Time For Calvary Chapels To Drop Funding For Gospel For Asia
This time, he has linked to the writings of a Canadian pastor who has stopped giving to GFA and tells us why in a devastating 13 page report/letter.
The pastor details his attempts to get clear answers to the questions raised about GFA and the conclusions that must be drawn from the answers he received.
I quote from that letter;
“Success in ministry can lead to a perception of entitlement that is quite opposite to biblical precepts and patterns. Elements of western culture, imbibed with a sense of privilege that is exercised at the expense of others, should merit strong disfavour among Christians. Instead, stories of abuse at the hands of spiritual leaders are far more common than they should be. Some church leaders treat those they are called to serve in a manner opposite to the counter-culture values that Jesus taught and demonstrated. Jesus never leveraged His position and authority in order to cajole others. He never practiced deception through the use of misleading statements. He treated others with respect, conferring dignity on those most dishonoured and downtrodden by the sinful treatment of others. Jesus opened the door to a kingdom unlike anything human sovereigns can provide. He calls the church to humble and honest service, not in a spirit of ineptness, but with Holy Spirit anointing that enables us to continue the things that Jesus began to do and teach. His kingdom is ours to embrace.
The Bible warns against spiritual complacency when it comes to judging sin in the church. When spiritual leaders do wrong, others should not be silent. The Bible also warns against judging from a platform of arrogance instead of humility, or of bias as opposed to impartiality. When judging, Jesus taught us to give the greatest weight to introspection, to examine the beam in one’s own eye before examining the sliver in another’s. It is only then that true redemptive outcomes flourish.
It is with both a sense of reluctance, but also of moral responsibility, that I write this letter to the larger body of Christ. Reluctance – from the unpleasantness of speaking about the need for correction in a Christian ministry, and responsibility – since silence in instances such as I will describe herein is complicity.”
Calvary Chapel’s have been huge supporters of Gospel For Asia.
Two of it’s board members are Calvary Chapel pastors.
One, Skip Heitzig, serves on the Calvary Chapel Association board.
The movement as a whole should either demand accountability or resignations from Heitzig and Gayle Erwin.
All giving to GFA should cease until the questions are answered in order to protect those giving.
Anything else…is complicity.