Letter From the President
[The following letter was sent to the ministry on July 16, 2010]
Dear Brothers in Christ,
Today we all prayed to the same God the Father, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. We all believe He hears our prayers and knows our hearts. What must it sound like to God to hear each of us and our perspective on the trials and conflicts we are presently having in the Church? We each have our own understanding and point of view. But what is God most concerned about, and what is He planning to accomplish through this trial?
Let’s look at a few scriptures that might help us better understand some of what God wants us to all learn as we progress through our current trials and tests.
David wrote, “You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and found nothing [evil]; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress” (Psalm 17:3).
Jeremiah was inspired to record, “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).
God reveals through David that He is always observing and testing us: “The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates” (Psalm 11:4-5).
God also hates those who do “violence” to the brethren by spreading lies and rumors. “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue…a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-17, 19).
So, God makes it clear that He is always testing us, especially those of us in the ministry, to find out what is deep in our hearts. He is always working to develop the attitude and character of Jesus Christ within us. Notice this prophecy in Malachi: “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge [refine] them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:3).
I believe that all of us as elders, called by God to serve His people and do His work, are being severely tested by God in order to reveal the true depth of our conversion and Christian conduct. Are we setting an example for the brethren in everything we say and do? I don’t think so, when you look at the fruits of what is happening.
What can we do? What should we do? The answer is given in these scriptures: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15).
I hope and pray, as you do, that we will all humble ourselves and seek God’s forgiveness for our sins and mistakes that He might heal our church.
Your brother in Christ,