Delbert Burkhart, Chairman, Elders
April 14, 1977
Wayne Geiling Reginald Replogle William Ruch
Heritage Chapel Church of Christ 917 Woodlawn Drive Charleston, Ill. 61920
Regretfully, we are forced to make the following statements:
We do not feel that Roger Lamb and Kip McKean understood the seriousness of the numerous items, many of these doctrinally based, that were rehearsed to them on April 4, 1977, in the presence of the Charleston elders, the Memorial preachers and elders, and the deacons on the Memorial Mission Committee.
Therefore, we are obliged to discontinue our financial support of these two men on May 15, 1977. We also are cancelling our campaign to Charleston this summer.
In addition, we plan to make this information known to the Memorial congregation before May 15.
If the Memorial elders concur with the Charleston elders on a new minister for the Charleston church, we would like opportunity to consider supporting the new man.
It is not proper for us to continue to support men in other places that we would not support at Memorial. It appears Brother Lamb has lost his trust and confidence in the elders of his "sponsoring" church. His statements concerning our "spying," that we were on a "witch hunt," and that we were "unfair" in conducting a discussion in the manner that we did, speaks of a deepest attitude in which we cannot trust each other in the manner we should to find complete openness and cooperation in preaching the Word. The negative, defensive, evasive posture that Roger exhibited to us is one that we would not allow by anyone we support.
We believe that Brother McKean has brought unBiblical practice, peculiar language, and subtle, deceitful doctrines to Charleston from the Crossroads church at Gainesville, Florida.
Both ministers constantly refused to admit there was even a problem, and they refused to accept a warning about where some "minor departures" would lead (even in Charleston). There is a growing list of divisive situations across the nation where the Crossroad's influence has permeated. This is ample evidence to attest to the dangers of their unsound doctrines and practices. These divisive doctrines must be recognized by watchmen on the walls of Zion before troubles are caused within the walls.
Without detailing the arguments, the Memorial elders, four preachers, and five deacons on the Mission Committee, are 100% agreed on their evaluation and opposition to the following items:
We love the Charleston church, and we love and appreciate you elders. We recognize additional problems our decision will bring to you, but we are left no choice but to immediately terminate our association with both Roger and Kip. Heritage Chapel can overcome these difficulties through your own love, dedication, supervisic watchcare, and God's grace.
In Christian Love,
©1977 by the Elders of the Memorial Drive Church of Christ, Houston, Texas. All rights reserved.
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