On March 2004 I formally challenged the H.... M......... and C.... H..... of the Louisiana Avenue congregation to a debate and/or discussion about the unscriptural activities that they are doing.
(The current Sunday morning attendance is between 12-15. There are only 3 men left in the congregation.)
This challenge would also include the former minister, D.... D...... of Lancaster Ohio. However, since D.... has never replied to any correspondence to me, but has chosen to call the Savannah Police Department and the police department where he last preached to make a complaint against me for harrassment. (Apparently D.... is not aware that the scriptures teach that a brother is to talk to a brother when they have problems.) D.... can talk about me, but he can't talk to me.
I challenge the brethren (if they still claim to be the church of Christ) to explain why they are:
Allowing a man who is living with a woman who is not his wife to cast the deciding votes on important issues.
Allowing for a congregational vote to overturn a decision that had been made in a regular business meeting.
Allowing a former minister to conceal the fact that he was married and divorced while in Savannah. (They do not see anything wrong with him misrepresenting his true marital status on his resume by saying that he is "SINGLE AND NEVER MARRIED BUT IS LOOKING.") This has caused problems for at least one congregation where he was finally hired.
The men at Louisiana Avenue called a congregational meeting in January. (This meeting was planned without giving us any warning). They read a list of concerns that I had with both of them. The list was given to them following a men's meeting in January 2003. They did not address any of the issues but rather objected to me raising any questions about their actions.
I was told that I would be allowed to respond to their attacks. They have since refused to let me respond to their remarks. They have also refused to allow another sister congregation to come in and mediate the differences.
The resulting attack caused my 87 year old grandmother to have a pin stroke.
2 people that had been there have quit attending.
The following URL http://hometown.aol.com/savannahgacoc/m ... index.html gives more information about the events that transpired.
I have been a baptized member of this congregation since 1969.
It is my sincere desire that someone who is more capable than me be able to show these men that they are wrong and that their actions have caused serious harm to the Lord's church.
In all sincerity,
Your responsiblity is to shake the dust off your feet and move on. If they really won't listen to you, then you have to move on. Honestly, if this church is going to do things X way, you can't change them just because you are feeling a different way.
Back-biting and mailing letters and getting into an uproar won't solve anything. Love them and move on. Being the lookout for this group isn't working. Find a church where you feel comfortable. Don't label people with harsh words.
I have a hard time believing that your grandmother had a stroke because of this. It was probably something that was coming anyway (no disrespect intended).
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--THIS is your spiritual service of worship.
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' ALL the Law and the Prophets hang on THESE two commandments."
"Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town."