This Sunday, the executive elders of our church--having already forbidden Jerry and me to count the offering, pray with people, sing in the choir, usher, teach, help in the nursery, serve communion, or even pour grape juice into the communion cups--will be publicly denouncing us as sinners for exposing them on this blog.
As you know, we have been reporting their failure to preach the gospel, their mistreatment of long-time members and their continuing deception regarding their motives. Six months ago when we realized what had been going on for the entire 22 years of Pastor Lou's administration, God told us to "stay, stand, and bring the deeds of darkness into the light for My judgment."
At that point the only deeds of darkness we knew anything about were the false accusations against and continued verbal abuse of Rita Wignall, our women's Bible study leader of 20 years. But as Jerry and I obeyed and brought these offenses into the light, former members came out of the woodwork saying, "That's what happened to me! That's what that elder, that pastor did to me! They called me divisive and threatened me with church discipline if I told. That's why I left the church!" Several staff members said, "The pastor made me sign a letter of resignation. He made me leave and lied about why I left!"
Some of their stories are on this blog.. . . Of course it may not be this Sunday. The elder board has reserved the right to make this announcement "on or after April 29," presumably so they can maintain control and an element of surprise. The fact that the Bylaws require that "the date, time, and place" of a special meeting "shall be announced from the pulpit, and this information, as well as the agenda, shall be published in the Sunday bulletin on at least two consecutive Sundays immediately preceding the date of the meeting" doesn't faze them.
Since Easter Jerry and I have not been attending the services, just the classes about the proposed Statement of Faith. We "stayed and stood" in obedience to the Lord up to and through the Easter service, when the congregation moved back into the remodeled auditorium. But I can't bear to sit under false or deceptive teaching if God is no longer requiring me to.
I hope that the fact we may not be present to be publicly humiliated won't be a disappointment to them.