have been said about me in recent days. Some of the worst have been
retracted, and I am very thankful for the integrity that was shown in that.
The Bible says of erring believers, from whom we must separate, that we are to “count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother,” (2 Thess. 3:15). The Bible says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt…,” (Col. 4:6). When I can see I have spoken outside that principle I have done my best to retract, revise or apologize, but undoubtedly, like everyone else, I have blind spots, and I apologize now for those, too. Nevertheless, I’ve never said that those who disagreed with me are like Fred Phelps,* or worse. They are not. I believe they are brothers who are in error.
I have warned that things were changing at Northland. Many people rejected that, some ignored, others complained. The last three years have been personally difficult for me, but I take little joy in the fact that Northland’s changes are now so obvious. Some who criticized me for warning about it now recognize that things are changing. I am glad they see it now, but saddened the changes have gone so far.
May everyone one of us, who knows Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord let our, “conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt…,” (Col. 4:6).
*Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church
Entreating a Brother, or Ranting? by Rev. Jon Gleason
“Other Christians, even when we disagree with them, even when we are convinced they are sinning, are not Nazis. They should not be compared to Nazis. The Nazis were racists, mass murderers, rapists, etc. They gassed thousands of people a day. I’ve seen Christians compared to Nazis by other Christians on more than one forum. It is astounding. Jews find it offensive for obvious reasons. Our rhetoric is below Biblical standards — below pagan standards, for many unbelievers recognise it as inappropriate...! Other Christians are not like Fred Phelps…My brother may be very wrong, but he is not like Fred Phelps.”