I forgot that I intended to call Lou "Pied Piper." I guess it's a little late now.
Lou just sent out a letter to "all elders, deacons, Adult Bible Fellowship teachers/elders and everyone who has a teaching role in our children's through college ministry to make a commitment" which he assures us "has also been approved by the Executive Board of Elders."
Well, that sets our minds at rest.
Jerry and I are both deacons. We must each "joyfully covenant" to do six spiritual-sounding things, all for the purpose of "relating to the leadership of the church in such a way as to demonstrate trust and to submit to the leadership with a teachable spirit. . ."
Hmm, trust and submit to the leadership. Didn't it used to be trust and obey--Jesus Christ?
We must sign and return this document by January 12. If we "are not able and/or willing to sign this document," the letter goes on, we are to "indicate that as well and return the document."
This is just one more way--besides stealing our mailing list, intimidating all of us with false accusations, rage, and threats of "severe church discipline" which they are now starting to carry out--they are trying to smoke out those unwilling to be under their absolute control and rubber-stamp their agenda to remove the church from its original foundation.
Another way: Lou has asserted the right all our senior pastors have had--but none preceding him have acted on, as a matter of propriety--to access the financial records of our church. He can monitor who is still giving money to the church and who has reduced or stopped their giving. (He does not have access, as far as I know, to the names of the many who have written Grace out of their wills since he came.)
In all these ways, the "leadership" is tightening its grip on us as they move toward absolute power and domination over our church.
Let's see, this document would be like Barack Obama requiring all Americans to "pledge allegiance to the President of the United States and to the Congress--"
I don't think so.