Tried your E-mail address but it failed.It's been quite some time since I left the Assembly but the scars seem ot take a long time
to heal. I'll never forget my last conversation with an Assembly Member--it was George himself. I finally worked up the nerve and called his house--the conversation( I swear upon the Lord Jesus Christ this is the absolute truth) went like this:
"Hello" "Hi, is this Brother George?" "Yes it is, who's calling please?" "My name is Joe Sperling and I used to be a member of the Assembly. I went through a lot of pain there and wanted to talk to you about it". "Oh, this is George's brother, george isn't here right now". "What? I thought you said you were George"
"No, I said this was George's brother." "Well, Can I talk with Brother George then?" "Brother George isn't here right now".
(CLICK). I couldn't believe what I had just heard. I called back
immediately and a woman answered. I asked for brother George
and she said he had just left. I then asked if George's brother was there. "George's Brother??" she said. "Why would you ask for him. "because someone on the phone just said they were him"
"Well George's brother lives in Chicago I think, and he hasn't visited here in quite a while." "Well, someone just said they were George's brother after saying at first they were George." "Well
George was the only one here, and he is a holy man, why would he lie to you?" She promptly hung up the phone. I tried to explain this to some members and they all called me a liar and said george was incapable of such a thing. But he did--he was afraid to confront and talk to a former member of the Assembly, or he simply felt it wasn't worth his time. But he chose lying as a way to deal with the problem. I FINALLY realized who this person and this Assembly was--it truly was way off base. believe it or not this event began to really bring me closure and I was able to REALLY investigate some of the teachings without a supreme feeling of fear overwhelming me for questioning doctrine. You see, I had felt that because I left the Assembly God would no longer bless me as those who were still in the Assembly. But when you turn that thought around you see how "pride-filled" and horrendous it is!!!! To think that God would bless 300 people far more than all of the other children in all of his other churches, and give them deeper insight and spirituality is spiritual pride carried to it's highest level. I've gone on a bit here--I'll share more another time. Mark please E-mail me again @ firstname.lastname@example.org
--I would really like to see how you have been doing lately.
Take care, Joe