Date: November 07, 2002 11:13PM
<<It's also sad how the leadership is not concerned with numbers. If God's people are discouraged, it's o.k. because they are not a threat to the image of the assembly. The thinking goes like this, Discouraged and missing the meeting? That's o.k. But if you come to the meetings, be an encouragement by putting on joy.
One individual was told more than once to lie about how they were doing so they wouldn't be a discouragement to others. Translated: "Don't be discouraged so we, who are in leadership, don't have to be shepherdly and build you back up."
It's so good to be out from under that hypocrisy!!>>
I think it was a compromised preacher named C.H. Spurgeon who said, "Those who claim that statistics are not important usually have none to report."
You know, the Assembly follows the "New Testament Pattern," correct? When I read the chapters in Acts that show this pattern in practice there is something that stands out to me even more clearly than setting up chairs in a semi-circle and having pre-prayer and head coverings. It's explosive growth! Part of the New Testament Pattern is growth! " I am the Vine, you are the branches...bear much fruit." The reason the Assembly isn't growing is because they have quenched the Spirit, due to sin, hypocrisy and Pharisaic leaven.
I think the reason the leaders "force" everyone to look joyful is because they themselves are under pressure when the owner of the flock comes to town to inspect his sheep. If the assembly isn't looking too good, the leaders may incur a dressing down from George himself. If George gets a negative opinion of them, it could put off a promotion for years! All the leaders and workers have witnessed the way George treats those he doesn't like, and they don't want it to be that way for themselves, so they crack the whip and train the sheep in order to make a good showing. All they are doing is mimicing what they have been taught. George has reproduced his chief character traits in his workers, and they have passed it on in their own way to many of the saints. It's just one big dysfunctional family, with all the trimmings!
Eric, I am also glad you are out from under that hypocrisy.
We are having a little trouble with the new format, so please be patient. In the mean time, I am updating the old on a daily basis. Currently, one of the other guys helping out is scanning plenty of documents from the past, as well as the restraining order. These will be placed on the site, but I ask you all to pray, and to give me your opinions on the best way to do this. I want the website to shine GRACE and TRUTH, not just truth. In my opinion it is a form of evangelism as well as apologetics.
Please email me, and please send me your stories/testimonials. BTW, the new bulletin board is almost identical to this one, although slightly simpler to use. Do you all think that we would use it, or would people pretty much stay here?