@Chesterk55 Your suggestion is an interesting one. I think the complaints/allegations people on this forum do make ought to be put to OSCR and the detail of the complaint posted here also, with any answer you receive. The question is, when OSCR allows SMC to retain their charitable status will you accept that they have been cleared of any financial impropriety or will it be business as usual?
This forum has been very actively discussing the very serious problems caused by Struthers for the last 2 years. Struthers (according to their recent “celebration”) has been in operation as a church for 60 years.
So I suppose what constitutes “business as usual” depends on when you start counting.
As many testimonies here from the 70s and 80s indicate problems, pain, mental and spiritual anguish and unfair and unexplained rejection of some of those attending did not suddenly begin 2 years ago when those on this forum started talking about it. Neither is the charity having financial mess ups an exclusively recent thing. Let's assume you know that.
If you have been in Struthers for any length of time, as some of us were, you would understand that “business as usual” is rejecting questions and questioners, and regarding those who do not slavishly agree with the leaders as Godless and unspiritual. Even many still in Struthers will recognise that as “business as usual” as they keep quiet and just give less money as the years go on, at least according to the figures in the accounts.
What you seem to be doing is simply another attempt by those supporting the Struthers regime to say to the few attendees that remain in the few, shrinking churches there is not any real problem – these people online are making it all up. The pain they speak of is fake. The idea that there are any financial and governance issues is false.
I strongly agree with the Petitor that God is more concerned with moral honesty from Christian leaders that OSCR probably are. If I was a Struthers leader I would be more concerned with God judging me according to the way I had judged others (Luke 6 v 37-38) rather than with what OSCR will find. If someone like Covlass, Lyntar, Chris19, lovealways, susie or The Petitor had made a fraction of the complaints against me as they have about their treatment by various Struthers leaders I would do something about attempting to fix that whether OSCR told me to or not.
Help us here Kelvin – why have the Struthers leaders done nothing? Do you understand why that is and can you explain it to us? I notice you claim (in your second post) not to speak for Struthers. Does that also mean you are not on the Struthers payroll?
At the end of the day all those who have left hurting, in pain and with a view of the love of God for them seriously damaged by the Struthers preachers can carry on helping each other here until everyone feels they have had the help they need. So in that respect I hope the “usual business” of this forum continues until everyone who wants to share their honest experiences and needs help and recovery gets it.
And if people still in the organisation want to pretend everything is alright that is not really going to affect any of us much. Whatever the outcome of any OSCR inspection - you can keep pouring money into the debt creation machine that Struthers has become in the last few years and continue to support the main focus of the charity (as indicated in the accounts) subsidising private education.
Hey Kelvin – it's your money.