Calvary Chapel Green Valley Henderson, Nevada…a safe church or a spiritually abusive group?
The following is from someone who suffered from severe emotional, verbal and spiritual abuse from this church’s leadership (permission to share):
“In my twenties, I was severely emotionally and verbally abused by a pastor at the church (I will keep his name private), in two meetings he called me to, which resulted in very severe PTSD which lasted a long time. My trauma included severe trauma which included nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories, an exaggerated startle response, etc. The things he said to me were the most untrue, wicked and ugly things I have ever heard anyone speak in my life, and I never expected this from him since he seemed so nice when preaching. I thought for sure God hated me, I felt so condemned. I started to view God as punitive and angry. I felt hopeless because of the leaders’ treatment. I could not reconcile the concept of the loving God with the behavior of these leaders. It was a severe emotional beating, which Jesus warned about in Luke 12:45,46. He used a lot of gaslighting in the meeting, which is also a psychological tactic for abuse. He told me sternly as he leaned over his desk and stared into my eyes as I was weeping that God says discipline is painful. I know what healthy ‘church discipline’ is and is not. I know the difference between loving, godly discipline/correction and abuse. My only ‘sin’ was that I had visited another Christian church down the street for Bible study and read a book by a Christian author which was not on their “approved list” (they called me ‘divisive’ for doing this). I had also questioned another leader about a harmful practice/teaching I saw (also, I noticed a few lies at the church). After this stern shaming, I was warned in writing to never step foot on property again. I have heard the same happen to others in Calvary Chapels; it’s the same pattern of abuse. These leaders also use the psychological tactic of the silent treatment, which is a documented form of abuse and shunning. This church is hyper-authoritarian, the teachers twist scriptures and misuse their ‘power’. This is spiritual abuse. They believe they are ‘above’ being confronted for their own sins and abuse. They look down on others who are ‘vertically below’ them (yes, this is the exact wording they use repetitively when speaking of members). They set themselves on pedestals. Sure, all looks fine on Sundays and to the public view. This is neither a false accusation nor slander…it happened to me and bad things happened to many. This is the unpleasant truth, but it needs to be said. Please don’t take these church leaders at face value. I have left the church and have prayed for them. This is not a loving church that reflects Christ…especially, behind the curtain. Research narcissism and spiritual abuse in the pulpit. There are some great books on the topic, including one by Dr. Darrell Puls. Today, I am a survivor of church abuse and I am still strong with my faith in God. I have found that God has absolutely nothing to do with spiritual abuse or prideful, abusive leaders.” – Anonymous
The written content of this post is now password protected as well as the previous article entitled, “Protect our children and God’s people: Warning! False advertising about accreditation at Calvary Chapel Green Valley Christian School in Henderson, Nevada and a helpful article on spiritual abuse written by Dr. Darrell Puls”.
Please make contact if you would like to read about the peculiar teachings of this unsafe group in the password protected post. We have quite a bit of information on file, eye-witnesses, etc. Please also consider leaving an anonymous comment on this post so that others can be warned. Here are some of the personal testimonies of those who left, written by a group of several individuals (more than a dozen, if I recall correctly). These were public photos of a public debate, and this is a public concern.
I strongly encourage you to research spiritual abuse and the helpful articles on this site pertaining to Calvary Chapel and spiritual abuse (please see the drop down menu on the right side of the page). There have also been many negative Yelp reviews removed. Please see the helpful comments at the end of this post, and please look up Rick Ross’s “Warning Signs” list for unsafe groups.
Please note that none of the following testimonies were written by this ministry, and please also note that there are many more testimonies not shown here.