Foreword

Acknowledgements

Julie

Visible Problem Indicators

Stewardship

Agents of Change - Issues

Institutional Dynamics

The Institutional and the Local Church

Operative Theology

Prognosis for the Future

Revival - What is Needed?

Closing Remarks

Appendix S
Case Study: First United Methodist Church (FUMC-M)
Marietta, Georgia

[Note: The chronology contained here is more extensive than is contained in the hardcopy book The Church in Bondage.]

This case study involves First United Methodist Church Marietta (FUMC-M): their actions; subsequent repercussions; and the end result. This case study begins with the letter of explanation by their pastor, Dr. Charles Sineath; it continues with a narrative of subsequent actions; and the outcome. The complete text of the letter from Charles Sineath ("A") and all aspects of this case are at the internet website located at: http://www.atlantagolfer.com/fumc/


  1. Cover Letter from Charles Sineath, [pastor of] FUMC-M, Georgia: "The material in this report is not meant to be an indictment of The United Methodist Church. Rather, it is an attempt to tell the truth about things we believe must be known if our denomination is to continue to make a strong and transforming witness to the world, be found faithful to our Wesleyan heritage, and our Biblical, orthodox theological roots. This report points out problems within our denomination that strike at the heart of our faith, and are a serious threat to the integrity of the church that you and I love. The issues addressed here are scriptural and theological. Persons in strategic places and positions in our denomination have challenged the basic tenets of our Christian faith: the incarnation, denying that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, fully divine as well as fully human; denying the atoning efficacy of Christ's death on the Cross; denying the reality of His bodily resurrection as a seal of our redemption; denying the authority of Scripture as the Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, faith and practice.

    This report has been prepared because we love The United Methodist Church, and are fully aware of all the ways it has, and continues even now to please and honor God. The focus is not meant to condemn, but to redeem and restore. A beloved brother in Christ recently learned that he had cancer of the prostate. Obviously this malignancy became an area of focus in his life. Imagine if I had said to him, "John, why are you focusing on that prostate that is malignant? After all, your eyes are healthy, your hearing is good, your hair is in good shape, your teeth are sound, your arms and legs and liver and heart are all in good shape. With so much that is good, why don't you focus on that instead of focusing on your prostate? After all, it's small, and nobody can even see it!" Obviously, that would be ridiculous. The reason he is focusing on the area that is cancerous is not because it's big, and not because he's unaware of the health of the rest of his body. He's focusing on the cancer because he knows that if he doesn't, it will someday kill him!

    In the second chapter of Revelation we find Jesus' letter to the church at Thyatira (verses 18-28). Our lord affirms the overall goodness of the church there (v.19): "I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. (v.20) Nevertheless, I have this against you; you tolerate that woman Jezebel..." That's my feeling about The United Methodist Church today. I know, and I hope you know, that the Lord knows our multitude of good deeds, our continuing love and faith, our ongoing service and perseverance, that we United Methodist Christians are doing more good than ever before. That's not in question. No doubt about it. The problem is that we are tolerating things that Jesus says are intolerable, that strike at the very root of our faith.

    Friends, we must not tolerate that which our Savior says is intolerable, that which contradicts Holy Scripture, that which violates the Doctrinal integrity of our church. We must not, and God willing we will not! I believe God wants to preserve The United Methodist Church as a purified Bride of Christ. And I believe God wants to use us as one of His instruments in doing that."

    - Charles Sineath

  2. The reasons for withholding that part of the apportionment, as formulated by the study committee by FUMC-M:

    "Over the past two hundred years, the contributions of the United Methodist Church to the United States and the world cannot be overestimated. During the 20th century, the United Methodist Church has been a vital force in meeting the needs of the oppressed, the poor, and the sick around the world. Significant contributions to Christian spiritual growth within the denomination have occurred through programs such as Disciple Bible Study and Walk to Emmaus. Local United Methodist churches have been vital places for equipping the body, fellowship, and care and comfort. These kinds of positive contributions are not in dispute.

    The issue before us is rather the doctrinal integrity of the United Methodist Church: the faithfulness of its leadership to adhere to our Doctrinal Standards and to champion the cause of Jesus Christ as the Son, Savior, and Lord. In a relativistic and secular society, the responsibility of the church is to uphold the basic, foundational tenets of the Christian faith. Therefore, we must determine if the United Methodist Denomination has fulfilled this duty and responsibility.

    A very important point to be made in understanding this crisis is that as a denomination we have strong Christian doctrinal standards. These have changed very little since John Wesley wrote them in 1784 and none at all since 1808 when a restrictive rule went into effect preventing any changes to these doctrinal standards. If we are faithfully following those doctrinal standards, there will be no question but that we are contending "for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints" Jude 1:3 (NIV)

    The report that follows gives evidence of individual factual incidents. The crisis in the UMC is serious and long-standing but for the most part the report focuses on the last ten to twenty years. As the report is read, it should be kept in mind that these individual actions are simply indicative of much larger problems. To assist in putting these individual incidents in perspective, we will identify several overall trends or patterns in the United Methodist Church.

    First, United Methodist seminaries are no longer strictly adhering to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith and are tolerating if not promoting some non-Christian theologies. Radical feminist theology is one of the more visible of those. The basic tenets of radical feminist theology include rejection of the Bible as an authoritative document because of its "patriarchialism", identification of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as "divine child abuse" that has no relevance for modern women, and promotion of worship of pagan female deities. The report may seem to include a disproportionate number of references to women, but it is because of the pervasive influence that radical feminist theology has had on United Methodism.

    The hold that feminist theology has on UM seminaries cannot be underestimated. For example, one of the foremost proponents of feminist theology, Rosemary Radford Ruether, is a tenured professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Aida lsasi-Diaz another well-known feminist/liberationist theologian, is on the staff at Drew University Seminary. The Re-Imagining Conference of 1993 (which was characterized by worship of the goddess Sophia and denial of the person and work of Jesus Christ) was not an isolated event. It has been repeated three more times since then and the keynote speakers are always Protestant and Catholic seminary professors or clergy.

    Second, from the very highest levels of leadership on down, many UM bishops, clergy and staff; most of whom have graduated from UM seminaries, have exhibited a reluctance to adhere to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. The emphasis on a diverse, inclusive social gospel has eclipsed the need to preach "Jesus Christ and Him crucified." Intellectualism has snuffed out a simple faith in Bible as the primary means through which the Creator has sought to reveal Himself to man. This lack of adherence to the essential doctrines of the Christian faith is evident in many of the incidents included in the report.

    Third, the staffs of the general hoards and agencies have become so isolated from the laity that they act with almost no regard for the beliefs or wishes of the majority of church members. The examples of liberal political activism in this report are typical of the pattern of behavior exhibited by these staff members.

    Finally, all efforts at renewal by organized clergy and laity have failed to elicit significant improvement in these problems. The failure to discipline clergy who have been guilty of violating the doctrinal standards of the church is strong evidence of the disdain of the church leadership for the concerns being expressed by the church membership."

  3. MEMO: Board of Marietta First United Methodist Votes to Direct Apportionments

    Date: March 22, 1998
    To: Board of Stewards
    From: Select Committee
    Regarding: Conference Apportionments

    We have looked closely at our Conference Apportionments and are submitting the following recommendations. Please be aware that our total Conference Apportionments are $235,985. However, we have already sent in our total for the Atlanta Marietta District Work Fund of $12,579. That leaves $223,406.

    We recommend that we direct this entire amount, $223,406, on a line item basis in order to support only those official United Methodist ministries beyond our local church (and primarily within the bounds of our North Georgia Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference) that we are convinced honor God, are pleasing to Him, are scripturally sound, and are in keeping with our Vision as a local United Methodist Church.

    By such action we enhance our prophetic witness to and within the church and denomination as good stewards of the funds entrusted to us. By directing these funds on a line item basis we insure that they will be used to underwrite only the ministries we designate, and will not be used in any way to support ministries we do not wish to underwrite.

    We recommend the following ministry investments:

    Episcopal Residence Fund 210.75
    District Superintendents Fund 16,129.51
    Equitable Compensation Fund 3,161.32
    Board of Ordained Ministry 1,183.24
    Underpayment Factor 2,738.11
    Retired Ministers Conference Insurance 16,644.09
    Retired Past Service Pension 21,163.91
    Jurisdictional Administration 1,545.73
    Annual Conference Expenses 2,816.06
    Council on Finance and Administration 6,913.93
    Office of Ministerial Service 3,352.68
    Office of Church Development 2,178.04
    Annual Conference Council on Ministries 22,169.44
    Urban Action 8,442.32
    Homeless Council 745.98
    Hispanic Ministries 703.47
    Conference Task Forces 537.72
    Mission Initiatives 656.29
    Jurisdictional Mission Fund 2,262.33
    Simpsonwood 162.95
    Black College Fund 5,805.00
    Africa University 1,346.00
    Capital Funding 1,757.00
    Christian Higher Educ/Campus Ministry 14,695.00
    Church Development 27,618.00
    Total $164,938.87

    This leaves a remainder of $58,427.13 which we recommend be directed to the following three United Methodist Ministries that clearly meet the criteria listed above, and are in special need at this time:

    • Building Program, Wesley Foundation University of Georgia - $25,000.00
    • Camp Glisson Redevelopment Project - $25,000.00
    • Mountain Top Boys Home - $8,427.13

    Enclosed is a listing of the Conference Apportionments [omitted, but available on the website that contains this complete report], so that you may make comparison between what has been asked of us and what we are suggesting. Please take note that the amounts we are recommending are exactly as the amounts requested except for the five line items that are omitted altogether. These are in areas where we have doctrinal concerns on the general church/denominational level: Episcopal Fund, General Administration Fund, World Service Fund, Ministerial Education Fund, and Interdenominational Cooperation Fund (our church has not contributed to this for two decades).

    Please note that 100% of apportioned amounts will be distributed/given/invested in bonafide United Methodist Ministries beyond Marietta First. None of these funds will be used in our local church ministry. By distributing these funds on a line item basis, we are maintaining our historic connection with The United Methodist Church, but exercising our stewardship responsibility not to support ministries which Christian conscience compel[s] us not to support, while at the same time supporting ministries which Christian conscience compels us to support.

    Enclosure
    Select Committee/jjd
    Revised 3/23/98

  4. Time line of actions subsequent to the apportionment withholding issue:

    March 8, 1999. Letter to Bishop Lindsay Davis:

    March 8, 1999

    Bishop Lindsay Davis
    North Georgia Conference
    United Methodist Church
    159 Ralph McGill Blvd., NE; Suite 208
    Atlanta, GA 30308-3391

    Dear Bishop Davis,

    I am writing you this letter with a broken heart. I find it inconceivable that you could make the decision that you have made without the consideration of the congregation of the Marietta First United Methodist Church.

    We spoke loudly at our Charge Conference and our Staff Parish Relations Committee has continued to speak to you regularly and with great conviction that moving of our pastor is not the desire of this body.

    You made a statement that Charles Sineath is not an effective leader due to the apportionment withholding. Please understand, Bishop Davis, that Charles Sineath did not make this decision on his own. All he did was tell his congregation the truth. If more pastors and other leaders in the United Methodist Church would be so bold as to speak the truth about the happenings within this denomination, perhaps we could effect change. As it is, the Bishops threaten to move the pastors, or remove their credentials, threatening their livelihood and income as well as their careers if they so much as dare to tell their churches about what is going on "out there"; much less suggest any retributive action.

    Do not be misled, Bishop Davis. This battle is not over. With the availability of the Internet and the easy accessibility of news and information from all over the country, more and more people are becoming informed and enlightened. The apostasy that has taken place in recent months in California and Illinois will not go unnoticed. The lack of action on the part of the Bishops and the heretical remarks on the part of some of these same Bishops will not go unpunished. Even though the United Methodist Church does not presently have in place any effective method for removing a Bishop from office, these actions most certainly will lead to the split of the denomination.

    These issues are all about money and power. I see no reference to Godly leadership, to Christian discipleship, to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. The demand and seeking of money and power will ultimately lead to the demise of the United Methodist Church. God will surely judge all those in leadership harshly if they fail to speak truth and fail to attempt to lead others into the paths of righteousness.

    God led me to this church, Marietta First United Methodist Church, not because it was Methodist but because He knew that the healing that I needed was available here. I came here a broken vessel in need of love and healing. I found it in the love, preaching, teaching, integrity, leadership and humility of my Senior Pastor, Charles Sineath. Mine is only one story. There are many hundreds, possibly thousands, of others, as I am sure you will hear.

    Bishop Davis, I implore you to reconsider the stance you have taken. Do not punish this godly man for taking a stand for Jesus. Stand with us as we attempt to usher in renewal and revival to the honor and glory of the name that is shouted from the rooftops, Jesus Christ. If you are with us we can be the "voice heard around the world", if you attempt to squelch this statement of truth and faith, you will go down in history as the "Bishop who passed up his opportunity to be the Moses of United Methodism". We need a leader that will stand for truth, righteousness, integrity, and the gospel; Bishop Davis, do not let us down.

    You have the ability, Bishop Davis, to turn this around; to use this for good. Be bold, courageous, and fearless in the face of the enemy, knowing that God is on the side of righteous.

    In the Service of Jesus Christ,

    [Original Signed by]
    Ellen Beebe, Laity
    Marietta First United Methodist Church

    1255 Banberry Road Marietta, GA 30067

    Cc: Charles Sineath, Pastor
     Bucky Smith, Chairman, Administrative Board
     Jack Miller, Chairman, SPRC
     Jamie Jenkins, District Superintendent

    April 15, 1999. Transfer of Marietta minister seen by some as tied to dispute. Denomination leaders on Monday portrayed the transfer of the Rev. Charles Sineath, 22-year pastor of the 5,000-member First United Methodist Church of Marietta, as a routine personnel transfer. The pastor of one of the largest Methodist churches in North Georgia announced Sunday to a stunned congregation that he would be reassigned in June to another church, somewhere in North Georgia. Sineath, who turns 60 this month, is five years from retirement. The announcement comes nearly a year after the church voted to withhold $58,427 in funds from the local conference over the national church's stands on social issues, including homosexuality.

    But the Rt. Rev. Lindsey Davis, bishop of the North Georgia Conference, said in a release that Sineath is just one of 50 ministers in the conference who will be reassigned this year. The Rev. Jamie Jenkins, superintendent of the Atlanta-Marietta district, has been involved in discussions with the church over the dispute, set off in 1997 when trustees at Methodist-founded Emory University agreed to permit same-sex commitment ceremonies at its campus chapels. Jenkins acknowledged that the transfer would be linked by supporters of Sineath to the dispute, but said the action was simply a personnel matter. "The bishop has seen to reappoint him for 22 years and now he is assigning him somewhere else." In fact, congregants at the church pointed to a letter sent by the bishop to church leaders last April, in which Davis said, "I cannot stand quietly and allow Marietta First United Methodist Church to proceed in a direction which I believe to be negative and contrary to the expressed will of the North Georgia Conference."

    The withholding of church funds from the local conference was about to come up again. One week ago, a group of staff and church members offered the conference all of this year's apportionment, if the bishop would agree to work on redirecting funds to programs the congregation endorsed. Robin Burruss, a lay leader of the church and a member of the Board of Stewards, said the compromise was rejected.... Burruss said the loss of the senior pastor after 21 years could have a serious impact on the church, which is in the middle of a $3 million expansion. He said conservative leaders in the national denomination have been following the issue and the bishop's decision could seriously damage the denomination's conservative movement.

    Two other Cobb churches, Acworth United Methodist and Mount Bethel United Methodist, withheld funds to the local conference last year, but later released them.
    - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; By Tucker McQueen. Source: E-mail from Mr. Janz Mynderup

    April 15, 1999. Georgia church withholds funds amid talk of split.

    ATLANTA (UMNS) -- The board of stewards of Marietta First United Methodist Church has voted to withhold all of the financial support that it typically provides at the conference and denominational levels, as some members talk openly about leaving the church and forming a new congregation. The 108-56 vote took place April 11 and applies to all of the "apportionment" dollars that have been requested of Marietta First by the larger church. With 5,302 members, the church has the fourth-largest United Methodist congregation in Georgia. Earlier this year, Bishop Lindsey Davis announced that the Rev. Charles Sineath, 60, would not be reappointed to Marietta First after 22 years. Since then Sineath has announced his plans to retire in June from the United Methodist ministry.

    The decision to withhold all apportionments, except the pastor's pension, was an expansion of an earlier decision by the board of stewards not to pay several "general church" funds that support the work of the church on the denominational level....The church's total apportionments for 1999 are $268,087. Previously the church had decided to withhold about $67,000 of that amount. [Board Chairman Bucky] Smith said the board had wanted to withhold all apportionments back in March 1998, when the apportionment debate surfaced for the first time. Then, the board voted to pay all of its conference support for 1998 but to "redirect" to conference causes the amount that would have gone to certain funds at the denominational level. "Only through Charles' leadership and the board's respect for him did we withhold only about 25-26 percent," Smith said. "Now that Charles has been taken out of the picture and is not being reappointed, the action reflects what the board wanted to do a year ago."....[People] in the church...believe the cabinet's decision to move Sineath was...punitive action. "The Methodist system is broken and corrupt," said church lay leader Robin Burruss, "and I don't think we should put a penny into a broken and corrupt system."...

    Sineath has advocated the withholding of certain general church apportionments because "conscience compels us not to be part of what is displeasing to God." "We're not dealing with persnickety things," he said in an earlier interview. "We're dealing with issues we think are at the heart of our faith, the incarnation, the authority of Scripture, the blood atonement." ...A 38-page report compiled by a group within the church last year cites a number of incidents in which certain general agency executives and seminary professors are alleged to have questioned the deity of Jesus and the authority of Scripture, or to have espoused feminist theology or the acceptance of homosexuality. That report, however, does not address Emory University's decision to allow same-sex ceremonies under narrow circumstances, although that action keeps resurfacing in board discussions as a key reason for withholding apportionments. In 1997, Emory's board of trustees, which includes five United Methodist bishops [one of whom is Lindsay Davis of the North Georgia Conference], voted unanimously to allow same-sex ceremonies in the university chapel if the couple's faith permits it, and if the ceremony is conducted by a clergy person of that faith who has a direct tie to the university. Only two of the 24 religious groups on the Emory campus are part of a faith that allows such ceremonies. No such service has occurred to date. But, Burruss says, the possibility of such a ceremony taking place at all "is contrary to Scripture and not the right thing."
    - Internet, April 15, 1999; Nashville, Tennessee. 10-21-71B\{203\}; by Alice Smith, Executive Director of the Georgia UM Communications Council

    April 27, 1999. "As of 1 A. M. EDT today, Charles (Sineath) has been relieved of all responsibilities, by Mr. Davis [i.e., Bishop Davis], as pastor of FUMC-Marietta. He is to clean out his office and not return to the premises. The reason for this action is that he is to be named tonight as the new pastor of a new church in Marietta."
    - Source: Internet, E-mail from B. J. Eble, former member of FUMC Marietta, Georgia; April 27, 1999 12:31 PM [Note: Reportedly, the following day, the locks were changed on the doors so that Dr. Sineath could not get back into his offices.]

    May - June, 1999. It is reported that the people from FUMC - Marietta have been allowed to not pay any of their apportionments this year. The reason projected is that approximately 80% of the active members, to include many substantial contributors, have left the church to form a new congregation.
    - Source: Internet - E-mail from a former member of FUMC - Marietta

    June 1, 1999. Marietta church cuts staff. A month after several hundred of its members met to form a new congregation, First United Methodist Church [FUMC] of Marietta has reduced its staff and budget. The church, which had a staff of about 45 and an annual budget of $3.3 million, cut 18 employees and $1 million from its budget for the rest of the year....the congregational split is responsible for the cutbacks at First Marietta, which has a membership of about 5,300. About 650 adults and 150 children from First United are meeting Tuesday nights as Wesleyan Fellowship, an independent congregation with Methodist doctrine. First United expects its membership to go down when Wesleyan Fellowship begins officially accepting members.... [FUMC] is the home congregation of Gov. Roy Barnes and U.S. Rep. Bob Barr. But Barr said in a telephone interview last week he may be among those leaving the church, where he married his current wife in 1986. "I don't feel comfortable staying with a particular church that penalizes its pastors for living by what they believe is the word of God," Barr said."God's blessed us--he really has," said Bucky Smith, former chairman of First United's board and an organizer of Wesleyan Fellowship. "The train's moving so fast, we can barely keep up."
    - "Marietta church cuts staff," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 1, 1999.

    June 15, 1999. Report "Wesleyan Fellowship": from the fledgling "Wesleyan Fellowship" that former members of FUMC - Marietta have started since Lindsey Davis ousted The Reverend Charles Sineath from that church (FUMC-M) is one of rapid growth. Below is a summary given by one of FUMC's former members via e-mail:

    Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 19:43:19 GMT
    "Hey, Don, Wesleyan Fellowship is being blessed beyond our imagination; all information about the church is spread via word of mouth or internet.....here are some astonishing results:

    • Decided on a Friday afternoon to have the 1st informational meeting on the next Tuesday night.....prepared for 200-300 folks.................OVER 700 ATTENDED.
    • Decided that Tuesday June 22 would be the 1st service. Due to feedback started having services every Tuesday (but Charles could not speak) starting 5/18........Averaging over 650 adults, 120 youth, 40 nursery.
    • Wanted strong youth ministry person and started search........Terry Tekyl had a vision of who the youth ministers would be and told them before they were asked and on 8/15 the 1st service for our youth with their two (!!!!!!!!!) new youth leaders and their wives will take place.
    • Wanted a facility to start Sunday services by 9/10.........Start Sunday Services this week!!!!
    • Do not pass the offering plate at the services.......Have received over $150,000 in 5 gatherings/services.
    • Needed office space.....had a company move out of Marietta and they gave their office space with 14 months pre-paid rent to the church.....with 5 offices......There will be 4 ministers and 1 secretary when everyone is on board!!
    • Over 380 families have asked for membership, constituting over 1000 individuals. (and that number does not include many folks like myself who will be transferring membership after our youth camp 7/3-9)

    The blessings continue at a rate so fast it's hard to keep up!!!!! I'll keep you posted on further developments."

    - Source: E-mail, 15 Jun 1999 19:43:19 GMT

    August 3, 1999. Letter from Ellen Beebe, member of the newly-formed Wesleyan Fellowship:

    August 3, 1999

    "Dear Allen -

    How can mere words express 'how I'm doing'? I am mature enough to know that there will be down days...that everything will not always go exactly like I wish it would...however, currently I am living in a "goosebump" world! God is performing miracle after miracle, right before our eyes! I am also learning what God means when He tells us that He knows what is best for us and that we must trust Him.

    We are praying as we never have before. We are worshiping as if we just discovered that worship was possible. We live for Sundays, when we all come together as a Christian Community. People are arriving 1- 1 1/2 hours early and staying 1- 2 hours late! It's like a wonderful family reunion every time we come together.

    The Sunday School classes are continuing to meet, in homes, in clubhouses, in old offices, wherever room can be found. Bonds are deepening, ties are tightening, trust is building, the groundwork is being laid. When we are ready to structure the small/cell groups we will be ready.

    It was suggested that we all read "Reap the Harvest" by Joel Comisky, a book about cell groups/churches. Two Sundays in a row, a case of books has been brought in, only to be sold out in minutes. People are hungry, they are thirsty, we are preparing ourselves to be the body that God desires for us to be.

    God is so good. Words cannot express. We are being the church. Do you know what I mean? We are anointing one another with oil, we are praying with conviction for healing, we are daring to go the elders and ask for prayer. People are praying Acts 2:42. People are studying the books of Acts. Asking God to grant them insight into what the church is supposed to look and act like.

    We are not passing an offering plate. We have merely stationed a chest and buckets at the doors. An announcement is made that they are there should anyone desire to give. Needless to say, the offerings are incredible! When people are not coerced into giving, made to feel guilty if they can't give to every offering that comes up on top of their tithe, they find money to throw into the pot! Freely and cheerfully!

    My friends and I have shared stories about how our daily lives are changing. We find ourselves doing spontaneous acts of charity. Giving money to the homeless, instead of avoiding them. Looking for ways to do random acts of kindness.

    Friends are telling me of new desires to study God's word. To do Bible studies, such as Experiencing God.

    God is drawing us close and we are running to keep up! It is so good that I want to share it with everyone! We have begun to pray that the lost would just show up..be drawn in by the Holy Spirit so that we could share with them, show them what the church is supposed to be like! Love on them!

    It's wonderful.

    Yes, you may share this letter in anyway you wish. Tell the world that church can be fun, that obedience is fulfilling, that worship is greater than you could ever imagine it to be. That God loves His children and desires to draw them close and love on them so that He can prepare them to serve Him!

    In His Service,

    Ellen Beebe

    - Source: E-mail from "Ellen Beebe, Laity, Wesleyan Fellowship; LN4Prayer@aol.com; Tue Aug 03 09:12:12 1999"

    Note: A more summarized version is actually printed in the book The Church in Bondage.


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