Sunday, April 23, 2023

Church Discipline Should Be A Matter Of Restoration

Galatians 6:1-3, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

The pastor of the church I am now attending, made a precious statement in his Sunday morning sermon today, that I have never heard any preacher say. He said that church discipline should be a matter of RESTORATION, not kicking people out of church. I love that truth!!! Church discipline is literally a restoration process. It's not removing somebody—it is literally wanting them to come back, trying to restore them back to the brethren, trying to bring them back into fellowship with Christians—that's the point of church discipline.

That explains in a nutshell why I have been at war with the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam since 2014, and now Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College (PCC) since 2021. Instead of trying to work with me to restore our fellowship with one another, they just forced me out the door by mistreating me, and then banned me and threw me under the bus for dead. God will deal with those ungodly pastors who are respecters of men (James 2:1).

People just want to be loved. Sadly, they have so much money and power of influence over their people at PCC, that they have lost sight of the needs of individual people. I sure did need their love, understanding and help in 2021 and 2022, but they couldn't have cared less. Kindly said, Pastor Jeff Redlin is a little man who only cares about those he is paid to care about, which makes him a terrible pastor and a phony man of God. No man is worthy to be a pastor who doesn't unconditionally love people. It's just a damn job to him. Loving Jesus is not the test of our faith as believers, it is loving Judas Iscariot. Either you love everybody or else you love nobody! They are sinfully selective at PCC whom they care about.

The horrible pastors at the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, whose ringleader was Marty Herron (senior pastor from 1999 to 2018) refused to even talk with me. They forced me out of church for kindly showing them the errors of Lordship Salvation, the Devil's bibles and wrong repentance. When I started attending Harvest in 2014, I saw that they were a confused house. They had the King James Bible alongside the Devil's bibles. They had some free grace believers like me, while their unsaved senior pastor preached the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation.

I thought I was part of an imperfect church family, so I embraced that attitude. Unfortunately, when I tried to help them see THE TRUTH (as a true friend does), they killed the prophet and banned me from returning. I lost my church family, which felt like another divorce (my former wife abandoned me in 2006). I went into a deep depression and didn't go to church for years because of Marty Herron and his accomplices, for which they will give account to God. My blood is upon their cruel neo-evangelical hands.

In 2018, Gary Walton became the new senior pastor at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, who also threw me under the bus, backing up over me a few times to make sure I was dead. He wouldn't even talk with me. I took my own money and purchased 3-year Sword Of The Lord subscriptions for both Marty Herron, and then later for his successor, Gary Walton. I took my own money and shipped 500 Gospels of John to Harvest Baptist Church on Guam—two different orders to both pastors, years apart, just to show them my sincerity of heart, love and willingness to reconcile and make peace, just so I could have a church family. They never thanked me, didn't care and wouldn't even acknowledge me as a hurting human being. Thankfully, our great God sees (Hebrews 4:13).

Again, in hindsight, I never should have tried to go back to that mess. After my former wife abandoned and then divorced me in 2006, my life went sideways and still hasn't recovered. The silver-lining in it all has been that my wonderful God continues to use a broken sinner like me to help feed Jesus' sheep, and rescue others with the broken pieces of my life. To God be the glory, great things He is doing! One of my favorite MP3 sermons by Pastor Jack Hyles is titled, what else?... “Some On Broken Pieces.” Daniel 11:33a, “And they that understand among the people shall instruct many...”

I begged to come back for 7 long lonely years, but they refused. That is hatred, not God's compassion and love. All they had to do was come across the street and talk with me, seeing that they were my neighbours. They refused to even wave back at me for 7 years. Marty Herron wouldn't even try to reconcile with me, so that I could just attend church again. In hindsight I now realize that it was best that I didn't go back (lest I be corrupted), and perhaps God was protecting me all along. 2nd Corinthians 6:17b doesn't say try to change a corrupt institution or church, the Bible says to “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord...” Loneliness has made it difficult for me to think clearly over the years, often seeking love in all the wrong places, like Johnny Lee's popular country song called: “Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places.” Neo-evangelical Lordship-Salvation-preaching Baptist churches is not the place to find love.

So I didn't go to church for all those many lonely years. My church family ostracized me because their rotten selfish pastors told them to avoid me, and everybody else did too. Guam is a small island. Those wicked pastors didn't want to seek restoration, because they just didn't like nor want me in their church cult, which is shameful and sinful. My blood is on their hands. People just want to be loved. Jeremiah 10:21, “For the pastors are become brutish [lacking good sense], and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.”

The same is true of Pastor Jeff Redlin, and his sidekick Timothy Zacharias at PCC, who refuse to seek restoration with me. They wanted me gone, so they axed me like a turkey on Thanksgiving Day. They refuse to even speak with me. I gave them my mobile phone number, email and mailing address, but they are too sinfully proud to seek peace in this matter. Evidently they'd rather be enemies and have me preach against the ungodly PCC camp, so I will do that for the rest of my life on earth, God willing. I am in the same boat as Samantha Field, victims of PCC's hatred and bigotry.

So by God's grace I will help fight with Samantha to expose the rotten hateful cult at Pensacola Christian College (PCC), until they seek restoration. Samantha is hurting. I don't believe for one second that she is a queer, as she claims. I think PCC deeply wounded her and that is what she wants the world to see—a homosexual graduate of PCC! But even if she is a homosexual, I am her friend in her cause against PCC, who abuse and ostracize hurting people like us. Jesus called Judas, “Friend.” Christ died for the ungodly!

At PCC, you are only welcome if you idolize and submit to their arrogant self-willed leaders, who do not posses God's unconditional love. As a divorced man (since 2006), I was mistreated, wounded and shunned by Pastor Jeff Redlin in 2021, and the cowards at PCC stood idle and did nothing when I pleaded to come back to Campus Church in 2022, just like they did nothing to help Samantha in her suffering, wounds and pain. At PCC the cult system always comes first, individual people do not matter.

God knows that I am not trying to be a troublemaker. Wicked king Ahab accused the prophet Elijah of causing trouble. 1st Kings 18:17-18, “And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.” Elijah simply told THE TRUTH, for which he was falsely accused of being a troublemaker. The same wicked type of shameful pastors today wrongly accuse me of causing trouble, but I have only TOLD THE TRUTH.

God knows my humble heart, that I truly want to be friends with these pastors, but they don't want to be friends. I think God doesn't want me to be corrupted by them. They are arrogant, high-minded and have huge egos. I am just a humble broken sinner wanting to be loved in my suffering. I am very lonely, since my beloved wife abandoned and divorced me in 2006. I have tried to find a wife for the past 10 years, to no avail. I suffer from constant chronic neck pain, burning nerves, numbness in my left leg, the right side of my body feeling half asleep all the time, and radiating pain in my arms and legs. This is the consequence of a series of accidents and failed surgeries.

Truly, I am thankful to God for my remaining health and have no complaints. A lot of people have it worse than I do. I survive in constant relentless agonizing toothache-like neck pain. I wish all those hateful pastors who refuse to allow me to attend church, could feel my pain of body and soul. They are so cruel and selfish! They have never truly suffered a day in their life, so they have no humility, although they are in denial and falsely think they do. THEY DON'T! They haven't a clue what it means to really suffer, I mean, for decades. They are spoiled rotten, receiving praise from their thousands of brainwashed cult followers, getting paid a sickening 6-digit annual salary (three to four times more than what the average U.S. citizen is paid annually). America is going to Hell because of bad pastors!

Church discipline should be a matter of RESTORATION, not kicking people out of church. Shame on the pastor and church congregation who are quick to show people the door and kick them out. The Bible says in our text passage to have a spirit of meekness and humility toward fallen brothers and sisters, while we work and pray to RESTORE THEM to fellowship with the local church. Oh, how we need this in churches today!

I remember when Garret Kirchway, Pastor Steven Anderson's former assistant pastor, was discovered in the church going behind the pastor's back, teaching the heresy of Modalism, which denies the Godhead (aka, Trinity). Pastor Anderson didn't just fire and kick him out the door. Brother Anderson talked with Garret and gave him a chance to repent of his false doctrine, but Kirchway refused. So Pastor Anderson did the only thing that he could do, with which I agree 100%, he fired him. But Pastor Anderson tried to restore Garret, who is NOT a born again Christian. No one is saved who, having been shown the truth of the Godhead from the Scriptures, still denies the Trinity. Modalism is of the Devil. Modalism errantly teaches that God wears many hats (i.e., goes into different modes, hence, Modalism). Modalists believe that when a saint gets to Heaven, we will only see God the Father, and not Jesus. Colossians 3:1 refutes Modalism, teaching that God the Father and God the Son sit upon separate thrones.

Regarding my website ministry, I have received countless emails in recent years from hurting people who have been either kicked out of their local church, were mistreated by their pastor, or told to go see a psychiatrist or just go away. Only carnally-minded pastors mistreat people like that. I love the Gospel hymn which has the lyrics: “He [Jesus] looked beyond my faults and saw my need.” Yes Sir! That's the answer! That is what we need today—pastors and church members who look beyond people's faults and instead see their needs, so that we will tolerate their unpleasantries and in a spirit of meekness and humility try to restore them.
Galatians 6:1-3, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”
Samantha Field is hurting deep in her heart of hearts. PCC is shunning her, just as they are shunning me too! Campus Church pastors and PCC leaders are full of sinful pride. Church discipline is a matter of restoration, not throwing people under the bus like Pensacola Christian College and their Campus Church have done to me and Samantha. SHAME on Harvest Baptist Church on Guam! SHAME on Campus Church and PCC! People just want to be loved.

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