11/9/02

'For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.' Luke 12:48

Dear Brother George,

It has been a whirlwind of activity in the work in San Luis Obispo. I think it is important to lay out what is currently taking place by beginning with a letter that Kirk and Lynda distributed to all of the saints in fellowship, a 5 page single spaced letter communicating his views in light of this ministry and most specifically David. Many saints have been taken aback by this letter and it has caused a tremendous amount of discussion and confusion among the saints who have remained.

The way we have handled it was at the prayer meeting where we read from Matthew 18:15-18. We chose this to begin with because it was the main passage that Kirk used. We showed that the whole end of this passage is forgiveness. As well David shared what the Lord had given him and thanked the saints for standing with him. At the end of the prayer meeting we invited anybody to come and ask any questions for David or any of the brothers, we met in a separate room and had individuals come in one by one, I think 4 people came with questions. It was a profitable time and each person was thankful for the opportunity. The saints in general were encouraged with this meeting, but some were confused with what David shared, he was not clear and really could have used that time to humble himself or to show that he has accepted what has happened in his life as from the Lord. All in all though many saints were encouraged at his willingness to be approached and we are looking at this as large step in the right direction. This has helped many saints to lay to rest some of their questions about things they feel are in the dark up here, they have clearly seen that we are all approachable and accessible...

I think that David does not understand that his example played a big part of what has happened, not only his example, but the way he handled the Lordís people. He was sent up here as a full time worker to be an example, to lead, teach and shepherd this little flock, he needs to understand that much is required. The people that remain can truly identify with some of the accusations of Kirk, and are asking very pointed and thought out questions. It is one thing to be persecuted for righteousness, but another when we bring it on ourselves. The list of people that we are telling the saints to avoid is growing. Yet if we think about it, we have brought much of this on ourselves, we are reaping what we have sown and are experiencing Godís judgment in His house. We are pointing out all of our accusers arguments and how un-biblical they are being yet not really coming clean ourselves...

This is very difficult to write, but after seeing the effects of what has taken place up here I believe that I need to give an accurate and faithful description of what some of the struggles are. I donít know what the answer in the long run is, but I believe that true repentance is needed for further restoration and recovery. I am fine with managing the way it is now as long as David is not given any additional privileges or responsibilities. To be used for itinerant ministry or in any other capacity in this ministry without a true clearing would be tragic. Of course if he would clear himself and demonstrate humility the sky is the limit...

My take on what may have happened is this. David has always challenged standards and rules, he had liberty that many did not and in a sense he flaunted that liberty and it caused many to stumble. He truly had the liberty before the Lord, but did not take into consideration others, Romans 14 and I Cor 8. As time went on the liberty turned into carelessness, being out of control and unaccountable. When the brothers tried to hold him accountable he viewed himself as above them and deserving respect not entreaty, as the brothers raised the flags for some reason they were un-heeded.

In Saint Louis when we asked the brothers to write a letter of contrition for their past behavior and their commitment to the new thing that God was doing, it was a great encouragement to the saints and the start of drastic changes. I remember that it was easier in Saint Louis to get people off of the subject of needed change because I could point to real evidence of change and the leading brothers' letter of repentance. It became clear with those who left that they could not forgive. This is not the case, we cannot point to any verifiable clearing because there has been none...

Brother George, I want you to be assured that I am standing strong for what the Lord is doing in this ministry. I have been consistently preaching the need for love and forgiveness, helping the saints in whatever way I can and the leading brothers to work together and among the saints in new ways. Our love for David has not lessened at all and nobody in this fellowship that has remained is allowing any root bitterness. A dear brother just wrote us this week that what happened in the past he is forgiving from his heart and is standing with us. Many saints during this week have expressed similar sentiments, it is great to hear. Both campuses are going strong, we have been seeing a renewed burden for evangelism and two new students came out this past Sunday. The brothers do not even know that I am writing these things to you. I am desiring to be truthful with you and by Godís grace have been learning to keep the issues regarding Davidís situation and the advance of this ministry and fellowship separated.

In His Grace and Mercy,

Danny Edwards