There have been several posts relating to the Cumbernauld branch of Struthers, but I'd like it to be known that the same controlling, favouritism and banning procedures occur in all the branch churches. Since every one of the leaders follow the same teaching and continually told us how much in unity the leaders are, then it followed that their treatment of members of their church grouping adhered to the same pattern.
I can certainly testify that these practices went on in other branches, but I think it is actually worse than that. Struthers Memorial Church is a single organisation that runs a number of local churches, coffee/ bookshops and a school. The controlling, favouritism and banning procedures are part of their “Divine revelation” of the right way to do things, so they apply equally in the churches, the shops and the school.
How could it be otherwise? How can they take “the Divine revelation of God” and NOT apply it to every part of the organisation? You just have to listen to some of the sermons, for example the one where the head teacher of the school preaches about how the school council is useless because it wants to change things rather than accept her authority, to see what the real values and ethos are across the whole organisation.
This of course contradicts the information the school hands out, but which do you think they really believe – the school handbook that is part of the liaison and engagement process that they preach that they don’t believe in, or the sermon which is meant to be the revelation of the Word of God?
On another matter, I recently realised that it is possible to see how may people are reading these pages. I do not have earlier records but on Wednesday 23 March, there had been 5775 visits to the Struthers Discussion Forum. The number of visits to the Struthers discussion forum each day since then have been:
24 March 2011 – a further 174 visits
25 March – 153
26 March – 173
27 March - 120
28 March - 100
29 March – 132
30 March - 158
… giving a current total of over 7,000 today. It looks like there are a lot of people interested in this discussion.