- Patrick Mead’s pop view which pins Paul against Jesus with Jesus emerging triumphant is the stuff expected from the unlearned and nonbelievers; not from a teacher of Israel.
- I could be mistaken about what I infer from Nancy Baughman’s words that “sometimes we don’t walk that out very comfortably,” but here’s what makes me uncomfortable what I hear from these leaders. No, this is not a condemnation, but it is a call for something more than for the benefit of the saints and the glory of the Father.
Especially grating is Mead's pop-speak about not reading Jesus through Paul, but rather that he reads Paul through Jesus. This reflects a forgetfulness or dismissal of what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit and the work of the Spirit in the apostles:
I am not saying the Fourth Avenue leadership did not teach the congregation on these matter, but I am saying that what I hear and see in the video clip is what I have seen and heard in detail, and there is never much by way of detail, in other similar accounts concerning the teaching and preaching ministry of our sisters. So, with such understanding, if it can be called that, the leadership of the congregation often introduces to the congregation their latest decision without much more than we hear from Mead. This manner of informing the saints is often in the form of catchy phrases, sound bites, and negatives as to what the scriptures do not state and rhetorical questions which are often taken by the listeners as a mistaken indication that the questioner must surely understand the matter.
This, too, is what I infer, and possibly mistakenly perhaps, from the brief clip of Nancy Baughman’s words. It is hard enough for the saints to walk where they have not walked before but for them to stumble because they were not prepared is the neglect of those who have take up the responsibility for the burden of teaching them. Speak and disclose the things of the Spirit, not merely by peppering a message with choice, catchy words, but with those which the saints with confidence can themselves affirm through the written testimony of the Holy Spirit. Peace to the saints at Fourth Avenue and those who lead them.
peace to all.