Chuck’s dead and I win!
Pastor Chuck Smith’s younger brother Paul Smith has come out with shocking revelations concerning the final months of his brother’s life.
- Chuck Smith slammed his fist down in anger demanding that Brian Brodersen and all his people “just leave!”
- Chuck wanted Paul Smith and others to create an “explosion” at Calvary that would break up all the changes implemented by Brian Brodersen.
- Chuck had written out a succession plan for Calvary Chapel that dismissed Brian Brodersen which was kept in his desk but was stolen. Chuck’s two sentence letter dismissing Brodersen had already been written out (i.e., “thank you, goodbye”).
- The nurse named Lina, who was hired by Brian Brodersen, and who apparently called Brodersen instead of emergency ‘911’ on the night Chuck died of a sudden heart attack, was earlier caught red-handed by Paul Smith eavesdropping on the succession meetings the Chuck was holding in his home office. She was listening outside the door and taking written notes!
- When Paul Smith caught her he asked her not to listen in on these conversations, but he believes that since her cover was blown and this triggered somebody to move into action to steal the succession/contingency paperwork from Chuck’s desk.
- Brian and Cheryl Brodersen (Chuck’s youngest daughter) together confronted Chuck in his office as he was dying and Chuck told them his succession plan to dismiss Brian. They screamed and yelled and stormed out of the house.
- The next Sunday Cheryl Brodersen violently punched one of the board members in the chest who she learned had been part of Chuck’s secret succession plan.
- Chuck felt that Brodersen hated far too many people at Calvary Chapel to be the appropriate leader.
- Somebody hacked into Paul Smith’s personal computer and stole and destroyed files.
These are amazing revelations in this video:
There is currently a lawsuit pending (verified complaint pdf) against Brodersen for allegedly interfering with Chuck Smith’s medical treatment and cutting off his ailing widow Kay Smith from her church retirement pension. The suit was filed by Jeff Smith and Jan(et) Manderson, adult children of Chuck and Kay. Chuck’s other estranged son, Chuck Jr, a liberal Christian who dabbles in new-age type ideas and refuses to condemn sodomites, had to be rebuked after he secretly corrupted the publication of one of his father’s books by adding into it sentences that endorsed ‘emergent Christianity.’ The books had to be recalled and pulped. Junior, despite his estranged relationship with his father, nevertheless has waded in to publicly denounce his sister’s lawsuit with assertions that his father probably died peacefully and that his mother probably wasn’t paid because of clerical errors.
Paul Smith is a conservative Bible-believer (edit: Uncertain how much – I think he actually falls into the half-way position – “I use the King James” position rather than a real AV 1611 believer, as Chuck was when he first began).
It seems as if Paul Smith played the role of an Obadiah who used his position as Chuck’s younger brother to shield other conservative Bible believers at Calvary from Brodersen’s loyalty purges. Although Chuck Smith wavered, to his credit he never stopped using the King James Bible. Unfortunately Chuck Smith was so warm and people-oriented that he tended to bend his convictions to agree with whoever the last person was that talked to him. Unfortunately Brodersen used his relationship with Chuck’s daughter Cheryl to worm his way to the top of the organization, becoming Chuck’s right-hand man, and then jealously alienating and driving away anybody who challenged him. Brian isn’t liked by many, but he eliminates those that challenge him so he is feared. But now that Chuck is gone, Brodersen has a free hand to reshape the organization along more modernistic-ecumenical lines (“Being ‘culturally conservative’ hurts movement’s relevance, says Chuck Smith’s successor, Brian Brodersen” – cite).
Apparently the Board of Calvary Chapel, which is loyal to Brodersen, can do whatever it pleases without the need for obtaining any permission from the congregation. (When a member objected to the perfunctory ordination of Brodersen after Chuck’s death, he was dismissively told, “That is not up for discussion.”)
Paul Smith indicates in the video that a major concern is that unless responsible people are able to get full control of the intellectual property rights to his brother’s materials, they are in danger of being editorially altered. A chief aim of the lawsuit is to wrest out of Brodersen’s control the international “The Word of Today” ministry leaving him to simply operate the local Santa Ana church facility.
One of things that is alleged in the lawsuit is that in May of 2008 Brodersen attempted a failed coup at Calvary Chapel and was briefly dismissed by Chuck Smith.
It is very mysterious that non-smoker Chuck Smith came down with lung cancer, but these things won’t remain secrets forever.
“For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.” Mark 4:22.
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Update 10/28/2014 - Someone on youtube calling himself Chuck Smith Jr accuses his uncle Paul Smith of being a criminal for excluding the spying caretaker Lina from her unwanted eavesdropping on Chuck Smith’s office meetings:
Jay Ward’s comment:
In my opinion, it was unwise for my Uncle Paul to post this video. For example, he incriminates himself in admitting that my dad’s caregiver had to eavesdrop outside his office during meetings with my uncle and others when discussing important issues and decisions my uncle wanted my dad to approve. The role of the caregiver for the elderly includes being present when parties are attempting to influence the elderly person into signing documents or making changes regarding personal or business affairs. This is for the protection of the rights of the elderly. Dad’s caregiver should not have been excluded from those meetings and to exclude her constitutes a criminal violation.
Uncle Paul mentions a letter of termination that my dad had in his desk when he died, implying that Dad intended to sign it but had not been able to get to it. In fact, my dad had not written that letter, but it had been presented to him with other documents my uncle had been pressuring my dad to sign for several months prior to his death, but that Dad had adamantly refused to sign. In fact, during my dad’s last stay in the hospital, to which my uncle alludes, when I arrived to make preparations for spending the night, my uncle was in Dad’s room, once again folder in hand, to badger him into signing papers Dad had no intention of signing. Dad had not only months but years to consider what my uncle put before him and Dad had made up his mind regarding those issues long before his last days with us.
All of the deception that has gone on over the last couple of years has been an exhausting source of grief. Once Dad’s cancer was diagnosed the vultures began circling–wanting him to promote them, endorse their books, give them positions of authority, and so on. There are others who have not yet stepped out into the open as my sister, Janette, and Uncle Paul have done, and perhaps they never will. To come forward is to risk exposure. But the more the deceptive accusations and allegations go public the more the truth will come out. Then, things spoken in secret will be proclaimed from the rooftops.
However, it is incredibly sad because the whole thing is so unnecessary and so contrary to how people who claim to be followers of God should behave. Unfortunately, the best “fruit” of my dad’s life and ministry is not being evidenced by his family.
Somebody the commented to ask him to confirm who he was. This was Jay Ward’s second comment -
My apologies jeemjeem. My real-life name is chuck smith, jr. I should have made my identity more clear.
“Jay” is a nickname that Liz Bergen gave me in my early twenties when I was an associate pastor at my dad’s church in Costa Mesa. Liz was the first secretary-receptionist for CCCM when we moved into the chapel on Sunflower and Greenville (that soon proved to be too small). “Ward” is both Dad’s and my middle name (I believe it was his mother’s maiden name).
However, it may still be that you know my Uncle Paul and do not know me.
We can’t know for sure whether this “Jay Ward” person is really Chuck Smith Jr or not – but his google+ account does link back to some Capo Beach Calvary contacts so it seems legit – but who really knows (?).
If genuine, it appears to be an attempt to ‘turn the tables’ on Paul Smith with a rather bogus attempt to justify Lina’s outrageous spying. That is certainly not what nurses are suppose to do.
Although nurses are obligated to report instances of financial abuse if they know about them, they are not suppose to hover all over their ‘wards’ to constantly monitor their private conversations 24 hours a day – and take notes! – playing the spy just in case somebody might attempt financial abuse.
This hired caretaker was not a court-appointed conservator and Chuck, from all accounts, was sick, but not incompetent.
If this comment really came from Chuck Smith Jr. (as a secondary account?) then it reflects badly on him.
Whether that youtube commenter Jay Ward is really Chuck Jr or not, one thing is certain, he sure knows how to hypocritically employ the pious religious game of making “love” a shield when it comes to covering up his own devilment, and then a sword when it comes to attacking those that expose said devilment. Calvary Chapels have always excelled in that gimmick.
If there is more to come out, as he alluded, then let it all come out. Bust up the franchise with sunshine and scatter the Calvary Chapels to the wind. Survival of an institution at the price of integrity is how the despicable Roman Church, and all the dead branches of state Protestantism, got into their respective messes.
Let every church that abandons the King James Bible as its sole and absolute authority go the way of the dodo bird.
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