127. Beware the fence-sitting un-Scriptural 'Area Superintendent'
Dear Reverend Peter Manson,
for the past 18 years we have worked in ministries reaching out to those trapped in various spiritual deceptions, caring for their spiritual welfare and leading them to a knowledge of the truth.
Our experiences have helped us to recognise the damaging nature of the Wheelhouse's pastoral ministry and deceptive handling of the Word of God.
The Calvary Baptist Church deacons informed us that you do not wish to meet with us and so we will detail our concerns over the recently terminated pastorate of Roger Wheelhouse at our church.
We seek your personal reassurance that:
1. This spiritual abuse is never repeated by them again in any other church;
2. You will personally ensure that the churches where they have 'ministered' are led to a place of real healing.
The persecution of the church in Britain today is coming from within fellowships through infiltration of false prophets, wolves in sheep's clothing and counterfeit signs and wonders (Matthew 7:15-23; 24:24; 2 Corinthians 11:14; 2 Peter 2:1).
We will continue to seek the Lord's will for further action to deal with these problems, warning others of the dangers and encouraging the Body of Christ to be more diligent when inviting men to lead the flock.
In the Precious Name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
David and Zoë Williams
Peter Manson 'replies':
April 2 1999
Dear David and Zoë,
Thank you for your recent letter following up your concern for Roger and Sue Wheelhouse.
Naturally I am concerned about those things which are distressing you but you will realise on reflection that it is not mine to do as you request.
Our practice as Baptists is to centre our work in the local church and congregation. Therefore I am responsible to the Church Meeting in the first instance. Where there is a matter that concerns a local church beyond their own immediate situation then the local church from its Church Meeting refers it either to the Association or to the Ministry department of the Union or to both. I am then responsible to act on whatever decisions are made in their councils.
I am sorry not to be able to be more helpful to you and hope that you will understand our church order in these matters.
We have remembered you prayerfully through what has been a very difficult time for the Church at Calvary and trust that you will both find peace in your ongoing service and witness.
[So Calvary Baptist Church utterly failed to recognise the damage caused by the Wheelhouse's and took no action to refer the matter to 'either to the Association or to the Ministry department of the Union or to both.' Is this any different from the cover-ups by the cults, Roman Catholicism and Islam? Which 'truth' are they expecting to 'set them free'?
(James 4:4): You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
128. Beware those who dis-fellowship you for standing on the Word of God
We received the following letter from Calvary Baptist Church:
6 May 1999
Dear David and Zoë,
It is with much regret that I write this letter but I have to advise you that at the last Church Members' meeting the decision to suspend your membership from Calvary was confirmed.
This does not mean that you cannot continue to worship at Calvary and although we appreciate that this is not easy for you, we hope that if you feel able, you will join with us. You are very precious to your friends at Calvary and we sincerely pray that at some time in the future you will return to us as part of the fellowship.
This has been a very painful time for all of us and we pray that the Lord will graciously show us all the way forward.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that god [sic] has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Reply to Calvary Baptist Church
12th July 1999
I am replying to your letter of the 6th May 1999 (instant), in which you belatedly informed Zoë and I that "at the last Church Members' meeting the decision to suspend your membership from Calvary was confirmed."
We thank you for your invitation to worship and fellowship at Calvary and we continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers.
However, the same barriers to fellowship remain that were pointed out in our letter of the 4th March 1999, namely that we have not received a single Scriptural exposition from any Christian involved in this matter which details the ways in which they considered us to be in error in our interpretation of events. The phrase used in the deacons letter of the 10th March 1999 included this accusation directed at us: "the action we took and the manner of distribution of our letter was not in accordance with Biblical principles."
Presenting a Scriptural basis for any decision should be 100% normal in any matter decided by a Christian fellowship but this was not done at either the January or February meeting this year or in any verbal or written exchange between the deacons and ourselves. We therefore ask you once again to detail, in writing, the Scriptural grounds for this statement and for our suspension.
In Jesus' Precious Name,
David and Zoë Williams
129. Beware those who cannot make a Scriptural case - but want you to meet their un-Scriptural 'Moderator'
We eventually received the following letter from the new church secretary, John Jones:
30th July 1999
Thank for your letter of 12th July. However, we are sad to note that you are still not in a position to offer any apology to the church for the way in which your original letter was distributed.
At present, Rev. Bob Evans is acting as our Moderator and so that we can give a fuller reply to your letter with his input we feel it is right that he has the opportunity to bring himself up to date with the correspondence that has passed between yourself and the church. We anticipate that we will then be in a position to meet with you on a personal basis early in September after the holiday period.
I will contact you nearer the time to arrange a meeting.
Best Wishes in Christ,
[Again, no attempt to give any Scriptural exposition of the reasoning behind the un-Scriptural actions. We also did not request any contact with any other Baptist Union representative and our request had only been for clear Scriptural exposition from Calvary Baptist Church or Richard Lewis.]
130. 'Moderator' Evans displays the reasoning and logic of the cults
Eventually, John Jones arranged a meeting with the Calvary Baptist Church "moderator", Bob Evans, and they eventually arrived at my house over a year after the first church meeting at which they had opportunity to present a Scriptural base for their decisions, yet failed. Evans apologised for the time it had taken to arrange this meeting, but explained that he had suffered from a diabetic problem - with which I duly sympathized.
At the beginning of the meeting with Bob Evans I explained that my request was simply to hear Scriptural reasons from the Calvary Baptist leaders mouths for our removal from Calvary Baptist Church. I questioned the inability of the church and its deacons to even define a 'heretic,' or 'heretical.' Evans glibly responded that the word only meant 'choice'! I told him that the word meant much more than that, particularly in the context of Scripture passages in the New Testament to which I had referred in my dealings with the church. When I mentioned that I had also given W. E. Vines definition to the church and read it out at the first meeting his reply was astonishing: 'Oh Vines, he's Plymouth Brethren!' This is exactly the kind of answer I have come to expect from cults who, when exposed, immediately challenge your authority or try to move the goal posts. If you quote an authority who doesn't agree with them they will try and debunk the authority. I challenge anyone to discredit Vines as an authority on Greek. His work is widely quoted by orthodox evangelicals world-wide. And I challenge anyone to find serious error with the Plymouth Brethren, who are not to be confused with the dangerous 'Exclusive Brethren', but are far more Scriptural than Evans' weak and vacillating Baptist Union of today who are in bed with Rome, Quakers and any Tom, Dick and Heretic who call themselves 'Christian.' By questioning Vines, 'Moderator' Evans is also calling into question the names and reputations of the excellent and world-renowned scholars, W. Graham Scroggie and Professor F. F. Bruce who wrote forewords to Vine's Editions!
This set the tone for the meeting and the best Evans could do was to repeat the errors that had gone before and question the 'lack of love and compassion' expressed in our letter. He was also clearly oblivious to the nature of Paul's writings in Galatians 2 and 1 Corinthians 5-6 and the necessity to stand up for the truth of God's Word and made no attempt to put forward a case for the action they had taken. He declared that he had read the letter without reading our comments and would not make a judgement on Roger's sermons from just a few examples. So had he made a point of using the many months which had passed to listen to Wheelhouse's ministry which was still available on tape, or checked out any of the facts from eye-witnesses? Clearly not!
He was also blind to his foolish contradictions concerning the Baptist Union's stance over Wheelhouse and his own hopeless analysis of the situation. In one breadth he could reiterate the official line that Wheelhouse had not been found guilty of heresy and had the Union's full approval to continue his ministry as a pastor. In the next he was advising me never to become a pastor! I asked him what made him think I had any ambitions to be a pastor! I have never, under any circumstances, expressed any personal desire or leading from God to fulfil such a rôle - so I find it laughable that Wheelhouse, who has been shown guilty of spiritually abusing Christians and treating the Word of God with flippant contempt, should actually be commended to continue in a pastoral position! That the Union can be so blind as to make a decision like this on one hand, while ignoring the evidence and jumping to illogical conclusions on the other, shows clearly the depths of depraved blindness that envelopes their reasoning. I know many people in the church who, on their worst day as a Christian, could not make a bigger pig's ear of pastoring a church than Roger Wheelhouse managed!
'Moderator' Evans insisted that we should have gone through the normal Baptist Union route, allowing the deacons to deal with the situation first. He was clearly ignorant of the path we had taken before writing the letter. I asked him if he was aware of the extent of the manipulation that Wheelhouse had exerted over the deacons - apart from the un-Scriptural position of the deacons who had not been voted in as leaders in any capacity. Wheelhouse had removed our solitary elder through deliberate abuse! He made absolutely no attempt to answer one of the Scriptural points which I have detailed on these pages. He also accused us of causing damage to the church that would take years for the next pastor to repair! When I questioned the length of time anyone should wait before dealing with doctrinal error he suggested that I had been as impatient and premature as Abraham, who did not wait for God to supply the promised son, but instead went about it in his own way (Genesis 16)! He was utterly blind to the contradiction: if the Baptist Union and Calvary Baptist Church allow Wheelhouse to carry on as a pastor and take no action, but send him away with a golden handshake in the manner of the world they, in fact, commend him as Evans now did verbally! So there is logically nothing that he is guilty of and, therefore, there was never any action that should have been taken! How many sleazy golden-handshakes of this kind have you observed in the business world in Britain in the last decade. What difference is there between the world and the contemporary church? Absolutely nothing!
It is incredible that Evans should also accuse us of causing division. What does Scripture warn us of? Not of those who 'cause division' - as so many heretics accuse in their sad attempts to divert the truth away from themselves by misquoting Scripture. Our complaint against Wheelhouse majored on doctrines - his teachings. They are either true or false. A true doctrine cannot be divisive in a harmful way, for that characteristic applies only to false teachings, as Scripture makes clear when quoted fully:
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Romans 16:11 & 2:8-9).
Divisions are caused when you stand for the truth! Jesus, who is the Truth, can only be known in truth by those who seek the truth (John 14:6; 18:37; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Deuteronomy 4:29). Christ himself caused division (Matthew 10:35; John 7:35, 43; 9:16; 10:19) - division between truth and error (Luke 12:51). If there is division in the body it is caused by some following the truth and others rejecting the truth of doctrinal teaching, while those whose behaviour reflects their rejection of the truth will show this in their rejection of members of the body, just as Wheelhouse rejected many members of the church at Calvary as shown in the testimonies (1 Corinthians 12:24-26):
24 But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Paul was inspired to write (1 Corinthians 11:19): For there must [or 'have to be' - NIV] also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you.
Calvary Baptist and the Baptist Union may have tried to dress up the facts so they could accuse us of writing an 'un-Scriptural letter' [Quote: '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 … 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'], but examination of Scripture and the facts shows them to have been in error at every turn. True faith is based on facts but, once again, the church shows that it relies on the feelings of men and women and promptly turns and falls on its face.
Not surprisingly, I had already formed the opinion that Evans' appearance in my house was a waste of time, but I finally asked him to consider that Matthew 18:15-17 had been misapplied by Calvary Baptist Church. Again, he made no attempt to reason from Scripture and merely stated baldly they still believed that it did apply. I have seen more sense and commitment shown by the majority of cultists who have often at least tried to reason from Scripture in our house. This speaks volumes about the stature of the church in Britain today. We have the whole gospel truth but cannot handle it accurately and faithfully even when so many of our pastors are drawn from Bible colleges and have endured many years of training. Unfortunately, much of this training is in the hands of liberals and heretics who care little for these truths and, as a result, we have a return to the position warned against by Paul in Ephesians 4:14:
… children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming
The apostle Paul was also inspired to warn Christians through the ages (2 Timothy 4v1):
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.