I ponder about the godliness of the FCCF leadership. I know what I heard, and did not hear, from the pulpit. I know what I read in the elders’ published statements. I know what I felt was missing from the elders. What is a godly leader? Did the senior minister portray godliness in his actions and words? Was he forthright and honest before the body? Did the elders behave as godly shepherds of the flock? Did they focus their priority on the senior minister or on the people they were elected to serve? Was it enough to just ‘move on?’ What about the victims? I’m just asking.

“Guest preachers filled the pulpit to present additional portions of the ‘Path to Restoration’ series. The next two weeks brought megachurch pastors from outside the church. The first one spoke about a torn life and the message that ‘He’s given you good and godly leaders and now is the time to rally together in the spirit of Christ around the leaders that God has placed here to move this thing forward and get after the mission that God’s given you.’ In other words, those of us in the pews were to move on.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 116. )

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