I received the following email from a concerned reader and thought it was worth passing on. I inquired and was given specific names and information, which I will not post here, but I will say that all of it matches up with other very credible information that I have received over the last year or two from other people. Please feel free to comment, and corroborate or dispute the information in the following message.
To those we love and cherish,
For the past several months we have been visiting in various congregations and with different old friends and family. Our hearts have been burdened and torn by the stories we have heard. We do not believe them to be fairy tales or things said just to get us to side with others. From our knowledge of the people that have been speaking and the people being spoken about, along with the knowledge we have about situations in various places we believe these things to be true and are a part of the sins amongst the leaders that are continually being hidden.
In one place one of the ministers bought a home deliberately behind a house of ill repute and left the backyard open to nudity for his own entertainment and did not protect his young sons from it. He talked at a funeral of his trip with a brother and a conflict they had during it. He failed to mention that their purpose for the trip was to cheat on their wives.
In another place there is a minister who fathered a child as an adult with a 15 yr old girl. Now he is a minister and that woman and others can barely stand to be in the local church house because of the definitive way he looks at them from the pulpit. The women in that congregation are either afraid of him or entranced and controlled by him. Power going to his head?
There are tales of numerous H coming back from the mission as drug addicts. Numerous ministers who are pedophiles, stories of women who are members who are prostitutes, members who are drug lords and have been for many years.
Grandchildren who have been beaten nearly to death by grandparents while a parent watched and the other parent was exed for even bringing up that it is wrong. The stories of abuse and power abuse that we have heard in just the past dozen weeks is overwhelming.
We see many who are wondering why so many congregations are in serious trouble and ministers who seem to have been actually helping people are being benched and put down.
We all know many wonderful people amongst the H church. However, how many of them and us are walking a fine line of trying to keep our families whole, protect innocents and yet we are and have remained silent when we should have spoken to authorities and turned in those who have committed sins against others.
So often it is said that those who have left or have come into contact with the church cannot be saved. They have been shown the truth, the true church and the way to God. However in the face of true reality, what is really being said?
Why are those who try to expose the sins, the ones being put out and punished and the sinners being protected and provided insulation. The excuse that we do not allow sin in the church is a fallacy. The saying they are on the way out and you are on the way in, when confronted with the hypocrisy does not cut it any more. Those who are the chief amongst sinners are those who are protected and those who are damaged are the ones who receive the punishment.
In the reality of it all and if the percentage of ministers who have serious sins in their repertoire. Can it actually even be believed that this could be the One True Church.
I have heard it said over and over, “we do not allow those things to remain in the church”. Seriously? When the leaders are hiding this stuff in their lives and getting rid of anyone who confronts it?
When those who are exed bring out this kind of stuff, it is not accepted as truth. It is looked as “They are just bitter and offended,” “If you would just forgive and forget, it would all go away.” Will it?
It hasn’t gone away in the past 30 years with the current regime, what makes you think it will go away now Unless you actually do something about it?
Are you sacrificing your children on the altar of the church in the name of your self-righteousness and security? Or are you truly willing to be honest and take a stand to the precious Saviour who died to pay for all this sin.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.
8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
13 The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.
16 Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
21 The rings, and nose jewels,
22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God