Many friends ask us why we stay at this church. They say they would have walked a long time ago and they invite us to worship at their church(es). As one member of our denomination commented on my post, "Kangaroo court," "What is going on at YOUR church is an embarrassment to all members of the Brethren faith. . .
"That your 'leaders' have seen fit to embark on this absurdly bizarre
calling out of the faithful, when they themselves have removed
themselves from the fellowship of Brethren believers by their complete
disregard of the charter for their own church, is a farce, an
embarrassment beyond description, and utterly dishonoring to Christ.
Your church has become a joke.
"I'm personally ashamed of your so-called 'leadership,' the compromising majority of your congregation that is
putting up with this twaddle, and the perverted crapola that is passing
for faith in your assembly. Rest assured: God will deal with all of
those in your midst who bring disrepute to the Christ of the Scriptures. . .
"I'm embarrassed and chagrined that I ever had any connection with the
place. May God deal with the Laodiceans in your midst. Only His grace,
as opposed to my personal wishes, will save such a 'leadership' from
the thumping it deserves."
Why do we stay? We stay because it's our church--and because God told us to. He has not released us to go elsewhere. Besides, if we bail, just like in a marriage, we'll have invested a lot of time, energy, agony, and prayer--but miss all the answers to prayer and the happy ending!