I just read the controversial Christianity Today article entitled “Day of Reckoning” about Calvary Chapel today. When I read the part about the lawsuit and countersuit over assets for the Calvary Satellite Network, it brought two scriptures to mind:
“And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he [Jesus] said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:13-15)
“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.” (1 Corinthians 6:1-8)
Once again, Christians are making themselves look bad to the unbelievers with their covetous attitudes. Haven’t these guys read their Bibles recently? After all, they are running ministries. Instead of suing each other they should have handled the situation according to what the scripture says regarding church discipline. But I guess they thought a lawsuit in front of secular authorities would work better than God’s word. Yes, brothers and sisters, corruption and covetousness are thriving very well in today’s congregations. Satan must be so happy!
–Harry A. Gaylord–