January Ė 2001

To: Jim, Ray, Weyman, Nathan, Bill, Jim (My Son). This is letter #15

Brother Jim, brother Ray, brother John, brother Delbert, brother Ralph, I did receive the letter from the L. A. brethren marking me as a Heretic (A Heretic is a brother who has beliefs that are opposed to the basic teachings of the Word of God.) You can mark me as a Heretic, but I know in my heart I am not. This is the second time in my Christian life where a church organization has marked me as a Heretic. The first time this happened I didnít know what the word Heretic meant, but I do now. Joan of Ark was burned at the stake because they called her a Heretic. I believe she really thought she was doing the will of God.

Because of the marking from the L. A. brethren of me as "a Heretic (a divisive brother) and a Railer," brother Jim, my letters to you and for you, are now open letters to all and for any who wish to read or know what I wrote to you about. I have kept them as closed letters until now, now they are open letters.

"One mans justice is another mans injustice." Waldo Emerson

I am sorry, who ever wrote this letter that you felt in your heart you needed to mark my wife just because she has not been a part of your fellowship for years, she has her own personnel reasons for this. You will have to excuse me brethren, I thought our fellowship was in the Lord not in the assembly! My wife and I do have fellowship with and in our Lord and have not broken off any fellowship with Him or with His Children, that we will never do.

My response to brother Jimís letter is because of what I have found in the Bible while trying to understand what he (Jim) had written to me not my wife. As I read over all fourteen of my letters again, I can see where you may have thought I was trying to correct him (Jim) and I am sorry for my poor writing. I thought he (Jim) was my brother in the Lord and that we could have an open conversation about the things of the Bible.

I will try again to help any and all of you to try to understand me: "Marking to be avoided" is scriptural and as I read His Word, I found out that the ones that were Marked to be avoided were "false teachers" not believers in Christ. Believers in the Lord were to be marked so others could see that they were examples to be followed as to how they should be walking in the Lord. The other Marking of Christians were to help them understand what they were doing, that was not honoring to the Lord or what was causing others not to have Christian fellowship with them, but Never to Avoid them. Brother Jim if you feel that this is teaching you, a minister of our Lord, what can I say? I am not a teacher, I could not teach a bird to fly, our Lord and the Holy Spirit are the ones that can do that.

When I was employed at JPL as a Quality Assurance Inspector there were times both in the field, and at the Lab in Pasadena, that I made people angry with me not because I wanted too. I did not always as an inspector would say; "buy their product," that did not meet the contract that JPL and the company signed. I would reject hardware because of visual, mechanical, or electrical defects, but I also as an electrical engineer had to work with engineers of companies to clean up their product. Nobody likes someone that will not accept an item; there is anger that is placed on the inspectorís shoulders, this was all part of my job.

My asking for certain brethren to meet with me, three marked brethren, and what the subject would be falls in line with the above paragraph. I sent a complete package to each of these brethren. Letter #9, letter # 12 and letter # 14 so that they could review these letters before we meet. I truly believed that all these brethren together could help me to understand what I had found from the scriptures I had been reading.

I do understand that any reading of any letter as to how that letter is read, is in the mind of the reader. The emotions (sad, happy, angry, etc.) of any person at the time of the reading will play a large part in the reading. As to how fast or how slow a person reads will also play a large part. I have written letters to my Aunt and Uncle while I was in service over seas and I have gotten letters back from them, so angry at me, that I had to say to myself: "What did I write?"

My letter to brother James Cox in Virginia was because when Sue and I were first married my company sent me back to Maryland and we came in contact with some believers in Virginia. Among those believers were James and his family. They became mentors to me on how I should love my wife and what marriage was all about. I wanted to love Sue as James loved Burnadette, and if our Lord were to allow Sue and I to have any children I wanted to raise them as they were raising their children. I did see in them true Christian love for each other. If I got into trouble with young Christian men at the Naval Base, I could go to James and he would help me. I was writing letter after letter to Jim and not getting any response from him, I truly felt that James would give me an honest answer, I never did hear from James.

Brother John you and your wife during my heart problems visited my wife and me only once.

Brother Ralph though we have family ties together when was the last time you visited with Sue and I and had just a good family time together? Brother Delbert when was the last time you and your wife visited with Sue and I to find out how we were doing? Yes I know you can find fault with Sue and I and we do have faults, but I have to say, you all are to be the strong ones in the Lord, we are the weak ones.

Truth and Accuracy of Godís Word

Brother Jim, I have always been amazed with the truth of Godís Word and the accuracy in which Godís Word is recorded. I found I could trust Godís Word above manís words. That Godís Word would never fail me where manís word would. I found that man could not leave Godís Word alone they have to change Godís word to suit whatever they were involved with. But true men of God loved Godís Word and used Godís Word in their service for their Lord.

Brother Jim this truth and accuracy of Godís Word cemented my faith in God. I could always look to Him and into His Word to help me in my life at any time, night or day, sadness or happiness, weakness or strength.

What do you think our Lord wanted us to learn from the kings of Judah?

 

OBEY THEM THAT HAVE THE RULE OVER YOU!

Then one came and told them, saying: "Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!"

Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying: "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Manís blood on us!"

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN!" Acts 5:25-29

"And we have His witnesses to these things, and also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who OBEY Him." Acts 5:32

"For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who OBEYED him were scattered and came to nothing." Acts 5:36

"After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished and all who OBEYED him were dispersed." Acts 5:37

"O Foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not OBEY the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?" Galatians 3:1

What were they to OBEY here? Was is not the truth that they had received?

"You ran well. Who hindered you from OBEYING the truth?" Galatians 5:7

Who had hindered the Galatians from OBEYING the truth?

"Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to OBEY, to be ready for every good work - - - " Titus 3:1 Who were they to OBEY?

The Epistle to the Hebrews

Many Jewish believers have accepted Jesus Christ so the writer is explaining (exhorting) to them to go on to perfection (Completeness). The temple is still standing. Judaism is still going on. These Jewish believers need to be taught the difference between Christianity and Judaism. The perfection in them has to do with the Lord Jesus Christ now in their lives.

In Matthew our Lord spoke to the multitude of Jews and to His disciples exhorting them:

What are they (Jewish Christians) being taught from the writer of the book of Hebrews? Letís just go and follow through the scriptures for just the one word "better" and find out!