Former NBA player Nick VanderLaan, a recent money-giving member of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, tells his story of being detained against his will and then arrested for speaking out at a meeting to question the presence of the controversial Ergun Caner.
shared the details with me months ago.
Here's what happened in a nutshell from my recollection of our conversations and Nick's recounting of events:
attended a special meeting at CCCM
featuring Ergun Caner as the guest-speaker.
Previous to the meeting, Nick
concern to CCCM
Leadership, believing he
had the right and responsibility to do so as a giving member of the Church.
concerns were basically ignored.
At the meeting, Nick
stood up to challenge Caner's presence.
was non-violent and merely spoke out and spoke up.
Calvary Chapel Leadership knew who he
and his family were known quantities, attended a trip to Israel with Chuck Smith, counseled with pastors there, dedicated their kid at the CCCM pulpit etc etc.
The goon squad cuffed Nick
up, took him to another part of the church, denied him bathroom and water and detained him against his
will for a prolonged period of time.
Santa Ana police arrived later and arrested and charged Nick
The ordeal took an expected toll on Nick
The charges were eventually dropped by the District Attorney.
Adding insult to injury, Nick
has tried many times to address the issue of both Caner and the detainment and subsequent arrest with Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa
Leadership...with "no attorneys"...basically Nick
wanted to follow Scripture and deal with this in a Matthew 18 manner.
wonder what would have happened if Nick
had gotten to the church before the man began speaking.
That seemed to be his
I can understand the church getting angry that he
went in there yelling in front of everyone.
It';s not really an acceptable approach.
If more men were like Nick
, church would be a safer place, in my opinion.
How disappointing I think it might be for Nick
to find out CCCM
is not the place he
thought it was.
Now Mr. VanderLaan
was / is a man of integrity, faith, concern for souls and other such as I have come to understand nonsense but should be commended.
Given enough time in the corporation I think he
will learn to repent of those inconveniences.
I know I have prayed often to but still fail, and I am ashamed of that.
In my opinion Mr VanderLaan
would be much happier and find less contention within the Church of Jesus Christ
where biblical principles are followed.
is also in good company as the Apostle Paul stood up in the same way and was arrested and also vindicated.
It seems that Ergun Caner invited response with his bold statement and VanderLaan
too him up on his invite.
That said - - - as I've been blogging about the Sovereign Grace lawsuit, sexual abuse in my own church situation, am familiar with the abuses at CC
, don't you all find it ironic how fast CC got police and outside civil authorities involved in this situation to get VanderLaan
This is why this is serious to some and possibly why Nick VanderLaan