On The Threshold of Opportunity? or Let's Keep This Thing Going!
Some of you may be aware that there was a big meeting in Fullerton last night, where George Geftakys was "reprimanded." There will be more details regarding this later today or tomorrow, when we can verify everything in the mouth of two or three. To make a long story short, George has been very bad, but he is still going on the Asian Journey! Again, there will be more news regarding this later, and hopefully some things will have changed by then. Note, the point we want to make here is that, although there are some positive signs that the first stages of repentance have begun, at least on the part of some of the members---George has NOT repented, the old dysfunctional Assembly methods are still well in place, and unless abandoned, will derail biblical confession and repentance.
1Cor 7:8-11 For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, no that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. [italics added]
Many are indeed praying, day and night, in order to see genuine repentance, in the biblical sense, take place in The Assembly. This will mean many things, but at the forefront of this is a public---by this I mean out loud and in writing, so that everyone may see it---confession of abuse and cover-up regarding the various aspects of abuse and fraud in the Geftakys family. At the top of this list is a confession and apology to Judy Geftakys, and her children. The first signature on this apology needs to be that of David Geftakys, the next one George, followed by Betty, then Mark Miller, Timothy Geftakys, Dan Notti, Mike Zach, Jeff Lehmkuhl, and many others, some of whom are listed on the website. This will be a beginning.
Sadly, as of January 13, 2003, none of the above has occurred. The "brothers," have decided to support George and Betty financially. There has not been any contact with Judy or Rachel from the ministry. Judy has not been supported, and none of these people have even admitted fault![Note: We have learned from a reliable source that as of May 21, 2003, David spoke with Judy by telephone and offered support before the birth of Rachel's baby. There is at least one witness that Judy has received support from David some time ago, in the form of stocks valued possibly at $175K at the time of transfer. How much these stocks are worth today is unknown.]
I fear the opportunity has been squandered, and that a desperate attempt to carry on business as usual is taking place.
Jeremiah 6:13-15 "Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is given to covetousness; And from the prophet even to the priest, Everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!' When there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? NO! they were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them. They shall be cast down," says the Lord.
Rachel Steepleton, Brent T.