I think it is safe to assume that everyone who reads this is familiar with the biblical qualifications for elders and deacons, so I will not burden the reader with more than these few thoughts. Regarding deacons, and therefore including elders as well, we read in 1 Timothy 3:9-10,
"Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless."
In light of the present circumstances, which are clear evidence of God's judgment, each one of us must ask ourselves who we are following: Are we following the dictates of men, or do we follow the Lord Jesus?
I want to relate the following true story, which points out that most of the men who are recognized as leaders in the Geftakys Assembly system, are in fact, disqualified because they have not held the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience, regardless of any other failings or complicity in the sin and cover-up which is documented on this website.
Many people have been excommunicated by the leading brothers for the "sin" of speaking the truth. This was often misrepresented as being divisive, or being a railer. In San Luis Obispo, I was excommunicated for writing things on the Internet which are true. The leaders knew that what I said was true, yet they were able to dis-fellowship me, and prevent others from having fellowship with me, even to the point of boycotting my business. This is a clear denial, in practice, of their teaching that the Body of Christ is one body, and that they receive into fellowship all that call upon His name . Despite their strident teaching about "The Testimony," and the need to keep it pure, they used the Lord's Supper, the symbol of the testimony and the oneness of Christ's body, in order to slander me. I am not the only one to endure this.
In addition, the San Luis Obispo leadership knew that David Geftakys had sinned and lied. The leadership, because of this, prevented him from partaking communion, which was the right thing to do, even if it was too little, to late. However, when Mark Miller, an elder in Fullerton, got involved, these leaders quickly demonstrated that their allegiance was not to Jesus Christ, or to the clear dictates of His Word, but to men and a man-made organization.
David Geftakys was not allowed to partake, or preach, because he was clearly unrepentant. Mark Miller, however, pressured the SLO leaders to re-instate David, and even got them to allow him to preach again! They bowed to him, because he spoke for George and the "work." This they did, even though they taught that the testimony must remain pure, and employed doorkeepers to screen out God's people whom they did not know, etc.
By this action, they demonstrated that they were all too willing to play games with what they claimed to be the most sacred and important thing in the universe, the Testimony to Jesus. They re-instated David, under pressure from men, and defiled the Testimony. (The testimony, if there was any, was already quite tarnished at this point)
So, I entreat you all. Is this the kind of leader you wish to follow? Do you wish to submit yourselves to men who will violate the very thing they claim to be most sacred and important, the thing that God is most concerned with, the thing that is "teaching angels the manifold wisdom of God?" Do you want to follow men who will discard this in the most superfluous manner as a result of a phone call from headquarters, all the while insisting that they are autonomous?
If you do choose to let these men lead you and serve as your spiritual guides, then I fear there is no hope for you. If this consideration causes you to wake up, and see clearly, then I implore you to make the right decision and agree with God that you are not under obligation to follow these men, and should in fact lead them to step down from any position of authority.
1 Tim 3:14-16
January 18th, 2003