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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,

Dennis Luker—President

July 17, 2010 - Posted by | Home Office, President's Office |

11 Comments »

  1. A very nice letter and I am glad you sent this to the ministery and that we non ministers were able to look over your shoulder and read it so to speak.

    Comment by Marilyn | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. Mr and Mrs Luker
    your focus and the letters and sermons that you have given since talking the job of president in these testing times, have been very much appreciated. I really hope for healing and reconciliation, I feel you are doing a very good job in addressing the isues we face.
    Paul Spenser
    UCG member swedenn

    Comment by paul spenser | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. True humility and love is what is sorely needed. As humans, we all err but we know that you, Mr. Luker, and those in the Council of Elders and the Latin American ministers are godly men and good sheperds of the saints. But in this situation all have acted against each other too hastily. As a family that loves each other, we should communicate in humility and love, air differences, forigive one another and continue UNITED doing the work with renewed commitment.

    Comment by Gladys Nieves | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thank you for keeping us informed as we need to know what is going on at the home office I hope I can meet you in Branson again for the feast .

    Comment by steve stolzenburg | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  5. hello, it is a sad heart to see ministers displaying for us the first book of Corinthians.over the many years we have had disagreements regularly, but most were in the membership. for the many years i worked as a computer tech. there has been one thread of trials year after year. the upset and change in management. for 21 years i tried to work for 26 different supervisors at the same job. my wife and i have been through many ministerial change overs. not the planned ones either. i felt for many years that the most assured way to leave was to be ordained. i grew up in the church and still have many brothers and sisters i know and reconnect each feast. but there are a lot i never see again. i know it is really tough to be a minister. you must have a target on your back. i know what it is like when one person in charge goes one way and another the other way. one year before the feast we were told by one minister i must stay home, wife was due two months later. another minister said he would like to get together at the feast “see you there” same feast. what would you do.
    it would be nice to see a great council held with all ministers available and from a members perspective, every one apologize to each other and to all of us. when two blood brothers argue they are still brothers. how much more brothers in Christ.

    Comment by bill leonard | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thank you Mr Luker for that letter, it was very inpirational, and as you said, God is looking at our heart and mind, at the end we are going to answer Him for our actions and thoughts.
    And our entrance to the Kingdom Of God and our salvation is personal, It dosnt matter where church your going as long that your fear God and keep His commandments the way He want it.
    I hope this church get healed soon.

    Jonahtan Alvarado
    “Iglesia de Dios Unida”, Monterrey, Mexico.

    Comment by Jonahtan Alvarado | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  7. Beloved Mr. Luker,

    We are all behind you in our prayers and thoughts.

    Comment by John Carvalho | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  8. Thanks for the letter, Mr. Luker. I too see this as a test, for all members as well as all elders. It is my hope that all of us will be able to pass this test with our character refined and our faith in God strengthened. Thanks for your godly and humble example–and may others follow it.

    Comment by Nathan Albright | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  9. The days are coming when the trial of our faith will be tested in a way which we have not known and only through the vision set before us by the power of the Holy Spirit will we be victorious over our Adversary who desires to destroy each of us and all of humanity. That spirit of adversity and evil will increase the more among the nations as Satan and his demons will soon begin to fulfill all things which have been written in the scripture of truth as he knows he has a short time left – and he does have only a short time as our Father and His Holy One will make a short work in order that the Kingdom of God may begin and bring in everlasting righteousness for all humanity and the glory of His people Israel for a light to all nations and we as His firstfruits as reigning heirs of His Kingdom through the glory of His Companion and Son. We are without excuse – we have the testimony of the Son of man – His Spirit leads and guides us into truth and is not contentious but has healing of spirit in its wings – our Adversary is real and he desires to turn us inside out. Each of us must always seek to please our Father and His Holy One – we all know that through our high calling from our Father that we have been privileged to be a part of something that is greater than ourselves. Only by His Spirit and His love within us can we be successful in accomplishing the tasks that has been set before us and being a powerful witness to all nations of our Father’s soon coming Kingdom.

    Comment by dwight s. stewart | July 18, 2010 | Reply

  10. I am sure by all the troubles we see in the world around us and the trials within the Church that Satan’s anger is steadily growing. To be strong in the sore trials now and yet ahead of us we must all pray most earnestly for the Holy Spirit to strengthen us to strive with all our might for the unity and love we need within the brethren and the ministry. We have been called by our Father to a great work and we cannot do it with a broken chain. May God bless us with agape love for each other and zeal for the work we have all been called to do.

    Comment by Rachel Johnston | July 19, 2010 | Reply

  11. Amen, Mr. Luker. I,m very please that God has chosen you, to lead us into better times; that’s my hope.
    But I think we can only achieve this, as a unit. I did like that you have call for fasting( when we could ); but I think it should be done together, internationally; the same day , the same time. God has giving us the guide on what to do in this cases. James 5:16 specially if is done in unity. We have many examples, and when is done as a group, Gods answer is faster. I’m not try to sound, or appear righteous; ’cause I,m the worst of all the sheep. Thank you.

    Comment by Fernando Hernandez | July 19, 2010 | Reply


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