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April 09, 2014

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Lois Ryerson


Bill and Bob...How well I remember you guys when my hubby Jack was on staff. He died and went to Glory the 28th of Dec, 2013. I'm so thankful he didn't know of this, he would have been heartbroken, too. You both put into words great things about CCFL and Pastor Bob. He was a wonderful proclaimer of God's Word. My heart goes out to Diane and the children. Love and prayers for all concerned.

Bill LaMorey

So great to hear from so many old friends and some new ones too. May God give us all and everyone else dealing with this comfort and strength in Christ.

Chris Martin

Masking your gossip and judgment as a begging for empathy is sin. Does the word "unspecified" mean anything do you? The press is only reporting he confessed to an unspecified "moral failing" It appears on the web that major press is hardly even reporting the story. Do you know why? It is because it is "UNSPECIFIED"!

I really want to ball you out, but I am going to behave. Stop gossiping. Take your story down. I've attended ten years.

Chris Martin

Debimarie007

Informative, to the point, but most of all steps to help. Thanks for that Bill

D

I'm glad you wrote this article, Bill. I still remember our mission trip up to NYC with you and Rebecca as our team leaders!
You said exactly what I am feeling. Even though I've moved away, I feel like someone has broken up with me, or just hurt me. I'm sad, 'flatlined', and sometimes anger starts bubbling up. I always knew CCFL as my home church, and even, like you said, 'knew it would be there', even though I'm here.
This is a really uncomfortable place to be, but I know I'm not going through it alone. Of course the Lord is there, but my brothers and sisters are too. I'm grateful that even at this distance, I know we're there for each other.
Pastor Bob has had a huge influence on me--as has Diane--in the 15 years I've known them, and I know God is not finished with their lives. Things will definitely look different, but I know God is concerned with each of us as individuals more than a building or situation.
Again, I appreciate you writing this, as it helps me define and feel less alone about what I'm experiencing.
Best to you in Him,
Christine K

PierreD

Hi Bill. I also started attending CCFL in 93, met my wife and was married by Gennarino. The ministry of CCFL and Bob changed the course of my life as well. We should be asking ourselves why this story is so often repeated? "Spiritual rags to spiritual riches, back to spiritual rags." Adam and Eve did it, the Israelites did it, we're all still doing it!

This behavioral cycle should not surprise us. Man is flawed due to his sin nature. Sinning is natural to us. We are all prone to wanting to get in the Driver seat of our life, thereby pushing God to the backseat just like Lucifer did. None of us can qualify to lead a church and be a spiritual guide to others by virtue of our impeccable performance before Almighty God.

The problem lies in well meaning people elevating such a leader to a level that he neither deserves, nor can handle. The pedestal built by these followers, becomes the gallows on which this leader hangs himself.

The emotional carnage felt by many in the aftermath support this view of having unintentionally given "near perfect" status to a sinful man. We are let "down" because we had first "elevated". The old adage "The bigger they are, the harder they fall." applies here. We made this leader bigger than life, bigger than he deserved, and now, like an over-inflated balloon, it blows up in our face much to our surprise!

Most of us may have had the experience of a friend or relative with infidelity or other "moral failure", but it didn't rock our world. So why is it so different with Bob or other leaders? Because of our propensity to want to attribute godlike qualities to a fellow man, a fellow sinner.

A good place to start "processing" this event, is to first go to God and humbly ask for forgiveness for having placed so much faith in a man and having attributed to him, the changes in our life that were the work of God by the Power of His Holy Spirit. Once this confession is made, the turbulent waters should become easier to navigate.

Be blessed and be a blessing.

Kathy Rich

That was a great Post Bill , I just came accross it among so many , I knew you and your Mom, I started Calvary in 93, so I can relate to all you are saying about CCFL and Pastor Bob. I feel the same way, he was such a mentor to all of us !! I am on a roller coaster ride with my feelings and emotions. My heart is heavy, I am shaken but not moved, why, because we had a great Teacher who prepared us for times such as these. I am not concered about the Church, God is in control. My heart is heavy for Pastor Bob, Diane and his two children. I will always keep them in my Prayers. He told Greg Laurie " I didn't finish good" Pastor Greg said Bob your not finished yet , God is not done with you, so true. Being at the church and serving there I have noticed the change, but a good one, seems the pride has subsided, the Pastors have been so real and transparent , our messages have been incredible. Our Pastors are truly ministering to the Body of Christ at Calvary FTL and we are being blessed.
Calvary has been my home Church for 20 Years, and I will continue to Worship there as long as the Lord has me there !!! Blessings to You and your family Hi to your Mom , I am Kathy Rich, you may or not remember me !!! I was on staff for a few yers I was at the Register in the Cafe.

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