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