If I have found any long-term comfort after the split it came by way of going back to the writings of the apostles in the New Testament in order to learn where our church had gone wrong. It was there I learned some things were my fault, like taking on too much responsibility as the only elder. But some things were caused by the unrepentant sins of others who took advantage of weaknesses in our church.
You see, most of us believed the Bible didn’t teach any set form of governance, and as a result, we went with what made sense to us. That made it easy for some to make church revolve around them. For a while it made sense, but in reality their practices came from pride, not holiness. We led our church with a worldly form of governance. So when sin came to take the church, it won.
Second, we were focused more on pleasing man, not God. As cliché as that sounds, it was true. While people’s feelings and experiences need to be taken into account when making decisions for a group, we left no room that allowed Scripture to rule among us. In the Protestant tradition, we were a church based on a representative form of governance, not Christ’s Lordship through the Scripture. Our leaders obtained church office by popular vote, not scriptural qualification alone.
The split didn’t take me out of ministry, although if that were God’s will, I’d submit joyfully to my Master. Instead it forced me to go back to Scripture and submit my pride to His own definitions on ecclesia, church. Learning that led me to put together this web site so men who are truly qualified for the office of church leadership could reverse the ever increasing number of splits, schisms, and divisions in Christ’s local body. I want us all to bring back a biblical ecclesiology that despises all that sinful stuff:
“There should be no schism in the body;
but that the members should have the same care one for another”
(1 Cor. 12:25)
If you want to read more about what happened to me and the church I serve, consider reading, “Our Story.” Or, if you would like to study the theology here, please consider reading “Jesus Defines the Church.”