To return to my theme may I point out that in my own consideration of
the matter, I have noticed several common denominators between several
of those "Led of the Lord" (or whatever ) to help me. Us old timers
(1 year, 2 years 3 years etc.) notice some patterns in all this by now.
So here they are....
(1) They never get anywhere (but maybe, just maybe, the next one will).
(2) They are usually very hurt and emotional and very sad about the F.F. or are very bold dynamic powerhouses of direction.
(3) They never get anywhere.
(4) They talk a great deal about love and feelings (see footnote*) and very little about truth.
(5) At first, the F.F. is only a little off color, but till they are done, it is so bad that they are "led to leave".
(6) They never get anywhere -
(7) They act just like everyone knows martyrs are supposed to act.
(8) They aren't much into witnessing, and when they are, they have to catch themselves, cause they lapse back into witnessing the way we do-namely effectively. And it's frustrating trying to condemn the F.F., while you are slyly doing the same thing.
(9) None of these great leaders ever started a fellowship that even exists today.
(10) They never get anywhere.
(11) There sometimes seems to be a certain instability or lack of discipline in the area of sexual conduct.
(12) For awhile, they try to maintain a facade of fellowship with the F.F., while really "convinced" that it is 'all wrong".
(13) They try, with the best techniques they know of, namely those they learned here, to pin something on us.
(14) They never get anywhere.
(15) They "love the F.F." and "are only seeking to help us".
(16) There is a carefully constructed stance toward one known only as "Stewart." These range from the ancient, simplistic battle cry of "false prophet," to the more modern sophisticated combinations of good and evil. It is to be noted at this point, that there
is a certain divergence of opinion among members of the coalition on this matter, but as long as one is down on Stewart,- it's okay.
(17) They are not in need of Stewart's direction because they "just know" what they are suppose to do.
(18) They are very friendly toward lambs.
(19) They are not very friendly toward any of the leaders in the F.F..
(20) They try to lead a more normal "life that the F.F.
(21) They like to get the time and attention of the whole F.F..
(22) They usually wind up their careers of teaching by backsliding altogether. And when they do, it was "all Stewart's fault."
(23) They never get anywhere-
(24) They say that they are happy, but we can't see any signs of it.
(25) Since they have lots of free time, they get into all kinds of fun and games. (see #21).
(26) They like to be told that they are doing the right thing.
(27) They never get anywhere-
(28) They all promise to "come back" if we change, and behave..
(29) The things that they are "led to do" are things that they enjoy doing.
(30) They love, to debate with Stewart
(A) So they can be martyrs-
(B) So they can get attention
(C) So they can have something to talk about
(D) So they can be leaders in the "Coalition".
(31) They hardly ever mention the singular success of the F.F.
Upon feeding all this information into the Univac computer, we receive the following message. "Let them alone-they are blind leaders of the blind. And besides if you upset them they'll only leave sooner and you'll loose you chance to learn from their whole trip. So be nice to them. And don't Worry about the F.F breaking up. in fact; do what You can to help it break up; it's better for it to break up now than later And if it isn't going to break up, them you'll know we really have it together."
In closing, may I warn you against an evil plot rising against us at this very Moment! It has come to my attention that Ed Gaster is planning to organize an anti-F.F. coalition; to unite all the "forces" against us. In my judgment, this is not wise. Because, he is only doing it so that he can finally rip off his superman suit and laugh, etc. And besides, these people aren't fools; they'll know he's up to no good. it won't work. It would be a nice feeling to know that all our brothers and sisters, even if they can't be with us, really, could at least be together somewhere else and united in a common bond of love, but my opinion is that we should limit our efforts in this direction by the following
(1) very very slyly turn each of them on to each other's
address and phone number etc.
(2) do not disturb them any more than they are disturbed by using such words as,
(c) fellowship( and starting other fellowships)
(3) Instead speak of such things as
(a) love (especially how sweet love is. etc..)
(b) church services, and what a blessing they are.
(c) How we are all one anyway and it doesn't matter-
(4) Tell Ed Gaster to cut it out.
There are those who say that they can't define love and yet talk endlessly
about it- This seem strange to me and so, for all our benefits, here is
the definition of love.
(a) Jesus dying for us.
(b) Us doing the best thing we can for Other People , regardless of ourselves, and thus giving our lives for them.
(c) -The very best thing we can do for anyone is to lead them to Jesus, and to feed them truth.
(d) games ain't gonna do it, sweetie. Not for long anyway; so choose which you want- fellowship based on truth and thus success, or your own small club where you won't be "disturbed" by things like Stewart, serious people, and honest fellowship, and where your only success will be that of hiding yourself.