UPDATE (April 12, 2014): It has come to my attention Pastor Scott Rodriguez resigned from Calvary Chapel St.Petersburg. Here is the letter he wrote that explain what happened, notably that he was forced to resign after he rebuked the pastoral leaders of the church for their choice of sexually immoral music as well as frivolous alcohol use . Click here to read Scott’s letter >>
Pastor Scott Rodriguez taught my wife and I on several occasions at Calvary Chapel St Petersburg. I enjoyed pastor Scott’s teaching because it came across bold, and in your face. I have to say I chuckled when I read his response to recent comments pertaining to his ambush of Dayna Muldoon in the video below (2012):
In his written response (below), pastor Scott Rodriguez claims that he is not a bold man, which is left to interpretation.
Who is Pastor Scott Rodriguez?
Scott Rodriguez is an ex-convict (man slaughter & DUI convictions), who sleeps with a 4 foot Ninja Sword wedged between his bed mattresses. But don’t take my word for it, simply listen to his recorded sermons on the Calvary Chapel St Pete website and you will hear the passionate teacher for yourself, calling immoral women in his flock “prostitutes” and/or “concubines” and ask those in his audience to refrain from “farting around with the gospel.” Bold? I’d say so…
IMO, God led Scott Rodriguez to find a place of worship where he was offered a good paying job working for a very wealthy church that’s rapidly grown thanks to the generosity of its church members. Led by wicked men, I witnessed first hand how Calvary Chapel Saint Petetersburg exploits servants within its flock, violating Federal Copyright Laws to boot. But few people want to hear the truth about such seemingly divinely anointed men, who preach the gospel on Sunday, but walk a different path when they’re away from the pulpit.
It is my conviction pastors Danny Hodges, Art Dykstra, Bob Corry, Tom Teel and others at Calvary Chapel St.Petersburg are indeed wolves.
The word of God teaches us the fate that await such hypocrites in clergy who are held to a higher standard than their flock: Eternal Agony in Hell!
As for Pastor Scott Rodriguez, other than this sneaky misdirection, I have found no fault in him, other than perhaps being a little rough around the edges. In his own words, Pastor Scott Rodriguez blamed his passion & spontaneity for his attack on Reverend Dayna Muldoon. IMO, Scott planned to discredit Dayna Muldoon’s ministry long before he walked into her tent.
The Truth will set us all free.
After this verbal lashing by an ordained member of their clergy, I feel Calvary Chapel St Petetersburg will indeed need the kind of miracle Pastor Scott Rodriguez preached against to keep God’s wrath away from their fellowship.
Needless to say, my family and I no longer attend Calvary Chapel St Petersburg, instead we’ve surrendered our lives to serving the Lord in the true church, our home.
This is Pastor Rodriguez’s response to the affluence of rebuke he’s received as a result of his ambush of Dayna Muldoon, who trusted the Calvary Chapel pastor with a microphone in her assembly. By his own admission, Scott was on a mission long before he entered her tent…
Brothers, several have been asking for some backstory/context on these videos. Mrs. Muldoon set her tent up across the street from our church (it is still there until Sunday 5/20.) I received a call from one of our people that some families that attend our church were sitting in her audience. Others were there to pray and share the gospel afterwards with people leaving. They had been accosted by a young man named Devon, (the managers son) on the evening before when he overheard one of our young men talking with someone after the service about the call of Pastor being reserved for men.
I came out at the end of her Saturday night service and spoke with her, and her manager Dennis about their perspective on what had occurred. They felt that they were being heckled. I asked what they were preaching in order to get a better idea about their ministry, and explained to them that we, as a Gospel preaching church, would be extremely sensitive to a ministry that came off as strange as hers. She then claimed to be preaching the same message I described to her: that Christ came in the flesh to die upon a cross for the sins of man; that he was buried and rose again 3 days later; and that people are commanded by God the Father to turn from sin and put their faith in His Son’s finished work on the cross in order to be saved; and finally that there is no other way of salvation. She claimed that this was her message too, but that she also believed in miracles – which I agreed are still done today according to the will of God. I shared with her that if she would give me some materials to look over to her affirm her claims about her message, I would come back the next day and say a quick word to people from our Church about the need to refrain from being disruptive, disrespectful, and to hold any questions or disagreements until after her service to be voiced with her or her leaders. After some more discussion she said that would be acceptable to her.
I came back the next evening. She didn’t call me up as we’d discussed. Had she, I honestly don’t know what I would have said. I sat through about an hour of what I’d classify as normal charismatic preaching quite off-base, but nothing overly shocking. However, there was a transition after her message into various fraudulent acts of “ministering in the “Holy Spirit” that range from her laying hands on people who would respond by gyrating, shaking, screaming, flapping arms like being in a strong wind, knocking over chairs, throwing themselves down (not falling) on the floor. She prophesied over 3 girls that she said were seated where the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were, that would be getting married in June – she acted as if she knew nothing of their personal lives, but one of them was the attorney for the ministry that I’d met the night before – the other two were her friends. She said angels were there and that there could be voices of angels heard in her music because they followed her wherever she went. Then she scared a 3 year old little girl when she called her mother up – girl in arms, and began laying hands all over her body (the Mom’s).
Finally, I thought it was over, but she walked up to me where I was seated on the front row, and began “prophesying”. She said, “Young man spit your gum out and face me”. I got up (probably should have just walked out), and she began telling me how I thought I had come as a peacemaker, but was really there because God had used the hecklers to get me to her tent because He had something to give me through her. Then she went on and on saying all kinds of stuff, including that I said or thought that her ministry was a work of God, and that she was doing good and trying to help people. That was a lie. I never led her to believe any such thing. At that point I felt I needed to make it clear that I didn’t agree with her message or ministry, and that’s what I tried to do. Sadly I think it appears more as though some guy got in a prayer line or requested prayer and then seized on the opportunity – which isn’t true.
My greatest desire is to see God’s people warned, but I don’t feel I did things perfectly. Here’s why: I knew the right thing to do was to seek my Senior Pastor’s approval, but as a matter of convenience I did not. He is a man of God, and would have helped find a more godly way of approaching this, but in a moment of passion I acted and entrapped myself. Please don’t misunderstand, I believe once in the circumstance the worse thing I could have done is simply remained quiet, but I just feel as though Jesus would have done it differently. So while I stand behind my words to Mrs. Muldoon and would plead with people to flee from any ministry that replaces the Blood stained Gospel of Jesus Christ with a pursuit of miracles, I ask forgiveness of the Lord and my brothers for any way in which I got ahead of the Spirit of God or acted independently. Finally, please know that I’m not the bold man some think I am, I’m a man who is inconsistent and struggles with the fear of man like everyone else – we all desperately need the Cross, myself included.