Saturday, August 13, 2022

I'm Just Ruffling Their Feathers At Pensacola Christian College And Campus Church, Hoping They'll Change

Hebrews 3:13, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

As many of my blog readers know, I moved from the island of Guam to Pensacola, Florida in July of 2021. Although I miss Guam, I am glad that I left because I couldn't afford the high cost of housing on Guam.  The average rent price per month is now $1,700. Anyway, I chose to attend Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College (PCC) in July of 2021. I met their senior pastor, Jeff Redlin, for the first time at the church's 4th of July picnic. I told him that I had just arrived 36 hours earlier from Guam, was suffering from jet lag (Guam is 15 hours ahead of time than Pensacola), and that I was sleeping in my car at Walmart.

Sadly, he didn't care and just walked away, so I slept in Walmart's parking lot again that night, just as I had the night before, and the nigh before that. The Woodspring Suites Hotel where I had confirmed a 30-day reservation, cancelled my entire stay, because United Airlines delayed my flight on Guam (for which the FAA has fined them repeatedly), and I was a day late. I had contacted the hotel ahead of time to let them know they could bill me for the missed day, and that I was definitely still coming, but they cancelled it all, too bad so sad. JERKS!!!

Let's move ahead, shall we. So the next day I emailed Pastor Redlin to tell him how excited I was to be at Campus Church and PCC. I shared my heart with him, as a friend to a friend, my Christian brother in Christ. To my sadness and grief, of all that I had written to him in my email, he zoned in on a comment I had made that I hoped to find a wife at Campus Church, actually scolding me for it. I was cut to the heart. Who was this jerk? Me finding a wife is none of his damn business. I was 54 years old at the time, and disgusted that some shallow pastor would be so abusive, as to scold a grown man for desiring a mate and companion. That is shameful on the part of Pastor Redlin. But the abuse didn't stop there.

I had responded to his email to rebuke him back, letting him know what I thought about his Pharisaical judgmental attitude. Sad to say, authoritarian abuse in churches today is everywhere! I just read today from Christianity Today that the corrupt Southern Baptist Convention (who has 45,000 member churches) is now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for a widespread epidemic of clergy abuse. I was emotionally abused at PCC.

After Redlin abusive remarks, I felt dejected and unwanted. So I emailed very kindly to ask if as a divorced man who intends to get remarried, am I welcome at Campus Church? It was a simple question. Pastor Redlin totally ignored me for the next 10 days. I was disturbed by his poor behavior, so I very kindly approached him on a Sunday morning, after church, as he and his wife greeted church members and visitors. I simply asked him why he hadn't replied to my email. He backed away a couple feet, as if perplexed and a bit nervous, signifying with his open hands that he didn't have an answer. He then said, I might as well answer your question now: "I would never perform a wedding for you if you got remarried." I was again cut to the heart, not by what he believed, but that he would be so rude as to say such a thing in front of his wife, which embarrassed me further. In fact, I had never asked Jeff Redlin to perform a wedding. My simple question was: "Am I welcome at Campus Church as a divorced man who intends to get remarried?" He could even answer a simple question!

So I emailed him the next day to express my hurt feelings and frustration with his abusive behavior. Why was this pastor looking down on me for being divorced and lonely, hoping to remarry? Sadly, this is the PCC camp's pathetic and unbiblical ways. They abuse divorced people, making them feel like outcasts, adulterers and whores. The truth is that PCC are a bunch of yuppie type academics who woefully lack God's compassion for hurting people. Unfortunately, I experienced this type of clergy abuse firsthand at PCC's Campus Church.

In frustration, and feeling unloved at PCC, I left the church in September of 2021. I n the months to come, and hearing nothing from them (they have my contact information), I harshly criticized them on social media. I told everybody what Jeff Redlin had horribly done to me. But I am a loving and forgiving man, so after several months I was lonely. There is no place to go to church on Sunday nights in Pensacola, except PCC's Campus Church. So in June of 2022 I wrote a very apologetic and sweet letter, and mailed it to Pastor Redlin, pleading for his forgiveness so that I could come back to Campus Church. He totally ignored me.

So after one month of hearing nothing, I composed and mailed another letter, four times longer, again begging for their mercy, understanding, empathy for my health problems and lonely situation. I mailed the same letter to both Campus Church (all the pastors), and the second to PCC. Again, they all totally ignored me. Really great people, huh? So on August 2nd, 2022, I had had just enough of these cold-hearted pastors. So I lashed out against them on social media, again, not knowing what else to do. Only then did Jeff Redlin respond (by email), to tell me that I am permanently banned from ever attended Campus Church again.

I am done begging like a dog to come back to church, casting my pearl before swine. Sadly, these overpaid pastors don't care one iota. Jeff Redlin and his sidekick Timothy Zacharias get paid outrageous salaries. Jeff Redlin's gets paid well over $100,000 per year!!! They don't deserve that money. As far as I'm concerned, they're incompetent religious pilots who are crashing Campus Church into the ground, killing all the passengers (church members) on board. Be careful who you entrust your life to!

So, by God's grace, I will continue to ruffle their feathers at PCC. According to an internet search, "ruffling the feathers" is an idiom which means: "To irritate someone to try to get them to change." That is all I am trying to do by criticizing ungodly PCC leadership and their terrible Campus pastors Church—trying to get them to change their horrible selfish and uncaring ways. God knows that I do not hate them, nor anybody else. I love people. I love everybody. That is exactly why I do write blogs like this, to get their attention at the PCC camp. They desperately need a revival at PCC how they treat other people. They need to repent  (change their mind) about how they treat divorced people. Divorced people already feel a lot of guilt, shame and rejection. It doesn't help one bit when self-righteous hypocrites, like the cocky and snobby PCC crowd, berate and ostracized them from their religious community.

I want the world to know that I am not allowed to attend Campus Church, because of the wickedness of PCC leadership, who sanction the shameful behavior of their Campus Church pastors, who in my humble opinion ought not be pastors anywhere. They woefully lack God's love for sinners. They don't care about making peace, amending hurt feelings or reconciliation. Those are not men of God; but rather, mere paid employees of a secularized religious institution. PCC today is about making money, lots of money. The courses they offer are mostly of a secular nature. Religious colleges like PCC are ruining the country, not helping it.

I have written numerous blogs exposing PCC, which you can search for online. They are wrong on Bible repentance. PCC's official doctrinal position is that: "Repentance is a change of mind which results in a change of behavior." That is WRONG! Repentance (Greek: metanoia), a noun, in fact means only: "A change of mind." No where does the Holy Bible teach that repentance unto life results in behavior modification. PCC are liars (Proverbs 30:5-6). Sadly, PCC has been infected by the Bob Jones University (BJU) crowd with whom they are sinfully bidding Godspeed. The ungodly Harvest Baptist Church on Guam preaches hardcore Lordship Salvation, a cesspool of BJU graduates. Harvest works very closely alongside PCC and BJU, refusing to contend for the Christian faith once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3; Titus 1:9-14). PCC has blood on their hands, partakers of their evil deeds at BJU, damning men's souls to Hell with a counterfeit gospel that cannot produce the new birth in Christ. Jesus warned in John 3:3b that "Ye must be born again."

Again, I'm just ruffling their feathers at PCC, by lashing out against them on social media. I am preaching against their cult, in a sincere attempt to get them to change their horrible ungodly ways. You know, people just want to be loved. I even made it easy for the pastors of PCC, telling them that my criticisms are just a hurting man who is crying out to be loved, but they refuse to do so. They refuse to love me as a divorce and hurting human being, who has begged them for their love, understanding, forgiveness and a chance to come back to Campus Church to be a part of a church family. They despise and resent me, because I dared to question the almighty gods who lead PCC. I dared to expose them. I dared to say, "No!"

God will judge between me and the leaders at PCC. I told THE TRUTH. I treated them with respect at first, while they mistreated and made me feel like garbage. There is no love or forgiveness at PCC or Campus Church, only authoritarian abuse. There are no second chances, no reconciliation, no coming back to church once you offend them. That is heathendom, not the ways of the precious Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:28-32). Sadly, PCC is just a money making religious cult today.

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