More church stuff
I mentioned in a previous post that Donna and I are looking for a new church.
When we finally decided to leave our old church, many people from the (old) church called and talked with us about our decision. Among those was the president of the church council, who asked that I write a letter to council explaining my reasons for leaving. I did.
It was a long (five page) letter explaining our differences with the pastor and what we felt he was teaching, pointing out things that we disagreed with, and describing some of the unhealthy things that we had observed. I feel strongly that the council especially is dysfunctional and needs to examine whether it truly represents the desires of the congregation.
While the letter was critical of pastor and of the council, I believe that it was presented logically and even-handedly.
Admittedly, there was one section in the letter which was inaccurate. I commented on things that I had heard from other members about the curriculum used in confirmation. I believe that the other members who spoke with me have gripes that are legitimate from their perspective, and I truly believe that their concerns, when voiced to the council, did not receive a proper response. But I also have learned more about the specifics of the curriculum, and I know now that my criticisms were somewhat inaccurate, at least based on what I now know.
Nonetheless, the church newsletter came out today, with Pastor's blistering response to my letter. In it, he dismisses my comments as naive and ignorant, and he suggests that there are groups within the congregation who would have him removed. Further, he says that it's unfortunate that I am unable to form my own thoughts and chose to take other people's feelings as my own.
I'm not a theologian. But neither am I a naive, ignorant moron. Even after reading his response, I believe that my complaints and disagreements are correct, and that the message that he is preaching is NOT in sync with my own beliefs.
To suggest that I am unable to form my own thoughts and opinions (especially when referring to a letter which was openly copied to the entire church council and to which I signed my name) is just ridiculous. My opinions are my own, and while they happen to be similar to those who “would have pastor removed” (which is not what's going on, by the way), they are mine and mine alone.
In any event, I'm happy to let Pastor have the last word on this. It is no longer my church, and no longer my place to publish a rebuttal to the congregation. He can believe what he wishes. I will find a church where I feel like the doctrine being taught is true and accurate to the scriptures, and I will continue to pray that God will lead all of us to salvation.