Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have been waiting for this response from Mr. Butler for a while. He has now addressed the issue and I would like to open it up for discussion. I was concerned that we wouldn't hear from Fred again and that the questions might remain unanswered. Thank you, Fred, for responding.
My blood pressure rises each time I read his comment. Mr. Butler is not the first person who has given me this response. And sadly, I notice a trend of similar responses coming from people of Fred's ilk. I may address that at some point because I believe we clearly have a systemic issue that has gone rampant in our churches - the failure to appropriately deal with false teachers and pastors who abuse their flocks. Did Jude 1:3 - the part where we are to earnestly contend for the faith - get removed from their Bibles? Do pastors get to pick and choose their battles and ignore false teachers? Really? Is that how it works now?
While you read this, I ask you to do one thing. Please imagine this is a situation in which there are abused sheep, a whole church full of abused sheep who are being misled. Ask yourself what will happen with the abused sheep if we follow Fred's response?
Interestingly, this is part of a similar discussion I had with Fred on his blog a while back. I posted the following comment and received no response from Fred.
Julie Anne said...