17255 50th Ave.
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
February 22, 1998
Mr. Gerald Flurry
Philadelphia Church of God
Edmond, OK 73083
Dear Mr. Flurry,
It has come to my knowledge regarding recent developments in the Wisconsin area about disfellowshipping and casting out two loyal ministers -- Mr. Mike Okamura and Mr. Don Roth. There may be other ministers who also have been cast out about this time.
Do you remember the time when you and John Amos were called into the W.C.G. headquarters for questioning and then being fired for disagreeing with Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. on his new policies, principles, and doctrinal changes? Now that you are the pastor general of the P.C.G., I would think you could do better in giving good reasons for disfellowshipping based on God's law.
In your booklet, "From the Beginning" (pg. 57, bottom paragraph), you state "When the ministry administers God's law, that is God's government. If the ministry errs about God's law, the church is led into disasters." Also, in your booklet, "God's Family Government" (pg 2, lower paragraph), you write "God gets specific in telling ministers how to apply God's government. When correction is necessary, we are told how to do it. (as stated in I Tim. 5:1). In the recent issue of Royal Visions, the article "Judging Righteously" (pg. 3, center column) states "How do we measure up when it comes to judging righteous judgment based upon, not man's ever changing law, but God's eternal law?"
So, when are you going to apply God's laws in correcting false witnesses, false charges and character assassinations, and false or wrong reasons for disfellowshipping ministers and members? Notice what it states in Deut. 1:16-18, "And I charged your judges at that time 'Hear the cases between your brethren and judge righteously between a man and his brother, or the stranger that is with him." Deut. 16:18 "You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord God gives you according to yours tribes and they shall judge the people righteous judgment. Deut. 19:15-20 "A single witness shall not prevail against a man for any crime or for any wrong in corrections with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two or of three witnesses shall a charge be sustained. If a malicious witness rises against any man to accuse him of wrong doing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests, and the judges who are in office in those days. The judges shall inquire diligently and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he meant to do to his brother. So shall you purge the evil from the midst of you. And the rest shall hear and fear and shall never again commit such evil among you."
So, where is the council elders to be the judges to try cases in the P.C.G.? There were such councils in the Ephesus era of God's church from what I can understand from Acts 15:1-22 and I Cor. 6:2-3. Even Christ tells us in John 7:24 "do not judge by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment."
I noticed in your booklet "From The Beginning "(pg. 50), you wrote "Satan's nature permeates human intellect and human reasoning. We cannot trust our own minds. What is the solution? "I, the Lord, search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings "(Jer. 17: 10). In one of your publications, you ask the congregation to pray to God to send more ministers to the P.C.G. Why should He?; considering you cast them out almost as fast as they come.
As you have written about the leading ministers in the latter part of the Ephesus era, Diotrephes spoke evil against John the Apostle and the loyal members and even cast them out of the church for following the truth. I have a very strong suspicion there is a type of a Diotrephes in the P.C.G. among the leading ministers who have great delight in casting out members.
How you respond to this letter regarding disfellowshipping or casting out members and then covering up the reasons is going to determine what I should do. I expect you to review and try all cases of disfellowshipping and false charges; apply God's laws of love, mercy, truth, and justice; and then reinstate all who are proven innocent.