Gayle Erwin and the Apostate American Church
One is of a “body” where all parts, great and small, work together and must function well for the body to be whole.
The other of course is the family…we are sons and daughters of the Father, we are each others brothers and sisters.
In both of these models there is only one head, the Lord Jesus Christ, and all the members of the family and body are said to be of great value and worth.
We are even told in Pauls first letter to the Corinthians that if the least regarded person in the body is is hurt or broken, the whole body is affected.
Thus, we are instructed to care for, nurture, and protect, all the members of the church.
That is why the metaphor for a Christian leader is a “shepherd”…shepherds care for, nurture, and protect those that they have been entrusted with.
Nowhere in scripture are we commended to adopt a corporate model of governance where the value is found in the top of the hierarchy and the rest of the members are disposable and replaceable parts.
Nowhere in scripture are we told that the end justifies the means if the means requires the lower part of the hierarchy suffer on behalf of the top of it.
Wherever you see such in the church, you are witnessing apostasy.
Apostasy has become the norm and is no longer recognized for what it is.
The only public statement that Gayle Erwin has made in the Gospel For Asia debacle gave his reason for resigning.
“The surprise revelation of foreign deposits and monies returned from the field (and previously described as from an “anonymous donor) pushed some of us over the edge and made our board membership untenable.”
In other words, financial shenanigans and the potential of legal liability caused us to run away.
Corporate malfeasance was unacceptable.
However, when over a hundred members of the GFA Diaspora asked for help, he did not even speak with them.
He did a sham investigation and found no fault with those accused.
He did commend the top of the hierarchy he was supposed to investigate as being of exemplary and godly character.
None of the three board members have issued a statement warning the giving public of what they have seen.
None of the three board members have confirmed all the reports that have been written so that those still working for the charity might have help in understanding the truth about it.
None of the three board members have offered explanations of how all of this was allowed to happen in the first place.
That is how a corporation works.
The corporation and it’s officers are protected no matter the cost to the “employees” or the “consumers”.
The end justifies the means if the end is allegedly “the Gospel”.
It is not how the scriptures say the church should work.
It sure as hell is not the “Jesus Style” that Erwin uses as a theme to collect honorariums around the country.
It is apostate.
Were it not apostate, what we would be hearing is confession, repentance, and a request for forgiveness.
We would see men who claim to be leaders doing their utmost to care for, nurture, and protect, the Body of Christ that built the second biggest mission in America and all those who work for and have been affected by it.
That’s the “Jesus Style”…a style that is no longer in fashion in the apostate corporate church in this country.