I got an email today, and I asked permission to print it without name or email address. This is something I really wish people would give some thought to.
I saw your post today. I am sad that it has come to that for you as well as many of my brethren.
As it stands, my wife and I are nearly out the door as well. This has been a long drawn out ordeal (considerably longer than the average member sitting in a seat realizes). Once the rescind came into play (after everyone prayed and fasted) as well as the “I campaigned with a grand vision for the church – while smearing the previous admin –and won a seat on the council” sermon by D. McNeely, I knew the train was about to jump the track if those of like mind were on the council. The derailment gained momentum by this last summer and is now already plummeting off the cliff into a chasm. Sad, truly sad.
I have started looking into our past to see how we could have come to this point … again. I have come to realize that many things that I was taught from my earliest days (born in ’69)– such as church governance, “who” the church is, “what” the work is, and “how” the work is to be done – have all been filtered through the idea that HWA was the “man.” I remember sermons by G. Waterhouse that were heavy on the pay and pray and submit or else. I believe that God used HWA mightily to restore the basic doctrines in this end time age when he was small in his own eyes, but allowed him to get off track when he allowed himself to be called the “only Apostle.” This lead to great wrongs being committed (and covered up) by the “higher ups” until it finally lead to the complete apostasy of the WCG.
Some faithful started UCG (some tares came as well), but brought some of the baggage (as well as some wrong ideas) with them. And those ideas have been a big part of the problem that has lead us to the point we have now.
I am unsure if I am ready to “incorporate” at this point. I am wary of the new UCGaWA at the moment. They are rallying a lot of people behind them – but something just isn’t setting right in my gut about the whole thing. Maybe I am being “once bitten, twice shy”? There seems to be the idea of more locally autonomous congregations (which is the biblical example) with light national oversight. But they will “re-evaluate” in 6-9 months. As Malm points out this idea is being put forth by some of those who squashed some of the independent CoGs a decade ago. I’ll have to wait and see on this one.
What ever path or fellowship you choose, keep the faith and fight the good fight. Most of all, draw near to God and place Him above all else.
Your Brother in Christ,
[Name withheld by request]