I was recently challenged on a Facebook post that I’ve said enough as it relates to Grace Fellowship, Mike Reid, and the “church” of Davenport. I give the man the benefit of the doubt because I have met him personally, I like him, and I believe that he is sincere in his statement to me.
We went back and forth for a while and he said I needed to stop because I was becoming a gong, referring to 1 Corinthians 13:1 – If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
I’ve contemplated this most of the day, as I have for several years now. I think it’s important to make the statement that I didn’t go into this with haste, and he wrongly assumes my motives are not in love. I commented that I’ve spent hours in prayer over this topic and that I have received the counsel of a couple of very close friends that are mature in the faith, men that I trust, not yes men.
The man that commented, while I respect him, doesn’t know all that goes on at GFC. He hasn’t experienced or seen the damage they’ve done to countless people. When do I decide it is enough? I said I respectfully reject his premise. I wonder when we grow tired of doing good, or when we should quit caring for those in bondage.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:1.
I care about the people that are still there, and whether they realize it or not they are under a burden, and I believe it is necessary for me to continue to speak out where I see a distortion of the gospel and truths contained therein. I seek no accolades or acknowledgments. I seek the truth, and I seek to see them set free. I have a purpose in this, and it keeps me from being bitter, just the opposite of what some might think.
Paul said it well, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" – 1 Corinthians 15:58.
This labor has been fruitful. Why? Because it is done for God’s glory not my own, and for that, I won’t back down nor apologize.