Thursday, January 13, 2011

In Explanation of my Previous Post

The "associate" pastor I mentioned in my previous post, was not Britton Thurlow. Where he was mentioned, he was mentioned by name. Nothing that I wrote in this post was intended to reflect badly on him. He has received several calls from people that told him I was calling him a terrible pastor. Let me be very clear. I have nothing bad to say about Britton Thurlow. Any issue that I have, or ever will have, with him has or will be aired between the two of us. I believe him to be a man who loves the Lord and wants to see his Kingdom. The only "beef" I have with anyone has to do with people who feel so strongly about something I have written that they would bring a negative report to someone else without first bringing this offense to my attention. This, I believe is un Biblical, and furthermore,  goes against even common courtesy, in an attempt to avoid conflict.

Furthermore, I have since been informed that the pastor I was referring to was not the pastor that contacted Britton Thurlow. That man was calling in reference to my blog, having never met me, but knowing Britton previously, which I was made aware of tonight.

My posts were not intended to cause friction or division, or lessen the love between believers, but rather to open up a secretive situation and explain to people who asked about my FB post, asking the pastor who did not like my blog to please let me know the next time, as I believe is the Biblical mandate, and is the courtesy I would extend to him, and will, now that I know who he is. I have nothing but love and great expectations for the people of The Edge Church. It has been brought to my attention that several of them, as yet unnamed, have found me to be confrontational, to the point that they are mentioning this to others. I had no intention of causing strife, just the opposite, I believe that  open and transparent communication is the key to intimacy in groups of believers and that secrecy and deceit are the tools of the enemy, whatever form they come in. This is not to say that I do not believe in keeping confidence, I do. The scripture teaches that love covers a multitude of sins. This should not extend to the secret discipline, or dismissal of leaders or members in any Church, nor the covering up of sin that effects an entire congregation negatively.

In the words of Christ from Matthew 5:23-“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,


leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

“Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

“Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.
 
This is me opening myself up for rebuke and correction. Members of the Edge Church, others that have known me I am asking for your forgiveness if I have offended you in any way. If there is any offense that I have committed against you and am unaware of, please send me an email: Markrmorris2@sbcglobal.net, call me at 405-848-9527, or leave a comment on this blog to let me know so that I can make it right. It has never been my intention to do anything that would discourage or hinder anyone in their walk with Christ, or to disrupt the unity of believers.

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