Annual General Meeting - 4th March 1999
121. Beware the hireling who does a runner with the money as Scripture led us to predict!
The meeting called for the 4th February, 1999, to convey the outcome of discussions between the church deacons, Peter Manson the 'Area Superintendent', and Roger Wheelhouse was again led by Richard Lewis and the church was quickly informed that Wheelhouse felt that he was no longer able to continue as pastor of the church. Lewis emphasised that there was no question of Wheelhouse being found guilty in any way of heresy - and no other wrong-doing was mentioned - but Wheelhouse felt unable to continue as minister. Truly a predictable white-wash, but there really was no way that he was going to apologise for his behaviour and, like the predictable hireling he is, he was taking the money and running. As a parting gift Wheelhouse was effectively given a years free salary (£18,000) for work he would never do - no matter how badly he would have done it! Do you think that the apostle Paul would have agreed to this fine gesture? Can you imagine him saying to Hymenaeus and Alexander, "Never mind that you've trampled on the flock and dishonoured the Word of God - here's 'double honour' (1 Timothy 5:17) for doing such a fine job!" When you consider his Spirit-inspired words to Timothy (1 Timothy 1:18-20):
18 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight, 19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. 20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered over to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme.
we can form a very good idea as to the path he would have taken. Never mind that the Baptist Union follows the example of the world, and gives golden-handshakes to those who, far from excelling at their job, have made disastrous and damaging shipwrecks of their faith and that of others who they have trampled on. Thus they set Wheelhouse free with no reprimand of any kind and with an "unblemished record" to continue his God-dishonouring work in other churches. Despite all the evidence proving that he had spiritually abused Christians - and despite the assurances from Sue that Roger would say "sorry"- we find that they were entirely unrepentant and choose, instead, to slink away. This should wake people up to the fact that all their other "supposed" repentances, when caught out in sin and abuse, were equally shallow and meaningless.
This second meeting led to a few attempts by his faction to try and cause the re-instatement of Wheelhouse, but Lewis made it clear that there was no question of this happening. We also had to endure more un-Scriptural foolishness from the ignorant and unstable. One particular fence-sitter declared that: "some of the letter was of Jesus Christ - and some of it wasn't of Jesus Christ." This was expressed by the loud and stentorian voice, as if this somehow gave it authority, of Robert Hiett, a former deacon, who has since slipped further into his own adulterous ways with the world and removed himself from the fellowship so that no one can discipline him. Supporters of Wheelhouse even went so far as to suggest that the church was dying, whilst ignoring their own part in the damaging of the body by their support of this heretic - and the ludicrous contradictions of their own ministries. Janet Dewey embarrassed herself further by reading again the un-Scriptural "fault-finding demons" rubbish from Francis Frangipane - thus giving a good idea as to the origin of Sue Wheelhouse's initial reading and making clear the extent and effectiveness of the Wheelhouse's Word-Faith indoctrination in the church. Now that the danger of being implicated in the removal of Wheelhouse was past, some of those who had not previously dared to risk their positions in the church, or the Baptist Union set-up, gathered the courage to stand and testify to some of the abuse they had suffered at the hands of this deceiver, Wheelhouse. Having ensured the safety of his own position, former elder John James (in his own inflated opinion) now revealed that Wheelhouse had noticed that people recognised him as being a man whose opinion was listened to in the church, and that he had been attacked and insulted as a result. What a pity he didn't have the courage to reveal this in the meeting that mattered - but then, he would have shown himself guilty of failing to follow Matthew 18:15-17 - which he was now still doing! Did the church now suspend him from fellowship? Of course not. Sadly, "the Lord Mayor's show had already passed by" and all we had now were "the dust-carts" creeping out at dusk to try and shovel up some of the filth afterwards. It did not seem to cross their minds that they, too, were guilty of ignoring Matthew 18:15-17 - but, of course, they were never going to be reprimanded or disciplined for their Pharisaical behavior.
We also received many letters and cards of sympathy and support and we appreciated those, even if most of the writers failed to stand for the truth in public where it mattered.
My wife penned this letter to the married deacons shortly after this second church meeting to show the love we still had for the fellowship:
6th February 1999
WE LOVE YOU BOTH VERY MUCH!
We are both sorry and very sad at the way that you have been verbally abused by the man who sought to undermine and divide you and who endeavoured to suppress and dictate what you should and should not say. We have seen the influence of this man's cultish works upon various members of Calvary Baptist Church who are clearly blinded by a "veil" and who have declared us to be a dying church whose leaders are unworthy of their calling.
We know that you have been diligent in searching the Scriptures and fervent in prayer. The love that you have expressed and shown to the man who sought your downfall has been sacrificial and very real. Those of you who have remained one in Christ Jesus, standing firmly on the Power and Authority of the Word of God, will find a rich reward for remaining faithful. We stand by you and lift you up to the Throne of Grace with thanksgiving because we know that you have given your lives to serve the Lord. Your faces are "unveiled," reflecting the Lord's Glory as you walk in His Light and Truth.
Remember, do not look to the right or the left or take to heart the babblings of man, but continue to listen and act upon the Precious Word of God - doing everything under the authority of Jesus' Name, testing everything in the Mirror of God's Word, being truly saturated in prayer and filled with the Holy Spirit - what a privilege!
".......Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to Himself as a radiant church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless......" (Ephesians 5v25-27)
We are the church, The Bride of Christ - let us act like a bride, filled with the Joy of being passionately in love - expectant for the future - excited and full of praise for the Bridegroom as we hang on His every Word - filled with wonder, revelling in His love.
Consider the POWER-FILLED words of:
Hebrews 4v12-13: The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything in uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Revelation 1v16: And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
David and Zoë
[If only the deacons were as Scripturally consistent and forgiving. I held out no hope that her meek tone would be effective and, sure enough, the deacons response to our letter was to request again that we apologise for the way our letter was written and distributed to the church. One of the deacons, Marilyn Evans, even agreed (in the safety of a 'phone conversation!) that Matthew 18:15-17 was not relevant to the writing and distribution of the letter! But the official line from the diaconate remained unchanged and they even insisted that they had consulted other ministers in the Baptist Union who confirmed that they were correct in their assertion. It seems that ignorance is widespread in South Wales.]
122. Beware those who use whitewash for more than tombs
The church was advised by letter:
I would like to take this opportunity of reminding you that our next Members meeting will be on Thursday 4th March at 7.30pm. At this meeting the annual election of Deacons will take place and it is important that each member makes a special effort to be present. Apart from the election we will receive the Financial Report for 1998, elect Church Officers and confirm appointments in other areas of our Church work and witness.
The following nominations have been received for the Deacons election and as is our normal practice, a short profile, (apart from the two existing deacons), of those not currently serving is enclosed:
Howard Bowen & Neil Jones (retiring Deacons eligible for re-election), Patricia Wiltshire, Kate Lowry, Mike Valintine, Kevin Dare, David Farthing and Eifion Davies.
The Rev Bob Evans has kindly agreed to chair our Annual General Meeting.
Please pray for this meeting and especially seek the Lord in the important area of the Diaconate & who should serve the Church in this Leadership Role.
You will now be aware that at our February Meeting it was decided that, by mutual agreement, Roger's Pastorate should come to an end. It was Roger's expressed wish 'in the best interests of the fellowship', that this course of action should be taken.
I would emphasize that there was no question of resignation or dismissal in the discussions with the Area Superintendent, 'Rev.' Peter Manson. the Deacons and Roger.
Our prayer is that the Lord's will for the fellowship and Roger & Sue will be clearly shown.
I would, on behalf of the Deacons, confirm our availability at any time to discuss any matters of concern which may be on your heart in our current situation.
"Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" Hebrews 12v2
Howard W Bowen
123. Beware those who never answer your queries
I penned the following letter on the 4th March 1999:
we have prayerfully considered your request to write a letter based on the typed phrases you supplied to us on Friday, 26th February, 1999.
We are unable to accede to your request for the following reasons:
We cannot repent for something we do not recognise as being un-Biblical;
At the 7th January 1999 meeting we requested Richard Lewis and Kevin Dare to supply us with a clear Scriptural exposition to detail the ways in which they considered us to be in error in our interpretation of events; we have not received any reply - not a single verse of Scripture, or comment of any kind; again, evidence that you failed to prove us to be un-Biblical in any way (except in your worldly imaginations?);
The simplistic quoting of one Scripture (Matthew 18v15-17) as if it applied to all the circumstances prevailing at the time the letter was written is contrary to sound exegesis and hermeneutics;
It would be impossible for anyone unaware of the whole situation to comment on the application of the single Scripture (Matthew 18v15-17) in these circumstances, therefore any advice sought by you in which you failed to reveal the complete account to the expert(s)/pastor(s) giving advice is also irrelevant;
Some of the deacons, and other witnesses, present at both the meetings (7th January and 4th February 1999) to discuss this whole situation failed to tell the whole truth, but instead presented a sterilized version of events, perhaps out of fear, but nonetheless lying by omission, and we refuse to take part in any kind of cover up of the facts;
Although the main thrust of our letter was written to reveal our appeal for action to prevent the further dishonouring of God's Name and Word, the evidence submitted by those who did testify truthfully revealed that we were correct in our evidence and encouragement to Calvary members to demand a church meeting to deal with ALL of these matters; our brief mention of the pastoral issues was apparently missed by many but, if you listen carefully, you will find that even Kevin Dare slowly came to that conclusion on the 7th January!;
At least one witness at these meetings would testify that Richard Lewis privately admitted afterwards that Roger Wheelhouse committed heresy [specifically Antinomianism] in the sermons we quoted; this makes his part in the subsequent white-washing all the more heinous;
Much more could have been brought out of the meetings, if it was not for the un-Scriptural handling by Richard Lewis, and we are totally confident that we have already proved from Scripture that Roger Wheelhouse is a heretic despite the fact that the truth has been hidden under a deceiving mask of confidentiality and, as you well know, this would never hold water in a court of law;
Some may think that the time is past and this matter should be allowed to drop, but we are thoroughly disgusted by the way in which Peter Manson and Richard Lewis dealt with Roger Wheelhouse and we still seek a meeting with them to obtain assurances that his past congregations will be Biblically counselled to repair the damage that we are certain was also inflicted upon them;
The possibility of Roger ministering unrestrained in another church horrifies us - as it should all Calvary members!;
We repeatedly emphasised the deliverance ministry required to deal with this problem and thus pre-emptively called the Wheelhouses bluff concerning the demonic nature of their ministry (if you remember Sue Wheelhouse reading a passage concerning "fault-finding demons" - repeated in the February meeting by Janet Dewey); it is clear that God placed them in the perfect position to receive ministry, but they have been reprieved, presumably by Peter Manson and Richard Lewis (unless you didn't share this challenge with them), to continue this pattern in other churches; this is unacceptable;
If we do not meet Peter Manson and Richard Lewis and receive assurances from Peter Manson/the Baptist Union concerning these matters we will take other action as appropriate;
It is impossible for any member of Calvary Baptist Church to try and sweep the corporate sin under the carpet - covering up sin never works and if you think that by keeping quiet you will retain the peoples' confidence you are sadly deluded; secret societies do not work and are not Scriptural;
We cannot believe that the diaconate has thought this through properly, or even examined all the Scriptures we have shared, and it is clear that the subsequent gossip can only muddy the water. Bring everything out into the open and deal with it for we know that you will be destroyed if you don't, for at least one person has recently witnessed a member of the present diaconate [Peter Smith!] canvassing for support to attempt to gain new diaconate members - because he cannot work with the present regime!
There can be only one way forward - forgiveness, deliverance, healing and standing on the Word of God:
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (John 5v16)
In His Precious Name,
David and Zoë Williams
124. Beware those who continue to put 'feelings' before Scripture
The church then circulated this letter to church members:
9th March 1999
Dear Brothers & Sisters at Calvary,
Although there have been varied views about the content of the letter sent out by David and Zoë Williams, it has been generally considered that the way in which it was distributed and the hurt it has caused the fellowship needs to be addressed. The deacons have met together on a number of occasions since the Special Church Meeting in January to discuss and find a way forward in respect of David and Zoe's action.
Whatever your feelings, we hope you will appreciate that it has not been easy to deal with such an unprecedented situation but it was felt that as a church we should at least seek repentance for the manner in which the letter was sent in order that forgiveness and reconciliation could follow.
David and Zoë were visited by Howard, Derek and Neil on 11th January in an attempt to obtain an apology as the first step. A letter was received from them but it was not considered to be helpful to the situation and did not accomplish what was hoped for.
The deacons sought further advice from Peter Manson, Richard Lewis and other senior Baptist ministers in the area as to what should be done concerning discipline action. Following their direction and counsel, David and Zoë were visited on 26th February by Howard and Derek and asked to consider the following:
"The fellowship at Calvary Baptist Church has been very precious to us over many years. It was never our intention to inflict hurt on the fellowship but rather to encourage us all to seek the truth - for the Truth sets as free and gives us Life and Hope of the Glory to come with our Precious Saviour.
We repent that the action we took and the manner of distribution of our letter was not in accordance with Biblical principles. We would seek your forgiveness for the hurt caused amongst the fellowship"
They were requested to reply by letter before the Annual General Meeting on 4th March. As you were informed by Howard, no reply had been received before the meeting. On leaving the building on Thursday, a letter addressed to the deacons was found which had been delivered during the evening.
David and Zoë's reply stated that they had prayerfully considered our request to write a letter based on the above text but were unable to accede to that request and gave thirteen detailed reasons.
After further discussion at the deacons' meeting on Friday 5th March, the new diaconate resolved that David and Zoë should be suspended from membership until such time as they feel able to repent of their action. This recommendation will be put to you for ratification/confirmation at the next Members' meeting on 8th April. We ask that you prayerfully consider this and seek God's will and guidance in this matter. The Housegroup meeting scheduled for the 8th will now be held on Thursday 15th April instead of the prayer meeting.
At that deacons' meeting the appointment of a Moderator was also discussed. It is hoped that a recommendation concerning this will be brought to you on 4th April and we ask that you make this important decision a matter of prayer.
We trust that you will continue to pray for the fellowship and for us as deacons as together we seek the Lord's will for us all at Calvary.
Yours, in Christ
At the Deacons meeting this evening, after much prayerful discussion, it was decided that in order for the church to move forward, a period of Repentance and Reconciliation should be observed. To this end, our brother Kevin Dare has agreed to lead the Prayer Meeting on Thursday 18th March at 7.30pm in a time of preparation.
The Sanctuary will then be open during the following two Saturdays (20th March and 27th March) between 10am and 3pm for prayer and meditation. The kitchen will also be available for you to make a cup of tea/coffee in order to facilitate reconciliation in an informal atmosphere.
Deacons will be available throughout these times should you wish to speak with them.
Please pray that this will be a good time and that the Spirit of the Lord will move on all the people in this place to His glory.
[We considered attending the meeting referred to in this letter, but decided instead to post the letter summarising the reasons we could not 'accede' to this request. Previous evidence gave us no hope of gaining replies to our Scriptural points - and the response here, and in the following meetings, proved us to be correct. Again, no reply to our thirteen points was ever attempted and there was no sign of repentance from the factious Wheelhouse's or any attempt to address the Scriptural issues by an arrogant church who hoped to bury the real issues. How does a church expect meaningful 'Repentance and Reconciliation' to occur when they do not even acknowledge their guilt in any of these matters?]
Kevin Dare wrote us a 'conciliatory' letter which included the following paragraphs:
'My main reason for writing to you is to say sorry for some of the things I have said in the last few weeks, especially at the January church meeting. I'm not proud of my words and ask you to forgive me for any offence. I want you to know that I love you both and that you have always been precious in my heart and life - you deserved better from me.
I was sorry to hear you felt unable to meet the deacons request (I do not know the reasons you gave), but I ask you to continue to pray for us as a church as I continue to pray for you.'
No doubt Kevin was sorry for 'some of the things' - but which things? He showed no sign of concern for the accurate handling of the Word of God at the meeting, and saying 'sorry' is not repentance.]