor as dirt. They feel much better now.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 11/18/08 at 10:02 AM
Uh, oh, Gary... TYPO!!! 😉

I didn't realize God wanted me to be rich. I'm such a sinner...
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 11/18/08 at 10:53 AM
Well we all know God is a Republican, so tithing is just a form of trickle-down economics. The church takes the tithe, the pastor buys a Ferrari, some Italians get richer, and..err..somehow the money comes back to you tenfold.
Posted by John in O-high-O on 11/18/08 at 11:59 AM
The only thing the Italians have given me is a bigger butt. Damn those strombolis!
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 11/18/08 at 12:02 PM
Me either... but now I'm hungry. Wanna come take me to lunch?? LOL
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 11/18/08 at 12:10 PM
The Bible says, "The love of money is the root of all evil." Sounds like Pastor Scott has a taproot that goes pretty deep.

In my church, we don't turn away anyone. We don't believe God does either. "No matter where you're at on life's journey, you're welcome in the United Church of Christ." The candidate who WON the recent Presidential election is one of us, not one of Pastor Scott's 400.
Posted by stpatme on 11/18/08 at 10:05 PM
We're not the stupid ones, nor are we calling anyone names, and NO you don't have to read our intelligent comments, you CHOOSE to.
Posted by stpatme on 11/19/08 at 10:59 PM
I would have bet the guy is a Republican; we Democrats aren't as likely to follow dictators as they are. Although I will concede that the last eight years may have been an aberration on their part.

And like most UCC members, I'm from the North. Back in the 19th century, the Congregationalists and the Presbyterians split up the unsettled continent; we spread through the North, and they took the South.

As to "third party status," having just retaken the White House and increased our majorities in both houses of Congress, I don't think so. Besides, just who would you say ARE the major parties if the Democrats and Republicans are "third parties?", the Greens???
Posted by stpatme on 11/20/08 at 03:42 AM
Hey you two, I don't want to be lumped into any one group. I may have strong liberal tendencies but I also have strong conservative ones too. Against gun control but for abortion. Anyway, instead of being liberal I am more of a Bush hater (that's President Bush because I love bush 😉 ) I appreciate the clever remark Wayne. Can't we all just play nice? :cheese:
Posted by Madd Maxx on 11/20/08 at 08:04 AM
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