119. Beware the 'sick note' hireling!Annual General Meeting - 4th March 1999
Before the "important" weekend meeting with the BBC we heard that Roger Wheelhouse had been to his doctor who had signed him off "on the sick" for five weeks! I wonder why the apostle Paul didn't go "on the sick" when he was being ship-wrecked and tortured (2 Corinthians 11:23-30)? This is indicative of the wimps who pose as pastors in today's church and give bad names to the faithful who soldier on faithfully, year after year. I wonder how the suffering church in fascist and communist states this century would react to such behavior?
120. Beware the hypocrites who find you guilty of nothing except following Scripture - and demand you apologise for it!
Privately, we were determined to see the Wheelhouse's called to account for their heretical and factious behaviour and made this clear to the deacons who visited us again to try and persuade us to write an apologetic letter to the church. They even supplied us with the following framework, based on our earlier letter, with which to compose our letter:
'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 us free and gives us Life and Hope of the Glory to come with our Precious Saviour.
We repent that the action we took in the manner of the distribution of our letter was not in accordance with Biblical principles.
We would seek your forgiveness for the hurt this has caused amongst the fellowship.'
Despite being unable to show that Wheelhouse was not a heretic, or that our action was un-Scriptural, they seriously expected us to sign our names to a letter of this kind! They even quote the portion from our letter which encourages 'us all to seek the truth …the truth that sets us free' (John 8v32) while covering up the truth and hoping to save Wheelhouse's neck.
We told them that we would not back down over any of the issues and it was either the Wheelhouse's who left, or us. Further, we made it clear that, even if the outcome was that we had to leave Calvary Baptist Church, we would not change our minds over these issues. Zoë was equally determined to have no more to do with the Baptist Union, although we did not tell the deacons this in case the Baptist Union used it to let Wheelhouse off the hook. Regardless, the deacons made no attempts to persuade us, using logic or Scripture, that we were wrong over any of the issues discussed in the letter or in the meeting of the 7th January, 1999, and they then distributed the following letter to the church members:
Dear Church Member(s),
We are in prayerful consideration regarding the situation which exists within our Fellowship at this time.
We would encourage you all to maintain fellowship together and would commend the following verses from Hebrews 10 verse 23-25:
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on to love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
You will also find Colossians 3 v 12-17 speaking clearly to us today.
We have met together on a number of occasions since the Special Church Meeting and also sought guidance from Rev Peter Manson and Rev Richard Lewis. Peter, in his capacity as General Superintendent has met with Roger and Sue, and has been of special help within the confidentiality of the Deacons' meeting.
It is difficult, in our open worship services, to provide information as to where we are as we continue to attempt, with God's help, to resolve the matters that are before us. The amount of information that can be contained in a letter such as this is also restricted and we are looking to the Church Meeting due to be held on 4th February to be able to bring a definitive statement to you.
Zoë Williams has agreed not to be involved in teaching in TNG for the time being.
Roger and Sue are away from Cardiff for a holiday from Tuesday 19th January for the period of one week, and our prayer is that they both will know the peace of God as they consider their current position.
We continue to meet to seek the way forward under God's guidance, and would value your continued prayers for Roger & Sue, David & Zoë and for us, as Deacons.
Once again we would point out that we, as Deacons are always available to Church members and would encourage you to approach any of us to discuss any questions or concerns you might have on pastoral or any other matter.
Yours, in Christ,
Howard W Bowen
On behalf of the Deacons
[In the usual corrupt manner by which Christians, who do not seek the truth, attempt to cover up the truth about their errors, we have a statement-- 'It is difficult, in our open worship services, to provide information as to where we are as we continue to attempt, with God's help, to resolve the matters that are before us'- which basically means we aren't mentioning what has happened here in case visitors learn the truth about the absence of the 'pastor'! The truth about the statement - 'Zoë Williams has agreed not to be involved in teaching in TNG for the time being' - is that Zoë had no intention of being involved with Calvary Baptist Church again! We were simply waiting to see the degree of cover-up which the Baptist Union would produce.]
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