Thurs., April 8, 2004
Friday, September 30, 2004
The Tumbler Ridge News, Tumbler Ridge, BC
re. Letters, (The News, March 24, 2004)
I regret that in his letter responding to the full-page “message to the nation” – ” on behalf of Christ and His Church” – “calling Canada back to God” – which we published in the National Post, February 20, 2004 and in the Tumbler Ridge News, March 10, 2004, Mr. Jere Franklin has chosen to “wrest my words” in a most unChristian put-down of a fellow-servant, misrepresenting the Gospel I’ve been mandated of God to preach for the past fifty years throughout Canada and overseas – in violation of the Biblical injunction to the contrary. (Romans 14:10-19)
While I thank Mr. Franklin for his expressions of appreciation for the ministry to which I’m called of God, I’m greatly offended as are the people of God for whom I am a spokesperson, for the unfounded “setting at naught” of a Brother which dominated his letter.
Although my initial inclination has been to ignore the letter, it’s become clear that the issue is not this preacher’s reputation but rather the attack upon the Gospel I preach and the witness for Christ and His Church in Tumbler Ridge of which my wife and I have been a part since moving to Tumbler Ridge three years ago – it’s that which has at last constrained me to rebuke his un-Christian attack upon the ministry I’ve received of the Lord and in which I’ve served Christ and His Church in Canada for 50 years.
I do so in the same Spirit with which Paul rebuked Peter, publicly “withstanding him to his face because he was to be blamed.” (Gal. 2:11) Paul perceived that others who opposed his preaching were “false brethren … who came in secretly to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage.” Accordingly his response was: “to whom we gave no place in subjection, no, not for an hour, that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you. But of those who seemed to be somewhat, (whatever they were, it maketh no matter to me; God accepteth no man’s person) – for they who seemed to be somewhat, in conference added nothing to me.” (Gal. 2:2-6)
Of one such opponent of his ministry, Paul warned: “Alexander, the coppersmith, did me much evil; the Lord reward him according to his works, of whom do thou beware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.”(11 Timothy 4:14&15)
Again, I greatly regret that Mr. Franklin’s letter, publicly and mischievously misrepresenting the Gospel I preach, has compelled me by the Spirit to reject his perverse attack upon this fellow-servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to openly rebuke him for his public opposition to the Gospel I preach. Beyond that I would not dignify his twisting of the Gospel ministry in which we’re immersed and for which the Lord brought my wife and me to Tumbler Ridge three years ago to serve with His people in the Church and congregations of this beautiful Town.
I pray that the Lord will give Mr. Franklin grace to repent and seek the forgiveness of the Lord and from the Brother and people of God he has offended by his letter. I assure him that forgiveness and reconciliation await him from this forgiven sinner.
P.S. (to letter dated April 8, 2004)
This letter was originally intended for publication in The News in response to a letter published March 24. I chose not to publish this letter then in hope that there would be an appropriate personal apology and withdrawal of the mischievous misrepresentations and baseless attacks on me contained therein. In view of the recent division in the Body of Christ caused by the persistent mischief of this ?trouble-maker?, I am filing it for publication now to warn God?s children to guard against his spiritual seduction.