This is a time sensitive COG-IC breaking news post. Please inform your friends who may be interested in hearing this Sabbath service Q&A. Today’s post is below this one.
COG-IC ministers are leaving in large numbers after a conference December 30, 2013 through January 3, 2014.
Those present at the conference were Bill Hutchison, Bob Rodzaj, Brian Orchard, Cliff Veal, Marshall Stiver, Peter Nathan, Stephen Elliott, Steve Andrews and Ted Budge. David Hulme was invited to the conference, but did not attend.
After the conference this letter was sent to Hulme.
This letter is being presented to you in all sincerity.
Following our meeting on Tuesday, December 24th, you suggested some additional time for each of us to see what God would have us do in order to move forward. Since you had not initially accepted two vital issues we presented to you to begin the process of reconciliation—the marriage/family model of God’s government and a ministerial conference—we felt it necessary to explore both aspects to ascertain if God’s will was with either or both.
To this end, an Acts 15-style conference was convened for pastors who embraced these components and wanted to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1). You indicated that a different spirit was the motivation for those not in agreement with you and we wanted to know if that was the case.
The conference, held over four days, was inspiring and humbling. All present felt that God’s Spirit inspired an amazing oneness and unity. It truly was an Acts 15 experience. Our initial doubts were quickly allayed as we witnessed the positive lead of God’s Spirit. It provided a real learning experience for all of us.
We regret that you were not able to attend and be part of the process—though we did make the request for you to attend. So, in the continuation of the spirit of reconciliation, we present this report to you for your earnest consideration. We believe it represents a way forward that is godly and will receive God’s blessing.
As you know, we requested a follow-up session to our December 24th meeting for this coming Sunday, January 5th. Our request still stands for such a meeting to explore reconciliation as well as to review the results of the conference.
We implore you to let us join together in caring for God’s people and preparing the way ahead of Christ’s return. No doubt you will agree that the members of God’s family deserve no less than our best efforts toward reconciliation and seeking the Father’s will.
Sincerely, Brian Orchard Ted Budge
LINK: a transcript of the Dec 14th Hulme sermon that I alluded to in a recent comment.
Yesterday, Friday afternoon; Brian Orchard, Stephen Elliot and Marshall Stiver joined the others who have been fired and disfellowshipped for causing division.
For those who want to see the first presentation of the new group the following is time sensitive.
A new group is reportedly forming called: Church of God – A Family Community. Sabbath services today will be LINK: webcast from Pasadena
Sabbath services will be originating from Pasadena and broadcast to all locations. The services will begin at 11am PST (2 pm EST, 1pm CST, 12 noon MST, and 12 noon AZ). We will start with a bible study, followed by a short break and then a question and answer session. Visit the link for more information.
Credit where it is due, anti COG site Silenced is also carrying this story and has done a very good job compiling these LINKS
Hulme Member Letters
Letters of Resignation
Conference Doctrinal Issues