Some of the emails and information that has come to me have encouraged me to put forth a bit of advice to all who are struggling in this REVIVAL SEASON. If the ministers inform you they are taking your “case” before the church, please make sure that you are present when they do so. Do they offer an opportunity for you to speak? If they do, make sure that you speak. If they don’t offer, perhaps you could insist. This is your life we are talking about and according to them, the eternal destination of your soul. Jesus tells us not to plan ahead what we will say when we are dragged before the magistrates, for He Himself will put the words in our mouths. However, it would behoove you to be well versed in the scriptures pertaining to such acts. Jesus himself asked upon what grounds they condemned him. We all well know that they charged him with a violation of the law. This is often the case these days. I doubt that anyone who reads these words and recognizes themselves is charged with adultery, fornication, lying, or stealing. No doubt you are charged with a bad spirit, a proud look or an intimidating spirit. These are not grounds for any of the actions that will be taken. Hold these men’s feet to the fire on these issues, and do it publicly. Every time you allow them to get away with the things they do to beat the sheep, they gain more power, and you are hurt.
As you well know, it is written in their bylaws that you are supposed to get a written description of the charges against you once action has been taken. As you also no doubt know, this is becoming less and less likely to happen. We know that the reason for this is that these men do not want to be held accountable for their nefarious actions. Inform them ahead of time that you will be expecting the written charges against you. Perhaps you can hold up a copy of the book, opened to the page where it states such. Don’t expect them to be noble, however, and honor the request. Most people these days have a cellphone with a recording device. I would advise you to carry it into the church with you and then make sure you record the entire proceedings against you. You can then transcribe the recording and relay it to Brother Hiram via email, or perhaps even upload the mp3. In this way they will be held accountable for their actions. You can advise them of your intent to record, or not, whichever seems best to you. These men need to realize that the practices that they carry out are shameful and if exposed will bring them humiliation and pain. Should all of the pain be yours for their behavior? It is true that we are to suffer loss silently, and I do not advise these things in order to get at them, but rather to rein in a system that is veering wildly out of control and not only beating sheep with impunity but killing them. If there is anyone reading who is going through an ordeal and you would like to share, please do so. Stop living in fear. The things these men do are wrong. STAND UP SPEAK UP