O Christian & Missionary Alliance, Repent!
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.
true story will cause every Spirit-filled Christian to cry out with
righteous anger: “This is outrageous! This is a sin!”
A Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) congregation in Paramus, New Jersey, faces forced removal from their debt-free church building the congregation has owned since 1929.
The Metropolitan District of the C&MA filed a lawsuit invoking a reversionary clause in their denominational documents. According to the district, the clause allows them to forcibly take over all assets of the Community Church of Paramus. The church property is valued at $500,000.
Listen carefully…the Community Church of Paramus was built without one cent of help from the C&MA. Now, the Metropolitan District is demanding that they can forcefully take over the church building and all property inside against the will of the Church. And the C&MA demands that the Church turn over their bank account of $27,000. (Instead of stating all of the facts of the case, read the articles listed at the end of this message.)
What do you call it when church government uses its official position or powers to wrongfully gain property and funds?
Redistribution of church wealth?
Jesus expressed righteous anger when He openly rebuked corrupt church leaders…
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
church officials appear godly, but inwardly they are full of greed and
they can never have enough money and possessions.
church officials use their official position or powers to obtain property
and funds to which they are not entitled.
church officials use unscrupulous practices to gain control of the
possessions they covet.
they are greedy dogs which can never have enough,
they are shepherds that cannot understand:
all look to their own way,
one for his gain,
officials pretend to care for their denominational flock but they are
secretly treacherous and covetous. They
are false friends who appear brotherly to those whom they covet:
waiting…waiting…waiting to greedily gain their brothers' possessions
church officials enrich themselves by taking advantage of the trust
between the church and district assuring churches the district will only
invoke the reversionary clause for just cause. But they are wolves in
sheep’s clothing. And when
the time is right, they will prey on their own brethren and devour their
And thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion,
and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God.
the case of the Community Church of Paramus, church officials have
greedily gained of their brethren by invoking a reversionary clause in
denominational documents. Under
this clause, the decision to revert the church property to the C&MA is
made solely by the C&MA district leadership.
The church has no voice.
can the property revert to the C&MA when it was never the original
owner? The plain meaning of
reversion is to revert, or return to the former owner.
If the C&MA never owned the Community Church of Paramus, then
how can it revert to the C&MA? Again,
the C&MA never contributed one penny to the building or maintenance of
is not a reversionary clause! This
is an extortionary clause!
Unquestionably, the reversionary clause is unconscionable: the decision for church property to revert to the C&MA is made solely by the Metropolitan District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance executive leadership; the church has no voice. Irrefutably, the terms of the clause are clearly one-sided and extortionary.
The C&MA officials carry on their greedy intrigue with so much artifice by including the reversionary clause in their denominational documents, that their wickedness is not suspected. The Community Church of Paramus took them for good brethren and signed the C&MA documents, never suspecting they were hoodwinked into signing over to the C&MA total possession and control of their church property. O what a wicked scheme!
There should be much weeping over such a wicked covenant!
O what a wicked scheme to betray trusting church congregations!
Woe unto wicked church leaders who are full of extortion and excess!
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
Due to a great public outcry against this abomination, the C&MA leadership responded with a message from Dan Wetzel regarding the closing of the Community Church of Paramus. You may read the response @ http://www.cmalliance.org/news/2012/01/03/a-message-from-dan-wetzel-regarding-the-closure-
according to Bruce Terpstra, the Superintendent of the Metropolitan
District, the District Executive Committee made a decision to close the
Community Church of Paramus more than 2 years ago based on the following:
the embezzlement of funds;
the complete absence of constitutional
a failure of oversight; and
the assessment of the District leadership
team that the church was no longer viable.
for the embezzlement of funds, the church treasurer committed this sin.
And when Pastor Joe Smaha found out, he consulted the C&MA
Metropolitan District for advice.
for “the complete absence of constitutional leadership” and “a
failure of oversight,” these broad and vague and untrue accusations are
used merely to cloak the District’s unconscionable use of the
reversionary clause; and to try and quiet the loud public outcry against
their extortion of the Paramus church property.
for the claim that the assessment of the District leadership team was
"the church was no longer viable" is another broad and vague
statement to justify the extortionary clause.
what is a “viable” church? According
to Pastor Joe Smaha, the Paramus church is healthy and growing.
Again: The Paramus church has about $27,000 in their church bank account and has never asked the CMA district for any financial help.
Community Church of Paramus is financially independent.
And the C&MA labels it “no longer viable”?
the C&MA website claims that the Community Church of Paramus has been
affiliated with the C&MA since the 1960s.
But they purposely withhold the whole truth: the Church also
unaffiliated with the C&MA in the late 1960s and did not
re-affiliate with them until October 1994.
So, between the late 60s and 1994 there was no affiliation with the
C&MA. And for about 35
years the church existed independently before the C&MA
affiliation in 1965.
extortion of church property is not new.
This has been happening in the C&MA for some time, and C&MA
pastors who speak out against this abomination are forced out of the
denomination. For example,
Pastor Smaha was stripped of his C&MA credentials last year for
fighting the extortion.
is the root cause of extortion? The
love of money...
the love of money is the root of all evil:
while some coveted after,
have erred from the faith,
pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
denominational leaders no longer consider themselves shepherds of church
flocks. They see churches as
businesses and see themselves as CEOs.
In other words, the church is not a ministry; it is a business and
should be run like a business. Thus,
the “progressive” or
business church uses marketing strategies to target “customers,”
church offices have “customer service,” and other man-made and
purpose-driven business strategies contrary to a Spirit-led ministry.
And one of the evil fruits is greed.
church officials sit at their desks rubbing their hands together chanting:
“Money, money, by fair means or by foul we must have money.”
church officials claim they need to sell church property to put the money
into church planting. What? Uproot a
healthy church to plant a new church?
This is nonsense. And
this is contrary to Jesus’ command:
all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,
ye even so to them:
this is the law and the prophets.
church officials claim they will let another congregation move into the
building. This is
religious socialism – the redistribution of church wealth.
is church property sold and the money put into the bank to assure district
officials of their high salaries?
where does the money from the extorted church bank accounts go?
Into district bank accounts for salaries, raises, and financial
support for favored churches?
this the church good ole boys game?
politics are as corrupt as civil politics.
the church is not a business. The church is a ministry.
church officials are no longer led by the Holy Spirit.
are led by the spirit of corrupt man. They are led by the love of
money: greed, extortion, excess…SIN!
must cry out against church oppression and extortion!
we must cry out to the Christian and Missionary Alliance leadership to
many as I love,
rebuke and chasten:
zealous therefore, and repent.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, cleanse yourselves “from all
filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of
God” (2 Cor. 7:1).
Christian and Missionary Alliance, repent! For you have wronged many men
and women and children!
O Christian and Missionary Alliance, repent! For you have defrauded many congregations!
O Christian and Missionary Alliance, repent!
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