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Old 08-18-2011, 08:09 PM   #1
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John Myer has a new E-Book titled "Warning: Contains No Sugar -- Honest Words for Aspiring Leaders in the Church"

http://www.grandviewchristianassembl...No%20Sugar.pdf
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Good book. I like his no nonsense attitude.

I wish he had tackled some of the harder questions, though. Like how to juggle all those church responsibilities while taking care of your job, wife, children, extended family, friends, community services and all the other legitimate responsibilities that compete with more traditional spiritual endeavors.

It's easy to say don't serve mammon. It's harder to pull off that pat exhortation when the mammon one is pursuing is simply to provide for one's family's needs. Pastors always seem to think money just rains out of heaven. Whenever they talk about money it's either about giving more of it or working less for it, which when you think about it is kind of contradictory.

Also, John Myer, I've got great respect for you, but please finish A Future and a Hope. It's bad form to leave it unfinished. You may have lost interest in the LC, but there are many who need that book in its entirety. Thanks.
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Also, John Myer, I've got great respect for you, but please finish A Future and a Hope. It's bad form to leave it unfinished. You may have lost interest in the LC, but there are many who need that book in its entirety. Thanks.
I don't think John thought he was putting himself in a kind of leadership position in writing A Future and a Hope, but in a sense he was. I suspect he is either finished with it or very close and just has not had the peace and leading from the Lord to publish. What he needs to consider is our peace and our longing for some leadership in the areas covered in the book. Come on John, finish the course!
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I don't think John thought he was putting himself in a kind of leadership position in writing A Future and a Hope, but in a sense he was. I suspect he is either finished with it or very close and just has not had the peace and leading from the Lord to publish. What he needs to consider is our peace and our longing for some leadership in the areas covered in the book. Come on John, finish the course!
I was told a while ago that those final chapters of FaH were actually being spoken to the church at the time. The contents may be included in their regular e-mail "Creekbed" series, which summarizes the messages from the meetings.

Regarding JM's current activities, yesterday I received this .....
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Take a look at this brief conversation held at a church leaders' workshop:

Friend: Where is your church located?
Me: Grandview Heights.
Friend: Whoa! That's a gospel-resistant area. I grew up there.
Me: You did?
Friend: Yes. You've got your work cut out for you. From my observation, the biggest
problem with that town is that the gospel has not been preached there for about
60 years.

Well, he's right. We have our work cut out for us. As a courtesy to many of you who have been reading our Creekbed emails and/or supporting us in other ways, we wanted to drop a line and update you on how our work is going here in Grandview Christian Assembly.

August and September mark a milestone in the life of our church, as two men, Jeff Friess and Seth Evans, will be presented to the congregation as candidates for eldership. At the end of a one month scrutiny, it is my hope to appoint them. Although my responsibilities will not change, at that time I will also take my place as an elder in the church.

Of course, September through late October marks the "superbowl" of the church growth season. As you can imagine, we're gearing up for an anticipated blessing. This includes internal facility changes like a new large building sign and a lighting system more conducive to our meetings. We are also preparing space for overflow seating.

We're working on the spiritual quality of the church as well, by adding a lot of mentor-based sessions that help people understand the basics of the Christian faith, learn how to pray over Scripture, and practice sharing the gospel with others. Leadership development is also on our radar and some theology courses for deeper study (which we will launch in the coming week).

Our publishing ministry continues. We currently have twenty-five titles that await publication prep work. Most of these are along the "Big Idea, Little Book" theme. Others however, are larger works and will take longer to finish. The next project likely to see the light of day is a gospel book for inquisitive non-Christians.

From the standpoint of encouragement, your interest means a lot to us. We've come a long way since January 2009, even though 2.5 years isn't much when you look at it on a calendar.

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Maybe he's forgotten the website is even there. As a reminder it's:

http://www.assemblylife.com/

It has a note stating that the next chapter will be available March 2010. Which was almost a year and a half ago. It seems to me he should at least keep readers informed with accurate information. Either say the book is on hold or update the delivery date. But to just leave it open-ended like that doesn't make any sense.

I can imagine all the hardliners going "See! He couldn't even finish the book. This shows the Lord's disapproval, blah, blah..."

And I can imagine readers who believed him wondering, too.

Why encourage that?
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Things changed when John Myer got expelled by TC from "the work" serving the remaining GLA churches. He lost some of his financial support, and had to focus his time and resources on what the Lord had placed in front of him.

At the time A Future and A Hope was being written, JM was writing to a much wider audience, which included many LC's which had rejected LSM. Today his "audience" has been reduced to those he sees on a regular basis, many of which have little background with LSM.

Some of these books by ex-members are written in an on-going basis, which creates new difficulties for the authors. Had the book been released all at once, the dynamics of change and the reactions from the readers would have been of little consequence, since the book was already "out there." Don Rutledge and his "history" have suffered similar ends. Once LSM visited him, his writings have stopped.

Word is out that, that LSM/DCP has begun to aggressively research litigation against opposing internet websites. They now have an idle staff since the US Supreme Court shut them down. Who knows what will happen to these websites and forums already in existence.
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Why shouldn't John Myer be allowed to wonder or wander? John's a free man. And there's no need for him to live up to our expectations, nor the expectations of the Living Stream Ministry church leaders. The opinions and expectations of the leaders of LSM matter no more than that of the almost 7 billion others on the earth. At most they are just background noise, like a chainsaw in the background, that's annoying but has to be tolerated.
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Things changed when John Myer got expelled by TC from "the work" serving the remaining GLA churches. He lost some of his financial support, and had to focus his time and resources on what the Lord had placed in front of him...
So you are saying either he has lost interest in the book, or he got intimidated by LSM. I doubt the latter since the partial book is still online.

I think at the very least he should update his website with a note saying the anticipated date of release of the next chapter is "indefinite." Anything less just looks sloppy to me and raises doubts. Surely he isn't so busy he can't at least do that.
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Why shouldn't John Myer be allowed to wonder or wander? John's a free man. And there's no need for him to live up to our expectations, nor the expectations of the Living Stream Ministry church leaders. The opinions and expectations of the leaders of LSM matter no more than that of the almost 7 billion others on the earth. At most they are just background noise, like a chainsaw in the background, that's annoying but has to be tolerated.
Harold, if everyone lived up to your standard we'd all still be living in mud huts.
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So you are saying either he has lost interest in the book, or he got intimidated by LSM. I doubt the latter since the partial book is still online.
So is Don Rutledge's:

http://www.laymansfellowship.com/public/Donbookch1.pdf

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Word is out that, that LSM/DCP has begun to aggressively research litigation against opposing internet websites. They now have an idle staff since the US Supreme Court shut them down. Who knows what will happen to these websites and forums already in existence.
I have to think that if there were serious legal precedent for that kind of lawsuit, the world of Internet forums would have been swamped with suits years ago. And wouldn't look anything like they do today.

But then, they're the lawyers, what would I know...
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Harold, if everyone lived up to your standard we'd all still be living in mud huts.
I think you are attributing to me the product of religion ; that has held back every advancement of society into modernity and science at every stage and step.
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What you are saying is false. It shows an ignorance of history. The Catholic church was the curator of history and knowledge in the Middle Ages. It basically created Europe. Without the Catholic church Europe might still be a region of Vandals and Visigoths, living in mud huts.

Religion has its faults but your continual sweeping denunciation of it is no different than Lee's sweeping denunciation of "Christianity." It's an extreme view, and a damaging one. I think it's become a crutch for you. You are like a religion hating addict. So much so that you confuse healthy moral habits with religion. You confuse expecting people to honor their obligations with placing burdens on them. You confuse standards with legalism. You confuse lack of responsibility with freedom.
So write to John Myer directly, and tell him how disappointed you are in him for not keeping his promise to finish his book....
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So write to John Myer directly, and tell him how disappointed you are in him for not keeping his promise to finish his book....
I thought some public urging was appropriate as well. Please excuse me if I threatened you by implying people should be held to some standard other than being free from "religion."
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And the issue is not my disappointment. The issue is the book, in my opinion, needs to be completed, or at the very least the release date of the next chapter needs to be updated, or there needs to be an announcement made that the book is on hold.

Note that none of that has anything to do with allowing Myers to "wonder and wander." Not that he seems like the wondering, wandering kind anyway. He seems to know pretty much what he believes. He just left some people hanging on finishing his thoughts on what he believes and so placed his previous thoughts in question.
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I will be happy to defend my position, but this thread is off topic.

UntoHim will you create a thread somewhere call "Did the Church Create Europe?" please with relevant posts transferred? Thanks
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So you are saying either he has lost interest in the book, or he got intimidated by LSM. I doubt the latter since the partial book is still online.

I think at the very least he should update his website with a note saying the anticipated date of release of the next chapter is "indefinite." Anything less just looks sloppy to me and raises doubts. Surely he isn't so busy he can't at least do that.
I recently heard that John Myer does intend to finish this book.
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I recently heard that John Myer does intend to finish this book.
So does this mean, that neither JM nor DR were actually "intimidated" by anybody from finishing their books?
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So does this mean, that neither JM nor DR were actually "intimidated" by anybody from finishing their books?
No.

In the case of JM, it mostly means that he is no longer cow-towing to those who would intimidate, and therefore expects to continue eventually.

For DR, I cannot say whether he was intimidated by anyone, or by everyone. I believe that some of his last comments on the subject were that all sides were complaining and he wasn't sure how to proceed. And one of his conclusions was that maybe he should not be entirely open during the process because he intends to write from his perspective as it played out, not from everyone's perspective in hind-sight. That and some pretty significant events in their family. If he gets back to writing, I expect that we will see the results pretty much when he is done.
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I recently heard that John Myer does intend to finish this book.
That's good news.


But he should still update the expected delivery date of the next chapter.
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In the case of JM, it mostly means that he is no longer cow-towing to those who would intimidate, and therefore expects to continue eventually.
Fine, but it does seem like we're a little too quick to make assumptions...
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In the case of JM, it mostly means that he is no longer cow-towing to those who would intimidate, and therefore expects to continue eventually.
I personally feel that the "intimidation factor" is the primary cause of GLA splintering. Once the grip of fear and intimidation is removed, then the split comes quite quickly, like a bird released from a cage, flying afar, never to return.

It seems to me that TC's recent treatment of John Myer awakened many GLA leaders to the fact that TC was not an "innocent victim" during the whole quarantine ordeal, neither did TC have an inside track on the truth.
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I personally feel that the "intimidation factor" is the primary cause of GLA splintering. Once the grip of fear and intimidation is removed, then the split comes quite quickly, like a bird released from a cage, flying afar, never to return.

It seems to me that TC's recent treatment of John Myer awakened many GLA leaders to the fact that TC was not an "innocent victim" during the whole quarantine ordeal, neither did TC have an inside track on the truth.
Titus Chu was a victim, albeit not so innocent. He certainly has flaws. After all, he likes soft hotel sheets (ha ha).

But you know the Blended blah blahs, in defending themselves, try to make the same case. They point out his flaws and behavior throughout the whole ordeal as "proof" that they were justified in what they did.

But when examining what the Blended blah blahs did to the Great Lakes area, one has to leave the issue of TC's behavior out of it, and ask the question: Was it scriptural what they did? Did they have the biblical basis to divide the church over the degree of devotion to their interpretation of Witness Lee's ministry? The answer is no. It was unscriptural and flies in the face of all of Witness Lee's empty words about endeavoring to keep the oneness.

Whatever Titus Chu's motives were it is clear that his mortal sin was that he was not willing to walk in lock-step with the Blended blah blahs on LaPalma avenue. They had no scriptural grounds to publicly defame him, and associate his works with that of the Devil because of it.

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Titus Chu was a victim, albeit not so innocent. He certainly has flaws. After all, he likes soft hotel sheets (ha ha)....
I don't disagree, however, why the focus on Titus Chu? Weren't the real victims the thousands of individual members (it is in the thousands, right, Ohio?) who've had their lives affected by the "feuding religious lords"?
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I don't disagree, however, why the focus on Titus Chu? Weren't the real victims the thousands of individual members (it is in the thousands, right, Ohio?) who've had their lives affected by the "feuding religious lords"?
Yes, you are exactly right. When talking about victim-hood, they are the real ones who are overlooked. Titus stands out because in every fabricated "rebellion" that LSM has they have to come up with a top villain: Austin-Sparks, Max R, John Ingalls, and now Titus Chu. These are the ones who get the public lynching, as an example to the trembling masses. So, quite naturally, their witch trial of record is the one that gets all the attention. But the real suffering that takes place doesn't even make it to section B of the papers.

Many of those cases have made their way to the various forums over the years. Almost always some cold-hearted, callous LSM defender will go on the attack and just dismiss them as not willing to "forget the things of the past."

BTW, if forgetting the things of the past is so easy I wonder why the Blended blah blahs haven't set an example for us and reached out to those dear brothers who they felt they had to associate with the Devil?

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I don't disagree, however, why the focus on Titus Chu? Weren't the real victims the thousands of individual members (it is in the thousands, right, Ohio?) who've had their lives affected by the "feuding religious lords"?
And when other leaders are abused by TC, we should give TC a free pass, because after all he was the "real victim" here.

And when other leaders are abused by TC, then where should that be posted? What am I doing wrong here guys?
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And when other leaders are abused by TC, we should give TC a free pass, because after all he was the "real victim" here.

And when other leaders are abused by TC, then where should that be posted? What am I doing wrong here guys?
You are not doing anything wrong. The point is not that TC was righteous, only that the basis for excommunication was bogus.
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The point is not that TC was righteous, only that the basis for excommunication was bogus.
So .... if TC had been funded by the Anaheim "workers fund," as JM was funded by the Cleveland "workers fund," then possibly TC may not have been officially quarantined, but rather merely had his funds "cut off" as happened to JM.

The point being this: all LC "discipline" is bogus in nature. It misdirects the real focus of the saints onto supposedly spiritual topics, when the pressing issues at hand, however, are control and "insubordination," or as Paul so eloquently communicated to the Galatian believers, the real issues are bondage to the laws mandated by headquarters and the liberty of the Spirit.
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So .... if TC had been funded by the Anaheim "workers fund," as JM was funded by the Cleveland "workers fund," then possibly TC may not have been officially quarantined, but rather merely had his funds "cut off" as happened to JM.

The point being this: all LC "discipline" is bogus in nature. It misdirects the real focus of the saints onto supposedly spiritual topics, when the pressing issues at hand, however, are control and "insubordination," or as Paul so eloquently communicated to the Galatian believers, the real issues are bondage to the laws mandated by headquarters and the liberty of the Spirit.
Yes, the foolish Galatians have willingly chosen to be put in bondage again.
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Yes, the foolish Galatians have willingly chosen to be put in bondage again.
Not really.

They simply looked to headquarters in Jerusalem for their teachings and practices, because they were taught that the original apostles were there.
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Not really.

They simply looked to headquarters in Jerusalem for their teachings and practices, because they were taught that the original apostles were there.
Ah, so maybe this is where Paul quarantined James, when he warned the Galatians against the bewitching Jewdaizers!
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And when other leaders are abused by TC, we should give TC a free pass, because after all he was the "real victim" here.

And when other leaders are abused by TC, then where should that be posted? What am I doing wrong here guys?
Absolutely not, and you're not doing anything wrong, I probably wasn't clear where I was coming from in my post...

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Isn't there one really big difference between the 2006 and 2009 quarantines (Great Lakes Area and South America), and the quarantines of the 1980's? That is, instead of just "quarantining" three or four leaders, LSM specifically ejected many churches with thousands of members.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:03 AM   #34
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Ah, so maybe this is where Paul quarantined James, when he warned the Galatians against the bewitching Jewdaizers!
One might draw that conclusion. In fact, I'm surprised LSM hasn't already. But, Paul never told the saints to have nothing to do with James. When the LSM crowd gets into alienating someone they not only mention their name but also go into what kind of sheets and towels they like. They defame and degrade them in the worst way. They then delete their names from all previous works as if they never existed.

With Paul, whenever he had a disagreement or dispute with another worker there always seemed to be an obvious door left open for fellowship. He wasn't into banishing people forever. Even with the young man at Corinth, his purpose was for temporary discipline, with the hope that the young man would repent, which he did.

When LSM issues "discipline," it is first and foremost always on bogus grounds, as someone has mentioned. Secondly, it becomes clear that they no longer want anything to do with the "rebellious" one. Which is the point. When someone's eyes have been opened to the "Wizard of Oz" standing behind the curtain, they then become a danger to the very man-made, man-organized, man-maintained Living Stream Church.

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Isn't there one really big difference between the 2006 and 2009 quarantines (Great Lakes Area and South America), and the quarantines of the 1980's? That is, instead of just "quarantining" three or four leaders, LSM specifically ejected many churches with thousands of members.
Officially LSM would disagree. They only quarantine leaders. Divisive leaders.

This is why they can justify lawsuits and "local replastering workshops." LSM views all the local saints in the local churches as unwilling "victims." They just can't believe that anyone would willingly depart from "the ministry."

Btw, my FIL was a plasterer, it is a noble trade. For LSM to use the word is insulting to all true craftsmen.
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With Paul, whenever he had a disagreement or dispute with another worker there always seemed to be an obvious door left open for fellowship. He wasn't into banishing people forever. Even with the young man at Corinth, his purpose was for temporary discipline, with the hope that the young man would repent, which he did.

Yes ....... very true.


Such was not the case with Saul. Neither with LSM.
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Officially LSM would disagree. They only quarantine leaders. Divisive leaders.
Hard for me to keep that straight in my head. Where I was you probably wouldn't even admit to taking a trip to Cleveland or Indianapolis. And that was even before 2006.


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This is why they can justify lawsuits and "local replastering workshops." LSM views all the local saints in the local churches as unwilling "victims." They just can't believe that anyone would willingly depart from "the ministry."
I must have misunderstood the whole "replastering" thing. I was under the impression that they meant they were "replastering" the local assemblies in your area. Has there already been a thread on this topic?


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Btw, my FIL was a plasterer, it is a noble trade. For LSM to use the word is insulting to all true craftsmen.
Tell that to stone-workers.
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