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Luker Writes July 23 Letter to UCG Ministry

[The following letter was sent to the United Church of God ministry on July 23, 2010]

July 23, 2010

Dear Brothers in Christ,

As Christ leads us all through our present trials and tests within His Church, here are some important scriptures to consider:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).

We all have our own understanding of the problems we are dealing with, and the causes of those problems. Regardless of where we stand on the issues, God says we are to trust Him and not our own understanding. We could all think we are right, and yet be wrong in His eyes. He looks on the heart and is deeply concerned about our attitudes and motives.

Are you wise in your own eyes? Or do you fear the Lord and depart from evil? There is much evil going on in the Church right now—rumors, gossip, character assassination, confusion and division. This is not of God: “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Who is at fault? Satan, of course, but we can sometimes allow him to use us if we are not careful. Notice these powerful verses:

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18).

These inspired scriptures in James make it very clear that the true source of our problems is “demonic” influence that produces “confusion and every evil thing.” And the solution given is “the wisdom that is from above,” which is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield…without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

So, if we lack this wisdom that is from God, we are part of the problem. We will say things and do things that sow discord and cause division among God’s people. As elders of Jesus Christ, we must examine ourselves and repent of our own sins and mistakes! If we don’t, there will be division in the Church, and we will all be held accountable by Christ.

Paul made this clear when he wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). This is especially true of those of us serving in the ministry. We have a great influence, for good or bad, in the lives of the brethren we serve.

Fellow elders of Jesus Christ, let us humble ourselves with much prayer and fasting at this critical time in the United Church of God. Only Christ Himself, as our Living Head, fully understands everything going on at this critical juncture in our organizational history. He is our Lord and Master. He knows each of us personally and intimately. He knows exactly where we are in our understanding and spiritual maturity as elders serving His people.

Let us all stay humble before Him as He leads and guides us through our present trials and tests. I pray that we all become more deeply converted as Christ humbles us, so that we can finish the work He has given us to do.

Your brother and fellow servant in Christ,

Dennis Luker—President, UCGIA


July 24, 2010 - Posted by | Home Office, President's Office |

14 Comments »

  1. Mr Luker
    Inspiring well chosen words from the word of God
    pray to God we will all heed it.

    Comment by Alvah P yle | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. Dear Mr Luker:

    Have you asked the members of the Council of Elders to apply these scriptures to themselves as well? Their actions in the past 4 or 5 months (or longer) play a major part in the crisis we are now seeing in the church, and they should not be held exempt from the correction and guidance provided for ALL of us in God’s holy word, the Bible.

    I am aware, by the way, that this comment will not be made public; it will, like my previous comment, be deemed inflammatory, accusatory, and what-have-you. So be it. I don’t care if you publish it or not. The necessary thing is that someone needs to actually THINK about it before dismissing it out-of-hand.

    UCG leadership is NOT innocent of wrongdoing; they are as guilty as anyone else of allowing Satan to hold sway and influence their attitudes and actions. My prayer for United is that ALL involved parties, from the president’s office on down and including the general membership (those who think they’re not involved are missing something!), will come to their senses by prayer and fasting and acceding to God’s will…before this church is destroyed.

    We’re going down in flames if BOTH sides don’t repent and change their ways.

    Patte Rehak
    Beloit (WI) congregation member

    Comment by Patte Rehak | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. In Genesis 3:16, “your desire shall be for your husband.” The word “desire”,Strongs Concordance,8669 quotes”sense of stretching out after, a longing desire.” The word is only used three times in the old testament. This word is used to describe Chist’s desire for His church. In the “Song of Songs 7:10” It says, “I am my beloved’s and his desire is toward me.”
    My question is how did this get translated to a desire to “dominate” as stated in “The Biblical Role of Women”, Doctrinal Study Paper page 3 ,Paragraph 5. If I desire something, it dosn’t mean I want to dominate it. To me it would be a sence of nuture ,time spent with, a pleasure to be around.
    I don’t find most of the women in God’s Church’s very assertive. They don’t complain when offended,and tend to take it,or they simply leave.
    Most of the women I know dearly love their husbands and are very protective of them. I realize I am an older woman as are most of my friends.
    My prayers are that God would bless His people and the leaders so that we can be a truly loving church consistantly learning the right way. Thank you for your time. Sincerely Linda Bartlett

    Comment by Linda Bartlett | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. DEAR MR. AND MRS. LUKER, PRAYERS ARE FOR YOU AND ALL GODS SERVANTS TESTS COME AND GO BUT WE MUST KEEP ON TOWARD THE KINGDOM AND OVER COMING. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW I HAVE APPRECIATED YOU AND YOUR SERVICE TO GOD’S PEOPLE. SO CONTINUE FORWARD THE ONLY RIGHT WAY TO GO MUCH LOVE SHERYL

    Comment by sheryl nakashima | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. Mr Luker, Have you looked into the allegations to examine for yourself whether things being said are true or not? Can proof one way or the other be brought out to stop the rumors?

    Comment by Roxanna Yost | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. Mr Luker,

    Thank you for this sober but profound message! This is so well written and to the point. To the degree that we humble ourselves is the degree in which the church will be healed. Thank you for loving God enough to be close to Him to encourage us all by his powerful words — powerful, yet gentle (meekness and majesty – which is in essence Jesus Christ our Lord). Isn’t that what the Kingdom of God is all about? We are praying that each and every member in our church strive to “tame the mouth” through His powerful Holy Spirit. If we don’t do this, “our religion is in vain.”

    Jas 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

    Lu 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

    We know of many members that are on the edge of leaving the flock because of the discord among the brethren. I pray that the elders and ministers will bond together to keep them safe within the fold by becoming as one in purpose to take care of His sheep, to let go of the way they want it for the sake of feeding the flock by their examples, not just by words.

    Our continuing prayers are for God’s people and especially those who are shepherding!

    Wayne & Diane Stewart UCG Detroit

    Comment by edenhomeandgarden | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. I am reminded of what the LORD spoke through Moses saying, “And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified(Lev. 10:3.'”

    Truly, our Father and His Holy One have set forth upon the ministry a high calling and charge and service of gift that They might be glorified through their actions. Perhaps we might consider the spirit of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, in that the LORD declared concerning him that he was zealous with His zeal and that He would give to him His covenant of peace and that it would be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood because he was zealous for his God and made atonement for the children of Israel (Num. 25:11-13).

    The Son of God is truly the Head to the Church and the governed (ministry and the congregation) must act responsibly not only to our Head but to those who have been appointed under Him whom He has given a charge to forward the Work in living faith. Our encouragement comes from our Father’s Holy Spirit together with His love and His settled peace impacting our lives leaving us with a living vision of who we are and where we are going and how to get there and ever reminding us that our ADVERSARY is real and desires to destroy us through division – thank you for your thought provoking letter and the encouragement thereof – IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO OVERCOME – OVERCOME – OVERCOME.

    Comment by dwight s. stewart | July 25, 2010 | Reply

  8. Dear Mr. Luker and Peter Eddington. Thankyou for your profound and to the point messages.The church is under severe attach from Satan and within!The brethren are buzzing about what is happening with the ministry and are accused by other brethren as being gosips.The church… the people also the corporation are commanded by scripture to do cetain things with mercy and to be upbeat.When considering a leader whom “They Say” you are to follow beware! Question … Whom are They.. What do They say?

    Heb 13/7 Remember your leaders, who have spoken the word of God unto you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and immitiate their faith. Nothing is said about a ministrial form of governance called hierachy which is lord ship ultimately between the church brethren and God the father.
    Beware!In the Book of Revelation 2/15 Christ said he would fight such a church that held to this doctrine of the Nicolaitans which historically were those who gave total free moral agency to some great one which is what the mark of the beast ultimately is!
    Jim Lapp Flint Congregation

    Comment by Jim Lapp | July 26, 2010 | Reply

  9. I very much welcome your letter, particulary such comments as :-

    “Fellow elders of Jesus Christ, let us humble ourselves with much prayer and fasting at this critical time in the United Church of God.”

    It is my prayer that if the parties involved can reconcil, then may this speedily happen.

    It is worrying therefore to read on the net that the minister from Bogata, Mr Eduardo Hernandez, following church wide fasting in his area, was speaking personally to you on 12th July, pleading for reconciliation, yet two weeks later there has been no response from UCG.

    Is Mr Hernandez not telling the truth in this matter? Surely UCG has a responsibility to attempt reconciliation, and not ignore pleas such as from the brethren in Bogata?

    Comment by Brian Crook | July 27, 2010 | Reply

    • In Mr. Walker’s video, he said as much about reconciliation. Something along the lines of ‘working things out together’ or if not ‘a peaceful separation’.

      Whether they are being purposely ignored (I do not want nor need to talk with them) or have been put on hold (I’m not ready to talk with them) for the time being, I do not know. But I would guess it is the latter case.

      Comment by Norbert | July 28, 2010 | Reply

      • Oops, I got my “er’s” mixed up, Mr. Walk”er’s” should of been Mr. Luk”er’s”. 🙂

        Comment by Norbert | July 29, 2010 | Reply

    • I would like to hear from Mr. Luker in regards to this question: Why has there been no response to Mr. Hernandez as well as the other ministers who have contacted him about reconciliation.

      Comment by natalie | July 30, 2010 | Reply

      • I believe numerous people want ‘Closure’ and in this case that every jot and tittle of the governing documents have been carried out in a decent, orderly and edifying manner. But much more importantly that all those who are directly involved are behaving in a decent, orderly and edifying manner that does not conflict with the way Jesus Christ walks.

        Perhaps for some people the matter is as good as closed (Php 3:13-14) but in essence there is a possiblity that such matters may never really closed in this life for an individual member. Because when it comes to, “Oops I made an error!” can be a lot clearer in the mind than “Oops, Mr. Luker, the CoE and Mr. Walker made an error!”

        Comment by Norbert | July 31, 2010 | Reply

  10. DearMr Luker

    Thank you for your ongoing encouragement to the me and all the brethren of UCG. Although, you are only a short time in office you are obviously, zealous for the House of God, and deeply desire to restore order to God’s Church. While praying for you, and the ministry, recently, the following scriptures came to mind.

    Romans 8:31- ‘What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?’and Romans 8:33-‘Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.’ (NKJV)

    Finally, we all need to examine our consciences, now more than ever and pray with David the Psalmist – ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.’- Psalm 51:10. (NKJV)

    Standing in faith and fasting and prayer with you, for a soon and peaceful resolution to the present problems.

    Kind regards, Claire Mooney,(Member),Carlow/Ireland/UCG

    Comment by Claire Mooney/Carlow UCG | July 27, 2010 | Reply


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