I want to take a few minutes to explain a situation that we have here in El Salvador. Several of you have seen posts on my FB page that have words against me. I have been silent and will continue to be as I feel that the Lord is fighting this battle.
Back in February, we were presented with the opportunity to have a church in Abigail. Several of you have visited this church and we know the Lord has used it to reach many lives in that community. We were also presented with a man who was recommended to us to be the pastor. We had complete confidence in the person who recommended him to us and also in what he said to us about his history as being a co-pastor. He came, preached the Word, and lives were changed.
After several months, the preaching began to become only doctrine and the number of people attending the church began to decline. Now I am NOT opposed to doctrine nor am I a numbers person, but they are an indication of the health of the body. He had appointed leaders such as an elder, deacons, deaconesses, etc to officiate things in the church. But as time passed, more and more of the leaders came in disagreement with what he was preaching and the direction the church was taking. Several of us had a meeting with him and he offerd to resign. That was not our intent, but to work together. We felt we did not know enough about his past and he said that it was private. His answer was a red flag and after that, he began to make desicions such as dismissing elders and taking total control of the church. He also began to preach to specific people from the pulpit, pointing out their need to know more of the word. He would preach about conversations that had been held in confidence, etc.
At a servivce on the 29th of Dec, he announced that at the end of the year, all servers in the church would be re-elected since it was Biblical for them to be re-elected every year. First, the leaders had never been notified about the re-election of leaders nor had any of them been serving a year since the first servcie of the church was the 14th of March. That same night, he told the elder that his time was finished and that he needed an elder who would support him in every area, in all the doctrine. That was the last straw and I knew this was not the will of God for this church. I knew that a desicion had to be made. And on the 31st of Dec, we had a service, where 17 people, including him, attended. He proceeded to appoint elders, deacons, etc, from that small group of people. Some of them he did not even know their names and had to ask, yet he