There is a wonderful truth to the thought many of you have no doubt in the past heard expressed in various ways:
God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life
The Bible reveals that there is a God, that His essential nature is one of love for you and that there's a specific, personal and unique direction He has for your life that He has ordained you to walk in. There is nothing more certain that I think we could both agree upon. In fact, the Bible says that for us to know God's will for our lives is one of God's choicest pleasures, a glorious promise He has unveiled for us long ago:
And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment-- to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
What is significant here is the focus of God's will - it is found only in the "One Head" of His people, none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. So to know God's will is to also to understand how His purposes are embodied in the life, teaching and ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ in our lives.
As a Christian minister, my entire life's work has been to help both the "saint" and the "sinner" come to know that uniquely personal will that God has for them as they submit to the rule and reign of Jesus over their lives. As a pastoral counselor and elder, I have sought to mentor and encourage many in venues for many years now, seeking to fulfill the commands of Jesus to make disciples of all people.
And along the way, God called me and my wife Joy aside to take this ministry to a forgotten universe filled with millions of people from around the world. These are men and women who've been ensnared by religious taskmasters of many a doctrinal persuasion whose agenda claims a mandate to advance God's will but instead imposes manipulative direction said to be His "prophetic voice." The purely human nature of this "leadership" has been ruining lives since such distorted religion emerged at the dawn of time.
We've been doing this together for almost 10 years, long before we'd ever even heard of Remnant Fellowship. And many in Remnant now view me in the light that Remnant Leadership wants you to .. as this jealous wannabe who is railing and slandering your movement because I was rejected from membership among you.
The truth is, I'd never even heard of Remnant Fellowship until 2001 and have never been to a single meeting of your group. I've only had one contact with a Remnant leader directly, that being with Tedd Anger in an online forum. However, plenty of recorded and written material found in Remnant documents and meetings exists which we've obtained, as well as emails and testimonials, which give to my wife and I what we believe to be a pretty accurate snapshot of what it means to be part of Remnant's "Zion" vision. And as we've studied and pondered and prayed over these teachings, videos, tapes, books and webcasts, one thing has become quite clear to us.
While the pursuit of the will of God is the claimed goal that Remnant and the Weigh Down Workshop sets forth, and while there is indeed an enormous expenditure of personal spiritual energy demanded of the Remnant Nation, the question still remains: how much of that is truly a redemptive pursuit of God's will based on the Bible and how much of it is compliance to a religious ideal of purely human conviction?
The difference between these dual realties has not only profound significance in this world but in the next. The possibilities are breath taking and sobering. That is what these letters are going to explore.
I hope you in the Remnant Nation will come to gain an alternative perspective on the party line you've been toeing before your shepherds and at camp and everywhere else Remnant's yoke hangs heavily upon you. I will be stopping by in the Tent at least once a week to explore this critical issue, as well as others, which I would invite you to email or post upon.
Understand that the destiny of your souls are so important to me and so many others that we've bent our knees as well as our voices toward imparting unto you this information .. and that it is my prayer, as well as others, that you receive this in the spirit in which it is being offered .. one of the deepest love and heaviness for your spiritual destinies, as well as your present personal realities ..