For a while now discussion has come and gone several times regarding the recent proceedings in the RPNA(GM) as it is called. To date, over 30 excommunications have been issued since November 5, 2006. Several of these excommunicated brethren have testified here and elsewhere against the spiritual tyranny being exercised by Mr. Greg Price, Mr. Lyndon Dohms, and Mr. Greg Barrow. A brothers recent exhortation to a sister as to her duty to testify against this spiritual tyranny confirmed my conviction and desire to add my voice and testimony to those who have testified thus far. While the testimonies have spoken to the unlawful excommunication exercised, the unlawful form of church government constituted, and other issues such as
tyranny and abuse of authority, the issue that these 3 men have disqualified themselves from having lawful authority to even hold the position of elder in the church of Christ due to obstinacy and tolerance of public scandalous sin has not been addressed. Aside from the issue of church government and all that is entailed in that issue, one of the elders was and remains to be in public scandalous sin and was not dealt with accordingly by the remaining two elders. In their toleration and countenancing of sin in the elder, the other two elders threw their lot in with him and became partakers to his sin. The details of this case are documented in the attached file. (Due to the size of it, I will be sending it out in 3 parts. Attached here is part 1.)
Please know that this public record is
not being published for the purpose of obtaining a ruling by public opinion as some have already accused my family and myself of. We have no need nor desire for a ruling by the public for we know that a ruling has already been made in Heaven by the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. I have, with my familys permission, released this public record for the purpose of testifying against the sin and wickedness of those who unlawfully claim to themselves the office of elder in Christs church, and to warn others of the danger in placing themselves under this unlawful, tyrannical, and abusive authority.
It is the prayer of my family and myself that these 3 men, Mr. Greg Price, Mr. Lyndon Dohms, and Mr. Greg Barrow, would be brought to repentance by a working of the Holy Spirit in their
hearts, that the Lord would have mercy upon them and restore them. We also pray that the Lord would open the eyes of those who remain in the RPNA(GM), especially those who are in support of these 3 men and who defend them. Zeal can be commendable, but only when it is in support of the truth. Zeal misguided and in support of sin and error is not to be commended at all, but rather is to be feared and warned against.
May the Lord continue to be gracious and have mercy upon us all.
Contending for the faith, I remain your sister in Christ,
From the First Book of Discipline, 8th Head, Touching the Election of Elders and Deacons, etc.:
Men of best knowledge in God's word, of cleanest life, men faithful, and of most honest conversation that can be found in the church, must be nominated to be in election; and the names of the same must be publicly read to the whole kirk by the minister, giving them advertisement that from amongst these must be chosen elders and deacons. If any of the nominated is noted with public infamy, he ought to be repelled; for it is not seemly that the servant of corruption shall have authority to judge in the church of God
.The elders being elected must be admonished of their office, which is to assist the minister in all public affairs of the church: to wit, in judging and discerning causes; in giving of admonition to the licentious liver; in
having respect to the manners and conversation of all men within their charge; for by the gravity of the seniors, the light and unbridled life of the licentious ought [to] be corrected and bridled
.Yea, the seniors ought to take heed to the life, manners, diligence, and study of their ministers. If he is worthy of admonition, they must admonish him; of correction, they must correct him. And if he is worthy of deposition, they, with consent of the church and superintendent, may depose him, so that his crime so deserves.
Not only may the life and manners of the ministers come under censure and judgment of the church, but also [the life and manners] of their wives, children, and family. Judgment must be taken, that he neither lives riotously, neither yet avariciously; yea, respect must be had how they spend the stipend appointed to their living
.The elders and deacons, with their wives and households, must be under the same censure
that is prescribed for the ministers: for they must be careful over their office; and seeing that they are judges to the manners of others, their own conversation ought to be irreprehensible. They must be sober, humble, lovers and entertainers of concord and peace; and, finally, they ought to be the example of godliness to others. And if the contrary thereof appears, they must be admonished by the minister, or by some of their brethren of the ministry, if the fault is secret; and if it is open and known, it must be rebuked before the ministry, and the same order kept against the senior or deacon, that before is described against the minister
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