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Pastor and Members of Wesleyan Fellowship:
Why not establish yourself on the rock and call your new church by its true name: The Church of Jesus Christ. This church does not have as its head pastors and bishops, for Jesus Christ is its head. Even John Wesley was content to be a servant within this church.
I have circulated a petition to all annual conferences seeking endorsement for a name change for the whole of United Methodism at General Conference in 2000. But some have cold feet. One bishop wrote back to me saying: "My own best reading of your suggestion is that it would be a bit presumptuous of us within the ecomenical context to name ourselves The Church of Jesus Christ." He will have to answer for this refusal to a higher authority than I represent when he voyages to the beyond.
For a copy of my petition, write to Charles Sloca, 40l E. Burlington Avenue, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.
Signed:Charles Sloca, First United Methodist Church, Fairfield.
I believe that Bishop Davis snookered us at the CM Meeting in Tulsa last year. Shame on
I have you in my prayers. All us pastors know this is a possibility when we make such a stand. There is a positive way to look at this event. You are "sending" your pastor as a missionary to another church to share the Word as he has done at your church. It may be that God has another church which needs it planted in their heart like he has done in your heart. You may "hate" the bishop and see him as one who is against you - but did not God use even an king who was against Israel to bring about hope and life for Israel.
This is may be a loss for you but look at it as a way to help another congregation. You can help the next pastor who comes to yuor church to understand where you are at theologically. It will be a teaching moment. There will be another who will tell the story. God will use it all. Celebrate even in your sorrow.
To Brother Charles:
Thank you for your graciousness in dealing with this move and your congregation. The way we do business is flawed. I pray that we may be "going on to perfection." But meanwhiile we play by the rules, in faithfulness to the covenant.
My question is at what time does the general church leadership get held accountable to the covenant, by whom, and how?
By His grace, to His glory,
From: George Don Spruill <email@example.com>
I want to complement you on the article that you wrote about this situation. Even though I strongly disagree with the action taken by Rev. Davis, I thought you gave all sides of it. You may be interested in the letter that I sent Lindsey Davis about this, in which I asked him to resign.
Incidentally, I will never address Lindsey Davis as bishop again. He has lost the moral authority to lead in this denomination.
Don Spruill, Laity St. James UMC Atlanta, Georgia
*********Letter Faxed to Lindsey Davis*********
Please add our names to this document. We were impressed with Bishop Lindsay's comments in Tulsa last year, but it would appear that he now wishes to ignore those United Methodists who are not pleased with many social stances taken by some in the highest leadership positions within our denomination. He and others should begin to ask themselves why the laity should be expected to support things in which they do not believe.
I may live in Texas and it is a long way to Geogia but you have all my support and prayers. .... even the elect may be deceived......The love of money seems to get peoples attention in a hurry. It is sad that we as a church have seemingly lost our way when more immediate attention is paid and action taken to the issue of money than to that of sin.
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