I have to preface this post by saying my anger for the NAC may (will) come out throughout this. To all who are offended, the truth should hurt both sides on this one. It hurts me.
My family always receives a Christmas card from a particular sister in the congregation we used to belong. This sister has been in this congregation from its inception decades ago. I will leave out her connections to the hierarchy which would lead to who she is and inflame the situation even more (it even makes it sadder). She has given her life’s blood in work, support and effort and much of the precious little money she does have to the church. As apostle Fendt used to say during Deacon ordinations – you’re the pillars, you remain standing when everything else crumbles in the congregation. That is the only way I can describe this sister.
The contents of her card this year were very sad. The tone was sad, she was sad, the contents were sad and for a person of utter hope, she sounded hopeless. The reason why? Her congregation was closed, sold with no provision for her to attend services. She said she has made the trek to the “closest” congregation several times in the past year, but the trip is difficult and one she can’t make at her age. She has resorted to reading scripture and praying a lot on her own.
I am angry. Angrier because after doing some investigation I found 2 other “pillar” sisters and a family in the exact same boat as this sister I described. All have given their support for decades to this closed congregation and now they have no options in their golden years.
I am angry. Angry because the core tenants of their new apostolic faith (lower case on purpose) do not permit them to obtain salvation and everything they worked for without the altar and the apostle ministry. Sure, communion is mailed to them, they can hear a service online – but is this really what was instilled in their “pillar” attitude their whole life? Is this really it for them?
I am angry. They perhaps get a visit every 6 months or so or a phone call once and awhile. After all what can the few brothers really accomplish with their own families and day jobs? There was no provision for these staunch members that gave unconditionally for decades.
I am angry. Len Kolb, you should be ASHAMED (yes, I’m yelling). Building modern congregations on the corpses of the pioneers of the nac! How many net-new souls have been sealed as a result of BMC vs. the losses of these staunch pioneers BMC has created (losses of any members really)? Come on Len, you have those statistics, please do share. Yeah, you won’t because your guilt has convicted you. Carry this load Len and please do think about this post every Sunday as you approach communion. You need to. The members you effected carry it.
Sarcasm off. I wouldn’t have a problem with any of this if, and that’s a BIG IF, the doctrine of the NAC would support the BMC “chaff” living out their faith in some other local type of worship setting. But we all know how impossible this wish is by the doctrine your wonderful new chief apostle explained in his own words to the pillar youth in Canada – the altar is the only way to number one. What a sad feeling I have for this sister because I know she thinks she’s drifting away from everything she’s ever worked for in her faith. What a terrible feeling to have in your “golden years.”
This has been on my mind for the better part of a week now. I hope that those of you still attending take this to heart in your areas to lessen this problem and look out for those that are not included in BMC for whatever reason. I know Len Kolb won’t care a single bit.
p.s. Len, I’m sure you already know who I am. You have my email and cell phone number. I will be more than happy to have this conversation with you live if there is anything you do not understand.