On Easter Sunday we heard of Pastor Danny’s “retirement” which we knew in our hearts was wrong. We knew he would never leave the church he loves without a head pastor to take over.
Two weeks later we were shown a video, by him, admitting to a problem that he had, but was delivered from 18 months ago.
Deep inside our souls we asked “what is really going on here?” Our spirits told us something is wrong. And it is. Very wrong. This is spiritual attack against our pastor. Matthew 26:31 says, “Strike the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.
We were shocked to learn three pastors instigated this plot to remove Danny. They contacted an outside source to start a review of him over 5 months ago. They didn’t go to the Calvary Chapel Association, like they should have, but instead went to Pasterserve.
According to Pastorserve’s website they were supposed to talk to the Elders and to the small group leaders. Only the Ruling Elder board of five were interviewed and none of the small group leaders or the remaining elders. No one else knew or was consulted. It was done secretively.
ECC 12:14 says “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
Some of the leadership are committing two major sins. They are bearing false witness, not just against their neighbor but against their leader and they are coveting the position of senior pastor.
Anytime we questioned one of those pastors about it and they told us the church is trying to protect our senior pastor and it is a deep sin issue or a financial matter. If we didn’t leave it alone we were just going to hurt him. These are lies. Our pastor himself confessed to what he had done wrong in his video. Remember that. Anything else said hear is malice and slander.
They talk of ‘restoring him’. If that were true then why have they worked so hard to get rid of him? And why is he no longer on the website?
This really has nothing to do with Danny not being there. It has everything to do with what they have done to him. If he were actually retiring or going somewhere that God called him to go then okay. We would miss him but so be it. Jesus Christ is the head of our church but Danny is its heart. He is God’s anointed teacher and rightful head pastor of this Church. Pastor Danny’s love of the Lord is evident by his messages and those messages have grown this congregation from a small Warehouse to the huge church it is today. All along he gives glory and credit to God. He loves this church body.
What he has done recently is try to keep it together and that’s what we’re doing. Our actions are not meant to divide Calvary but to save it. The congregation is already dividing and the numbers are decreasing every week. The leadership behind this don’t care. They said they expect to lose 25 to 35% of the congregation without Danny and they are okay with that. That’s not okay! The bible teaches in Luke 15:4, a good shepherd will leave the 99 sheep to find the one that is lost.
This is what God is telling us to do. God is good and his ways are pure. He is orchestrating all of this. We are just listening to Him. It is all overwhelming but we trust the Lord. We have no way of knowing all of this inside information without God being the coordinator of this. None. We are sure they will try to discredit us and say that we are misinformed or lying. We can assure you that our sources are extremely reliable. We have no reason to lie.
In My fasting and prayer I asked God why did it get this far. He told me “It had to”. It took the vote against Danny to see how far the yeast had spread among the leadership. And now he knows that nine pastors and assistant pastors were actually affected. 9. We are sure some of them are good men whose hearts have been led astray, but they still voted for him to leave. Only three pastors stood up for Danny. They are Pastors Art, Frank and assistant Pastor Luis.
Bottom line: Nothing Pastor Danny spoke of on the video is grounds for him not being senior pastor of this Church. It didn’t affect his teaching and he should remain as head pastor. He spoke of his issue of pride. If everyone who was prideful in some way couldn’t teach there would be no pastors. Pastor Danny is not perfect and has always been transparent about his shortcomings. The only perfect one was Jesus and He said “Let He who is without sin among you cast the first stone” None of us can do that.
If you are a new believer please do not let this dishearten you but to serve as a warning instead. The devil is out to destroy all believers, new and seasoned. The only way to combat that is to have a relationship with Jesus and know the truth of the Bible. Stay in it. Read it. Pray daily so that you will know when you’re being led astray. Listen to the Holy Spirit inside of you. If it feels wrong, then it probably is. Don’t be discouraged. 1 John 4:4 says “Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” God always wins.
Right now many of you probably have a full range of emotions and want to know what you can do. First and most importantly-pray. I know many of you have been. Continue to pray for Danny, Wendy and their whole family. Pray for the ones doing this to come to repentance. Pray for this Church to continue teaching the way it has for 34 years. Pray and do what God leads you to do.
If you don’t agree with what is happening let the pastors and ruling elders know. What we are doing is putting our tithe away or tithing elsewhere until our Danny is restored to his rightful position. Pastor Danny has always taught that the tithe is to God and should be done through your home church. That’s true but with what has happened, this is no longer our home. But it can be again. It’s not too late. As a congregation we need to unify in the truth and come together to save this Church. We need to insist that Pastor Danny is reinstated and given full authority to remove the ones responsible for all this.