I was baptized at Tabernacle Baptist Church (TBC) in Cartersville, GA. I was married there. The church endorsed my application to seminary; one of my class projects was a growth plan for the church. My children have attended PreK there for two years. My parents are members. I attended Sunday services there on April 29th. On April 30th, I was informed that I am no longer allowed on the TBC campus for Sunday worship services. Richard Brown, the very pastor who performed my marriage and signed my seminary endorsement called me Monday morning to tell me that TBC’s security personnel had been informed to be on the lookout for me. The pastoral staff has, in Richard’s words chosen to “protect the flock” from me because I “sow discord”. Part of this protection is to ensure that I don’t so much as set foot on the property of Tabernacle Baptist Church to sit in its pews during Sunday Service. What did I do to warrant such treatment?
As those who follow this blog already know, I was removed from the membership of Rowland Springs Baptist Church (RSBC) during a special-called church conference on April 22nd, 2018. The official sin for which I was removed from membership was “sowing discord”. The real reason, however, involves something much more sinister. Against the wishes of the church leadership, I took a stand, a Tom-Petty-style “won’t back down” type of stand, against the cult of Freemasonry which permeates that church. RSBC is a haven for Freemasonry and I was removed from membership for opposing that demonic cult in my church.
Before my wife and I could leave the RSBC campus on the 22nd, we were stopped by uniformed Sheriff’s deputies (who had obviously been notified before the church conference was over). The deputies issued a formal criminal trespass warning and informed me that I was not allowed back on church property. I was leaving peaceably but the cops had already been called. This was the treatment I received from RSBC.
Obviously, I needed a different church service to attend the next Sunday morning. My wife wanted to go to TBC. Our kids like it there and its senior pastor, Don Hattaway, is good preacher. So, we went to TBC. I found out pretty soon that I was not welcome. I was told not to come back. I realize that some readers may be taken aback by this. Should they be?
In Tabernacle’s defense, my wife and I are not members of that church. TBC doesn’t owe us a place to sit on Sunday morning. Furthermore, TBC is aware that I was disfellowshipped from RSBC. Biblically speaking, through the church discipline process, RSBC has declared that I am not Christian and handed me over to Satan. TBC is recognizing that.
“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18 15-19
“For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5 3-5
I had to explain to an RSBC Deacon who called me last week that he had declared that I was not a Christian through his participation in the church vote. This was lost on him. It’s not lost on TBC. Even though the church baptized me, TBC is under no obligation to recognize me as a Christian. However, this raises the question, should a church ban a certain non-Christian from its worship services? I have no criminal record and no history of violence, there is no reason to believe that people need to be physically protected from me. I have never interrupted a worship service. TBC would be well within reason to deny me communion and refuse an application from me for church membership, at least not without further investigation into the incident at RSBC. In my case, I was not seeking membership at Tabernacle, just a place to be gathered on Sunday morning. I was denied this. I wasn’t asking for recognition or Christian fellowship, just a place to sit from 11 to 12 on Sunday morning.
Members of Tabernacle Baptist Church need to ask themselves the following question
“Do we want someone who needs to hear the word of God proclaimed sitting in our pew on Sunday or do we want to be the kind of church who tells this person not to come back?”
Tabernacle Baptist Church doesn’t owe my family anything. Still, I think it is making a very bad decision. If it was up to me, I’d love my neighbor by giving him a place to sit and hear the Bible proclaimed on Sunday. That’s what everybody needs, even gentiles and tax collectors. I wouldn’t turn someone who wanted to sit peacefully in my church building away.
Tabernacle turned me away.
Such is the blackball. This is the kind of thing I knew could happen if I stood up against Masonry. It’s a powerful network. I stood up anyway. No network is more powerful than the God I serve. When it comes down to it, I will not assent to the idea that I committed the nebulous sin of “sowing discord” because I wouldn’t put up with a demonic cult being part of God’s Holy assembly.
And I never will.
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