Has Anyone Ever Heard of Radiant Life Church in Sacramento
Date: May 16, 2007 07:47AM
Personally, I am grieved by what I have been reading. The potential of division of this thread is disturbing.
Please note that I too am a member of RLC. And, from time-to-time, people have left the church disgruntled. However, the severity of the language in this thread is unwarranted as many of the comments made are based on hearsay and innuendo. Many of the comments are nothing less than slanderous. I ask one and all to truly ask this question: Is participation in this thread pleasing to The Father?
Humblefollower has addressed several of the issues already. I will address just the latter issues/accusations recently posted by Abused and Transparent.
Regarding Tony “(renouncing) his submission and or affiliation to the Church of God Association, Anderson, Indiana,” that is simply untrue. Yes, there has been discussion among the elders of the church (of which Tony is one), but there has been no definitive decision as of yet. And, the only reasons why the stepping away from the COG’s covering are 1) There has been some documented legal financial issues with the COG that has caused the US Treasury to investigate. This in itself may or may not be an issue, except that the COG’s response has been less than forthright. 2) For many years, the COG has not really provided much of a covering to RLC. Those reasons were clearly explained at the meeting that Abused speaks of, and the majority of those that attended the business meeting appeared to concur with the elders’ considerations.
Regarding the “young man in leadership…committing adultery,” please note that there has been absolutely no proof that he committed adultery (that is, physically; I would imagine we have all committed adultery as the Lord defined it in Matthew). There were some questionable actions that were addressed, but believe me when I say this: To bring judgment upon him for adultery is based upon hearsay and gossip. In the course of investigation, he was released and disciplined based upon reasons other than adultery. And, as to why it took so long, well, it just went under the radar (so to speak). This man is still married, he does still attend the church, and he is in process of being restored.
Lastly, allow me to comment on Tony Cunningham. I have served in RLC for many years under the pastoral care of Tony. Never—and I adamantly repeat, never!—has he attempted to cause people to turn away from God and to himself. The comment by TMAC that Tony is “just like Jim Jones” is ludicrous. Tony’s heart is to please his Father, and he knows that the Father is extremely pleased with his lost children returning to Him. Every teaching and action from and by Tony has been to this end. Yes, there have been many that have twisted or perverted his instruction and teaching, running it through the filter of their own wants and desires. And, I imagine there are those that come to RLC for Tony rather than a dynamic relationship with Christ. But everyone needs to know that this has never been nor will it ever be the desire of Tony or the elders. Their desire is for everyone to fall in love with Christ and to become disciples of Him alone. Even the discipleship that takes place is to teach people to obey Christ’s commands, recognizing that people are only disciples of Christ (and not a man). But, again, this has been abused by many with their own agendas.
I wonder how this will be received...
Peace to you all.