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Old 08-30-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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"Although there are proper reasons for open, honest, mutual fellowship with church leaders, the opportunity to meet with them is closed to me and to others. The concept in the leadership is that no one in the churches should make an issue of anything or care for right and wrong, which has worked well to keep church members uninformed and the truth suppressed. Thus, discussion of serious concerns keep going to an open forum." -2010
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"Although there are proper reasons for open, honest, mutual fellowship with church leaders, the opportunity to meet with them is closed to me and to others. The concept in the leadership is that no one in the churches should make an issue of anything or care for right and wrong, which has worked well to keep church members uninformed and the truth suppressed. Thus, discussion of serious concerns keep going to an open forum." -2010

This article is a well written challenge to the current leadership of the LSM, and includes recent condemnations issued from on high and directed at Steve Isitt.

Can this article be printed out on the forum? Nigel's are printed out and some of them are 10x longer.
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Many of the Blended brothers don't need to be told what happened. They know. They were there. Especially ones who resided in Orange County California at the time; Ron, Dan, Minoru, Dick, etc. The problem as Igzy pointed out in another thread is pride. Self-centered pride restricts from a brother 1. being humble and 2. being honest. That's just for starters. Instead an attitude has permeated many decent brothers; "even if I'm wrong, I'm still right".
Reading Steve's article one phrase that caught my attention was:

"Thus, there is no regard for Brother Lee’s word that he himself was wrong in the past and that leaders, including Brother Lee, have made mistakes. The record shows that he did, and they did, make serious mistakes, to the extent that if diligent study was done, outside the facade of innocence in the leadership, the entire history would need to be re-written and earnest repentances made, and a Jubilee granted to the wrongfully cast out, driven out, or left behind saints. "

Key word being Jubilee. Though I had heard the term many years ago, it wasn't until this past year did I learn what the Jubilee truly was.

You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.
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Compare the three accounts of dishonored former leaders - John Ingalls, Bill Mallon, and John So to those three books of honored leaders in the Lord’s recovery - Ron Kangas, Andrew Yu, and Witness Lee. I have done this over a span of 12 years and report my findings openly, and in the light. But you seem to be hiding, and afraid of the truth I speak. Moreover, I seem to “have become your enemy by presenting the truth to you.”

1989 Ron Kangas 1989 AndrewYu 1990 Witness Lee www.ourneedtoexamineourselves.com/ThreeBooks.pdf
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"When doing a Google search on my name in 2010, immediately one very positive document appeared toward the top, My Experience in the Local Churches; and one negative one appeared at the very top, Ron Kangas’ public word declaring at an international leaders conference in South America that I was a “man of death” and “one of the most evil speakers on the internet”. I called his home to discuss this public speaking with him and left a message with his wife for him to call me. There was no response from him. I then wrote him a letter a few months later expressing my desire to fellowship with him over his concerns about me and my writings on the internet. But I did not hear back from him."

Bless brother Ron, but after what he spoke in Ecuador, with his speaking accessible on the internet, and with brother Steve's efforts to reach Ron by phone and in writing; Ron's no response is clearly irresponsible. One should not have to resort to legal means in order to get a response.
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Brother Ron also had this to say in Ecaudor:

"But suppose a brother just wants to work. He says, “why can’t I be a worker? All these old workers, they are dead. We are young and vital.” That is how the great upheaval began in Taiwan 50 years ago. You plan to repeat that history? The young ones rose up. They said all of you are the older generation, you are old and dead, we have seen the vision.

The Lord’s move is with us. And, to make the story short, they caused a lot of damage. A whole generation in the churches was lost. And, all of these young workers came to nothing.
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This is what happened in the late 1980's as well. Elders were told there were old, etc by younger ambitious brothers. Just as brother Ron has mentioned, these younger brothers back in the late 1980's "they caused a lot of damage. A whole generation in the churches was lost."
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Brother Ron also had this to say in Ecaudor:

"But suppose a brother just wants to work. He says, “why can’t I be a worker? All these old workers, they are dead. We are young and vital.” That is how the great upheaval began in Taiwan 50 years ago. You plan to repeat that history? The young ones rose up. They said all of you are the older generation, you are old and dead, we have seen the vision.

The Lord’s move is with us. And, to make the story short, they caused a lot of damage. A whole generation in the churches was lost. And, all of these young workers came to nothing.
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This is what happened in the late 1980's as well. Elders were told there were old, etc by younger ambitious brothers. Just as brother Ron has mentioned, these younger brothers back in the late 1980's "they caused a lot of damage. A whole generation in the churches was lost."
This just reeks of historical revisionism. Does not anyone remember that it was LSM operatives who stirred up the young people, and it was LSM operatives who undermined the existing local and regional leadership, and it was these same LSM operatives whose goal was to take over control of the entire Recovery by destroying the reputation of those upright brothers like John Ingalls who stood in their way.

I used to like Ron Kangas as a gifted teacher, but his views of Recovery history and LSM's seamy actions behind closed doors, like those of his mentor Witness Lee, are steeped in hypocrisy, misrepresentations, gross distortions, and twisting of the scripture, all for selfish gain.
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Before Ron Kangas went to Ecuador in 2008 he knew about independent workers in South America who were no longer under brother Dong, but neither were they in coordination with the LSM churches.

He, therefore, said in Ecuador concerning them that LSM does not consider these brothers to be their co-workers since they do not yet recognize the headship of Christ in the "local churches", and respect the elders of each "local church".

Ron also heard of my writings that were circulating among at least enough people to make him very concerned. Among those writings was Bill Mallon’s letter to Brother Lee, which I had commented on and which Ron alluded to in his 2008 message in Ecuador.

But, he did so in derogatory fashion, not making reference to Bill Mallon’s devastating experience with LSM co-workers in the late 1980s who at that time themselves did not recognize the headship of Christ with the elders among the churches,which was a big problem to Bill and other elders in the Southeast churches. This vital matter was skipped over by Ron in his speaking in Ecuador, as he mentioned Bill's letter only in a negative light. Because Ron Kangas did not want to justify Bill's concerns or my writings, he portrayed Bill Mallon’s letter as bad for his appeal to Brother Lee about LSM’s ignoble behavior in the Southeast, and he portrayed me as bad, as well, for circulating Bill’s letter, and other writings also.

Transcript Part 2: “Brothers, here are the two extremes, one extreme is control. Someone is in charge of the whole country; he is in charge of the work in this country. And, he has people under him and it is a system of hierarchy and control. If we know the Spirit we will not take this. This is not the headship of Christ and the Body of Christ.

Those who have been under this kind of thing may go to the other extreme, so they don’t respect anyone with any kind of leadership. You are in the old regime, we are in the new way. Are we not workers?

I would say, you are workers, deceitful workers, and you yourself are deceived, thinking you are something you are not. You might be an evil worker opposing God’s economy, but that is not likely. Or, as the Lord said, you might be a worker of lawlessness. That means with you there is no authority. You are not a man under authority. You are your own king.”


Comment: Since several brothers in South America knew LSM’s history, they would find “independence” from LSM perhaps best for them under the circumstances. But Ron goes ahead and puts these workers in a bad light, along with Bill Mallon and myself in front of the congregation, deceiving them, and appearing to be a “minister of righteousness” among the leaders in S. America. And one who shows no compassion, understanding, or acknowledgement of the real situation. Ron, though, is good, LSM is good, Local Churches are good, and he keeps everything in a good light, falsely.

This is not a true leader, but one who is deceitful, lawless, and false. He does not know things as he ought to know them, and if what I am saying is not true, will DCP or someone please stand up and support Ron's claims that I am indeed a man of death for choosing to feed people the truth instead of perpetuating the fictional stories devised at LSM and “sold” to the saints as real.


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Transcript Part 2: “Brothers, here are the two extremes, one extreme is control. Someone is in charge of the whole country; he is in charge of the work in this country. And, he has people under him and it is a system of hierarchy and control. If we know the Spirit we will not take this. This is not the headship of Christ and the Body of Christ.
Here is Ron Kangas, chief theologian of LSM, at his best. His comment that, "Someone is in charge of the whole country," is an obvious reference to Dong Yu Lan in Brazil, who was illegitimately quarantined by LSM a few years ago. He condemns Dong for "being in charge of a whole country, in charge of the work, has people under him, and it is a system of hierarchy and control."

Is Kangas being serious? What kind of delusion is he under to condemn Dong for controlling a country when he himself assumes to be deputy authority of the whole earth? Here he is only mimicking Lee's presumptuous ways, i.e. condemn all other Christian leaders of control to convince your following that you alone do not control.

Having watched LSM for years, one could rightly conclude that Kangas and LSM care only about being in charge, not just of the USA, but also the whole world. Why else would Kangas travel to South America? For decades LSM has demanded that they alone be "in charge of the work." "Wars and rumors of wars" often called "storms and rebellions" in the Recovery were fought solely on this fact. Brothers reputations around the globe have been destroyed so that LSM alone would be "in charge of the work."

And Dong has "people under him." Imagine that! Only LSM is allowed such a prerogative. To tell the truth, in the eyes of Kangas, the source of the whole problem in Brazil is that Dong is not under LSM. Didn't Dong get that memo from the throne of God that Ron Kangas and the Blended oligarchy are now His Deputy Authority over all God's work on earth?

Then Kangas falls back on Lee's old denunciation that the real Recovery alone has no "hierarchy and control." That's what Witness Lee taught us, so it must be true! Does Kangas really feel that no control exists because we have no titles in the Recovery, only "brothers." The biggest farce in the Recovery is that churches are "local," when in fact they have become nothing more than franchises legitimized by LSM.
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When doing a Google search on my name in 2010, immediately one very positive document appeared toward the top, My Experience in the Local Churches; and one negative one appeared at the very top, Ron Kangas’ public word declaring at an international leaders conference in South America that I was a “man of death” and “one of the most evil speakers on the internet”.

I called his home to discuss this public speaking with him and left a message with his wife for him to call me. There was no response from him. I then wrote him a letter a few months later expressing my desire to fellowship with him over his concerns about me and my writings on the internet. But I did not hear back from him.
Here we can see the mindset of Ron Kangas and the Blended Oligarchy at LSM.

They are convinced that, as God's Deputy Authority over the whole earth, they can freely pass judgments on any and all things Christian. These "Spiritual Judges" don't need the typical legal proceedings which regulate our judicial system, and protect the normal rights of individuals. These "Spiritual Judges" are above all that. They can make up their own rules if and when they see fit.

Let's put this another way. If a sitting trial judge sentences a convicted criminal to life imprisonment, would he accept a phone call from that criminal seeking "fellowship?" Would that judge accept a letter from the criminal expressing his concerns? The obvious answer to both questions is "no, of course not!" In fact, the judge would consider this as harassment, and possibly further charges against the criminal would be considered.

This is the exact same mindset at LSM.

Unfortunately, based on the clear teachings of the Bible, Steve Isitt believes that he and Ron Kangas are both brothers, are both children of God, and thus should seriously pray and consider reconciliation. Steve is convinced that this is the proper course of action. I commend him for this, but, sorry to say, brother Ron Kangas is no longer just a brother. He got promoted.
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_______ writes ...Here we can see the mindset of Ron Kangas and the Blended Oligarchy at LSM.

They are convinced that, as God's Deputy Authority over the whole earth, they can freely pass judgments on any and all things Christian. These "Spiritual Judges" don't need the typical legal proceedings which regulate our judicial system, and protect the normal rights of individuals. These "Spiritual Judges" are above all that. They can make up their own rules if and when they see fit.

Let's put this another way. If a sitting trial judge sentences a convicted criminal to life imprisonment, would he accept a phone call from that criminal seeking "fellowship?" Would that judge accept a letter from the criminal expressing his concerns? The obvious answer to both questions is "no, of course not!" In fact, the judge would consider this as harassment, and possibly further charges against the criminal would be considered.

This is the exact same mindset at LSM.

Unfortunately, based on the clear teachings of the Bible, Steve Isitt believes that he and Ron Kangas are both brothers, are both children of God, and thus should seriously pray and consider reconciliation. Steve is convinced that this is the proper course of action.
I commend him for this, but, sorry to say, brother Ron Kangas is no longer just a brother. He got promoted.
The following is taken from a post I made a couple years ago, when Ron was getting "help" from the internet. I want to insert this here, then continue with my line of thought from the transcript. (Note: The above quote is not from me; it is from Ohio.)

"Before listening to tapes #3 and #4 of brother Ron Kangas I happened to be at someone’s 50th year birthday party and in comes two local church brothers who happened to be invited also. We engaged in an hour long conversation in which they told me I needed to forget all these things of the past, and that I was bitter, and that I needed to humble myself and take the cross to my opinion, encouraging me to listen to Ron Kangas’ tapes given the previous weekend. So, I did and paid close attention to what he was actually saying and the attitude he was conveying.

In a grand display of rhetoric about the cross he impressed his listeners of the need among so many people in the world who live by the self to have their mouths stopped. Concerning on-line speakers such as myself, he categorically states that none of us knows the cross, the Lord, or the Body, that “what they love is not the saints but the things of the saints and to talk about them; so they go online and expose what they know to the whole world.” We only care for the self and for retaliation against those who have offended us, according to Ron’s limited understanding.

He is obviously shaken a bit by the just truths he's read on the internet and is struggling to keep his unjust world intact instead of humbly subjecting himself to our online concerns and any speaking of the Lord to him. He says, “I don’t fear you going online. It is good for me to be flayed. But it is not good for you. We’ll love you, you are the will of God to us, but you are on a fast track to outer darkness.”

This is his “love to us” to let us know we are on a fast track to outer darkness, and again, as always, offering no support to his statement, or an invitation to come to a table of fellowship, as they had accomplished to their favor with CRI. Indeed, while the leadership has ignored our requests to properly come to a table of mutual fellowship, they make no requests of their own for such a gathering and then wonder why we are now online to speak our concerns.

Ron Kangas, meanwhile, uses an international stage to disparage us, brothers and sisters he doesn’t really know, or care about, dismissing us as ones offended by the church, who make “lawless use of the internet”, little realizing that we are God’s mercy to him.

An encouraging word, at the end of a long message on the cross, was that Ron said he longs for the reality of the church life and, adding a little levity, said he hoped his wife would not report him to the blending brothers.

I think Ron actually needs a very long vacation, to remote resort locations far away from the pulpit, the crowd, the laudits and relax and rejuvenate, and contemplate for himself what he said about others that “they don’t know themselves; they only know the weaknesses of others, that’s what they talk about.” Just leave Jerusalem, go north to Philippi, where the air is fresh and clean, and become clear about yourself, sharing normally with the guy sipping the martini in the lawn chair next to you how much you are enjoying life away from the pulpit and meeting people like him. And, see Who appears to enjoy these people with you and what He will have to share with them in a ministry that is Himself. And, eventually, return home with a ministry that is just Himself with deep interest in “each man” and “every man” for, ultimately, the building up of His Body. How encouraging and inspiring that would be." _END
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But, he did so in derogatory fashion, not making reference to Bill Mallon’s devastating experience with LSM co-workers in the late 1980s who at that time themselves did not recognize the headship of Christ with the elders among the churches,which was a big problem to Bill and other elders in the Southeast churches. This vital matter was skipped over by Ron in his speaking in Ecuador, as he mentioned Bill's letter only in a negative light. Because Ron Kangas did not want to justify Bill's concerns or my writings, he portrayed Bill Mallon’s letter as bad for his appeal to Brother Lee about LSM’s ignoble behavior in the Southeast, and he portrayed me as bad, as well, for circulating Bill’s letter, and other writings also.
Ron Kangas was Witness Lee's chief editor for English language materials and an employee of LSM for years. He knew full well what was going on with the GM of LSM i.e. Lee's son in the late 1980s. Of course he didn't do a thing about it and ultimately as an employee of LSM trash talked those who did i.e. he is a company guy.

Prior to his LSM career he was an elder in Detroit. That church imploded and eventually shut down due to leadership issues.

His so called "ministry" today consists of repeating Witness Lee messages - something that takes very little effort or skill. And personally I can think of very few things more boring than listening to him do this.
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Ron Kangas was Witness Lee's chief editor for English language materials and an employee of LSM for years. He knew full well what was going on with the GM of LSM i.e. Lee's son in the late 1980s. Of course he didn't do a thing about it and ultimately as an employee of LSM trash talked those who did i.e. he is a company guy.

Prior to his LSM career he was an elder in Detroit. That church imploded and eventually shut down due to leadership issues.

His so called "ministry" today consists of repeating Witness Lee messages - something that takes very little effort or skill. And personally I can think of very few things more boring than listening to him do this.
Of the blendeds, it is Ron who I will devote time to listen to. As a LSM employee, you would expect and be expected to take the approach of hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil regarding Phillip Lee. LSM has provided decades of support for Ron and his family.
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This just reeks of historical revisionism. Does not anyone remember that it was LSM operatives who stirred up the young people, and it was LSM operatives who undermined the existing local and regional leadership, and it was these same LSM operatives whose goal was to take over control of the entire Recovery by destroying the reputation of those upright brothers like John Ingalls who stood in their way.

I used to like Ron Kangas as a gifted teacher, but his views of Recovery history and LSM's seamy actions behind closed doors, like those of his mentor Witness Lee, are steeped in hypocrisy, misrepresentations, gross distortions, and twisting of the scripture, all for selfish gain.
How fitting to bring up something that happened 50 years ago. Has anyone bothered to check out what happened to these brothers? Just because they may not be renown or have had an unfilled ambition that spurred their leaving, they have not been useful?
All the while Ron's speaking passing over 1987-1989 and the role LSM functioned in the late 80's turmoil. Has anyone ever considered if LSM coworkers did not undermine fellowship of local elders, Bill Mallon does not write that letter to Witness Lee?
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Comment: Since several brothers in South America knew LSM’s history, they would find “independence” from LSM perhaps best for them under the circumstances. But Ron goes ahead and puts these workers in a bad light, along with Bill Mallon and myself in front of the congregation, deceiving them, and appearing to be a “minister of righteousness” among the leaders in S. America. And one who shows no compassion, understanding, or acknowledgement of the real situation. Ron, though, is good, LSM is good, Local Churches are good, and he keeps everything in a good light, falsely.

This is not a true leader, but one who is deceitful, lawless, and false. He does not know things as he ought to know them, and if what I am saying is not true, will DCP or someone please stand up and support Ron's claims that I am indeed a man of death for choosing to feed people the truth instead of perpetuating the fictional stories devised at LSM and “sold” to the saints as real.
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The Truth is not a thing, but A wonderful PERSON. Your ideal church causes you to miss the vision. Ron Kangas will expose the situation in the local churches just as he will do so in the divisions because he has a vision of a PERSON. There is no "good light/bad light" as you claim. Light is not a thing, but a PERSON. Your good light bad light theory is a reflection of your obsession which causes you to have no sight and to have a death taste in your words and person. Lord Jesus we love You. Grant us Lord to turn to You. We don't agree with death. Cause it to go away. Strip all that you have to away. Grant us to go on in You until we all arrive at the full knowledge of the Son of God and the unity of the faith. Mature in us Lord. For Your building and Your Body bridify us. We want to match You. How could we feel so terribly toward other believer's Lord? Lord I confess I feel terribly towards the ones saying all this negative stuff. Lord, be our Head. Be our center. Strengthen us ALL with power through Your Spirit into our inner man. Lord make Your home in our hearts. Don't give the enemy an inch in us. Bind him to the uttermost.
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The Truth is not a thing, but A wonderful PERSON. Your ideal church causes you to miss the vision. Ron Kangas will expose the situation in the local churches just as he will do so in the divisions because he has a vision of a PERSON. There is no "good light/bad light" as you claim. Light is not a thing, but a PERSON. Your good light bad light theory is a reflection of your obsession which causes you to have no sight and to have a death taste in your words and person. Lord Jesus we love You. Grant us Lord to turn to You. We don't agree with death. Cause it to go away. Strip all that you have to away. Grant us to go on in You until we all arrive at the full knowledge of the Son of God and the unity of the faith. Mature in us Lord. For Your building and Your Body bridify us. We want to match You. How could we feel so terribly toward other believer's Lord? Lord I confess I feel terribly towards the ones saying all this negative stuff. Lord, be our Head. Be our center. Strengthen us ALL with power through Your Spirit into our inner man. Lord make Your home in our hearts. Don't give the enemy an inch in us. Bind him to the uttermost.
Thanks for your response. I'm sorry you have to be bothered by all these matters that many feel were never righteously dealt with and that still fester in the Body.
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Ron Kangas will expose the situation in the local churches just as he will do so in the divisions because he has a vision of a PERSON.
Ron Kangas is a long-time salaried employee of LSM who's job is to be a Witness Lee Parrot. He has a "vision" of the person and work of Witness Lee. No amount of "spiritual" gibber jabber will make him have a real ministry. He could be working for FORD selling cars instead he happens to be working for LSM selling Witness Lee!
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The Truth is not a thing, but A wonderful PERSON. Your ideal church causes you to miss the vision. Ron Kangas will expose the situation in the local churches just as he will do so in the divisions because he has a vision of a PERSON. There is no "good light/bad light" as you claim. Light is not a thing, but a PERSON. Your good light bad light theory is a reflection of your obsession which causes you to have no sight and to have a death taste in your words and person. Lord Jesus we love You. Grant us Lord to turn to You. We don't agree with death. Cause it to go away. Strip all that you have to away. Grant us to go on in You until we all arrive at the full knowledge of the Son of God and the unity of the faith. Mature in us Lord. For Your building and Your Body bridify us. We want to match You. How could we feel so terribly toward other believer's Lord? Lord I confess I feel terribly towards the ones saying all this negative stuff. Lord, be our Head. Be our center. Strengthen us ALL with power through Your Spirit into our inner man. Lord make Your home in our hearts. Don't give the enemy an inch in us. Bind him to the uttermost.
If you want to match the Lord, you might try not dumbing yourself down, because He is highly intelligent and, I believe, expects us to use our intelligence.

Most men aren't attracted to stupid women and I doubt the Lord is going to be attracted by a stupid Bride. So while you are "bridifying" yourself you might consider "intelligencizing" yourself as well. Of course, if you did that you'd start to question most of the stupid assertions of your leaders, such as the idea that questioning or criticizing your movement equals "death." It is painfully obvious you've been taught to turn your brain off, and that you have cheerfully complied.

All that kind of talk is nothing but thought control. These guys want you to remain ignorant so you don't question them and continue to support their agenda. God, on the other hand, has a real plan for you life. I suggest you seek it out. I doubt he will be amused at the judgment seat by a plea of, "See, Lord? I did everything brother Ron said and never questioned him." Dream on if you think that is going to fly.

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The Truth is not a thing, but A wonderful PERSON. Your ideal church causes you to miss the vision. Ron Kangas will expose the situation in the local churches just as he will do so in the divisions because he has a vision of a PERSON. There is no "good light/bad light" as you claim. Light is not a thing, but a PERSON. Your good light bad light theory is a reflection of your obsession which causes you to have no sight and to have a death taste in your words and person. Lord Jesus we love You. Grant us Lord to turn to You. We don't agree with death. Cause it to go away. Strip all that you have to away. Grant us to go on in You until we all arrive at the full knowledge of the Son of God and the unity of the faith. Mature in us Lord. For Your building and Your Body bridify us. We want to match You. How could we feel so terribly toward other believer's Lord? Lord I confess I feel terribly towards the ones saying all this negative stuff. Lord, be our Head. Be our center. Strengthen us ALL with power through Your Spirit into our inner man. Lord make Your home in our hearts. Don't give the enemy an inch in us. Bind him to the uttermost.
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You are correct the Truth is not a thing and Light is not a thing. Jesus Christ our LORD and KING is the Truth and the LIGHT. What I see in your comments and your -prayer- I address respectfully. There is no ideal church except in Spirit and in Truth.

Reading the same recycled messages over and over, year after year, repeating the same prayers over and over have to bore our Great God and Father to tears. The only people who see something different, a type of Light under the ministry of Lee's work are new people who have never been in the LC or know anyone in the LC...or whatever the LSM is now called.

They stay long long enough there...and they are going to get bored reading the same messages, hearing the same messages just in different colors. Kool Aid is Kool Aid no matter what color it comes in. It tastes the same.


By my 5th year after having gotten saved in the LC, the messages, songs, hymns began to be broken records for me. There was nothing new coming from the Throne. That was because man stopped the flow from the Throne.

BTW...there was a time when there was no RcV...no life studies, no HWMRs. The saints took their KJ or NASB bibles to work and school which is what we used back then. They knew were scriptures were. As the opportunity rose to share the Word with someone, they took them to the Word and showed them the 'River of Life'. They would splash them and give them to drink from Fountain of Living Waters. Those days are long gone.

You may disagree and you are entitled to disagree. But I know what I speak of. That prayer you posted is the same prayer I/we prayed back in 1975!!!

I do not know what the Recovery version says about vain repetition but in my bible Matthew 6:7 says this:

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

The prayers of the LSM have not changed since 1975. Your prayer proved it.

I am not trying to be offensive whatsoever. But the TRUTH sets the captive free. LIGHT dispels darkness.

Religion and vain repetitions are bondage. You may not think you are in a religious church. It is not until you step out and the blinders are removed that we see the LIGHT. It was not easy for me to step out for I feared what would become of me and what would the LORD do to me. Why do people leave any 'church' ? (of course, the LSM is "the Lord's Recovery" -we know that.) Because it is dead. There is no corporate anointing. There might be some individuals here and there truly Anointed with the Spirit of TRUTH and the Spirit of LIGHT as there are everywhere, but by and large, the church is lukewarm or dead.


My prayer for all my brothers and sisters in Christ is for the Living, Kind and Compassionate WORD of God to restore their health, spiritual, emotional and physical and to heal their wounds according to His Promise. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, the sick, the lame, to humble the proud.

There are so many wounds. There are so many divisions. It is heart breaking to see. The world is making a laughing stock out of us.

No matter. Jesus Christ alone tears down the walls of partition. I keep running the race with endurance. I pray without ceasing pray. I do my best as most of us on this forum do, with the Help of the Holy Spirit to encourage and uplift Christians and non-Christians alike. (of course, most people here were in the LSM a whole lot longer than I ever was and thus their mission is to help those struggling with questions, doubts and fear of leaving the LSM, not to be afraid.)

For me, my mission is as the Holy Spirit gives me opportunity, I lead people to the Lord Jesus Christ. I teach them the Word of God and the Power of the Precious Blood of the Lamb so they too can share the GOOD NEWS with people without handing them a HWMR or life studies or an RcV with emphasis on Lee's notes.


We must all be careful not to grieve and stifle the Holy Spirit. Don't put Him in a box...be it the LRC (Lord's recovery) or otherwise. Otherwise He is not the LIFE GIVING, LOVE GIVING, LIGHT GIVING Spirit of God.


Behold He TRULY makes all things new. To Almighty God (El-Shaddai) be all Glory, Praise Honor and Blessing. For He alone is Worthy. HE in The Father, The Spirit and the Son, Jesus Christ--3 in One.

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In that gathering of leaders in Ambato, Ecuador, 2008, Ron Kangas said, “This meeting is for responsible brothers, and I assume you understand yourself to be a responsible brother. What are you responsible for? Well one thing is to protect the church from death. The Lord said the gates of Hades will not prevail, but that means they will attack. If you don’t know life and death, how can you protect the church?

Ron, this should be my last year, if not my last week, of striving to bring attention to the truth of our church history and the major sources of the spreading of death among us. You do not recognize my work of 12 years as legitimate and true but state rather that my writings spread death and are therefore of the devil (Heb. 2:14).

It is not that my writings spread death, but they certainly tell the story of the spreading of death and the "agents of Satan" responsible for the spreading. You, in fact, unwittingly, are one of those agents. Andrew Yu is another. And, of course, Philip Lee was one with Satan as the LSM office manager, and LSM itself joined forces with Satan to make havoc in the churches and also make sure Philip and LSM were kept out of local church history books, thus completing their cover-up of Philip Lee and LSM’s major role in causing division.

You remember this, Ron, do you not, the dalliance that elders and co-workers had with the devil and Philip Lee? Both were welcomed into the church with wide open arms in the era when the churches began (1974) to align themselves with “the office”, and become ministry-centered churches under Witness Lee. (Refer to Appendix 1)


Dalliance with the Devil

Besides his usurpations of elders, his violations of principles of oneness in the Body of Christ, and the exercise of his evil temper around the saints, Philip Lee was an immoral, fleshly, and fleshy person acting as manager of LSM, with top elders and co-workers answering to him, and coming under his sway and sphere of influence. His relationship with the elders corrupted them. His relationship with sisters in LSM corrupted them. It was a huge mistake to hire him. It was also a huge mistake not to fire him sooner. His tandem leadership relationship with his father damaged Brother Lee and spread corruption throughout the whole recovery. Benson Phillips and Ray Graver followed this person and strongly and persistently encouraged other leaders to do the same.

Witness Lee’s hiring of his own non-spiritual son and his reluctance to fire him amid growing confirmed reports of his moral violations and his interferences in the churches was both bizarre and inexplicable, bringing immorality into the office, chaos into the church in Anaheim, corruption into the churches, and major division into the recovery.

But you won’t hear about this in official LSM annals. All this is missing from the records, as the cover-ups and disingenuous reporting prevail to this day in the churches.

Yet, voices of truth do speak. John So sums up the difficulties of conscience in dealing with the problem of Brother Lee and his son during their tandem leadership reign in the churches, as John put the concerns of brothers in Europe into print in a letter to Brother Lee, thereby avoiding the dalliance with the devil and Philip Lee that others succumbed to in the Lord’s recovery.

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http://www.unfaithfulwitness.org/Eur...Depart1989.pdf

“Dear brother Witness Lee,

It has come to our attention recently through several witnesses that gross immorality and some other sins mentioned in 1 Corinthians 5:11 have been committed by your son Philip Lee (who is identified as your Ministry Office) on more than one occasion over a long period of time. This deeply disturbs us. It grieves us even more that you and some of your close co-workers were aware of the situation and yet not only tolerated it but covered it up. What is worse is that, while this was happening, you and your co-workers were promoting and exalting him to the extent that he was able to intervene in the churches’ affairs in recent years. The peak of this promotion was evident at your elders’ training in Taipei in June 1987. Some of your co-workers were not only themselves under the influence and control of Philip Lee, but were also openly bringing elders and young people of many local churches to come under the same influence and control of Philip Lee in your name and for your sake. The five brothers whom you and your Office sent to Europe in your place in May 1986 were trying to do the same here. Our young people who went to your training in Taipei have also testified of the same.

Before God, before the brothers and sisters in the local churches, before the Christian public, and for the sake of the Lord’s testimony, we are compelled by our conscience to fully disassociate ourselves from such sins and behaviour in your work.”

(the signatures of twenty-one brothers from nine churches in Europe who withdrew from the recovery on September 17, 1989 are on the original letter.)

Speaking Up or Covering Up

Responsible Brothers speak up instead of cover-up. They speak up to protect the church; they do not cover up to protect a man and a ministry. John So spoke up to protect the church, as did Bill Mallon in statements in his letter to Brother Lee, saying, “I believe that a kind of blind loyalty has been promoted, which issues into a propensity to obstruct truthfulness and single hearted faithfulness. Blind loyalty is very much of the soulish, natural life. It blinds us to honesty and reality, leads us down a narrow and false pathway, and protects our self serving ambitions from challenge and criticism.”

But Ron Kangas, as a head of a movement for a man and a ministry that began in 1974, deems all such fellowship as death and will not speak up but only cover-up, saying to those men who read such writings,“Why do you need to know so much?"


Appendix 1

Former well-respected elder from Texas speaks out on the critical juncture the churches came to in 1974 that changed the direction and nature of the recovery.

Don Rutledge ~ In January 1974 Witness Lee and Max Rapaport launched the movement. It was boldly declared that the churches would use WL as the exclusive source of teaching and MR would serve as the coordinator to bring the various churches with their elders into a unified movement. Ministry stations began in several key cities where local brothers repeated Brother Lee's message each week that was given in Anaheim. The official list of men who could give conferences was announced. From that time on, the individual churches would be called to account if they were moving “independently.” In addition to coordinating the elders and churches to act in a single direction, MR was charged to assist the various churches to be more effective with gospel preaching and outreach. Thus the Movement was launched.

MR began to travel and meet with the churches and in particular with the elders. He began to sort out the elders. Those who would not be good movement men were pushed aside if possible or moved somewhere where they would be out of the way. On several occasions MR told me how he was working to bring the elders and churches into one coordination for the purpose of carrying out the burden of WL. He told me several times that only he could “put the whole thing together.” After he left, he told the elders in Denver that the elders and WL would ask him to return because only “he could put the whole thing together.”

Of course I can give great detail regarding the above but will save that for another time. I am not attempting to call into question the motives of WL or of MR. WL did some very good teaching during this time. MR did some very good gospel work during this time. But what did happen is the nature of the various “local churches” changed from being local in administration and spontaneous in actions to being directed from a center with clear administrative leaders and directors.

Things were definitely not the same. I have heard some in the Mid-West say “the time of Blessing had passed.” Some have said we changed our vision or words to that effect. Some have said the moving of the Spirit left. Some said teaching and doctrine and methods replaced life.

It was this time, the time of becoming a movement that opened the door to Philip Lee and set the stage for the current BBs. This time ended with a split between WL and MR. It was a power struggle not a matter of Philip Lee’s unrighteousness. MR had his followers and WL had his. WL won out.

After the split with MR, there was a pause in the development of the movement. WL began again to start up the movement consolidation in 1981. He bought property in Irving Texas and began making plans to strengthen the movement.

By 1984 the first round of law suits had been won. WL declared that the boulders were off the road and the “Lord’s Recovery” could proceed. 1986 put the final pieces in place. The movement looked nothing like the early days of Elden Hall, Ohio, the Northwest or Texas or other places.


Appendix 2

Handling Matters In House in the Local Churches 2008

Hello everyone,

I had to “laugh” when an elder told a brother recently that I should have handled matters of our past “in house” and not publicly on the internet. This brother evidently doesn’t understand that there is no such thing as handling matters “in house”. It has been over seven years since I initially presented my burden “in house” about matters of our past and was placed in shackles as a result. The shackles remain to this day.

There was no fellowship then, and there is none now. The brothers were afraid because I put the matters of my concern in print; albeit, I did so seeking first their fellowship over the points made in the book.

I provided six hard copies to elders for their serious contemplation and did the same with six other saints – all for sake of having fellowship “in house”.

My thought was to build a bridge of communication to the many that left the churches. When I found that I was on my own with this idea and the brothers were not going to be supportive, (“jailing” me instead), I sent out copies to others by email. Later, after acquiring much more understanding of the facts of local church history, and asking the brothers for fellowship along the way and being ignored, I placed pertinent information in abundance on the internet that would help leaders and other saints, past and present, understand local church history according to facts, not the myths and fabrications of LSM lore.

(I said earlier I had to “laugh”; more accurately I was mainly incensed about the elder's statement about keeping matters "in house". Leading brothers in the churches don’t get facts straight and never will as long as they remain closed to them and regard their "one accord" even above truth.

The lies and misrepresentations continue in the recovery as blind brothers follow the lead of other blind brothers in avoiding forthright dealings with serious unrighteous matters of our local church history.)

Here is my initial letter to Dan Towle. (I could not have been more naïve, even after being warned about the impenetrable wall I would encounter addressing such brothers. I genuinely thought I could find men with a conscience in the leadership. With regard to my motive, intention, and purity in this cause, I was like a lamb. A very dumb lamb, on his way to the slaughter.)


"Dear Dan, (January 28, 2001)

I have written a little book for the sake of fellowship, mainly with leading ones, concerning our past sixteen-year history of the new way. I think this period of time in the Lord’s recovery warrants our careful study of both the benefits and the costs to the church in what was such a highly controversial move among us in those beginning years.

I wanted to come to you because I feel it is safe to do so. If I am inaccurate or unfair in some way, perhaps you are the most qualified one to catch me that I could either make an adjustment or terminate the proposed fellowship.

I hope we can have a good, thorough, and upright fellowship over this booklet called In the Wake of the New Way, while remembering the Lord’s prayer ‘that they all may be one’ and the repeated petitions from our brother Lee, not only to heed the trumpet call for the Lord’s new move, but also to respond to the call for the rendering of care to every member for the building up of the Body in love….

I would welcome your phone call or e-mail message at ………… and don’t intend for this booklet to be widespread; rather, I hope that ones who do receive it could do so in the Lord, with a holy regard and respect given to those who left the recovery, and a godly consideration rendered to those who remain, but who are in need of more significant care...."

This was only the first of many attempts to handle matters “in house” with several brothers over a seven-year period. At my three-year point, the hidden matters of our history spilled over to the internet, only after the brothers took issue with Harvest House about a book they felt was defamatory. I then presented our history on the internet as a parallel story and as our own far more serious case of defamation. Since there was NO FELLOWSHIP “in house” and since I was continuing to be held in a disciplinary mode, (in shackles provided by leaders in Bellevue and Seattle), I changed my approach.


I have several documents showing these attempts at fellowship. What a misrepresentation for an elder to say that I should have handled things “in house”. It could not be done! Others have also experienced the impossibility of having genuine fellowship with most leaders in the local churches. Eventually, you must just proclaim. And, this is what I have done. And, all the time with the hope for the cooperation, meaningful dialogue, and genuine mutual fellowship of local church leaders.

08-30-2008



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Violating God’s Government


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Ron Kangas is a long-time salaried employee of LSM who's job is to be a Witness Lee Parrot.
Alwayslearning, it's LSM that makes possible to pay his bills so of course there is selective memory when it comes to Local Church history. The damage LSM co-workers partook in is conveniently passed over.
When you as a brother or sister begin equating right/wrong to the Tree of Knowledge, you are supressing the consciences function.
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This was only the first of many attempts to handle matters “in house” with several brothers over a seven-year period. At my three-year point, the hidden matters of our history spilled over to the internet, only after the brothers took issue with Harvest House about a book they felt was defamatory. I then presented our history on the internet as a parallel story and as our own far more serious case of defamation. Since there was NO FELLOWSHIP “in house” and since I was continuing to be held in a disciplinary mode, (in shackles provided by leaders in Bellevue and Seattle), I changed my approach.


I have several documents showing these attempts at fellowship. What a misrepresentation for an elder to say that I should have handled things “in house”. It could not be done! Others have also experienced the impossibility of having genuine fellowship with most leaders in the local churches.
Yes, I had been told the exact same thing about brother Steve from an elder. The problem about his materials being on the internet is because he did not try to handle them "in-house".
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I have been amazed and appalled at the apathy of Ron Kangas toward former leaders and toward me also who brings his attention to their testimony It is as if Ron lives in a bubble unaware of and not caring for anything outside of it. He is a Company Man and has bought into a Company Movement and cares only for what benefits the Company.

He and other Movement Men can see nothing else. A Responsible company Man in a company Movement cannot see anything else as Ron proves in his references to those working outside the Company’s vision and goals.
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Andrew Yu was so entirely blinded in his concept of deputy authority that he expressed no human feeling in his book regarding the distressing and trying circumstances that existed for many brothers under Witness Lee’s leadership. Andrew dismissed and buried their grave concerns, saying, “There has never been a case, either in the Scriptures or in church history, where a servant of God has been found to be perfect. A perfect person does not exist. None of us can claim to be perfect.” (p. 5)

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In his book Andrew Yu calls for blind loyalty, stating that God wants His authority established in the church, and this order is brought in and maintained by divine authority and by submission to it. Then he submits that….“Once a certain member is a spiritual authority to others, the fact can never be overturned. There is no such thing as the revoking, overthrowing, or expiration of authority. In the case where authority is corrupted, God is the One who deals with it, since he alone is the One who establishes it. It is not up to those under authority to scheme against it. Saul was corrupted to the uttermost, but David always and with impeccability recognized Saul as God’s anointed authority. In the same principle the archangel Michael dared not to rebuke Satan, but would only ask the Lord to do it (Jude 9). Satan still had his authority, even though he had already fallen. This case shows us the immutability of the spiritual principle that once a person is a spiritual authority over others and recognized as a spiritual authority, he is always so. To overthrow such a one, for any reason, constitutes rebellion.” (pp. 13, 31)

Andrew’s idea of establishing a king forever to bow to is contrary to what is spoken in the ministry itself, derailing Andrew’s faulty word to the elders and co-workers.
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….“This case shows us the immutability of the spiritual principle that once a person is a spiritual authority over others and recognized as a spiritual authority, he is always so. To overthrow such a one, for any reason, constitutes rebellion.” (pp. 13, 31).
So why were Watchman Nee & Co free to leave Christianity? Or why did Nee give Luther a free pass when Luther left Roman Catholicism?

And so forth. As always, a case of "do as I say, not as I do."

Or, "This is a firm and immutable rule which applies to everyone at all times." *

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Prayer: Lord Jesus we love You. Grant us Lord to turn to You. We don't agree with death. ... We want to match You. How could we feel so terribly toward other believer's Lord? Lord I confess I feel terribly towards the ones saying all this negative stuff.

So how come Lee got to say "all this negative stuff" about everyone else, including those in his beloved Recovery? How could Lee freely and openly "feel so terribly toward other believers" without it also setting off some internal alarm? Why was there no "feeling of death" registering there?

I believe there must be a throne set up in the local churches. The "apostle of the age", who is "God's deputy authority" and "God's oracle" sits on that throne and can pretty much trash whomever, whenever. But should anyone else think the slightest thing independently of or "gasp!" critically of God's "man of the hour", this is held as rebellion, instigated by the universe's chief rebel, Satan himself.

I guess that is the thought process at work here. I don't know how else to explain the dichotomy between what we continually hear and what we continually see.
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I guess that is the thought process at work here. I don't know how else to explain the dichotomy between what we continually hear and what we continually see.
My initial thought of explaining it would be a double standard.

As I often explain to a brother it's in military terms. When LSM/DCP goes on the offensive, the brothers have much to say. However when a contrary response is delivered to LSM/DCP, they go into their bunker. Not a whisper is heard. It's okay for LSM/DCP to go an the offesnive, but it's not okay for LSM/DCP to be the recepient of a counter-offensive.

How is it when brother Steve was in Southern California and he offered to come meet with DCP, they suddenly became unavailable?
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Then he submits that….“Once a certain member is a spiritual authority to others, the fact can never be overturned. There is no such thing as the revoking, overthrowing, or expiration of authority.
I'm always torn between trying to show that these LSM guys are idiots and just calling them idiots. I mean, their assertions are so stupid that it becomes almost pointless to bother to debate them.

Andrew Yu is basically saying that if someone has spiritual authority and then denies the faith and goes out and starts a porn site that he still has spiritual authority over everyone. Where does he get this stuff? It's nonsense. Worse, it's bullying. It's just a fear-based power play dressed up as some profound truth. It's an insult to the Lord and his Body.

It's long past time to start tuning these guys out. There has to be a better place to realize God's purpose than anything they are a part of.
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In the late 1980s Andrew Yu and Ron Kangas were paid employees of Witness Lee's publishing company LSM. Obviously they are going to write advertorials in support of their boss and hope their intended readership are gullible enough to swallow it. In my view they are just hucksters.

But astonishingly per material at Indiana's link on this thread some like Don Rutledge can't seem to grasp that Witness Lee was the common denominator in all the "turmoils". (Even while dead he was the common denominator in the BB v. Titus Chu split.)

There was no power struggle between Witness Lee and Max Rapoport. Rapoport knew that he did not have the same stature as Witness Lee in the LC system. He said and did things under the direction of Witness Lee who was actively and firmly at the helm running "the work". When Witness Lee's ideas and methods didn't work out he used Rapoport as a convenience scapegoat.

Furthermore an underlying issue WAS Philip Lee and his improprieties in the LSM office which Rapoport attempted to address in the late 1970s as did some coworkers and elders in the late 1980s. That is to say AFTER Rapoport was ousted the problem of Witness Lee (and his son) STILL persisted in the LC system for another decade or so until another batch of coworkers and elders were ousted for addressing some of the same issues.

So although what Andrew Yu wrote is nonsense to most people it is true for the LC system: Witness Lee is their MOTA, the authority that cannot be questioned, etc. And their history even up until today proves the point - his writings are more authoritative than the Bible itself and they even have divisions over who's interpretation of his writings are official, authentic etc.
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In his book Andrew Yu calls for blind loyalty, stating that God wants His authority established in the church, and this order is brought in and maintained by divine authority and by submission to it. Then he submits that….“Once a certain member is a spiritual authority to others, the fact can never be overturned. There is no such thing as the revoking, overthrowing, or expiration of authority. In the case where authority is corrupted, God is the One who deals with it, since he alone is the One who establishes it. It is not up to those under authority to scheme against it. Saul was corrupted to the uttermost, but David always and with impeccability recognized Saul as God’s anointed authority.
The irony here is that Witness Lee and Sons lusted after the same kingly authority that Saul once enjoyed. Lee taught all his minions to behave like David, saying absolutely nothing about all the corruptions in his ministry. Francis Ball publicly stated that he would rather be an ostrich with his head in the ground, and he apparently was. Lee taught that King Saul was "corrupted to the uttermost," and that only God could deal with him, but did not Lee demand the same freedom from all culpability?

Lee loved to teach high and spiritual principles to the whole of the Recovery, yet never felt obligated to keep any of his own decrees. Lee taught never to mix business with the church, yet he did so with Daystar. Lee taught never to bring family members into the ministry, yet his son Philip ran LSM molesting sisters and abusing elders. Lee taught that we all should have been like "policemen" confronting Max Rapoport, yet when any stood up to speak their conscience to Lee, their reputations were immediately smeared.
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...and they even have divisions over who's interpretation of his writings are official, authentic etc.
True: now the local churches, which supposedly exist for the recovery of the one Body of Christ, are having divisions regarding which interpretations and applications of the ministry of Witness Lee are most appropriate to recover the oneness of the Body of Christ.
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Lee taught that King Saul was "corrupted to the uttermost," and that only God could deal with him, but did not Lee demand the same freedom from all culpability?
Coincidence? I think not.

Equally telling, to me, was that once Watchman Nee decided that the European Protestant churches in China were "corrupted to the uttermost" his ensuing revelation was that he didn't have to submit to their authority, "no, not even for an hour" (Gal 2:5).
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"But suppose a brother just wants to work. He says, “why can’t I be a worker?"
This question contains assumptions about what constitutes a "worker", and shows that the speaker has been distracted from the work of God. Let me give an example why I think thus.

At my job there is a cleaning lady, and I always try to have some encouragement for her. She is middle aged, divorced, with two teen-aged children. She is Hispanic, probably has RCC background. Every time I tell her about her heavenly Father who in love sent His Son Jesus, her face shines and her eyes open wide and hungrily absorb every trace of light I can emit.

Now I ask, "why can't I be a worker?" Answer: anyone can. Anyone can do the work of the Lord. "Feed my sheep. Feed my lambs. Shepherd my sheep." Those were the Lord's words to us all, clearly. The Lord said, "Whenever you do this to these the least of my brothers you do it unto Me." This woman qualifies as the least of the Lord's bretheren, and presents an opportunity to work, a chance to feed and shepherd.

Now with the local church clergy-laity system of "workers" and "responsible ones" you have to be assigned by headquarters or you will be on the outside plaintively asking, "why can't I be a worker?"

Matthew 14:19 "Taking the five loaves and the two fish ... he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people."
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Lee loved to teach high and spiritual principles to the whole of the Recovery, yet never felt obligated to keep any of his own decrees. Lee taught never to mix business with the church, yet he did so with Daystar. Lee taught never to bring family members into the ministry, yet his son Philip ran LSM molesting sisters and abusing elders. Lee taught that we all should have been like "policemen" confronting Max Rapoport, yet when any stood up to speak their conscience to Lee, their reputations were immediately smeared.
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John Ingalls speaking. About the second week of October we began to fellowship with Dan Towle, an elder in the church in Fullerton and a trainer from the full-time training in Taipei, who was attempting to give direction and help to the fifty or sixty full-timers who had moved from Taipei to Orange County. To his great frustration, the full-timers were taken over by the LSM office and its management, and were charged to do construction and yard work over an extended period of time to the neglect of their gospel preaching. Dan had also heard some things concerning misconduct and irregularities related to the ministry office that greatly upset him, and he had serious concerns as we did for the Lord’s recovery. At one point he told me that he considered to resign from the work and to leave. We confirmed his feeling that the situation was indeed serious. - J. Ingalls, from his book

- Steve Isitt speaking This dear brother, Dan Towle, one of the original Concerned Brothers, had much to be concerned about. He, Minoru, Dick Taylor, Francis all had serious concerns. These were Concerned Brothers till denial set in, and they then marched on.

Francis told Dan Leslie and I at lunch together in 1990 that he almost didn’t make it through the turmoil. Francis' wife’s two sisters did not make it. (I was in the area for a personal matter, and ended up staying with Francis, after attending a church meeting one night. I knew Dan a little from Seattle, brothers' house.)

John Ingalls speaking: The Thanksgiving weekend was coming up, and there was to be a young people’s conference in the mountains. This was brought up for fellowship, and the question arose concerning who should go to lead the young people.

We learned then that one of the trainers from Taiwan had already been encouraged through those [Philip Lee -ed] serving in the LSM office to come, and in fact he was preparing to come. Most all of the brothers felt strongly and expressed clearly their disagreement with that arrangement, based upon the damage wrought by the high school training in Irving, Texas, in which this particular trainer [Philip Lee -ed] had a prominent role. The elders asked two brothers among them to telephone this trainer in Taiwan to inform him of the brothers’ feeling that someone else should lead the young people in the coming conference. They did so immediately. It was indeed a shock to the brother in Taiwan. It also was a blow to Philip Lee, who presumed to be directing these affairs.

The elders also agreed that for the rest of the saints it would be profitable to come together on Thanksgiving weekend to share some things concerning Christ, the Spirit, life, and the church. All the elders would share the same burden. A few days before the conference was to start Philip Lee met with the full-timers and told them they had no business attending that conference; they should take care of their new ones. It was clear that Philip was absolutely unhappy with our conference. We felt rather that it was most appropriate for the full-timers to bring their new ones to the conference if they were so led. This is the kind of situation we faced.

A few days after the conference, Benson Phillips came to Anaheim from Taiwan and met with the full-timers. Philip Lee, Dan Towle, and Dan Leslie were also present (the latter two had been attempting with difficulty to lead the full-timers in service). Through Benson’s fellowship the leadership of Dan Towle and Dan Leslie with the full-timers was officially terminated, and the full-timers were left under the direction of the LSM office. This was a blow to the two Dans. The full-timers were left in confusion and serious questions were raised in some of them.

A few days later Benson desired to meet with some of the elders representing churches in the area. A lunch was arranged in a nearby restaurant to be followed by fellowship. Present at the meeting were Benson, Dan Towle, Dan Leslie, Ken Unger, Ned Nossaman, Dick Taylor, Frank Scavo, Godfred Otuteye, Al Knoch, and John Ingalls. During the fellowship the brothers began to question Benson concerning current events with the full-timers and the Living Stream Office and the prospects for the church’s relationship with the full-timers. The involvement of the LSM office and its management was a real concern. Benson found it very difficult to answer the brothers’ questions and was alarmed at the attitude of the brothers toward the LSM office. He remarked that the atmosphere in Orange County had changed, and he was bothered. We also were greatly bothered.

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In his book Andrew Yu calls for blind loyalty, stating that God wants His authority established in the church, and this order is brought in and maintained by divine authority and by submission to it. Then he submits that….“Once a certain member is a spiritual authority to others, the fact can never be overturned. There is no such thing as the revoking, overthrowing, or expiration of authority. In the case where authority is corrupted, God is the One who deals with it, since he alone is the One who establishes it. It is not up to those under authority to scheme against it.
Here is a Recovery construct that is like an impenetrable fortress. Consider these questions which draw from Yu's theories ...
  1. When did God establish that Witness Lee was His personal Deputy Authority over all the Local Churches with all their members?
  2. Where in scripture does it say that God alone will "deal with" a corrupted authority? Numerous examples exist where God sent prophets or other men of God to failing leaders.
  3. Why are genuine moral concerns, spoken from men of God, automatically labeled as "schemes"?
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Why are genuine moral concerns, spoken from men of God, automatically labeled as "schemes"?
You are right: Lee's characterizations of others does indeed reveal something about his own M.O. (modus operandi, i.e. 'way of doing things'). The real "scheme" here is that of creating a ministry which cannot be questioned or considered critically but must accepted in toto, as if it were straight from the mouth of God Himself.

All of which reminds me to be civil when I disagree with this kind of business going on in the church. If I am continually boiling over with indignation what does that say of me? Where is my own equanimity? Where is the expression of my own inner sense of peace?
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Coincidence? I think not.

Equally telling, to me, was that once Watchman Nee decided that the European Protestant churches in China were "corrupted to the uttermost" his ensuing revelation was that he didn't have to submit to their authority, "no, not even for an hour" (Gal 2:5).
No, aron, not just coincidence.

I think the most effective means to uncover exclusive systems is to expose their hypocrisy. This is exactly what Jesus Himself did when confronting all the Jewish leaders of His day. Legalism, as a rule, always produces a system of man-pleasers who hide their true nature "out in public." They create rules they themselves cannot keep, and so they live a life of pretense.

Witness Lee, with the assistance of a continual cadre of blind sycophants, was able to maintain a mirage of holiness before all the LC's. He could never do it by himself. The inherent problem is that no leader can predict just how loyal his followers will be. Each man has his own "red line" when it comes to corruption.

As I have studied the history of the Recovery, it became obvious that each so-called "storm" or "rebellion" actually was certain leaders reacting to Lee's infringement on their own "red line." This caused some to speak their conscience in protest. Each of them had at one time loved the ministry of Witness Lee, yet his hypocrisy got exposed for them to see, and like a house of cards, it all seemed to suddenly crash.

This explains why so many dear brothers seemed to get "poisoned" and change overnight. The bubble popped, and the lights got turned on. All the hypocrisy was laid bare. Since none of it was ever dealt with properly, one whiff of the heaping pile of stench was all it took.
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As I have studied the history of the Recovery, it became obvious that each so-called "storm" or "rebellion" actually was certain leaders reacting to Lee's infringement on their own "red line." This caused some to speak their conscience in protest. Each of them had at one time loved the ministry of Witness Lee, yet his hypocrisy got exposed for them to see, and like a house of cards, it all seemed to suddenly crash.

This explains why so many dear brothers seemed to get "poisoned" and change overnight. The bubble popped, and the lights got turned on. All the hypocrisy was laid bare. Since none of it was ever dealt with properly, one whiff of the heaping pile of stench was all it took.
I understand what you're saying Ohio. Based on your post's portion I had quoted I believe this is where the saying was developed, don't make an issue of persons, matters, or things.
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Here is a Recovery construct that is like an impenetrable fortress. Consider these questions which draw from Yu's theories ...
  1. When did God establish that Witness Lee was His personal Deputy Authority over all the Local Churches with all their members?
  2. Where in scripture does it say that God alone will "deal with" a corrupted authority? Numerous examples exist where God sent prophets or other men of God to failing leaders.
  3. Why are genuine moral concerns, spoken from men of God, automatically labeled as "schemes"?
I agree this sort of "Recovery" construct is an impenetrable fortress. And it rises and falls on two fundamentals:

1. Witness Lee is the undisputed and unchallengeable authority. Since his death his writing and it's official interpreters/LSM senior management are this authority.

2. They are the only true legitimate church in God's eyes. The only place you can be sanctified, blessed, etc. They are Jerusalem so if you leave you only have one of two places to go: Egypt (the world) or Babylon (Christianity).

#1 allowed Witness Lee to do and teach whatever he wanted without recourse. This included having his abusive son run LSM with authority over elders, coworkers, full timers, etc.

#2 keeps you trapped in the system regardless of what Witness Lee said or did and this now extends to the BB.

Once a person realizes Witness Lee was just another flawed teacher who's writings are nothing but mere commentary and the LC system is just another church among many the mental shackles begin to fall away. The construct cannot remain intact without this foundation.

Some who get free from this bondage may still stay in the LC system for various reasons but they are awake to the realities of the situation. They just laugh or roll their eyes when they hear anything about the MOTA, the LC being the only church, etc.
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I agree this sort of "Recovery" construct is an impenetrable fortress.
A GLA elder moved out west for several years and tried to meet with the LC while he was there. He could not believe how dead and dormant the church and the elders were, so he eventually went to fellowship with the elders. After a short period of consideration, the elders decided to quarantine the dear brother, and warned all the saints about him.

Soon things changed, and the brother moved back to the GLA. Cleveland leaders caught wind of his arrival, and did their best to usher him back into the fold. He happened to mention to the Cleveland elders how the LC out west reacted to his honest endeavor to fellowship there.

The Cleveland elders thought it was the funniest thing they ever heard, "you went to those elders and told them how dead they were."

Then my friend made his simple case to them ...
  1. If I go to the elders to fellowship, then I am labeled as opinionated.
  2. If I fellowship with other brothers, then I am marked out as rebellious.
  3. If I remain quiet and not fellowship, then I am branded as political.
Their laughter subsided.

Thus we have a closed and fortified stronghold in the Recovery, completely insulated from the living God and His word of life, unhelpable and unaccountable. These brothers have no opportunity to get any spiritual help. The irony is that the same impenetrable fortress surrounds Cleveland and their satellite LC's. Just try and fellowship with them. I tried, as did many others.
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Below are two very interesting quotes by Brother Lee.

''I have heard that some brothers notice things happening that are not right, but they dare not say anything. To avoid getting involved, they stay silent and let the suffering go on. To do this is to play politics. This is what some of you have been practicing. Dear brothers, change your mind. Repent. Let us have no more such thing.''Practical Talks to Elders No. 2 - Feb 14, 1983 - pg 23, Witness Lee - Living Stream Ministry)


"Now we realize that every local church must be a police station and that every saint must be a policeman. Many have been reluctant to act as policemen for fear they might cause trouble. If someone claims to be for the ministry and yet goes about stealing and deceiving, we need to fulfill our function as policemen by checking him out according to the truth... If we see evil deeds but do not function as policemen, then we are not practicing the truth... Someone has even said that we should care only for the Spirit, not for principles. How subtle! ...If we all had practiced the truth, certain sayings and practices would have been questioned a long time ago."
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Below are two very interesting quotes by Brother Lee.

''I have heard that some brothers notice things happening that are not right, but they dare not say anything. To avoid getting involved, they stay silent and let the suffering go on. To do this is to play politics. This is what some of you have been practicing. Dear brothers, change your mind. Repent. Let us have no more such thing.''Practical Talks to Elders No. 2 - Feb 14, 1983 - pg 23, Witness Lee - Living Stream Ministry)


"Now we realize that every local church must be a police station and that every saint must be a policeman. Many have been reluctant to act as policemen for fear they might cause trouble. If someone claims to be for the ministry and yet goes about stealing and deceiving, we need to fulfill our function as policemen by checking him out according to the truth... If we see evil deeds but do not function as policemen, then we are not practicing the truth... Someone has even said that we should care only for the Spirit, not for principles. How subtle! ...If we all had practiced the truth, certain sayings and practices would have been questioned a long time ago."
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Interesting in what way?

In how the police were "owned" by the ones who needed policing? ("I own you coppa!")

Someone needs to ask people like John Ingalls, and even the creator of this thread . . . "How's that working for ya?"

The fact that Lee ever said these things looks more and more like a ruse every day. It is the right thing to say. And when you have them under your spell, you can turn it on everyone else and avert the attention from the need to police the speaker.

Yes. Lee said those things. But he also made it clear that it did not apply to him. I know. He did say it applied to him when he had the meetings to "expose" Max R. But it was later denied as being applicable to him.
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And this is the person on whose words we hung so lovingly (and many still do). A man who used truth to perpetuate lies.
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Apparently, nothing has changed other than brothers who do dare to say something find themselves quarantined as in the GLA or disfellowshipped as in the case of "Indiana". The nature of the LC leadership; locally and extra-locally is to play politics. Their conscience knows better yet their mouths remain silent and the suffering goes on.
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Below are two very interesting quotes by Brother Lee.

''I have heard that some brothers notice things happening that are not right, but they dare not say anything. To avoid getting involved, they stay silent and let the suffering go on. To do this is to play politics. This is what some of you have been practicing. Dear brothers, change your mind. Repent. Let us have no more such thing. (Practical Talks to Elders No. 2 - Feb 14, 1983 - pg 23, Witness Lee - LSM)

"Now we realize that every local church must be a police station and that every saint must be a policeman. Many have been reluctant to act as policemen for fear they might cause trouble. If someone claims to be for the ministry and yet goes about stealing and deceiving, we need to fulfill our function as policemen by checking him out according to the truth... If we see evil deeds but do not function as policemen, then we are not practicing the truth... Someone has even said that we should care only for the Spirit, not for principles. How subtle! ...If we all had practiced the truth, certain sayings and practices would have been questioned a long time ago." -- (Witness Lee - Truth Messages - Chapter 1, Section 2 - LSM)
Perhaps the stench of his hypocrisy will reach the heavens.
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I have highlighted the obvious concern of Witness Lee and the criteria by which he measured what was a "crime" in the LC system. We know by now that "the ministry" means his ministry and it's trappings i.e. LSM. And his ministry is "the truth" he is referring to. So he puts the onus on the churches at the local level to be cops to protect the imagined integrity of his extra-local ministry as if somehow that should be their concern.

In application this simply meant and still means if someone is not gung-ho for his ministry and his LSM and question it in anyway they are committing a "crime". Therefore we should all be alert and rise up to police these criminals on behalf of Witness Lee.
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Thus we have a closed and fortified stronghold in the Recovery, completely insulated from the living God and His word of life, unhelpable and unaccountable. These brothers have no opportunity to get any spiritual help. The irony is that the same impenetrable fortress surrounds Cleveland and their satellite LC's. Just try and fellowship with them. I tried, as did many others.
The BB in Anaheim and Titus & Co in Cleveland are merely apples that didn't fall too far from the same tree. Witness Lee was deaf to substantial counsel and so his is fruit! (BTW this is why IMHO they can't get along. It is The Extension of Witness Lee v The Extension of Witness Lee and in the world of Witness Lee there can only be one Witness Lee.)
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"Now we realize that every local church must be a police station and that every saint must be a policeman. Many have been reluctant to act as policemen for fear they might cause trouble. If someone [referring to Max Rapoport] claims to be for the ministry and yet goes about stealing and deceiving, we need to fulfill our function as policemen by checking him out according to the truth... If we see evil deeds but do not function as policemen, then we are not practicing the truth... Someone has even said that we should care only for the Spirit, not for principles. How subtle! ...If we all had practiced the truth, certain sayings and practices would have been questioned a long time ago." (Witness Lee - Truth Messages - Chapter 1, Section 2 - Living Stream Ministry)
This quote is almost mindboggling when one considers the context of actual events which transpired among us ...
  1. In the mid-70's, Witness Lee was unquestionably regarded the most spiritual and most mature brother in all the Recovery.
  2. Witness Lee personally charged Max Rapoport to visit the churches, bringing them into "coordination" with his ministry, under the guise of the "universal coordinator of the one new man."
  3. Local churches invite Max Rapoport to speak and give conferences because they were instructed to do so by Witness Lee.
  4. Max Rapoport faithfully carries out his assignments, bringing Witness Lee's "burdens" for the gospel all around the country, including his fellowship about "young Galileans."
  5. Chaos ensues in multiple regions, prompting Witness Lee to chuck the program and throw Max Rapoport under the bus in order to save his own reputation.
  6. Max Rapoport was accused of "stealing" the young people and "deceiving" the saints, when those who followed him to the campuses thought they were being "one with Witness Lee."
  7. Witness Lee then places further blame and responsibility on all the elders and saints for not being proper "policemen," checking out Max Rapoport according to the truth.
  8. Witness Lee thus absolves himself of all culpability, successfully blaming all others for what he himself solely caused to take place.
  9. All responsible brothers in the Recovery thus need to publicly repent for their horrible failures al the while Witness Lee maintains his own pristine image and rises to new levels of exaltation.
  10. Once again the sins of Lee's sons are hidden from sight, and the stage is set to repeat the cycle again.
I agree with Witness Lee ... "how subtle!"
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In application this simply meant and still means if someone is not gung-ho for his ministry and his LSM and question it in anyway they are committing a "crime". Therefore we should all be alert and rise up to police these criminals on behalf of Witness Lee.
Those that are not absolute for the ministry are marked out as being "cold", "lukewarm", etc. Usually identifed as a brother or sister "not in good standing".

Yes, as brother Sherman told brother Steve a little more than a decade ago, it takes a special calling to be in the recovery. Meaning you can be a general Christian and if you are not 100% absolute for the ministry, you aren't going to make it. The statement comes across as exclusive. An analogy; many can join the army, but very few can make the cut in Special Forces.
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This quote is almost mindboggling when one considers the context of actual events which transpired among us ...
  1. In the mid-70's, Witness Lee was unquestionably regarded the most spiritual and most mature brother in all the Recovery.
  2. Witness Lee personally charged Max Rapoport to visit the churches, bringing them into "coordination" with his ministry, under the guise of the "universal coordinator of the one new man."
  3. Local churches invite Max Rapoport to speak and give conferences because they were instructed to do so by Witness Lee.
  4. Max Rapoport faithfully carries out his assignments, bringing Witness Lee's "burdens" for the gospel all around the country, including his fellowship about "young Galileans."
  5. Chaos ensues in multiple regions, prompting Witness Lee to chuck the program and throw Max Rapoport under the bus in order to save his own reputation.
  6. Max Rapoport was accused of "stealing" the young people and "deceiving" the saints, when those who followed him to the campuses thought they were being "one with Witness Lee."
  7. Witness Lee then places further blame and responsibility on all the elders and saints for not being proper "policemen," checking out Max Rapoport according to the truth.
  8. Witness Lee thus absolves himself of all culpability, successfully blaming all others for what he himself solely caused to take place.
  9. All responsible brothers in the Recovery thus need to publicly repent for their horrible failures al the while Witness Lee maintains his own pristine image and rises to new levels of exaltation.
  10. Once again the sins of Lee's sons are hidden from sight, and the stage is set to repeat the cycle again.
I agree with Witness Lee ... "how subtle!"
An excellent description of Witness Lee's MO! He was subtle enough to have a front man who he could easily scapegoat for any parts of his plans and methods that went awry and still end up with what he wanted in the first place.

In the case of the "young Galileans" flow he wanted a base audience and support for his new "Ministry Station" set up in Anaheim. What better way to start churches throughout Orange County from scratch than to convince young people from all over the country to move there? Voila! Insta-churches in Fullerton, Irvine, Cypress, Costa Mesa, etc. all flocking to Anaheim to hear him speak week after week. And conveniently positioned to provide hospitality for his 10 ten trainings, conferences, etc.

But of course if you do this elders and coworkers will get upset because suddenly the young people leave enmasse for Orange County and your local young people's work is decimated. No problem...let Max Rapoport take the heat!

This alone won't be enough to oust Rapoport but it will definitely get the wheels rolling. Now all that needs to happen is a confrontation with Philip Lee over his immoral behavior in LSM. Throw in an accusation that Sandy Rapoport is part of some so-called "sister's rebellion". Add in some grumbling coworkers who think Rapoport is nothing but a two-bit upstart who isn't "spiritual" enough for their tastes. And there ya go! All the ingredients necessary for kicking Rapoport and his family to the curb - and I mean that in the literal sense of word.
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Those that are not absolute for the ministry are marked out as being "cold", "lukewarm", etc. Usually identifed as a brother or sister "not in good standing". Yes, as brother Sherman told brother Steve a little more than a decade ago, it takes a special calling to be in the recovery...
This is why I wish they would stop calling it things like the "Recovery", "Local Church" etc. This is deceitful. Since the criteria for being in good standing is absoluteness for Witness Lee's ministry they should simply be honest and call it what it is: the Lee Church or LSM Church.
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Ron, the brother you refer to lives near you. Why don’t you go to visit him? He would welcome you and genuine mutual fellowship would ensue over serious matters that divide. He and other brothers are open for such mending fellowship. Are you willing?

Here is a problem, the unwillingness to begin meaningful dialogue and pursue oneness in the Body. And, here we see why there is a need for brothers to come together: Ron acts like there was no ground for brothers to be seriously concerned about Brother Lee, as we see Brother Lee in those days deflecting matters of right and wrong. He said, “most people pay attention to the matter of being right or wrong. However, in today’s situation it is not a matter of right or wrong; it is a matter of whether we are divisive or not”.

Brother Lee practiced deflecting matters of right and wrong and Ron Kangas has done the same, while both displaced blame onto others, discrediting them publicly, and waxing disingenuous in their reporting on “whether we are divisive or not”.
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This is why I wish they would stop calling it things like the "Recovery", "Local Church" etc. This is deceitful. Since the criteria for being in good standing is absoluteness for Witness Lee's ministry they should simply be honest and call it what it is: the Lee Church or LSM Church.
alwayslearning, localities are referred to as the local church or local churches, but in reality because of practice, they are more like a ministry station. If you are a Christian and you don't share the vision of the ministry LSM publishes, you won't fit in. It's not an environment for a Christian seeking general fellowship as you would in a community church.
The result I have and others have seen for years, brothers and sisters in some localities are aging, but with little or no increase. That's because due to coming together for the sake of a ministry, the mode of receiving and accommodating fellow believers has become narrower than God's receiving.
You could try to be received, but if your sharing is strictly from the Bible instead of Holy Word for Morning Revival, you might be quarantined.
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Quotes from letter by coworker Bill Mallon to Witness Lee 10+ years after Max Rapoport got the boot:

"For example, Benson and Ray, as well as others, promoted Philip Lee, proclaiming everywhere that Philip is Witness Lee's closest co worker, that Brother Lee has no one with as much wisdom, energy, and insight as Philip Lee, that Philip is Brother Lee's choice regardless of his anger and abuse of the saints, that everyone must submit and contact Philip Lee and/or the office,,,I have suffered a great dilemma over this matter of speaking with you about the affairs surrounding the office [LSM]...What compounded the problem and prevented me from coming to you is that Philip, being your very own son, was positioned into a very prominent place of the work. A message you gave in Anaheim, on April 18, 1983, entitled PRACTICAL TALKS TO THE ELDERS # 6 "Avoiding Family Entanglements": Here you testified that Watchman Nee never brought his relatives into the church leadership or into the work. I can now see the wisdom of this, because in your case, I say this kindly, to have Philip established into such a prominent place of the work has frustrated and hindered transparent fellowship between you and the workers as well as between you and the churches...Since Philip was now so intricately involved with the work..."

Witness Lee's public and published response to Bill Mallon:

”All these are groundless, unprovable, perverted, and slanderous accusations...Bill's letter did not express his concerns in the proper way of fellowship. Rather, it conveyed many items that were based either on rumors, gossip, or misunderstandings, with a tone of accusation”...

Bill Mallon on the result of Witness Lee's response:

"I would like to make one point clear. I had never left the recovery, and had never intended to do so. But in 1990, after receiving notice of the “excommunication”, after receiving the Fermentation book, and after the brothers in Miami served me notice of no longer supporting me and my housing, I was forced to leave."
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Witness Lee's public and published response to Bill Mallon:

”All these are groundless, unprovable, perverted, and slanderous accusations...Bill's letter did not express his concerns in the proper way of fellowship. Rather, it conveyed many items that were based either on rumors, gossip, or misunderstandings, with a tone of accusation”..."
Who perfected the 'tone of accusation' more than Witness Lee? Combine Lee's double tongue with Kangas' mocking comments - "Why can't I be a worker?" - and you realize that these people have long since forgotten the gospel of Jesus Christ, assuming they ever heard it.

This kind of speaking is so far from both the letter and the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ that it can only emerge from, and reveal, an organizational entity having its own continued survival as its goal. It has nothing to do with the kingdom of God.

I am thankful that I didn't end up in Guyana drinking Kool-Aid http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones

or hanging out with Marshall Applewhite, waiting for Jesus to surf in on the Halle-Bopp comet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven'...eligious_group)

Clearly I could have fallen for anything if I was one of those sitting there, unquestioning, as this kind of 'ministry' passed in front of my face. I am very glad; it could have been much worse. God is merciful.
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This kind of speaking is so far from both the letter and the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ that it can only emerge from, and reveal, an organizational entity having its own continued survival as its goal. It has nothing to do with the kingdom of God.
Or to put it more plainly it's bold-faced lying. What Bill Mallon wrote was not groundless, unproveable etc. And the problem of Philip Lee was nothing new. He was a well known quantity for many years - especially in Anaheim. The only thing new in the late 1980s-early 1990s was Philip Lee being openly and aggressively promoted as Witness Lee's top coworker by the likes of Benson Phillips, Ray Graver, etc. Prior to that he was more behind the scenes.

They knew he didn't have the character to be a coworker but promoted him anyway and expected blind allegiance and submission to him and of course his dad.

And depending how you measure things their brown nosing behavior towards the Lee family paid off. Look who's running the LC/LSM system today!
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Ron, the brother you refer to lives near you. Why don’t you go to visit him? He would welcome you and genuine mutual fellowship would ensue over serious matters that divide. He and other brothers are open for such mending fellowship. Are you willing?
IMHO here is why the LSM employees will never reconcile with coworkers like John Ingalls, Bill Mallon, etc. These coworkers have spiritual heft with real ministries and the LSM employees don't. They are spiritual lightweights who go around like tape recorders repeating another man's ministry. So do they want men like Ingalls, Mallon etc. around? Men who will challenge them and not say "amen" after every word they utter or every idea they come up with? Men who will not "submit" to them? Of course they don't! Just like Witness Lee didn't like having TAS, etc. around.
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Quotes from letter by coworker Bill Mallon to Witness Lee 10+ years after Max Rapoport got the boot:

"For example, Benson and Ray, as well as others, promoted Philip Lee, proclaiming everywhere that Philip is Witness Lee's closest co worker, that Brother Lee has no one with as much wisdom, energy, and insight as Philip Lee, that Philip is Brother Lee's choice regardless of his anger and abuse of the saints, that everyone must submit and contact Philip Lee and/or the office,,,I have suffered a great dilemma over this matter of speaking with you about the affairs surrounding the office [LSM]...What compounded the problem and prevented me from coming to you is that Philip, being your very own son, was positioned into a very prominent place of the work. A message you gave in Anaheim, on April 18, 1983, entitled PRACTICAL TALKS TO THE ELDERS # 6 "Avoiding Family Entanglements": Here you testified that Watchman Nee never brought his relatives into the church leadership or into the work. I can now see the wisdom of this, because in your case, I say this kindly, to have Philip established into such a prominent place of the work has frustrated and hindered transparent fellowship between you and the workers as well as between you and the churches...Since Philip was now so intricately involved with the work..."

Witness Lee's public and published response to Bill Mallon:

”All these are groundless, unprovable, perverted, and slanderous accusations...Bill's letter did not express his concerns in the proper way of fellowship. Rather, it conveyed many items that were based either on rumors, gossip, or misunderstandings, with a tone of accusation”...
Witness Lee's word regarding Bill Mallon was a work intended to discredit and defame a brother who had given 25+ years as a co-worker. If elders, co-workers, and deacons had read the letter in full, they would realize the tone of humility and sincerity Bill wrote to Witness Lee with.
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"I would just add this: In 1988 certain co-workers
severely criticized Brother Lee, and then they separated themselves, they went their own way. One of these brothers, in particular, his whole situation is tragic. I would like to ask him (Bill Mallon), after you wrote that letter to Brother Lee, and after you began to speak a certain way, what is your spiritual situation? How would you compare it with your situation when you were in Elden Hall?
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There are many like Bill that fits this mold. However many of the co-workers, elders, and deacons may say "I wonder how _____ is doing". Not a finger is lifted to go visit, to pick up the telephone etc. There is a permeating attitude that you as the one formerly meeting with us have to come to us. "We are right here."

I am not making these words up. These are phrases and paraphrases I have heard with my ears.

If the brothers had the heart of a shepherd and not the heart of a hireling, they would go to these former leading brothers with a spiritual mind towards reconciliation.
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Quotes from letter by coworker Bill Mallon to Witness Lee 10+ years after Max Rapoport got the boot:

"For example, Benson and Ray, as well as others, promoted Philip Lee, proclaiming everywhere that Philip is Witness Lee's closest co worker, that Brother Lee has no one with as much wisdom, energy, and insight as Philip Lee, that Philip is Brother Lee's choice regardless of his anger and abuse of the saints, that everyone must submit and contact Philip Lee and/or the office,,,I have suffered a great dilemma over this matter of speaking with you about the affairs surrounding the office [LSM]...What compounded the problem and prevented me from coming to you is that Philip, being your very own son, was positioned into a very prominent place of the work. A message you gave in Anaheim, on April 18, 1983, entitled PRACTICAL TALKS TO THE ELDERS # 6 "Avoiding Family Entanglements": Here you testified that Watchman Nee never brought his relatives into the church leadership or into the work. I can now see the wisdom of this, because in your case, I say this kindly, to have Philip established into such a prominent place of the work has frustrated and hindered transparent fellowship between you and the workers as well as between you and the churches...Since Philip was now so intricately involved with the work..."


Witness Lee's public and published response to Bill Mallon:

”All these are groundless, unprovable, perverted, and slanderous accusations...Bill's letter did not express his concerns in the proper way of fellowship. Rather, it conveyed many items that were based either on rumors, gossip, or misunderstandings, with a tone of accusation”...

Bill Mallon on the result of Witness Lee's response:

"I would like to make one point clear. I had never left the recovery, and had never intended to do so. But in 1990, after receiving notice of the “excommunication”, after receiving the Fermentation book, and after the brothers in Miami served me notice of no longer supporting me and my housing, I was forced to leave."
Comparing the actual letter written by Bill Mallon, itemizing some of the damages inflicted upon the Southeast USA churches by Philip Lee, with Witness Lee's version of events, caused me to lose my respect for Lee and LSM. I carefully compared the two accounts to determine which was credible.

Back in the 1970's - 1980's, through conferences and trainings, I had been introduced to John Ingalls, John So, and Bill Mallon and their ministry to the churches. None of these three brothers lived in my region of LC's, so admittedly my contact with them was minimal. Each of these ministers for many years had spoken highly of Witness Lee.

But something had changed. A storm had battered the Recovery. It was called the most serious of all rebellions. These actors were all accused of leprosy. Our region was minimally affected, kind of like a hurricane which batters the southern coast, but merely leaves our area all wet.

Witness Lee, with the endorsements of Titus Chu, had convinced us in the Great Lakes area LC's that his version of events back in the early 1990's was the accurate one. When these accounts were printed, I carefully read Lee's Fermentation... , Yu's Affirmation... , and Kangas' Response.... With the absence of any contradictory accounts, I accepted them as the truthful account of events.

Unfortunately for LSM, the internet was now making available, in the privacy of one's home computer, the original accounts of these same brothers quarantined by LSM. Not only theirs, but numerous other accounts were being posted on forums, like Jane Anderson's account of abuse at the hands of LSM president Benson Philips.

I challenge all readers to compare LSM's version of events with that of other eye-witnesses. Our legal system requires all jurors to likewise ascertain the facts. In his letters, especially 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul asks the same of the saints, challenging them to examine the facts, and to "test all things." We as believers are never commanded to follow a man blindly, which is what the LSM has basically always demandad.
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severely criticized Brother Lee, and then they separated themselves, they went their own way. One of these brothers, in particular, his whole situation is tragic. I would like to ask him (Bill Mallon), after you wrote that letter to Brother Lee, and after you began to speak a certain way, what is your spiritual situation? How would you compare it with your situation when you were in Elden Hall?
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More deceptive words courtesy of an LSM employee!

Bill Mallon did not separate himself - he was kicked to the curb. And who said his situation was tragic? He had the same personal challenges while inside and outside the LC system (like everyone else does). But for Kangas to ask him to compare his spiritual situation post LC system with Elden Hall is really beyond the pale in terms of deceit! How about asking a more honest and relevant question: "What is your spiritual situation? How would you compare it with your situation from 1988-1990 in the LC?"
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Witness Lee's word regarding Bill Mallon was a work intended to discredit and defame a brother who had given 25+ years as a co-worker. If elders, co-workers, and deacons had read the letter in full, they would realize the tone of humility and sincerity Bill wrote to Witness Lee with.
Of course this was exactly what Witness Lee was doing which was just his standard MO. No surprises there. But how many coworkers and elders made the effort to go to Bill Mallon and ask him directly what his side of the story was? Few if any. They just blindly joined the Witness Lee, Philip Lee, LSM bandwagon. What does that say about the leadership of the LC system?
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More deceptive words courtesy of an LSM employee!

Bill Mallon did not separate himself - he was kicked to the curb. And who said his situation was tragic? He had the same personal challenges while inside and outside the LC system (like everyone else does). But for Kangas to ask him to compare his spiritual situation post LC system with Elden Hall is really beyond the pale in terms of deceit! How about asking a more honest and relevant question: "What is your spiritual situation? How would you compare it with your situation from 1988-1990 in the LC?"
Agreed. What if Ron was just as challenged as Dan Towle, Francis Ball, etc were during this period of 1988-1990? I think where Ron was trying to lead the listener is the brothers who supposedly separated themselves became "bankrupt and unsanctified" because in his mind "the ministry" is the pinnacle of anyone's Christian experience. What you receive through "the ministry" cannot be found anywhere else and you will suffer spiritual loss to meet anywhere else.
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But how many coworkers and elders made the effort to go to Bill Mallon and ask him directly what his side of the story was? Few if any. They just blindly joined the Witness Lee, Philip Lee, LSM bandwagon. What does that say about the leadership of the LC system?
All of us are familiar with a coin having two sides. In the LSM/LC to learn the other side of the story as the experiences of Bill Mallon, John So, John Ingalls, etc, the leadership discourage examining the facts. To learn the other side of the story is equal to touching death, poison, etc. That is a false teaching as the brothers are encouraging brothers and sisters to be partial for their benefit.
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Of course this was exactly what Witness Lee was doing which was just his standard MO. No surprises there. But how many coworkers and elders made the effort to go to Bill Mallon and ask him directly what his side of the story was? Few if any. They just blindly joined the Witness Lee, Philip Lee, LSM bandwagon. What does that say about the leadership of the LC system?
Recently I was deceptively taken for a good chunk of change by my neighbor. Whereas I thought I was helping an old friend in need, it turns out I merely enabled him to finance his next fix on his ever worsening downward spiral. Of course, I had my reservations, but his numerous promises and assurances caused a lapse in my better judgment. The other day his wife said to me, "I doubt if this is any consolation, but you were not alone ..." She was right. I later learned that even the Pharmacist at church, the one with a weekly radio program, endured a far greater loss than I did, not to mention all the missing pills.

My sad plight caused me to rehearse the deception I have endured in the Recovery. For many years I believed so many promises and assurances from LC ministers. Some of it went contrary to all my best judgment. With today's 20-20 hindsight it all looks so obvious, but not then. I trusted all the ones I was with, and believed what they told me. Thus I was convinced, that though I was not the brightest light on the tree, all the others around me could not also be deceived. I was also banking on their better judgment.

I suppose that being deceived by a friend is not the worst experience in life. Wasn't our Lord deceived by an old friend with a kiss? I know He is a better judge of character than I am. Perhaps the best consolation is knowing that we are in the Father's hands, and that nothing happens to us without His consent. That truth was good enough for the Lord, and so it's good enough for me too.
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Recently I was deceptively taken for a good chunk of change by my neighbor. Whereas I thought I was helping an old friend in need, it turns out I merely enabled him to finance his next fix on his ever worsening downward spiral. Of course, I had my reservations, but his numerous promises and assurances caused a lapse in my better judgment. The other day his wife said to me, "I doubt if this is any consolation, but you were not alone ..." She was right. I later learned that even the Pharmacist at church, the one with a weekly radio program, endured a far greater loss than I did, not to mention all the missing pills.

My sad plight caused me to rehearse the deception I have endured in the Recovery. For many years I believed so many promises and assurances from LC ministers. Some of it went contrary to all my best judgment. With today's 20-20 hindsight it all looks so obvious, but not then. I trusted all the ones I was with, and believed what they told me. Thus I was convinced, that though I was not the brightest light on the tree, all the others around me could not also be deceived. I was also banking on their better judgment.

I suppose that being deceived by a friend is not the worst experience in life. Wasn't our Lord deceived by an old friend with a kiss? I know He is a better judge of character than I am. Perhaps the best consolation is knowing that we are in the Father's hands, and that nothing happens to us without His consent. That truth was good enough for the Lord, and so it's good enough for me too.
Hi Ohio and all,
You are not alone in having been taken or deceived. I too have been deceived by people who I trusted or fell for their sad but hopeful stories. So have a lot of people here and even people in the secular world. Think of all the people who have been scammed by the Ponzie schemes of the Bernie Madoffs !!

The difference between us and "them" is too many times we trust our spiritual leaders more than the Holy Spirit and the Word of God in us. When we are let down by our spiritual leaders, it creates conflict in our faith.

When I got saved I learned but did not understand what it was to walk in Spirit, to live by the Spirit. Heck I did not know I had a spirit in my being until I got saved in the LC. I wonder if those of you who were saved prior to coming under Lee's ministry knew you had a spirit? It is scriptural and the more we read and study our bibles, the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our understanding to the Spirit realm.

What I don't get is how in the world did our spiritual leaders stop walking and stop abiding in the Spirit? Why did the teachings of a man become more important to them than the teachings of CHRIST Himself?

I am sorry you were scammed. I am sorry I too have been scammed against my better judgment. I am sorry so many of us have been scammed. Nevertheless we can rest assured our GOD, our LOVING GOD will never scam us !!

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Hi Ohio and all,
You are not alone in having been taken or deceived. I too have been deceived by people who I trusted or fell for their sad but hopeful stories. So have a lot of people here and even people in the secular world. Think of all the people who have been scammed by the Ponzie schemes of the Bernie Madoffs !!
Reminiscing on our LC experiences in the context of this thread, I had a couple thoughts ...

It's naive to think that we alone in the Recovery were deceived. Who on earth has never been duped? Why should we think any less of ourselves, when Jesus our Lord Himself was deceived and betrayed by a kiss. He once spent the whole night praying, and then He still chose Judas! Since the time the Serpent questioned Eve in the garden, deception has been the lot of all mankind. Being deceived should never cause us to lose heart or question our faith in God. It is a natural occurrence of man, allowed by God, that we might trust in our Heavenly Father more closely, since He alone is true and faithful. (Romans 3.4)

It is absolutely arrogant for LC leaders to think they have never hurt or damaged their people. Only the same spirit of pride that occupied the Pharisees of old would cause them to think thus. Look at the long trail of former members crying out for reconciliation and justice. Voices are coming from every direction to the leaders of LSM, yet they would not even provide the courtesy of answering the phone. They will spend hours and days and weeks writing tracts, smearing reputations, and threatening lawsuits, yet would not spend five minutes to hear what former members have to say.
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In Aug 2001 I was reading in the New Testament and comparing the apostles' care for the churches to the commotion and atmosphere created in the Local Churches by the new way movement. Then I began to write, not knowing where that would lead, and In the Wake of the New Way came out. A template for receiving others is found in part 2, Love and One Accord...

Paper in the Wind - 1988

A current elder in Redding, Dick Ingram, formerly an elder in Tempe, told me by phone that once he was helping a 24-year old brother in Tempe who was troubled by matters in the late eighties turmoil and that he was doing everything he could to help this young brother, even to the extent that Dick called Brother Lee for fellowship. Brother Lee’s fellowship was for him to let this troubled one go as “a paper in the wind” and “let the wind take care of him”!



What Christ Has Received

Rom 15:7 -- “Wherefore, receive one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.”

“This verse, when taken along with 14:3, proves that Christ’s receiving is God’s receiving. What Christ has received, God has received. Christ has received us to the glory of God. Our receiving of the believers must be according to God’s and Christ’s receiving, not according to anything else. Whomever God and Christ has received we have to receive, regardless of how much they differ from us in doctrinal concepts or religious practices. This is for the glory of God.” W. Lee
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...I think where Ron was trying to lead the listener is the brothers who supposedly separated themselves became "bankrupt and unsanctified" because in his mind "the ministry" is the pinnacle of anyone's Christian experience. What you receive through "the ministry" cannot be found anywhere else and you will suffer spiritual loss to meet anywhere else.
This is classic Witness Lee and his BB tape recorders. What else can they teach to justify their arrogance and pride and to trap people in their system? Of course only in their church could anyone be sanctified, etc.

But as Bill Mallon indicated he never wanted to leave the LC system. He naively thought he could fellowship his very legit concerns and Witness Lee would take him seriously. After all they had worked together for 25+ years. Instead, true to form, Lee threw him under the bus.

And this is also a constructive example of how Witness Lee controlled the churches contrary to his false statements that he never did. Why would Bill Mallon fellowshipping with Witness Lee about some issues in "the work" cause The Church in Miami to kick him to the curb? What does his relationship with Witness Lee, his son Philip and their publishing company have to do with his relationship with the church locally?
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What I don't get is how in the world did our spiritual leaders stop walking and stop abiding in the Spirit?
To me it is the transition from a Christ-centered ministry to a church-centered ministry. Now, the church-centered folks will quickly argue that 1) the church is the Body of Christ and 2) they are doing everything by the book.

But you look at statements like RK mocking people who "want to be workers" and it flies in the face of everything Jesus taught and stood for. It is fully in accord with building up RK's organization: i.e. getting "workers" who are "fully in one accord" [with Headquarters]. But it is completely against the dictum of Jesus to be nothing in this age if you want to be something in His kingdom, and that of the Father. And it (deliberately, I argue) ignores the idea that to do "these things to the least of these My brothers" is to serve Jesus himself. Instead they fixate on "good building material" for the organization's progress.

I missed the Elden Hall days but they were a mainstay of every meeting, even if you didn't overtly mention them. Because we were hollering and yelling and waving our arms to recreate the "Spirit of Elden Hall", when that Spirit had long since passed. Witness Lee's many "flows" - door knocking, vital groups, and so forth, were all vain exercises to create replicas of something - the Spirit of God - which had long since moved on.

It's like a bunch of aging hippies reminiscing about Woodstock. Instead of living in the now, they all tell each other what "peace, love, and happiness" used to be like.

The Christ-centered life is always new. The church-centered life quickly becomes a museum to whatever "glory days" you once experienced. Meanwhile the glory is abiding somewhere else.
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I missed the Elden Hall days but they were a mainstay of every meeting, even if you didn't overtly mention them. Because we were hollering and yelling and waving our arms to recreate the "Spirit of Elden Hall", when that Spirit had long since passed. Witness Lee's many "flows" - door knocking, vital groups, and so forth, were all vain exercises to create replicas of something - the Spirit of God - which had long since moved on.

It's like a bunch of aging hippies reminiscing about Woodstock. Instead of living in the now, they all tell each other what "peace, love, and happiness" used to be like.

The Christ-centered life is always new. The church-centered life quickly becomes a museum to whatever "glory days" you once experienced. Meanwhile the glory is abiding somewhere else.
Great points.

One of the biggest con jobs in the Recovery concerned Elden Hall. WL continually reported that the entire blessing was due to one reason -- the saints were "absolutely one" with him and his ministry. Ones who were there always disputed that report -- firstly that whatever blessing was there was of the Lord during the Jesus people movement, and secondly that as Witness Lee slowly took over the ministry, the life and anointing in the meetings slowly vanished.

That distorted account of history was ever used to manipulate LC membership into absolute loyalty to a man. Most of those in the Recovery today were never at Elden Hall, but they still are praying for the time when all the saints would be "absolutely one" with the ministry of Witness Lee, and then all the blessings of God would return to them. How else can they explain the continued loss of membership and staleness of the meetings?
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Bill’s experience in the church paralleled John So’s in Europe and John Ingalls’ in Southern California, as these brothers also got nowhere in fellowship with Brother Lee about their desperate concerns. All three brothers were subsequently condemned in The Fermentation of the Present Rebellion by Witness Lee and their former fellow co-workers in a one-sided account of what had occurred in the previous four years; and, they were “quarantined” in the recovery with no accounts given of their sufferings with Witness Lee and his Living Stream representatives. Their reaction to the interferences, manipulations, and usurpations of LSM became known as “the rebellion”. They themselves became known as “the rebellious ones” and “ring leaders of a conspiracy”. The truthfulness of the “rebellion”, however, cannot be found in official LSM publications on local church history, for it is not in the interests of LSM or according to their agenda to print the truth.
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One of the signs of lawlessness with LSM and the LC saints is their strong propensity to speak things they know little about. The “Fermentation” book comes out; people receive the “official” teaching about “rebellious ones” and get frequent-enough reminders from the “pulpit” about “those rebellious ones” and for the last 20 years word just keeps going out, unchecked, from so many mouths. Such lawless speaking is epidemic in the local Churches, and it’s called bearing false witness.

I was at a brother’s home recently (2010) for his 50th birthday and two long-time LC brothers came in, fresh from Ron Kangas’ meetings on the cross from the previous weekend. It is interesting that these two brothers, an elder at that time, now retired, were on the “scene” with me through home meeting involvement when I was cut loose from that home meeting and went into discipline mode in the church. Now after ten years of initiating no contact with me, they appear in a home with me, the same two brothers who “saw me leave”, and within minutes I am charged with being bitter and being proud and that my opinion needs to be dealt with, that I need to get rid of my “slanderous websites”; and references were made to “those rebellious ones”. Goodness, these brothers, loving as they were, they just hear the things and then pass them on. This is how it goes, from one person to another for ten years concerning my case, no one knowing what they are talking about. At least one of the brothers at the party, after I was able to share with him a bit, sat back and stopped his mouth from any more flurry of charges against me, and said, “I don’t know; I just don’t know.” The other brother, the former elder, also was more subdued and both admitted after our hour-long talk and much positive fellowship, that I certainly was not bitter. I was even invited by them to meet in a nearby Local Church outside Bellevue. I have had several encounters similar to this with well-intentioned brothers, who lacked knowledge and understanding.

These brothers had encouraged me to listen to Ron’s tapes and I did over the next couple of days. I heard his strong word on the need for everyone to take the cross to their self and have their mouths stopped, except for him: He had spoken lawlessly in Ecuador, announcing that “Steve Isitt is one of the most evil speakers on the internet. He is a man of death.” He has not retracted this false and defamatory statement. Sherman Robertson, Bellevue elder, passes on to others that I have “slanderous websites”, among other things. Both of these men need to have their mouths stopped. They are quite foolish and in great error to talk about me in this way and never back up what they say with sound documentation to show that I am an “evil speaker, a slanderous speaker, and a lawless speaker on the internet.

By contrast, I have gone through three books by prominent Local Church leaders point by point to show their own evil, slander, and lawless speaking in their reckless abandon to an agenda and movement away from the truth.

I hope that Ron, as the chief editor at LSM, will seriously consider these three evil, slanderous, and lawless books at LSM and tend to their destruction.

Found in www.HidingHistoryintheLordsRecovery.us under Books.
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WL continually reported that the entire blessing was due to one reason -- the saints were "absolutely one" with him and his ministry... Most of those in the Recovery today were never at Elden Hall, but they still are praying for the time when all the saints would be "absolutely one" with the ministry of Witness Lee, and then all the blessings of God would return to them. How else can they explain the continued loss of membership and staleness of the meetings?
Supposedly the blessing was due to participation in the recovered normal church life by the Lee/Nee ministry. We all were on the proper ground, arranged and behaving as God revealed in the NT, and thus the life, light, joy, truth, etc poured out from above.

This ignores that around WL's Recovery were similar instances in the Jesus Movement, too numerous to count here. Simply look at Chuck Smith and the Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa as an example. Explosive growth, continuous "manifestations of blessing" and so forth.

So when the "blessing left" us we were repeatedly exhorted to follow even more closely the supposed minister of the age WL. Only he could restore the glory days, and lead us to the last revival which would end human history. I remember a meeting where WL castigated us for our "deadness" and threatened to quit speaking. We all cried out with pain and fear.

This shows what happens when the focus turns from Jesus to the church, and from the church to a ministry. And we subsequently can see the trampling of "co-workers" like T.A. Sparks, B. Mallon, J. Ingalls, J. So, J.C. Anderson, M. Rappoport and any others who couldn't themselves up adequately with "the apostle".

And I didn't cite Jim Jones' church earlier as a wild and irrelevant notion. Jones began as a Midwest Methodist preacher who began deriding Christianity, and moved to California. Lot's of young, "open" people there, looking for something new. Here is a quote from Wikipedia:

"Within five years of the Temple's move to California, it went through a period of exponential growth and opened branches in cities including San Fernando, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. By the early 1970s, Jones began shifting his focus to major cities... He eventually moved the headquarters for the Temple to San Francisco... The move led to Jones and the Temple becoming politically influential in San Francisco politics, culminating in the Temple's instrumental role in the mayoral election victory of George Moscone in 1975. Moscone subsequently appointed Jones as the chairman of the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission."

A lot of people have claimed "blessing" over the years. But if your focus turns from Jesus to the church, you are in the wrong place. The guy standing up front may not be named Jim Jones or Marshall Applewhite, but you are still in the wrong place. Those anti-cult books of the late '70s don't look so paranoid to me any more.
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A lot of people have claimed "blessing" over the years. But if your focus turns from Jesus to the church, you are in the wrong place.
Let me ask one simple question: How many local church meetings did you go to where the focus was not Jesus Christ, but rather the church, the ministry, or some latest "move of the Lord"? The revelation we were receiving was not of Jesus Christ, but rather of some supposed "speaking" or "move" of Jesus Christ, which supposedly arriving through God's oracle, said speaking directing "the Body of Christ" to "build up the New Jerusalem" and "consummate the age" and so forth.

In all of this frantic activity Jesus recedes until He is frozen in the background like one of those carved images in the Roman Catholic cathedrals.
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LSM's doctrine of "taking the cross" is unscriptural. The Bible teaches us to be obedient to God's commandments and to live according to the Holy Spirit. It doesn't emphasize "taking the cross" in the way LSM means it. In one place Jesus did tell us to "take up our cross and follow him." But this was his telling us that true obedience would sometimes lead us to discomfort and even pain and death.

LSM's version of "taking the cross" is simply one more tool they use to keep people's mouths shut and maintain order. The fact is true obedience and walking in the Spirit sometimes demand that we speak and not be silent. But in LSM's twisted, tightly-spinning world, "taking the cross" always means shutting up.

Jesus was silent going to the cross because the time had come for him to suffer for redemption. At that point there was nothing for him to say, the cup had being given to him, and the Jews and Romans couldn't do anything for him, and wouldn't listen anyway. But before that, Jesus often rebuked the halls of power with fervor, as did many prophets before him, as Steve is doing now.

Kangas is trying to shut people up with his "taking the cross" teaching. One might think he would apply the teaching to himself and shut himself up occasionally. But, alas, apparently he and his cohorts get to speak out when they see what they consider "unrighteousness" or "death," but no one else does. Neat trick.

These guys have gotten so far out in the weeds it has become silly.
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In all of this frantic activity Jesus recedes until He is frozen in the background like one of those carved images in the Roman Catholic cathedrals.
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So when the "blessing left" us we were repeatedly exhorted to follow even more closely the supposed minister of the age WL. Only he could restore the glory days, and lead us to the last revival which would end human history. I remember a meeting where WL castigated us for our "deadness" and threatened to quit speaking. We all cried out with pain and fear.
One of Lee's greatest "gifts" was to convince us all that we could not survive without him. The continued elimination of so many other gifted brothers made this "addiction" all the more apparent. Like a smoker who feels "so much better" with a cigarette in his hand, most of us could not imagine a church life without Lee.

None of us was thoughtful or courageous enough to inquire whether our "deadness" had anything to do with Witness Lee in the first place. We were doing everything he commanded, clinging to his every word, and he then had the audacity to blame us, calling us Laodicea, and then threaten not to speak any more? Someone should have immediately stood up to whistle his approval! What a scene that would have been.
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One of Lee's greatest "gifts" was to convince us all that we could not survive without him. The continued elimination of so many other gifted brothers made this "addiction" all the more apparent. Like a smoker who feels "so much better" with a cigarette in his hand, most of us could not imagine a church life without Lee.

None of us was thoughtful or courageous enough to inquire whether our "deadness" had anything to do with Witness Lee in the first place. We were doing everything he commanded, clinging to his every word, and he then had the audacity to blame us, calling us Laodicea, and then threaten not to speak any more? Someone should have immediately stood up to whistle his approval! What a scene that would have been.
Two scenes stand out in my mind from the "vital group" days. One was when two of WL's henchmen - sorry, co-workers -- arrived to our burg. They assembled all the troops and willy-nilly clumped us together in groups of six to ten. Then they declared that we were all "vital". To demonstrate our vitality they had us come up front and sing songs. "PSRP/BNPB makes the eagle fly" we sang, while waving our arms like birds.

The second scene was some time later, when we had not sufficiently endured in the Anaheim-mandated vitality, and a very cross WL gave a message in which he said that we all were dead, dormant, stagnant, etc, and threatened to "cut us off". What a cry we raised when the elder shut off the video -- Ohio's "addiction" metaphor is apt -- we were like druggies at the methadone clinic whose future supply was in doubt. "Whatever will we do? No fresh speaking from Witness Lee?" Oh, the declarations of repentance and fealty that loudly filled that meeting hall! Not to God in heaven, or to the sent Spirit of His resurrected Christ, but rather to the latest speaking from Anaheim. We would do anything, anything, if only WL's ministry would remain open and available to us.
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I was going to correct you and say, "No; we are living stones", but then I remembered WL saying that we all had to be "absolutely identical, with no differences whatsoever", and so I decided that maybe your comment is pretty accurate.
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None of us was thoughtful or courageous enough to inquire whether our "deadness" had anything to do with Witness Lee in the first place. We were doing everything he commanded, clinging to his every word, and he then had the audacity to blame us, calling us Laodicea, and then threaten not to speak any more?
Another thing Lee did was publicly read a letter from some "positive locality", where they said they were out door knocking and gaining "new ones" for the recovery. We were all astonished that someone out there was able to follow the "new way". But he didn't tell us where the letter was from, so we were left to stay in our dead Laodicea local church; if we had known where the Spirit was so prevailing, many of us would have packed up and moved immediately. Because surely we all wanted the blessing!
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I was going to correct you and say, "No; we are living stones", but then I remembered WL saying that we all had to be "absolutely identical, with no differences whatsoever", and so I decided that maybe your comment is pretty accurate.
awareness was reminiscing his early days in the churchlife, about the time when PF came out with The Wall.
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These brothers had encouraged me to listen to Ron’s tapes and I did over the next couple of days. I heard his strong word on the need for everyone to take the cross to their self and have their mouths stopped, except for him: He had spoken lawlessly in Ecuador, announcing that “Steve Isitt is one of the most evil speakers on the internet. He is a man of death.” He has not retracted this false and defamatory statement.
Why is it brother Ron was so free to announce Steve Isitt as a man of death at an International conference in Ecuador, but every year when Ron comes to Seattle/Bellevue, not a word is spoken regarding Steve Isitt?
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Gene Gruhler made several mistakes in his testimony in Fermentation. His disadvantage in seeing and knowing matters clearly was that he was not in the church in Anaheim; he was far away in Denver, Colorado. He supposed he knew what he was talking about even though he was not standing where John Ingalls, Al Knoch, and Godfred Otuteye were standing, and was not in their shoes. Therefore, his paradigm was off when he spoke. The whole book, in fact, The Fermentation of the Present Rebellion, is based on a wrong paradigm and superficial observation, which is why it careens off course early and follows an imaginary track of building a case about a conspiracy.
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"Well, we don’t have to go in the direction of chaos. We can move in the direction of economy. Regarding discernment, now that we have the internet as everybody knows, emails go out day and night. And, usually the negative persons and the evil persons are more active than the positive ones. One of the most evil of these persons, his name is Steve Isitt. He is a man of death. And, he is very active in a negative way. And there are many others".


Ron Kangas regarding brother Dong "control", and now the "chaos" created by independent workers and on-line posters

"...What is going to be the future in this part of S. America. Will we go from control to chaos? Or from control to normality?" R. K.

What is Normality, Ron? Has LSM ever behaved in a normal way?



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http://www.leadersofthelordsrecovery...ofDivision.pdf

Steve Isitt speaking: "Leaders who remained in the recovery thought the leaders who “left the recovery” caused division by forsaking the proper ground of meeting and establishing their own meetings apart from the fellowship of the local churches. (FPR, p. 72-73)

"The former leading ones, however, thought that the Scriptural ground of meeting had been usurped and replaced by Witness Lee, his ministry, and his ministry office, and that since this was the case, the local churches were no longer on the proper ground of oneness and were responsible for causing division themselves.
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awareness was reminiscing his early days in the churchlife, about the time when PF came out with The Wall.
I remember GG telling us about "building", how he had a concept of being in the transparent jasper wall, a la John's vision in Revelation. GG said he had a vision of being connected to those around him, who were also connected to those around them, and so forth.

Gene shared this in a meeting, and WL said, "That's not building". Then WL went on to share "his" vision.

My question is this: why was only WL's version of events the official version? Why was GG not allowed to think, or be inspired by the Holy Spirit? Why only one man can think and speak in the church? GG shared this story as a preface to how "low" his (and everyone else's) ideas were, and how "high" WL's ideas were.

I say nonsense. WL's ideas were like yours and mine. Some of them had merit, some less so. But the notion (which GG was advancing) that only WL's ideas were worth holding onto and holding forth in the assembly of the faithful, was completely against the grain of the whole scriptural lesson we see in the Bible.

"He who elevates himself in the assembly above his/her peers will be pushed back down by God." This theme is constant, it is consistent throughout the scriptures, it was stressed by Jesus as a cornerstone of His teaching, and WL thought that it applied to everyone but himself. And it created a back door for those who wanted to elevate themselves: by abnegating themselves to and by elevating "the rich ministry of WL" they also rose in the assembly. The higher and louder you cheered the minsitry of WL, the higher you got in "the church".

Awareness' quote is quite suggestive, actually.
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Gene Gruhler made several mistakes in his testimony in Fermentation. ... He supposed he knew what he was talking about even though he was not standing where John Ingalls, Al Knoch, and Godfred Otuteye were standing, and was not in their shoes. Therefore, his paradigm was off when he spoke.
I suppose the same criticism could be made of "anonymous internet posters". I don't know GG nor what he has passed through. Therefore my ground to judge is minimal if at all. And my "paradigm" might be off as well.

I do know that i was in the same system for some time, and I here have tried to assess my time in that system. I got saved in church, I met constantly in church, I began meeting with GG's local churches because I liked how active they were. And when I left the local church of Lee I began meeting again with "christianity". So I know a little about church.

In the beginning, when I arrived in the local churches, everyone could stand up and minister whatever the Lord had spoken to them that week. We talked about our failures with our families, our children, at work, in our attitudes. We talked about the Lord's inspiration and move through us in the world. We talked about those who were around us, crying for help and guidance. We talked about God's mercy rescuing us again and again; His comfort, love, and His revelation of His glory as seen in His Holy Word. In it all, Jesus Christ our Lord, the Lord of all, was the constant beacon of light shining forth.

Over time we began to become "ministry stations". The focus shifted. On the Lord's Day morning we would have some prayers and songs to the Lord Jesus, then we would eat the bread and drink the wine, sing a song to the Father, then we would get on to the real business. The ministry meeting. We all had to be one with the latest speaking out of Anaheim.

So the Lord Jesus got maybe 40 minutes out of our busy week, then it was on to the ministry. How to get "material" (college students) for the "building of the Body" (to join the organization)?

I think GG and many others were trying to function as best they could in a trying and less than optimal situation. Perhaps his conscience is less bothered by his experiences than yours and mine; who knows? I hope that I have not unjustly judged him nor any others. I don't know any of them personally, and even if I did I suppose I wouldn't know them well. But the system of which they and I were a part I consider myself qualified to write at least a few words. And so I have tried.

But if GG "didn't know what was really going on", then I would have to say Amen; me too. May the Lord have mercy on us all.

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I think it's interesting that Kangas chose to call Steve Isitt a "man of death." Why didn't he call him a "man of sin?" Because if he did that he'd have to specify his sin, and he can't do it because there is none.

What, exactly, is Steve doing wrong? As aron said, who said WL, or RK, or anyone else are the only ones authorized to speak? Steve is speaking as a prophet according to his conscience. He claims seem reasonable and well-thought-out. Kangas is obligated to take them seriously and address another Body member's concerns with respect. He has no right to act as if he is above reproof. What is so troubling about Kangas and other Recovery officials is how they are seemingly devoid of genuine Christian humility.

But by categorizing Steve (and those here for that matter) as sources of "death," the accusation becomes nebulous, feel-oriented and arbitrary. It's simply mud-slinging.

Drop the vague "death" language, Ron Kangas, and specify Steve's sin. Then we can discuss it as the Body. My money is on the fact that you can't specify a sin, and would lose any discussion about one if you did. That is why you are resorting to feeble "death" claims.
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I remember GG telling us about "building", how he had a concept of being in the transparent jasper wall, a la John's vision in Revelation. GG said he had a vision of being connected to those around him, who were also connected to those around them, and so forth.

Gene shared this in a meeting, and WL said, "That's not building". Then WL went on to share "his" vision.

Awareness' quote is quite suggestive, actually.
Back in my earliest days, there was this concept, based on Lee's previous teachings about building up, that we were like "bricks in a wall," and that the fellowship we had was the "mortar" that held us together. Gene Gruhler did not just dream up that metaphor about the building of God, he got it from Lee, but alas ... poor Gene was not up-to-date, and thus needed correction by our abusive "headmaster."

Video: Another Brick in the Wall

The classroom scene in the video between 1:00 minute and 1:30 minute, with the harsh discipline "absolute rubbish laddie," is quite suggestive, as you said. awareness has mentioned on occasion the treatment he received from "headmaster" Mel Porter in Florida.

As one who was educated by old-school convent nuns at my local parish, I could always relate with this video. One time in 7th grade, for whatever reason, I was covering my text book in class with a brown paper bag. As a young student I was easily bored, but at that time, I never thought I was doing anything wrong, especially since I wasn't talking to others, and disrupting the class. That old nun, who looked just like the wicked witch of the west, just exploded all over me. My right arm had welts up and down from her tirade. Thankfully I remained silent and motionless during the beating, probably thinking that it will only get worse if my dad got wind of it.
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In the beginning, when I arrived in the local churches, everyone could stand up and minister whatever the Lord had spoken to them that week. We talked about our failures with our families, our children, at work, in our attitudes. We talked about the Lord's inspiration and move through us in the world. We talked about those who were around us, crying for help and guidance. We talked about God's mercy rescuing us again and again; His comfort, love, and His revelation of His glory as seen in His Holy Word. In it all, Jesus Christ our Lord, the Lord of all, was the constant beacon of light shining forth.
I definitely treasured those days when so many testimonies were among us. The meetings in those early days were so filled with the freshness of the Spirit from all the saints.

Then changes were orchestrated by headquarters. We were regularly informed about how so many of these personal testimonies were simply "sea stories." None of us felt that way. I thought they were all great. Oh sure, some members had limited speaking skills, but with such a eager audience, everyone felt cherished. On my own, being so self-conscious, I would never have stood to give a testimony, but the Spirit within me could not be restrained! We were receiving encouragement and practical learning from one another, which I suppose was the problem. Brothers and sisters helping one another in the faith -- pretty dangerous stuff. To the bureaucrats, that is.

During conferences and trainings, both Witness Lee and Titus Chu henceforth demanded that we rehearse their messages during the testimony time. Personal testimonies, for the most part, were done away with, except, of course, those who got to give the messages. Thus we slowly settled into the drone of rehashing and regurgitating the messages of others. Lee moved on from the Life-Study period to the Crystalization-Study which I never felt had much anointing at all. Head knowledge, yes, anointing Spirit, no. Then PSRP was introduced from Taiwan to prop up those dead doctrines, but the excitement of every new program was quickly fleeting.
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The whole book, in fact, The Fermentation of the Present Rebellion, is based on a wrong paradigm and superficial observation, which is why it careens off course early and follows an imaginary track of building a case about a conspiracy.
An exceedingly polite way of saying that the book was full of lies, fibs, deceptions, fabrications, slanders, distortions, and equivocations.

Did I miss anything?
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I think it's interesting that Kangas chose to call Steve Isitt a "man of death." Why didn't he call him a "man of sin?" Because if he did that he'd have to specify his sin, and he can't do it because there is none.

What, exactly, is Steve doing wrong? As aron said, who said WL, or RK, or anyone else are the only ones authorized to speak? Steve is speaking as a prophet according to his conscience. He claims seem reasonable and well-thought-out. Kangas is obligated to take them seriously and address another Body member's concerns with respect. He has no right to act as if he is above reproof. What is so troubling about Kangas and other Recovery officials is how they are seemingly devoid of genuine Christian humility.

But by categorizing Steve (and those here for that matter) as sources of "death," the accusation becomes nebulous, feel-oriented and arbitrary. It's simply mud-slinging.

Drop the vague "death" language, Ron Kangas, and specify Steve's sin. Then we can discuss it as the Body. My money is on the fact that you can't specify a sin, and would lose any discussion about one if you did. That is why you are resorting to feeble "death" claims.
Interesting for all I have heard from the audio on Ron's disparaging words towards Steve and words spoken locally by appointed elders regarding Steve, for all Steve has wrote, NOT ONE has called Steve a liar.

Which is why Ron cannot specify Steve's sin only to call Steve a man of death. Physiologically we are all men of death including brother Ron. It's a statement of our own mortality. However the tone Ron is speaking with is meant to disparage, to slander, and to defame.

How many brothers from North America attended that conference in Ambato, Ecuador? The brothers in attendance bear repsonsibility to for allowing the lawless speaking to go unhindered.
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Gene Gruhler made several mistakes in his testimony in Fermentation. His disadvantage in seeing and knowing matters clearly was that he was not in the church in Anaheim; he was far away in Denver, Colorado. He supposed he knew what he was talking about even though he was not standing where John Ingalls, Al Knoch, and Godfred Otuteye were standing, and was not in their shoes. Therefore, his paradigm was off when he spoke. The whole book, in fact, The Fermentation of the Present Rebellion, is based on a wrong paradigm and superficial observation, which is why it careens off course early and follows an imaginary track of building a case about a conspiracy.
I am not so sure about the accuracy when Gene was in Denver and when he came back to Anaheim. My understanding is Gene was sent to Denver around 1978 after Max became personna non grata.
I was in another SoCal locality, but Gene was always the brother leading the Southern California young people's conferences I had attended in the early-mid 1980's. If Gene was in Anaheim throughout the 80's, it does not appear he was an appointed elder. Thus possibly not privy to the fellowship Dick Taylor, Dan Towle and other Orange County elders were included in on.
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Interesting for all I have heard from the audio on Ron's disparaging words towards Steve and words spoken locally by appointed elders regarding Steve, for all Steve has wrote, NOT ONE has called Steve a liar.
Great observations brothers.

Witness Lee made a big deal about "death" by spiritualizing certain Levitical ordinances about touching dead bodies. None of the apostles had done such a thing, but that is besides the point. Like his use of "leprosy" and the "replastering of houses" in Leviticus for all those branded rebels, Lee was able to contrive teachings whenever needed to protect himself from being accountable. It was like Lee was telling us, "you may think I have sinned, but if you say a thing, then you will be dead, and that's far worse."

The result is to hold the saints in fear and to negate the feelings of their conscience. How powerful and controlling is that? Our conscience is trained by God's word to be sensitive to sin, the violation of God's commands. Lee successfully established an alternate standard which bypassed the consciousness of identifiable sin, and introduced the new standard of "death" which only he could identify and use, when necessary, to divert attention from sin within his ministry to death within his accusers.

Thus, until this date, no one at LSM has ever negated a single statement made by Steve Isitt. If they did, calling it a lie and him a liar, then they would have to address the facts of the case, something they dare not do. The actual facts of history are what LSM fears the most. Thus, by categorizing all that Isitt has written as "death," and labeling him a "man of death," they strike fear in all their members without following any of the New Testament prescriptions for addressing sin, or a sinful brother.
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Thus, until this date, no one at LSM has ever negated a single statement made by Steve Isitt. If they did, calling it a lie and him a liar, then they would have to address the facts of the case, something they dare not do. The actual facts of history are what LSM fears the most. Thus, by categorizing all that Isitt has written as "death," and labeling him a "man of death," they strike fear in all their members without following any of the New Testament prescriptions for addressing sin, or a sinful brother.
Exactly!

The whole death v. life thing is another handy tool of deception used by Witness Lee and now LSM employees to divert attention away from their own behavior and history. "Pay attention to life not right and wrong" etc are catch-all phrases designed to stop those with legit concerns in their tracks. It gives those doing wrong or covering up wrong a license to do whatever they want without recourse.

Discussing "the facts of the case" requires a certain amount of objectivity. The subtlety of the death v. life tool of deception is switching everything into the realm of subjectivity with a nary a concern for the facts.

"How do you feel when you read or talk about what took place in the LC system back in the late 1980s-early 1990s? "

"I feel sick to my stomach."

"Ah ah! That is because you are eating of the wrong tree. You are touching death brother. You should pay attention to life. Get out of your mind and turn to your spirit where life is..."

Very subtle! But the truth is:

1. I legitimately feel sick to my stomach based on the facts regarding corruption, lying, deception, mistreatment of others, machinations, hypocrisy, politics, manipulation, immaturity, etc. in the upper echelons of the LC system.

2. This is the way I should feel.

3. What I feel really is life.
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I am not so sure about the accuracy when Gene was in Denver and when he came back to Anaheim.
In the turmoil of the late 1980s Gene Gruhler was initially not in Anaheim or Orange County. He was in Denver. Once John Ingalls, Al Knoch and Godfred Otuteye were out of the eldership Witness Lee made Gene Gruhler and Frances Ball (fresh from his failed antics in Rosemead) elders along with some of his loyalists already in Anaheim.

To my knowledge (disclaimer: not first hand) Gruhler soon thereafter went back to Denver because he ultimately couldn't take the whole LSM scene either.
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In the turmoil of the late 1980s Gene Gruhler was initially not in Anaheim or Orange County. He was in Denver. Once John Ingalls, Al Knoch and Godfred Otuteye were out of the eldership Witness Lee made Gene Gruhler and Frances Ball (fresh from his failed antics in Rosemead) elders along with some of his loyalists already in Anaheim.

To my knowledge (disclaimer: not first hand) Gruhler soon thereafter went back to Denver because he ultimately couldn't take the whole LSM scene either.
Thanks Alwayslearning for your post. We were discussing last night at dinner about brother Gene. He had been an elder in Anaheim in the late seventies, but was not metioned as one of the Anaheim elders in brother John's book Speaking the Truth in Love. During my high school years I had always seen brother Gene as the brother assisting brother Lee to the front at conferences.
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Exactly!

The whole death v. life thing is another handy tool of deception used by Witness Lee and now LSM employees to divert attention away from their own behavior and history. "Pay attention to life not right and wrong" etc are catch-all phrases designed to stop those with legit concerns in their tracks. It gives those doing wrong or covering up wrong a license to do whatever they want without recourse.

Discussing "the facts of the case" requires a certain amount of objectivity. The subtlety of the death v. life tool of deception is switching everything into the realm of subjectivity with a nary a concern for the facts.

"How do you feel when you read or talk about what took place in the LC system back in the late 1980s-early 1990s? "

"I feel sick to my stomach."

"Ah ah! That is because you are eating of the wrong tree. You are touching death brother. You should pay attention to life. Get out of your mind and turn to your spirit where life is..."

Very subtle! But the truth is:

1. I legitimately feel sick to my stomach based on the facts regarding corruption, lying, deception, mistreatment of others, machinations, hypocrisy, politics, manipulation, immaturity, etc. in the upper echelons of the LC system.

2. This is the way I should feel.

3. What I feel really is life.
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Thanks Alwayslearning for your post. We were discussing last night at dinner about brother Gene. He had been an elder in Anaheim in the late seventies, but was not metioned as one of the Anaheim elders in brother John's book Speaking the Truth in Love. During my high school years I had always seen brother Gene as the brother assisting brother Lee to the front at conferences.
This reminds me about a funny thing that happened and demonstrates how Witness Lee orchestrated things. The last training John Ingalls ever attended was in Anaheim but by now he had given the "Sixteen Points", etc. The controversy was in full swing and unbeknownst to most Lee was already planning for Gruhler to step in.

Prior to every training meeting Witness Lee, the Anaheim elders and some local coworkers would pray downstairs and then come up and some would walk to the front row and sit with Witness Lee. When the trainings were in Anaheim John Ingalls always sat next to Lee. This was just the known and accepted way of things. But this time Gruhler from Denver was in the downstairs meeting and walked up front and took John Ingalls seat next to Lee. So Ingalls had no seat and was left looking around for a place to sit while all the trainees looked on and saw this whole childish game of Witness Lee's unfold. And of course everybody got the intended message.
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We were discussing last night at dinner about brother Gene. He had been an elder in Anaheim in the late seventies, but was not metioned as one of the Anaheim elders in brother John's book Speaking the Truth in Love.
The elders in Anaheim for English during the period of time John Ingalls refers to in his book were: Ingalls, Knoch and Otuteye. Otuteye was also in senior management at LSM. He got disgusted with LSM and resigned. Shortly thereafter he also resigned as an elder.

The elders for the Chinese side of things were Philip Lim and Minoru Chen.

Basically two different churches which became obvious when Philip Lee was excommunicated. The English elders did it and next door the Chinese elders were publicly announcing their disagreement with the excommunication. What a mess!

Anyway soon Witness Lee & Son had the two Chinese elders plus the new elders Lee set up writing a groveling public letter of apology to Philip Lee. I don't know how these men could look at themselves in the mirror every morning!
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Exactly!

The whole death v. life thing is another handy tool of deception used by Witness Lee and now LSM employees to divert attention away from their own behavior and history. "Pay attention to life not right and wrong" etc are catch-all phrases designed to stop those with legit concerns in their tracks. It gives those doing wrong or covering up wrong a license to do whatever they want without recourse.
The whole farce got exposed when I learned that Phillip Lee's favorite saying was this, "we don't care for right or wrong, we only care for life."

As alwayslearning so aptly concluded: Life is feeling sick to my stomach upon learning what Phillip Lee did as manager of LSM to damage so many saints.
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Anyway soon Witness Lee & Son had the two Chinese elders plus the new elders Lee set up writing a groveling public letter of apology to Philip Lee. I don't know how these men could look at themselves in the mirror every morning!
They were showing partiality.

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The whole farce got exposed when I learned that Phillip Lee's favorite saying was this, "we don't care for right or wrong, we only care for life."
That quote sounds spiritual. Yet has nothing to do with being spiritual, but in choosing amorality over morality.

Amoral is: lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something.

When co-workers have in the past spoke "we don't care for right or wrong......", I now believe they were on the fast track to a calcified conscience.

While writing as "Mr Smith" on thebereans.net I often used the phrase "the end justifies the means". That is why Philip Lee and LSM were and are "unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something". It's amoral.

The end result in the late 80's was getting the localities lined up with LSM. If it meant circumventing fellowship with local elders, that was the means.
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I think it's interesting that Kangas chose to call Steve Isitt a "man of death." Why didn't he call him a "man of sin?" Because if he did that he'd have to specify his sin, and he can't do it because there is none.

What, exactly, is Steve doing wrong? As aron said, who said WL, or RK, or anyone else are the only ones authorized to speak? Steve is speaking as a prophet according to his conscience. He claims seem reasonable and well-thought-out. Kangas is obligated to take them seriously and address another Body member's concerns with respect.
If brother Ron truly feels he is a representative of God's government on earth, he should have a response for Steve Isitt. As brothers in Christ, they should be able to enter into fellowship voluntarily without using legal means to involuntarily force a response.
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"How do you feel when you read or talk about what took place in the LC system back in the late 1980s-early 1990s? "

"I feel sick to my stomach."

"Ah ah! That is because you are eating of the wrong tree. You are touching death brother. You should pay attention to life. Get out of your mind and turn to your spirit where life is..."

Very subtle! But the truth is:

1. I legitimately feel sick to my stomach based on the facts regarding corruption, lying, deception, mistreatment of others, machinations, hypocrisy, politics, manipulation, immaturity, etc. in the upper echelons of the LC system.

2. This is the way I should feel.

3. What I feel really is life.
I "felt death" a bunch of times when hearing RK talk about "Authority and Submission". Likewise a bunch of times when reading WL's "Answers to the Bible Answer Man", "Fermentation of the Present Rebellion", and so forth.

But I suppressed/ignored my "feeling of death" because, hey, it's the church. Right?
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In 1988 certain co-workers severely criticized Brother Lee, and then they separated themselves, they went their own way. One of these brothers, in particular, his whole situation is tragic.


I would like to ask him, after you wrote that letter to Brother Lee, and after you began to speak a certain way, what is your spiritual situation?



Ron tries to prove that, although the Lee and son tandem leadership was turning the churches upside down, Bill Mallon and others should not have spoken out. Then Ron gives the oft-used Watchman Nee story of what happens to elders who criticized him in China. This word was supposed to convince S. American brothers that material such as we use on this forum concerning Witness Lee should not be spoken, written, or read.


How would you compare it with your situation when you were in Elden Hall? [Los Angeles].

Aren’t you more experienced now than then? Would you say you are more living now?

When many rebelled against brother Watchman Nee, and some of them wanted to be recovered, Brother Lee asked them, how is your situation? You say you are right, you say Brother Nee was wrong. They all confessed they were dead. If we would practice this one way of discernment, we would avoid most problems.


I am not afraid to be simple in this way; you say this, and you say this, I don’t know the facts, I don’t know who is right or wrong. But I know when I listen to you, I get death. And, when I listen to Brother Lee’s ministry, I get life. So it is so simple, I stand with life.



The brothers were doing quite fine 11 years after their quarantine. Plus, their heart was for fellowship with all the brothers, even those who misrepresented them and cast them out.


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Thank you for sending all the correspondence you have had with other brothers. Though I have not replied for some time, I want you to know that I am still very interested in your burden. There are many dear brothers in the LSM that I would love to have restored fellowship. Certainly two of them are Sherman and Dave Higgins. I met a brother the other day coming out of a store into which I was entering. I recognized him as one I had seen at times in the past, and then suddenly I knew his name, Rick Scatterday, We greeted one another and had most cordial and happy fellowship for a few minutes, with no mention whatever of any problems in the past or any special relationships to cloud us. It was most encouraging. Rick is traveling and ministering in various places.

May the Lord continue to bring His people together with Himself as the Head and center and the only focus. That is His house.

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In 1988 certain co-workers severely criticized Brother Lee, and then they separated themselves, they went their own way. One of these brothers, in particular, his whole situation is tragic.


I would like to ask him, after you wrote that letter to Brother Lee, and after you began to speak a certain way, what is your spiritual situation?


Ron tries to prove that, although the Lee and son tandem leadership was turning the churches upside down, Bill Mallon and others should not have spoken out. Then Ron gives the oft-used Watchman Nee story of what happens to elders who criticized W Nee in China. This word was supposed to convince S. American brothers that material such as we use on this forum concerning Witness Lee should not be spoken, written, or read.

How would you compare it with your situation when you were in Elden Hall? [Los Angeles].

Aren’t you more experienced now than then? Would you say you are more living now?

When many rebelled against brother Watchman Nee, and some of them wanted to be recovered, Brother Lee asked them, how is your situation? You say you are right, you say Brother Nee was wrong. They all confessed they were dead. If we would practice this one way of discernment, we would avoid most problems.

I am not afraid to be simple in this way; you say this, and you say this, I don’t know the facts, I don’t know who is right or wrong. But I know when I listen to you, I get death. And, when I listen to Brother Lee’s ministry, I get life. So it is so simple, I stand with life.


The brothers were doing quite fine 11 years after their quarantine. Plus, their heart was for fellowship with all the brothers, even those who misrepresented them and cast them out.
Well, let’s also take a look at how Ron was doing at the end of that same time period, 11 years. We know that he was still defaming from the pulpit the brothers and not seeking reconciliation with them. And, another 11 years later he was defaming me. The BBs, including Ron, were a continual subject of dismay for Brother Lee, as seen in A Word of Love where WL describes their condition,

"As I have said before, the spirit of not shepherding and seeking others and being without love and forgiveness is spreading in the recovery everywhere. I believe that not having the Father’s loving and forgiving heart and not having the Savior’s shepherding and seeking spirit is the reason for our barrenness."

"I realize that you all work hard, but there is almost no fruit. The Lord says, “By the fruit the tree is known”, but we are a tree without any fruit. Everywhere among us barrenness is very prevailing. A good, gentle pastor may not have a particular gift, such as the gift of speaking; he may simply visit people and welcome them when they come to his meeting, but according to statistics, he will have a ten percent yearly increase. We, however, do not have a ten percent increase. Can you see how barren we are? Many of you are good speakers, knowing the higher truths. The truths we hold are much higher than those in Christianity. However, we do not have fruit because we are lacking in the Father’s loving and forgiving heart and the Son’s shepherding and seeking spirit. We condemn and regulate others rather than shepherd and seek them. We are short of love and shepherding. These are the vital factors for us to bear fruit, that is, to gain people. I am very concerned for our full-time training. Do we train the young ones to gain people or to regulate people? We have to reconsider our ways, as Haggai said, Our way is not right; something is wrong.

"We often condemn others, exposing their failures and defects. We must admit that to speak well of ourselves and to expose others’ defects is our natural disposition. Our disposition is like this by birth. There is no need to speak about others’ defects. In the world the legal term for this is defamation. Why do we need to speak in a defaming way? However, nearly all of us do this. Because by the Lord’s mercy and grace I have learned the lesson, it is hard for you to hear me speak of anyone’s defects. Whenever I speak of others’ shortages, I am condemned, saying to myself, “Do you not have shortages?”…Who is without sin? Do you not have shortages? Yet according to our disposition by birth, to speak about others’ defects is our “hobby.” Do you like to expose your own shortages? You do not; you like to cover them."

11 Years after the Pledge Letter
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The BBs, including Ron, were a continual subject of dismay for Brother Lee, as seen in A Word of Love where WL describes their condition,
Everyone and everything was a continual subject of dismay for Brother Lee. "Deformed" and "satanic" Christianity, the local churches, the BBs, the "Lord's recovery", and all the local church attendees; who could match his high expectations? Only the dear departed WN and a few sainted forebears like Miss Margaret E. Barber who could do no wrong.

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The rest of us were continally reminded that our "condition" was not up to par. Thank God that Brother Lee was trying to help us by weighing us in the balance and finding us wanting. Thank God that he was willing to give everybody such honest and frank words because (apparently) he alone was able to do so from his exalted position as apostle of the age. Thank God that Witness Lee was raised up as our deputy Judge!
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The brothers were doing quite fine 11 years after their quarantine.
I myself am not sure who is doing "quite fine" and who is not. Perhaps the BBs think they can make such assessments. If so, they learned that from their mentor WL who as unquestioned leader of the sole legitimate move of God on the earth, the Lord's recovery, could speak 'ex cathedra' and judge everyone and everything else.

Simply put, if you were abjectly subservient to WL's latest ideas you were 'positive' and doing quite fine; if not then you were 'dark', and 'twisted' and 'negative' and so forth (but even your best attempts would leave WL 'disappointed' at some point!). The BBs as curators of the Museum of Lee Theology have continued to make such assessments. Apparently it is part of their job description as co-workers in service of the memory of WL.

The rest of us, I don't think we should be fooled into deciding who is quite fine and who is not. I myself am doing the best I can, and hoping on God's mercy. Jesus clearly and repeatedly told us that God will have mercy on those who show mercy. Therefore it seems prudent to try to be humble and not claim some status, nor to place such qualitative labels on others.

WL and the BBs have acted as if they were immune to such restrictions. I am not sure that it would be wise to copy them.
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Everyone and everything was a continual subject of dismay for Brother Lee. "Deformed" and "satanic" Christianity, the local churches, the BBs, the "Lord's recovery", and all the local church attendees; who could match his high expectations? Only the dear departed WN and a few sainted forebears like Miss Margaret E. Barber who could do no wrong.

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Local Church legends surround the likes of Miss Barber. She could quickly identify all Christian speakers as being without life and without Spirit. Apparently, after all her censures were dispensed upon the church of God, she alone was perceived as having any life and Spirit.

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It is just incredulous to note that, though the Recovery leaders had ancient attitudes towards the role of women in Christian service, they have exalted Miss Barber as the mother of all Recoveries. She alone is credited with raising up Watchman Nee, the Seer of the Age. Though the scripture is silent on her methods, her practice of castigating the brothers ought to catch someone's attention. Legend has it that only Nee could survive her brutal treatments, while all others backslid in defeat, stumbled by her dress downs.

Where is the scriptural justification for using strict rebukes on all the saints? Where is the scriptural support for sisters to do this? Is not this practice of rebuking in the Recovery contrary to the pattern presented by the Apostle Paul as he cared for the churches? Is it not the least bit ironic that Philip Lee, the profligate son elevated to Witness Lee's most trusted co-worker status during the New Way era, would become infamous for berating all the elders in the churches?

When it comes to abuse and harsh rebukes of others, it's so easy even a caveman could do it. Are not these the weapons of the Gentiles? The Lord Jesus continually instructed the apostles about not using these techniques, so how could these become the long lost recovered practice enabling the Minister of the Age to get perfected, and subsequently develop a "perfecting plan" missed out on by two millennia of church history?
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When it comes to abuse and harsh rebukes of others, it's so easy even a caveman could do it. Are not these the weapons of the Gentiles? The Lord Jesus continually instructed the apostles about not using these techniques, so how could these become the long lost recovered practice enabling the Minister of the Age to get perfected, and subsequently develop a "perfecting plan" missed out on by two millennia of church history?
The easiest thing to do as a leader is to chew a subordinate out. While it's sometimes true that challenging people with strong words is effective, that truth is all too often an excuse for venting frustration and shifting blame. Being harsh with others is often the most gutless thing one can do. Much harder as a leader is to show genuine love, concern and long-suffering, while accepting responsibility for failure. This is "taking the cross" at its best.

I coach youth football and through my time of observing coaches, both at this level and above, I would say the worst coaches are the most abusive ones. They yell at players to shift the blame of their own failings as coaches. While this method can produce short-term results, the ultimate result is burn-out. If the players do not truly believe the coach loves them, they will not give their all in the crunch. Fear of reprisal only takes a team so far. Fear alone always leads to despondency.

There is a reason Paul wrote to fathers, "Fathers, do not embitter your children to anger, or they will become discouraged." (Col. 3:21 cf. Eph. 6:4).

Eph 6:4 says "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord." This verse contrasts provoking children to anger with the genuine discipline and instruction that is of the Lord. This is a strong indication that majoring in harsh rebuking is not the Lord's method.
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The easiest thing to do as a leader is to chew a subordinate out. While it's sometimes true that challenging people with strong words is effective, that truth is all too often an excuse for venting frustration and shifting blame. Being harsh with others is often the most gutless thing one can do. Much harder as a leader is to show genuine love, concern and long-suffering, while accepting responsibility for failure. This is "taking the cross" at its best.
Whenever we have discipline, whether private or public, we must always ascertain whether the correction matches the behavior. Of course, this is the last thing a hot-tempered coach, parent, or church official wants to have happen. Abusive people always thrive in an environment void of accountability. Healthy leaders will always measure their correction to the crime, so to speak. What a shame that leaders like Lee and Chu could publicly shame so many brothers, yet never answer to any oversight.

Paul instructed Timothy (I Tim 5.17-21) to never receive a complaint without proper witnesses. This was to prevent any church leader from acting impulsively or with bias. If an accusation was warranted, then a sinning public elder needed open reproof so that all the congregation could properly learn and be admonished. Then he warned Timothy never to serve the saints with favoritism and partiality. Paul's wise instructions precluded so many works of the flesh which only serve to damage God's children. It's too bad the LC leaders never followed Paul's wisdom.

I personally have been publicly reproved by Titus Chu, who never even asked me for my side of the story. I have witnessed others who likewise were rebuked without a proper examination. One can only conclude, after years in the local churches, that nearly none of the public shaming was deserved, rather it only served to reinforce their false sense of authority. For LC leaders like Witness Lee and Titus Chu to convince themselves that this abuse is "spiritual perfecting" is little different than applauding those inquisition torturers for using justifiable means to "perfect" God's children.

This is why brothers like Ron Kangas can travel to South America and defame Steve Isitt as a "man of death." These patterns of abuse have been learned first hand from watching Witness Lee. Kangas is treating Isitt no different than Lee treated Ingalls, Mallon, or so many other brothers over the years. Whenever brothers in the Recovery speak their conscience and address serious concerns in an upright manner, their very act of speaking up makes them deserving of the harshest censures.

Years ago Isitt was branded a rebel and quarantined for writing an honest evaluation of Recovery history called "In the Wake of the New Way." I found that paper extremely helpful, not just for its content, but for the courageous spirit necessary to break party policy and report fairly and honestly. Obviously honest reporting has never been in LSM's best interests. They prefer to spread the fairy tale about the infallibility of their MOTA.
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One can only conclude, after years in the local churches, that nearly none of the public shaming was deserved, rather it only served to reinforce their false sense of authority. For LC leaders like Witness Lee and Titus Chu to convince themselves that this abuse is "spiritual perfecting" is little different than applauding those inquisition torturers for using justifiable means to "perfect" God's children.
I once personally witnessed WL "shaming" TC. In fact TC used those exact words: "I am ashamed to admit...", after WL queried him about events in the Midwest. And TC really acted out the part of "losing face" before WL, as if it were his job to take one for the team. Like there was some kind of social ritual involved, in order to keep the machine running smoothly.

Anyway, I had not meant to drag the conversation too far afield. I just felt that "the BBs were a continual source of dismay for WL" perhaps signalled a social and organizational context worth noting.
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Local Church legends surround the likes of Miss Barber. She could quickly identify all Christian speakers as being without life and without Spirit. Apparently, after all her censures were dispensed upon the church of God, she alone was perceived as having any life and Spirit...She alone is credited with raising up Watchman Nee, the Seer of the Age. Though the scripture is silent on her methods, her practice of castigating the brothers ought to catch someone's attention. Legend has it that only Nee could survive her brutal treatments, while all others backslid in defeat, stumbled by her dress downs.
Anything about M.E. Barber or LC system history that has it's source in Witness Lee/LSM I take with a grain of salt. Who said she behaved this way? Witness Lee. What did Lee have to gain by using this legend - a license to be abusive toward others. If it was good enough for Watchman Nee it's good enough for you too brother so just learn to "take the cross".

Maybe through circumstances, training and/or personality she did develop certain mannerisms that came across as being stern. But she was a British lady in the early part of the 20th century - when ladies starting when they were young girls were conscientiously taught to be "lady-like" i.e. polite and proper in the company of others. So I find the idea of her berating brothers to be quite a stretch - yet a useful fiction for the likes of Witness Lee, Titus Chu, etc.
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I once personally witnessed WL "shaming" TC. In fact TC used those exact words: "I am ashamed to admit...", after WL queried him about events in the Midwest. And TC really acted out the part of "losing face" before WL, as if it were his job to take one for the team. Like there was some kind of social ritual involved, in order to keep the machine running smoothly.
Exactly.

TC was only displaying the response he himself expected to receive when shaming those brothers "under" him. There was a hierarchy of authority which was top-down, and a proper flow of praise which was bottom-up. Any violation was deemed to be insubordination, especially by those like TC who were in the know.

I heard about another training or conference in Anaheim where the Cleveland attendees gave a glorious test when called upon to review the message. It totally upstaged all the SoCal churches which were, of course, directly under WL's ministry and supervision. Obviously WL was slighted by the performance of the Ohio saints. What TC did next was initially startling, but entirely predictable once one understands the rules of engagement. TC went to his lieutenant, Louis Cheng, who had been placed in charge of testing preparation, and reemed him up one side and down the other. Thus the rule of order was established. Rebuking must flow downhill, and glory must go uphill.

Once this principle is understood, and regularly practiced, life in the Recovery was very peaceful. Obviously, all the storms and rebellions in the Recovery resulted from brothers refusing to follow these simple rules.
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This is why brothers like Ron Kangas can travel to South America and defame Steve Isitt as a "man of death." These patterns of abuse have been learned first hand from watching Witness Lee. Kangas is treating Isitt no different than Lee treated Ingalls, Mallon, or so many other brothers over the years. Whenever brothers in the Recovery speak their conscience and address serious concerns in an upright manner, their very act of speaking up makes them deserving of the harshest censures.
This kind of behavior really displays the corruption of the upper echelon in the LC system. Brothers like Mallon and Ingalls are virulently besmirched and yet Philip Lee continues on as Witness Lee's top coworker and is ultimately apologized to by the new elders in Anaheim for his excommunication.

Why was this allowed to go on? Because it was Witness Lee's son. If it was my son or your son he would have been fired from LSM and removed from the fellowship of the church until repentant. But Witness Lee's son gets an exemption.

Approximately 10 years prior to these events of the late 1980s his son was involved in similar immoral behavior. The eyewitness who reported it was excommunicated from the church and Philip Lee continued on as the LSM GM. Why? Because he's Witness Lee's son.
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Anything about M.E. Barber or LC system history that has it's source in Witness Lee/LSM I take with a grain of salt. Who said she behaved this way? Witness Lee. What did Lee have to gain by using this legend - a license to be abusive toward others. If it was good enough for Watchman Nee it's good enough for you too brother so just learn to "take the cross".
I wanted to comment because alwayslearning has highlighted the problem of "legend" and "myth" in the histories of the Lord's recovery. We heard lots of self-serving, abbreviated versions. WL would tell them over and over in meetings and trainings. Indeed there was probably some truth.

But as we have seen in WL's book "The fermentation of the present rebellion", and other attempts to convey what really happened, we cannot simply say that something occurred as WL stated. If we could not trust his accounts of events in the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s, how much less the events in China in the 1920s?

Christianity is in one aspect an emergence of thinking from the "myths" of Gods and primordial mists. What we believe, largely, is based on observable fact, not legend. There was a city named Jerusalem, with a race called the Jews. They had been at one time a great kingdom (David, Solomon, etc) with a great temple and "palaces of ivory" (Psa 45:8). The kingdom had fallen and became under the control of the Roman empire. Even atheists will admit that these are facts.

Etc. We know the story about Jesus. My point is that Christians believe this as independently observable fact, not myth. There really was a Jerusalem, there was the promise of a coming king, the "Son of Man" and the "Son of David" who would restore the former glory, and we Christians believe that there was a man named Jesus. We believe that He conquered sin, death, the devil and Hades. He is the true king.

Our history as Christians has thousands of years of observable and verifiable facts. Even the raising from the dead of Jesus Christ -- it is a fact that the disciples claimed to have seen Him and it is a fact that we the Christian polity believe their claims.

Now, enter WL. He arrived in the U.S. with many stories, many of which are now at least suspect as self-serving fictions. Given his account with the facts of local church history in the last few decades, we would do well to suspect anything he said unless it is independently verified by untampered witnesses.

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Maybe through circumstances, training and/or personality she did develop certain mannerisms that came across as being stern. But she was a British lady in the early part of the 20th century - when ladies starting when they were young girls were conscientiously taught to be "lady-like" i.e. polite and proper in the company of others. So I find the idea of her berating brothers to be quite a stretch - yet a useful fiction for the likes of Witness Lee, Titus Chu, etc.
Notice how alwayslearning prefaces his comments with "maybe"; that is what we should do when we don't have the facts. We can speculate, ponder, and examine, as long as we don't pretend, a la WL, that what we are saying/writing is "the truth". Because we don't know the truth, often. And we should not just think that because WL said or wrote something that it was so.

The apostle Peter clearly told us in his epistle "not to lord it over each other." Now, one can be strict and disciplined with oneself, and be an example in this way to others. Perhaps MEB was very "polite and proper" in the 19th century British way, and the young foppish Chinese lads wandered off in search of something more relaxing, except the young WN who realized that discipline was necessary. Wesley had learned this hundreds of years before, and anyone who tries to follow Christ should at some point learn that being a "disciple" involves self-control, or "discipline", and might do well to imitate, or follow, someone who displays self-control. But that is entirely different from public shaming and lording it over one another, and the fiction of "strict" MEB may have been created as a cover for the latter behavior.

I don't know. I am just thinking aloud here. What I do remember is that WL was "continually disappointed" in pretty much everyone and everything, up to and even including his cheerleaders the BBs, but MEB and WN could do no wrong. That looks like legend to me.
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We know the story about Jesus. My point is that Christians believe this as independently observable fact, not myth. There really was a Jerusalem, there was the promise of a coming king, the "Son of Man" and the "Son of David" who would restore the former glory, and we Christians believe that there was a man named Jesus. We believe that He conquered sin, death, the devil and Hades. He is the true king.

Our history as Christians has thousands of years of observable and verifiable facts. Even the raising from the dead of Jesus Christ -- it is a fact that the disciples claimed to have seen Him and it is a fact that we the Christian polity believe their claims.
One further point. It is noteworthy, I think, that there are 4 different and largely independent "gospel" accounts: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It is important that there are multiple witnesses. This was according to God's plan. It is important for us that there are the historical accounts in Acts, that Paul references them in his epistles, that Peter's epistle notes Paul's ministry and Paul's writings acknowledge his interactions with James, Peter, and so forth. We have not myth but separate accounts of history.

And this continued after the canon of the Bible was finished. There are voluminous writings from the first centuries, not only Christian but also Jewish and Roman historians and so forth. All of these textual witnesses independently corroborate and strengthen the gospel story.

As I have mentioned, it seems that a lot was ignored and even actively suppressed in the 4th through 10th centuries by "church authorities" who had their own agenda. When the RCC split from the Greek Orthodox Church, Luther & Calvin's "recovery" of truth in the 16th century didn't have access to a lot of post-canonical commentaries. They were left to their own logic and the text at hand; they'd look at scripture and say, "What does this mean to me, a reasonable believing person?", and the group consensus became "Calvinistic doctrine" and "Puritanism" and so forth.

Luther's "justification by faith" is arguably an improvement on the traditions and authorities of the RCC, but we should not say, "Okay, now we have fully recovered the truth". That is the WL fiction we were sold: WN supposedly had read all the old books and recovered their truths; now just read (LSM edition) WN and WL books and get the "completed NT revelation", the "high peak truths" etc.

Nonsense. That is like saying that since "Read with Dick and Jane" contains all the letters of the English alphabet and has been used for decades in the U.S. primary school system that now we have everything an have no need for any further reading materials.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fileick_and_Jane.jpg

Fun with Dick and Jane may be fun in first grade, but don't kid yourself and pretend it is post-graduate study. Shouting it repeatedly may be even more fun than reading it, but it still doesn't "constitute" anything but a loud first grader. And actively discouraging and suppressing people who want to go beyond that makes you a stumbling to others. Jesus said, "Woe to you; you neither enter in nor do you permit others to enter."
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Approximately 10 years prior to these events of the late 1980s his son was involved in similar immoral behavior. The eyewitness who reported it was excommunicated from the church and Philip Lee continued on as the LSM GM. Why? Because he's Witness Lee's son.
I think there's a post somewhere more detailed about this event, but I am under the opinion was the so-called sister's rebellion and Max becoming personna non grata was directly related to Max confronting Phillip (1977?). The eyewitness I understand took the steps and brought it to the elder's attention. How was he excommunicated? And by whom?
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... and Max becoming personna non grata was directly related to Max confronting Phillip (1977?). The eyewitness I understand took the steps and brought it to the elder's attention. How was he excommunicated? And by whom?
I thought the eyewitnesses were relocated (witness protection program?) and the elder was effectively told to leave. When the elder came to the church meeting, the elder's seat next to WL had been filled by someone else.
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And this continued after the canon of the Bible was finished. There are voluminous writings from the first centuries, not only Christian but also Jewish and Roman historians and so forth. All of these textual witnesses independently corroborate and strengthen the gospel story.
After the canon of the Bible was completed the discussion continued. This non-canonical and extra-canonical discussion didn't supplement the scripture, so much as further illuminate it.

It is important to say here what we are doing, and what we are not doing. We are not adding to the scripture. Scripture is scripture and commentary is commentary. But to tackle the scripture on your own without the guidance of those who were there before you is to assume that they were wasting their time and have nothing to add to the discussion. Smacks of arrogance to me. As RK might say, "What have they accomplished? Absolutely nothing".

Also, we are not taking anything away from God's word. WL's dismissal of large sections of scripture as "natural" and "fallen" is arguably the equivalent of taking away the words of God. If you don't get something in the Bible, fine. If it doesn't speak much to you, fine. But does that mean it is not the inspired word of God but rather the natural word of fallen man? I really don't think I want to go there either.

WL seemed to circumvent his lack of scholarship by stressing "life". Like if he wrote it it was life, but if someone else said it then it was maybe just "dead knowledge". So for scriptural understanding you basically ended up with "WL said it; therefore it's true." And if WL didn't say it, then nobody said it. Why? Because that's what WL said: WN had read everything, and had told WL everything useful, so why bother read anything else?
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I think there's a post somewhere more detailed about this event, but I am under the opinion was the so-called sister's rebellion and Max becoming personna non grata was directly related to Max confronting Phillip (1977?). The eyewitness I understand took the steps and brought it to the elder's attention. How was he excommunicated? And by whom?
He was excommunicated by the church per Witness Lee's heavy-handed influence to protect the imagine of the/his ministry.

There were several contributing factors to Max Rapoport getting the ax:

1. The young Galileans "flow" created a lot of havoc as churches throughout the country were gutted of their young people who moved to OC. This was a plan devised by Witness Lee and implemented by Rapoport as his front man. Thus Rapoport was a convenient scapegoat offered up by Lee to appease elders and coworkers who were upset by this "flow".

2. Sandy Rapoport was publicly accused of being in a "sister's rebellion" while her husband was out of town.

3. Prior to and regardless of the young Galilean thing some coworkers and elders were unhappy with Rapoport suddenly becoming Lee's "right hand man" so to speak. They considered him nothing but an uncouth upstart who did not deserve such a position.

4. The final straw was Rapoport confronting Philip Lee about his immoral behavior. That was an absolute no-no!
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I thought the eyewitnesses were relocated (witness protection program?) and the elder was effectively told to leave. When the elder came to the church meeting, the elder's seat next to WL had been filled by someone else.
Perhaps you are thinking about another event. In the instance I am referring to the eyewitness was excommunicated and the other party involved in the immoral behavior was relocated.
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They were showing partiality.

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Indeed! And here is the thing about having a MOTA in a system with no accountability. He can do and say whatever he wants and everyone better fall in line or else.

BTW, when coworkers and elders went to him about their legit concerns regarding what was going on in the late 1980s he basically told them it was none of their business. "My way or the highway" was the motto of Witness Lee regardless of all the "spiritual" language and pretense at humility he used to hide this reality.
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The whole death v. life thing is another handy tool of deception used by Witness Lee and now LSM employees to divert attention away from their own behavior and history. "Pay attention to life not right and wrong" etc are catch-all phrases designed to stop those with legit concerns in their tracks. It gives those doing wrong or covering up wrong a license to do whatever they want without recourse.

Discussing "the facts of the case" requires a certain amount of objectivity. The subtlety of the death v. life tool of deception is switching everything into the realm of subjectivity with a nary a concern for the facts.

"How do you feel when you read or talk about what took place in the LC system back in the late 1980s-early 1990s? "

"I feel sick to my stomach."

"Ah ah! That is because you are eating of the wrong tree. You are touching death brother. You should pay attention to life. Get out of your mind and turn to your spirit where life is..."

Very subtle! But the truth is:

1. I legitimately feel sick to my stomach based on the facts regarding corruption, lying, deception, mistreatment of others, machinations, hypocrisy, politics, manipulation, immaturity, etc. in the upper echelons of the LC system.

2. This is the way I should feel.

3. What I feel really is life.
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RON KANGAS: "The temptation is to ask, who is right and who is wrong. Or you may try to find out for yourself what is right and what is wrong. “Oh, this man of death, Steve Isitt, he wrote something. And someone else is sending it everywhere. I need to figure this out; oh, I never heard these things. Could this be true? Did the brothers behave like that?”

"As soon as you think this way, you yourself are finished. Okay? Because you are on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You apply that tree to the situation. So some may decide that this person is right. Others will say that person is wrong. That will lead to argument, dissension, division, and confusion. Who has all the information?

"There is a statement made about Brother Lee; you can’t ask Brother Lee about it. If you try to discern this way, you will be brought into death. This is serious. You read through this thing, you listen to this thing, you exercise your mind, you try to discern what is right, what is wrong, and all the while you are eating of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, and you will be the first one to be killed. And, then if you speak about this, you will spread death.

"But there is another way to discern. This is the way of God." RK


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Indeed! And here is the thing about having a MOTA in a system with no accountability. He can do and say whatever he wants and everyone better fall in line or else.

BTW, when coworkers and elders went to him about their legit concerns regarding what was going on in the late 1980s he basically told them it was none of their business. "My way or the highway" was the motto of Witness Lee regardless of all the "spiritual" language and pretense at humility he used to hide this reality.
Appendix 1

Brother Lee Not Open to Opinion or Fellowship from the Brothers
One Accord for the Lord’s New Move

Elders Training, Book 7

In the beginning of the era of the new way, Brother Lee made it clear who was the leader among the churches in the recovery. There was to be "no uncertain sounding of the trumpet" for an army of followers to follow him as its unique leader.

He gave the following analogy: "The citizens of the United States may say many things to criticize the government and the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. But when you get into the army and become a soldier, you lose the right to say anything."

He continued, "you may be a member of a local church and yet have nothing to do with the ministry to fight the battle for the Lord's interest on the earth. All of you are the elders, the co-workers, and the apprentice elders, the leading ones, in the recovery. I am speaking to you all as the soldiers in the recovery, not to the citizens. I am speaking to the soldiers of the army. Are you going to remain in the army? You have to realize what the army is and what the army would do. The army has no capacity to take your opinion…” (pp. 80-81, ET 7)

1. Atlanta Elders Conference
John Ingalls relates an elders’ meeting in which Brother Lee told the brothers how he felt about them and their ability to fellowship with him. He essentially informed them that they were not qualified to raise questions with him or to criticize anything he did.

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"In September Brother Lee had a conference in Atlanta with two elders’ meetings, one on Friday, September 16th, (1988) and the other on the Lord’s Day, September 18th. The second meeting was exceptional with brothers from all over the country attending. I would like to briefly describe it, noting a few significant things that were said, (I myself was not present but I received reports from a number of brothers concerning it.)

"Brother Lee strongly vindicated the way he had taken against all criticisms. He drew a line; any who would not take this way, he said, are “dropouts”, and the Lord will have no mercy. Addressing the brothers, he said that none of them understood what he was doing. None knew what he was doing in Taipei; hence there was no one that he could fellowship with. When I went to Taipei, he said, “I did not fellowship with one person concerning what I was going to do.” He continued: “None of you is perfected. Who can say that he is perfected? So you are not qualified to criticize what I am doing. I didn’t include you in my fellowship – how can I? So let there be no more talk about anything I do. You criticize my young trainers in Taipei, telling me their mistakes, but I was doing everything; what they did was to carry out my burden.

"Don Rutledge, an elder in Dallas before moving to North Carolina, told me, “That meeting was the most devastating and discouraging experience of all my time in the church.” What particularly bothered him was Brother Lee’s attitude toward the brothers. The atmosphere, he said, was heavy, oppressive, and abusive. (Reports came to my ears from a number of brothers who attended that meeting; all indicated something similar.) Brother Lee had wanted to have a time of fellowship `with Don immediately following the session, but Don was so troubled and depressed that he told Brother Lee he had to go home. As he walked out the door, Titus Chu came up and said to Don, "I’m afraid this will make our situation worse. I hope not”.

2. Elders From Raleigh Visit Brother Lee

Brother Lee was not interested in the fellowship offered to him from brothers in the church in Raleigh, who came to him seeking his fellowship over the desperate concerns in their locality.

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"In the summer of 1988 Tom Cesar of the church in Raleigh came to Anaheim to discuss with Brother Lee the points of a seventy-one-page compendium entitled Concerns with our Practice Regarding Truth and Life, which had been mailed to him earlier. The brothers in Raleigh had labored for many hours over this work in the expectation that Brother Lee would read it, be apprised of their concerns, realize the gravity of the situation, and hopefully make some major changes in the course we were taking. Under each point they had put together zeroxed copies of pages with quotes from Watchman Nee and Brother Lee’s earlier printed ministry together with quotes from his recent ministry to prove that there had been significant changes contradicting Brother Lee’s own teaching. While Tom was in Anaheim that summer I saw him, and learning that he had presented Brother Lee with this writing I commented, "I doubt that Brother Lee will read it. He doesn’t like to read things of that nature that raise questions concerning his work or ministry.”

"The Raleigh brothers…agreed to come to Anaheim the week after the training to meet with Brother Lee. He said he would answer their questions. They arrived on Saturday, January 7, and met with Brother Lee that night. They met also on the Lord’s Day morning, afternoon, and evening, and again on Monday morning – a total of approximately ten hours. The first evening Brother Lee did most of the speaking, giving them a history of the "conspiracy and rebellion." However, the brothers were able to say a few things. Tom pointed out how the church life was going down, and they were looking for answers. He said they had no problem with the matters of the new way, but how it was carried out was a problem. They were not concerned for right and wrong, but for God’s righteousness. They read some verses to him and quoted from the Normal Christian Church Life by W. Nee, but Brother Lee did not want to hear it. He said that he knew what Watchman Nee meant in that book, and what Watchman Nee meant then does not apply to today’s situation. He said, moreover, that there is no basic problem among us, but only a storm in Germany and Anaheim. John So, he said, exercises a strong control over Stuttgart, and just like Bill Freeman (a former elder of the church in Seattle) he is trying to set up another ministry. One of the Raleigh brothers then asked how you can identify another ministry. Brother Lee replied that it is very difficult. The brothers said that Brother Lee was very defensive at times and was like a ball bouncing from one matter to another. Tom Cesar asked, "Why can’t brothers come together to discuss their concerns without being considered to be conspiring?” But Brother Lee, they said, had no ear to hear them. It was as if they were talking to the wall. He didn’t want to clear up their points; he hadn’t even read the outline they had presented to him the previous summer. He would not answer their questions directly. They were impressed that he never asked how the saints in the church in Raleigh were doing, as if he was not concerned for them. The brothers were very disappointed (p. 140).

3. LSM Sister’s Report

As a sister working in the office of the Living Stream Ministry, a former elder’s wife had day-to-day exposure to the interferences that were being encountered by dear saints - elders, co-workers, and churches - in places around the recovery both far and near. She had been troubled to the extent of writing to Brother Lee an eleven-page letter expressing her concerns of the ill-treatment of the saints in different places at the hands of the LSM. She and her husband, an elder in Southern California, went to Brother Lee to read him the letter, and as she began to read Brother Lee cut her off soon after she started, and he took over and dominated the time, sharing his own burden about “the Lord’s move.” She was very discouraged, but Brother Lee granted her another visit to him with her husband at her husband’s request, and again as she began to read, Brother Lee stopped her, before she could get through half a page. He then dominated the remainder of the time with his own burden concerning “the Lord’s move” on the earth, not showing interest in her fellowship.

Brother Lee could not listen to what the husband considered a mild part of the letter compared to the more serious matters the letter addressed. His wife, thoroughly despondent over her experience, never tried again and never recovered from her experience and disillusionment with the church and the recovery. She has never met again with any group of believers.

She and her husband had experienced the same attitude in Brother Lee that was encountered by John So, Bill Mallon, John Ingalls, the Raleigh brothers, and many more. Brother Lee was not interested in the interferences - they were to him just “misunderstandings” of the “help” the LSM was trying to render.

4. Churches in Southern CA

In the late eighties, during “the Lord’s new move”, the elders pondered many things in their hearts and were not short of desire and need to open up and talk about what was on their heart for their localities and for the recovery. In a surprising elders’ meeting in 1988 when they did open up to one another and share in an honest way about what they felt, Brother Lee was unable to truly hear them or understand the problems they faced in their localities, as morale in locality after locality declined. A description of that elders’ meeting follows:

John Ingalls –

"Dick Taylor, an elder in Long Beach, started [the sharing] with a lively, full-of enjoyment kind of testimony, such as Dick is well-known for, thanking the Lord for the door-knocking and the Gospel preaching in Long Beach, but ending with an honest word about the depression and the discouragement among some of the saints. This was unusual for Dick but he was telling it like it was. Other brothers followed who also spoke very honestly about dissensions concerning the new way and discouragement among the saints in their localities, for which they were very concerned. In some places divisions had arisen over the new way. John Smith, an elder in San Diego, ended the time of sharing with an honest account of his concerns for the saints in his church, mentioning how he feared that with the overemphasis on methods, numbers, and increase, the saints would become activity-centered instead of Christ-centered.

"What was extraordinary was the elders speaking up in such an honest and forthright way, knowing that such reports were not what Brother Lee liked or wanted to hear. We were not accustomed to doing this due partly to a sense of intimidation. To my knowledge this was the first time that had been done. This was encouraging. But Brother Lee was visibly bothered, and later reacted strongly to the brothers’ speaking, saying of one brother’s sharing (John Smith’s) that it was like pouring iced water on him.

As a result of Brother Lee's not being open to the brothers and their fellowship, the Lord had no way to care for the churches in a practical way through Witness Lee to maintain the oneness of the Body.

As the Raleigh brothers said, they had no problem with the matters of the new way, but how it was carried out was a problem. They were not concerned for right and wrong, but for God’s righteousness. This word could have been echoed by many brothers at that time, who found that “fellowship” with Brother Lee was a one-sided matter of complying with him and his wishes, regardless of the circumstances and objections in their spirit. (all excerpts are from Deviating from the Path in the Lord's Recovery)

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John Ingalls: "Brother Lee strongly vindicated the way he had taken against all criticisms. He drew a line; any who would not take this way, he said, are “dropouts”, and the Lord will have no mercy... 'you are not qualified to criticize what I am doing. I didn’t include you in my fellowship – how can I? So let there be no more talk about anything I do.'

"Don Rutledge, an elder in Dallas before moving to North Carolina, told me, 'That meeting was the most devastating and discouraging experience of all my time in the church.' What particularly bothered him was Brother Lee’s attitude toward the brothers. The atmosphere, he said, was heavy, oppressive, and abusive."
The Bible is about Jesus. WL's focus, however, was on a particular aspect of the Bible, the ministry of the apostle Paul. Of course, Paul wrote that he was a slave of Jesus Christ, so WL as "today's Paul" would say he also was a slave of Jesus Christ. But look at what happens with "WL as the continuation of Paul's ministry": quotes like the one above from JI. WL was accountable to no one, and received a "blending spirit" of mutuality from no one.

So, how did WL get to be "today's Paul"? My understanding is that WN looked around at the Chinese Christian scene, circa 1920, and saw "British/Chinese" and "American/Chinese" churches, and realized that the Brethren model offered him an opportunity to create indigenous, locally based, "Chinese" churches. This was successful, and eventually it led one of his successors (WL) to expand abroad. So we end up with the irony of "Chinese/American" churches in the U.S.; they simply are extensions of a church which itself had been raised up as an Asian rejection of external European & American influence.

But WL didn't see it that way: he felt that he was simply "today's Paul". So everything he did was God's move on the earth today, and anyone who didn't get with the program was an "opposer of God."

Now I return to my original point: there were actually a number of textual witnesses of Jesus Christ, and by obsessively focusing on one aspect of one witness as the sole vehicle for God's move on earth we see the result: an unbalanced and non-Christian ministry, indicated above.

The apostle John wrote this: "if all the things which Jesus did were to be written, I suppose the world itself could not contain all the books therein". In other words, there is a lot to say about Jesus. So why disparage the testimonies? Why reject Peter, James, Jude, Job, and the Psalms? Because they don't support the narrow, Paul-centric "God's New Testament economy" template that was supposedly the culmination of the present recovered truth. And eventually you get the discouragement felt by Ingalls, Rutledge, and so many others when they realized that the "glorious church life" was merely a cover for something neither about nor according to Jesus Christ.

Additionally, WL probably turned his focus from "life" to "truth" because at some point he realized that his explications of "life" couldn't hold the Lord's recovery together. But neither could his revealed "truth", because it was based on a shallow and truncated reading of the scripture. The truth is a person, Jesus Christ, revealed to us in the very pages of the scripture, and in more depth and detail than we might realize. All scripture is God-breathed, not just some of it. WL's ministry presented a narrow and unbalanced reading from just a few sources, and everything else got shoehorned to fit the "revelation", or else was ignored or rejected.

Given all of that, should any of the statements like quoted above, or found in the pages of TFOTPR, or even more recent speakings, be a surprise? These statements of WL and the BBs are not about Jesus Christ, but about the continued viability of a ministry which at its core has always been about something else.
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WL's ministry presented a narrow and unbalanced reading from limited sources, and everything else got shoehorned to fit the "revelation", or was ignored or rejected.
Peter said that David was a prophet (Acts 2:30) and foreknew of the coming Christ. WL disagreed, saying that David was speaking according to his natural, soulish concepts. David prophesied of a persecuted righteous man, saved by God. WL said that no one is righteous, and that David actually saved himself.

There is nothing to support this. The apostle John didn't support it, nor did Paul. Only WL's "economy of God" stands behind this kind of analysis. And who in the Lord's recovery could object to this kind of teaching, and "restrain the madness of the prophet"? Everyone was intimidated into silence. Is it any wonder that WL eventually went off the rails, and dragged so many with him?

LSM can get as many theologians as they want to verify WL's orthodoxy. That doesn't remove the unbalanced and non-Christian teachings and behaviors.
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Additionally, WL probably turned his focus from "life" to "truth" because at some point he realized that his explications of "life" couldn't hold the Lord's recovery together. But neither could his revealed "truth", because it was based on a shallow and truncated reading of the scripture.
WL turned his focus from "life" to "truth" in the aftermath of the so-called "Max" rebellion. Lee scolded the entire Recovery for "letting" Max so easily fool us. Never once did Lee tell the churches that he himself had sent Max out to the churches with a certain charge. Lee acted like he had no idea what Max was doing, thus it was all the church's fault for not knowing the "truth" and being easily fooled because we only knew "life."
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WL turned his focus from "life" to "truth" in the aftermath of the so-called "Max" rebellion. ... he acted like ... it was all the church's fault for not knowing the "truth" and being easily fooled because we only knew "life."
This reminds me of a dream, once: I was interviewing a convicted bank robber in jail, going over his criminal past and how he got there. He kept interjecting with what he had done wrong, to end up behind bars. He would say, "I should have gotten a different wheelman. Joey was a terrible driver." Or, "We needed a Pontiac. That Ford was too slow." Or he'd say, "We should have gone down that little side street. Instead, we went down Main street and the cops were waiting for us there."

At some point I interrupted: "Your problem, sir, was not which escape route you took after you robbed a bank, or which vehicle you drove. Your problem was that you robbed a bank."

WL's and the BB's continued attempts to explain the source of the unrelieved turmoil in the local church system (too much stress on "life" at the expense of "truth", or one of Lee's lieutenants had "ambition") remind me of this.
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...why disparage the testimonies? Why reject Peter, James, Jude, Job, and the Psalms? Because they don't support the narrow, Paul-centric "God's New Testament economy" template that was supposedly the culmination of the present recovered truth. And eventually you get the discouragement felt by Ingalls, Rutledge, and so many others...
John had quoted Psalm 69 in the second chapter of his gospel: "Zeal of Thy (the Father's) house has eaten Me (Jesus) up." The coming Messiah is revealed in the Psalms, according to the NT revelation. A true and righteous man, once briefly shadowed in the Psalmist but eventually fully expressed in the incarnated Son of God.

Now, do you suppose that only that one verse in question references the coming Christ? That the rest of the chapter are the words of a vain, soulish man who is trying to be good? And that the same rule applies in John 19:36 with reference to Psalm 34? And so on and so on?

Do you suppose that the noble Berean Jews in Acts 17, when examining the scriptures, only found those cited verses, and concluded that the rest were fallen concepts? Why not? They had the New Testament ministry of Paul right in front of them, right? Why not conclude, a la Lee, that the bulk of the text in question was merely natural, not revelatory of Christ?

Pity for them that they only had Paul and not the "rich ministry of Witness Lee". They wouldn't have wasted their time "eagerly examining the scriptures every day" because Lee would have saved them from all of that.

What we see here is a feedback loop. The leadership of Lee was unquestionable. John Ingalls testimony, and others' makes this clear. So Lee could interpret the scriptures any way he saw fit, and nobody could raise a hand and say, "Excuse me, sir, it says here..." If you did that you were called "rebellious" and "negative" and when you came to the next meeting you'd find, like Ingalls, that your seat had been filled by someone more "positive".

And, Lee's teachings showed Paul as the culmination of all ministry (never mind that once Paul had departed, we could still see John, and better yet, functioning as a prophet [Rev 1:3, 22:18]). All Lee had to do was "imitate Paul" and voila, he had the ministry of the age.

So Lee controlled the scriptural understanding, and the scriptural understanding (per Lee) said that to maintain good order in the church he must be the lonely guy at the top, and accountable only to God. It's tough at the top, but I guess someone has to do it. Right?
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The unrelieved turmoil in the local church system and both WL's and the BB's continued attempts to identify the source of the trouble (i.e. too much stress on "life" at the expense of "truth", or "someone had ambition") reminds me of this.
If we examine the history of Witness Lee's system, we find that he regularly employed scapegoats to maintain his own pristine image inside the Recovery. The scapegoat of Israel (Lev. 16.8) was a goat selected by lot and sent outside the camp into the wilderness to Azazel never to be seen again. That scapegoat carried away the sins of the people, thus purifying the congregation.

Following every chaotic "storm" in the Recovery, also known as "rebellions," Witness Lee would immediately select the best "goat," though obviously it was not randomly chosen. All the sins of Lee and LSM, along with the supposed failures of the saints, were transferred to this selected scapegoat, who was once for all banished from the Recovery via an orchestrated "dog and pony show" called a quarantine.

During the interim between storms, Lee and LSM would rehearse in their trainings how all the blame was the scapegoat's, and that now the Recovery was purified from such awful sins as ambition and opinion. Thus we would all proclaim how living and timely each training was, certain that every failure of old was now replicated and exposed among us, proving how much we alone were on the Lord's heart.
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If we examine the history of Witness Lee's system, we find that he regularly employed scapegoats to maintain his own pristine image inside the Recovery. ...Following every chaotic "storm" in the Recovery, also known as "rebellions," Witness Lee would immediately select the best "goat," ... All the sins of Lee and LSM, along with the supposed failures of the saints, were transferred to this selected scapegoat, who was once for all banished ...
Reminds me of the priest who said, "It is necessary for one person to die that the nation might be saved"; little did he know how true his words were. Likewise we see the "church authorities" re-enacting the crucifixion periodically to purge the flock, and to "maintain good order". But they want to play the part of the murderers, not the victim.

Similarly, we hear "Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ." (Eph. 5) But that "being subject" is to apply to everyone except the "authority", here WL or his deputy. The authority is subject to no one. Thus the speech of WL, as relayed by JI, makes perfect sense. I mean, what else could the "minister of the age" say?
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During the interim between storms, Lee and LSM would rehearse in their trainings how all the blame was the scapegoat's, and that now the Recovery was purified from such awful sins as ambition and opinion.
Not only, but there would be subtle reinforcement in at least one Holy Word for Morning Revival I had seen.
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Not only, but there would be subtle reinforcement in at least one Holy Word for Morning Revival I had seen.
For years I heard about scapegoat Max, then we moved on to the Ingalls scapegoat. It's so predictable what they are saying now.
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"There is a statement made about Brother Lee; you can’t ask Brother Lee about it. If you try to discern this way, you will be brought into death. This is serious. You read through this thing, you listen to this thing, you exercise your mind, you try to discern what is right, what is wrong, and all the while you are eating of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, and you will be the first one to be killed." RK
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They read some verses to him and quoted from the Normal Christian Church Life by W. Nee, but Brother Lee did not want to hear it. He said that he knew what Watchman Nee meant in that book, and what Watchman Nee meant then does not apply to today’s situation.
The fact that Brother Lee didn't receive any fellowship indicates what spirit was operating. This "autonomous spirit" had been submerged, suppressed, when Don Rutledge first met him fifteen years earlier. Then Brother Lee had been expressing a meek and humble spirit. Eventually the "true colors" emerged and you could clearly see a spirit that wanted to dominate the assembly of the saints.

Now, am I a better man than WL? No. Or BP or RK? I doubt it. But any spirit that wants to dominate the assembly should be identified as not of Christ, and instantly and utterly rejected. If you subject yourself to it your journey will be quite distorted by the experience, I can assure you.

Occasionally I access this website, Local Church Discussions, via Google. So when I am typing in "localchur" the Google website helpfully points me to possibilities. One of which is "localchurches.com" Their heading reads: "The local church loves Jesus Christ and have received help through His servants, especially Watchman Nee and Witness Lee."


My question is simple: Who put the name of Witness Lee, or Watchman Nee, up next to Jesus Christ? Did God do that, or man?

It is clearly revealed in the scripture that God will judge all, and will indeed put some up higher and some down lower. This is repeated in various ways throughout the scripture, both in OT type, in Gospel parable and teaching, in epistle, in John's revelation. But to place ones' name, work, and person next to Jesus Christ in this age, in an attempt to anticipate the Judge's work, is folly. Talk about "natural", and "fallen"!
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My question is simple: Who put the name of Witness Lee, or Watchman Nee, up next to Jesus Christ? Did God do that, or man?

It is clearly revealed in the scripture that God will judge all, and will indeed put some up higher and some down lower. This is repeated in various ways throughout the scripture, both in OT type, in Gospel parable and teaching, in epistle, in John's revelation. But to place ones' name, work, and person next to Jesus Christ in this age, in an attempt to anticipate the Judge's work, is folly. Talk about "natural", and "fallen"!
My, have they come full circle.

In the early days, we focused on "Christ, only Christ." We regularly discussed how degraded was the whole of Christianity for plastering the pastor's name on the church signboard. Now we see Lee's name on every website.

So degraded!
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In the early days, we focused on "Christ, only Christ." We regularly discussed how degraded was the whole of Christianity for plastering the pastor's name on the church signboard.
In early days, as I remember -- I may have not been paying close attention -- the "ground", i.e. the reason for our corporate existence, gathering, and function, was Jesus Christ. We were there for the testimony of Jesus Christ in that city. As you say, "Only Christ." Period.

Now, it seems that our testimony in that city is based on Jesus Christ, as helpfully revealed to us by the ministries of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, as carefully tended by the Blendeds Publishing House in Anaheim, CA. Got that? And if you tell me that WN/WL as presented by the Blendeds is equivalent to "Christ", I reply that anyone who makes that kind of assertion on this side of the Judgment Seat has rocks in their head. Is THAT what our oneness is based on? Our faith? Our testimony?

You can complain about "anonymous internet posters" all you want, but if you silence every voice other than the ministry of WL as tended by his curators in Anaheim, someone will anonymously take to the internet and say "Wrong!" You can silence me, and shut down this website, and the stones themselves will cry out: "Wrong!" And you may say, "We don't care for right and wrong" but see how long that statement stands at the Judgment Seat. It will be vaporized in an instant.
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Well, let’s also take a look at how Ron was doing at the end of that same time period, 11 years. We know that he was still defaming from the pulpit the brothers and not seeking reconciliation with them. And, another 11 years later he was defaming me. The BBs, including Ron, were a continual subject of dismay for Brother Lee, as seen in A Word of Love where WL describes their condition,

"As I have said before, the spirit of not shepherding and seeking others and being without love and forgiveness is spreading in the recovery everywhere. I believe that not having the Father’s loving and forgiving heart and not having the Savior’s shepherding and seeking spirit is the reason for our barrenness."
If you want a different perspective on this little bit (which might recolor your considerations on the rest) consider this. . . . For all the private meetings that Lee had with these people you suggest were dismaying Lee, why did he not take them to task privately? Why did he speak publicly about it as if he might be talking about someone else?

Maybe it is because he was talking about someone else.

Maybe the implication was intended to direct the "little saints" to be different and put the blame for the problem on them. If we are supposedly the vast priesthood, then we are all the shepherds. So you don't have to blame the leadership because there supposedly isn't any.

(Of course, we all know there is leadership. And it is the trunk of the tree. And it is rotten . . . . Doesn't speak well for the tree.)

I just have this problem that the guy who can get the entirety of the "Recovery" to quickly change direction based on one message is needing to speak to everyone to somehow get the people he is otherwise privately brow-beating to do what they should. You would think that if they were going to subject themselves to the kind of brow-beating that James Barber's sons said he told about, they would either do as told or get out.

So I think that pointing those words at the BBs is probably not the right answer. Or interpreting it the way we are is not the right answer.
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You can complain about "anonymous internet posters" all you want, but if you silence every voice other than the ministry of WL as tended by his curators in Anaheim, someone will anonymously take to the internet and say "Wrong!" You can silence me, and shut down this website, and the stones themselves will cry out: "Wrong!" And you may say, "We don't care for right and wrong" but see how long that statement stands at the Judgment Seat. It will be vaporized in an instant.
As much as that phrase "we don't care for right and wrong" has been uttered in localities, the co-workers, etc, what this lack of caring indicates is an unwilligness to be held accountable to the brothers and sisters in the local churches.
Not caring for right or wrong? If you believe All scripture is God-breathed, the writers of the Bible did care about right or wrong. There are 299 instances of righteousness found in the Bible. It is unscriptural to say we don't care for right or wrong.

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"First Corinthians 11:19 says that divisions are unavoidable that the approved ones might be made manifest. The kind of turmoil and rebellion [late 80s] that we are now experiencing always sifts the congregation. In such a situation some are sifted and some are manifested as being approved."


What do you think, you members of the Body of Christ?

I know what I think and will probably submit an article, as we all work toward oneness in the Body....
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1 Cor. 11:19 – “For there must even be parties among you, that those who are approved may become manifest among you.”


from DCP book, Properly Discerning Spiritual Authority to Rightly Follow the Lord, p70

“At times the Lord sovereignly allows turmoils in and among the churches. These turmoils serve to purify the churches and to manifest those who are approved.

.”During the desolation of the church, the different kinds of confusion, errors, and corruption function to manifest the ones approved by God. Whoever passes the tests and is approved by God will be manifested through the desolation.

“God does not desire the desolation, but in His hand it functions to manifest those who can pass the tests. Without desolation, confusion, errors, corruption, and darkness, we would not be able to see each individual’s condition.” - W. Lee

DCP assertion: “In our history, such turmoils have often been caused by brothers of some prominence in the work. This should not surprise us. Remember that the 250 who followed Korah were ‘leaders of the assembly’ (Num. 16:2). What then should we do when those who seem to be authorities deviate from the truth?”


The implication given here is preposterous by men whose practice is to deflect the truth and disseminate lies in the churches - “that brothers of some prominence” have caused turmoil and desolation in our history; when the brothers they refer to in the late 80s were actually men of conscience objecting to the formation of a party during a movement set in motion by Witness Lee and recklessly promoted by LSM co-workers, causing turmoil and division.


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This letter addresses major concerns that “brothers of some prominence” had during the late 80s turmoil, which LSM / DCP withhold from the churches while also suppressing other serious concerns which clears the way for their fabricated version of church history.

“Dear brother Witness Lee,

It has come to our attention recently through several witnesses that gross immorality and some other sins mentioned in 1 Corinthians 5:11 have been committed by your son Philip Lee (who is identified as your Ministry Office) on more than one occasion over a long period of time. This deeply disturbs us. It grieves us even more that you and some of your close co-workers were aware of the situation and yet not only tolerated it but covered it up. What is worse is that, while this was happening, you and your co-workers were promoting and exalting him to the extent that he was able to intervene in the churches’ affairs in recent years. The peak of this promotion was evident at your elders’ training in Taipei in June 1987. Some of your co-workers were not only themselves under the influence and control of Philip Lee, but were also openly bringing elders and young people of many local churches to come under the same influence and control in your name and for your sake. The five brothers whom you and your Office sent to Europe in your place in May 1986 were trying to do the same here. Our young people who went to your training in Taipei have also testified of the same.

Before God, before the brothers and sisters in the local churches, before the Christian public, and for the sake of the Lord’s testimony, we are compelled by our conscience to fully disassociate ourselves from such sins and behaviour in your work”.

(signatories were twenty-one brothers from nine churches in Europe who effectually withdrew from the recovery with this letter on September 17, 1989)
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. For all the private meetings that Lee had with these people you suggest were dismaying Lee, why did he not take them to task privately? Why did he speak publicly about it as if he might be talking about someone else?

Maybe the implication was intended to direct the "little saints" to be different and put the blame for the problem on them. I just have this problem that the guy who can get the entirety of the "Recovery" to quickly change direction based on one message is needing to speak to everyone to somehow get the people he is otherwise privately brow-beating to do what they should. .
I understand your logic but the history doesn't bear it out.

WL used proxies, "medium potatoes" if you will, to deal with the "little saints". Remember the role of Max R in the "young Galileans" episode. In my local church we occasionally had various regional or sector leaders who always made it clear they were not free-lancing but were blending with us at the behest of higher-ups. And when the visitors were from Anaheim they usually tried to give us a private word from WL himself. Wow! a word only one person removed from the great man himself!

And on the negative side, look how WL dealt with these agents when things turned bad. As Ohio said they became convenient scapegoats. Again, Max R comes to mind. Also I saw WL publicly browbeat TC in a meeting once. WL didn't say, "I wonder if that's how things are with the saints in Ohio"; rather, he turned to his left and said, "Titus, is that how things are in Cleveland?" and TC rose stiffly and looked at the ground and said gravely, "I am ashamed to admit..."

Lee panning his lieutenants' efforts in front of us all seems like a reasonable assessment to me.
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And on the negative side, look how WL dealt with these agents when things turned bad. As Ohio said they became convenient scapegoats. Again, Max R comes to mind. Also I saw WL publicly browbeat TC in a meeting once. WL didn't say, "I wonder if that's how things are with the saints in Ohio"; rather, he turned to his left and said, "Titus, is that how things are in Cleveland?" and TC rose stiffly and looked at the ground and said gravely, "I am ashamed to admit..."
Titus Chu told us years age that to the Blendeds Witness Lee was god, but to him Witness Lee was a man. The Blendeds received the words of Lee above the Word of God, and received the actions of Lee as the actual work of God. Should the words or the works of Lee run contrary to sound judgment or their conscience, they would actually recalibrate them to match Lee. That's why statements like, "even if Lee is wrong, he is still right," can pass by them without alarms going off.

Titus Chu, of course, convinced us in the Great Lakes area that his way was the more spiritual one. But was it really? He liked to say that Witness Lee was his spiritual father, and that the mistakes of one's father are, "none of my business." But when it comes to enabling the unrighteousness and the abuses of Witness Lee, what is the difference between treating him as an infallible god and saying that all his actions are "none of my business"? Granted Titus Chu did take considerable heat from the Blendeds for not being such a fervent cheerleader, but neither did Titus Chu stand for righteousness nor alert the churches to corruption at LSM. Did he not condemn John Ingalls for exposing LSM filth?

Thus we see the unwritten mandate placed upon every Recovery leader -- unwavering loyalty to leadership supersedes personal integrity, Christian righteousness, steadfastness to the truth, faithfulness to the Lord, and, of course, care for the saints under your care. Then, in another great show of irony, we have Witness Lee publicly shaming all the leaders for not being proper shepherds. Did he really expect to have it both ways?
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Thus we see the unwritten mandate placed upon every Recovery leader -- unwavering loyalty to leadership supersedes personal integrity, Christian righteousness, steadfastness to the truth, faithfulness to the Lord, and, of course, care for the saints under your care. Then, in another great show of irony, we have Witness Lee publicly shaming all the leaders for not being proper shepherds. Did he really expect to have it both ways?
And I think the unwritten mandate became a written public commitment to the mandate in 1986 when 400+ elders and coworkers pledged their blind allegiance to Witness Lee declaring he was indispensable to their oneness. And in fact he is indispensable to their oneness. The problem is that's not the oneness discussed in the Bible. It's a "oneness" within a ministry sect based on complete adherence to a dead man's ministry as officially interpreted by LSM staffers.
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John Ingalls..."Brother Lee strongly vindicated the way he had taken against all criticisms. He drew a line; any who would not take this way, he said, are “dropouts”, and the Lord will have no mercy. Addressing the brothers, he said that none of them understood what he was doing. None knew what he was doing in Taipei; hence there was no one that he could fellowship with. When I went to Taipei, he said, “I did not fellowship with one person concerning what I was going to do.” He continued: “None of you is perfected. Who can say that he is perfected? So you are not qualified to criticize what I am doing. I didn’t include you in my fellowship – how can I? So let there be no more talk about anything I do. You criticize my young trainers in Taipei, telling me their mistakes, but I was doing everything; what they did was to carry out my burden.
This nicely sums up the attitude and arrogance of Witness Lee. It displays what he really thought about the coworkers and elders. At other times he called them nothing but school boys, etc.

And basically here he is once again reinforcing that he is the boss of "the work" and what he says goes. He can do whatever he wants without fellowship and if you don't like it too bad - you're not qualified to fellowship with him anyway. He is far too superior. To fellowship with you is beneath him.

Further in a surprising moment of candor - which he probably hoped would never be repeated - he admitted that all the crazy things being done and said by his young trainers came with his blessing and therefore nobody is allowed to criticize it. And this means that mere hoi polloi should not question such things as: "Follow Witness Lee blindly; even if he's wrong he's right", "Philip Lee is brother Lee's top coworker", "We should learn from the Red Guards", etc.

Of course there are countless problems with this sort of thing but the one that stands out the most to me is this: a good leader produces good leaders and a good teacher produces good teachers. And they are not threatened in anyway when these leaders and teachers emerge and are better than they are. It is an indication that they did their job well. So if what Witness Lee said is true it is to his shame and exposes his complete inability to train and equip people. You have no one to fellowship with about the direction of the work after almost 30 years in the US? Really? Then shame on you! You are a disgrace! You should be fired immediately!
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I understand your logic but the history doesn't bear it out.

WL used proxies, "medium potatoes" if you will, to deal with the "little saints". Remember the role of Max R in the "young Galileans" episode. In my local church we occasionally had various regional or sector leaders who always made it clear they were not free-lancing but were blending with us at the behest of higher-ups. And when the visitors were from Anaheim they usually tried to give us a private word from WL himself. Wow! a word only one person removed from the great man himself!

And on the negative side, look how WL dealt with these agents when things turned bad. As Ohio said they became convenient scapegoats. Again, Max R comes to mind. Also I saw WL publicly browbeat TC in a meeting once. WL didn't say, "I wonder if that's how things are with the saints in Ohio"; rather, he turned to his left and said, "Titus, is that how things are in Cleveland?" and TC rose stiffly and looked at the ground and said gravely, "I am ashamed to admit..."

Lee panning his lieutenants' efforts in front of us all seems like a reasonable assessment to me.
I agree with the general issue of scapegoating. And he did do much open shaming at times. But, just as the examples given show, they were pointed, not so vague and general.

I'm pretty sure that Lee did take the top leaders to task in their private meetings. But when he wanted to shame, he was direct and pointed. Not vague. So I was just wondering out loud whether this is the same thing as the others.

Maybe it was just the way you wrote it up in the post I was responding to. It just sounded much less specific. More vague and general.

But trends among the rank and file might not be so easy to just bark an order about. Better to suggest that they were somehow missing some alleged mark and see what happens. That way they wouldn't be entirely surprised when the elders started taking action on some who were staying "off the mark."

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I agree with the general issue of scapegoating. And he did do much open shaming at times. But, just as the examples given show, they were pointed, not so vague and general.

I'm pretty sure that Lee did take the top leaders to task in their private meetings. But when he wanted to shame, he was direct and pointed. Not vague. So I was just wondering out loud whether this is the same thing as the others.
Now I get you. I was probably talking past your point.
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That is a very good question.

We leave the errors of such so called authorities. We reject the claims of those who would be apostles and their deputies. We see their hollow words for what they are — lies cloaked in the rhetoric of the Godly. Unrighteousness called righteousness. And even worse — unrighteousness excused as unimportant. As irrelevant in the discerning of truth.
My sister once asked me, or rather assumed that I would agree with Lee when he said (whatever it was). In the particular case, the answer was "no." And at this point, my default position on anything Lee says is "no — until estabilshed otherwise." I will assume he is wrong until I become convinced that on a particular thing he is actually right.
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"even if Lee is wrong, he is still right"
That phrase at least in the last two years, brother Ron has been backtracking on.
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my default position on anything Lee says is "no — until estabilshed otherwise." I will assume he is wrong until I become convinced that on a particular thing he is actually right.
Just reinsert Lee with LSM/DCP and that is my position.

To sum up:

I will assume LSM/DCP are in error until I have become convinced otherwise.
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And I think the unwritten mandate became a written public commitment to the mandate in 1986 when 400+ elders and coworkers pledged their blind allegiance to Witness Lee declaring he was indispensable to their oneness. And in fact he is indispensable to their oneness. The problem is that's not the oneness discussed in the Bible. It's a "oneness" within a ministry sect based on complete adherence to a dead man's ministry as officially interpreted by LSM staffers.
This unwritten mandate is really a pledge of allegiance to a man and his ministry. In short, A pledge to partiality.

As long as you can be partial to their sect, you can have oneness. However it is not the oneness according to the Bible. It's a oneness according to man.
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We leave the errors of such so called authorities. We reject the claims of those who would be apostles and their deputies. We see their hollow words for what they are — lies cloaked in the rhetoric of the Godly. Unrighteousness called righteousness. And even worse — unrighteousness excused as unimportant. As irrelevant in the discerning of truth.
My sister once asked me, or rather assumed that I would agree with Lee when he said (whatever it was). In the particular case, the answer was "no." And at this point, my default position on anything Lee says is "no — until established otherwise." I will assume he is wrong until I become convinced that on a particular thing he is actually right.
http://www.thebereans.net/forum2/showthread.php?t=44665

In the link is an LSM mindset being put to the test by various posters taking the position of "no" against an LSM poster till truth eventually prevails and the LSM poster stops his "artful" display of unrighteousness being called righteousness. He does not confess he was wrong; he just disappears and the thread ends.

The 6 pages of short posts on the thread goes fast, and is well worth the reading, as Norm, Ohio, Mr. Smith, Speakers Corner, Paul Cox (and others, eventually me), try to deal with him. And, oh yes, Hope (Don Rutledge) made a timely contribution.

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That phrase at least in the last two years, brother Ron has been backtracking on.
Really? In what way? Anything specific? Just curious.
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Really? In what way? Anything specific? Just curious.
I would have to listen to the message again when Ron visited here in the NW. Basically admitting WL was not infallible. All the while no admission of any mistakes made by the ministry (the pledge of allegiance to WL and his ministry for one).
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I would have to listen to the message again when Ron visited here in the NW. Basically admitting WL was not infallible. All the while no admission of any mistakes made by the ministry (the pledge of allegiance to WL and his ministry for one).
***** Breaking News ***** Breaking News *****
LSM's chief theologian, Princeton educated Ronald Kangas, has publicly stated that Witness Lee was not infallible.

Yet he was not willing to state where and when such failure had occurred.
***** Move along folks ***** Move along folks *****
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LSM's chief theologian, Princeton educated Ronald Kangas, has publicly stated that Witness Lee was not infallible..
Only RK can say this. He is now the oracle, and can modify previous oracles. Only those at the top can criticize and amend. Anyone further down attempting to critically assess WL will be labeled a "man of death" a la Steve Isitt, and expelled. This, of course, is necessary to maintain good order in the church.

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Yet he was not willing to state where and when such failure had occurred..
But we all know WL's failures: he was too trusting with Max Rappaport. He was too lenient with John So. He was too patient with John Ingalls. Etc.

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:42 AM   #161
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"Leaders from several Local Churches convened recently (April 2010) in Boise, ID. Among
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funds have run low due to the years of litigation against Harvest House Publishers."


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LSM's chief theologian, Princeton educated Ronald Kangas, has publicly stated that Witness Lee was not infallible.

Yet he was not willing to state where and when such failure had occurred.
***** Move along folks ***** Move along folks *****
There's nothing here to see. There's nothing here to see.


Thanks for that major insight Mr. Kangas! We kinda knew that already. So which actions and teachings of Witness Lee do you think are wrong?

Dead silence? Really?

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I would have to listen to the message again when Ron visited here in the NW. Basically admitting WL was not infallible. All the while no admission of any mistakes made by the ministry (the pledge of allegiance to WL and his ministry for one).
So we finally have one of the infamous "Brothers We" joining Lee who made what was essentially a death-bed declaration that we had been wrong. I guess Lee managed to pass out before he uttered even one example of error, so it was not really much of anything. So, in keeping with their example, RK and the rest will follow suit and start many repentances that repent of nothing. Just say the word "repent" or "fallible" or "wrong."
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But we all know WL's failures: he was too trusting with Max Rappaport. He was too lenient with John So. He was too patient with John Ingalls. Etc.
Exactly.

Serious flaws!

And too longsuffering with Titus Chu.

Such failings by the consummate Minister Of The Age!
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So we finally have one of the infamous "Brothers We" joining Lee who made what was essentially a death-bed declaration that we had been wrong. I guess Lee managed to pass out before he uttered even one example of error, so it was not really much of anything. So, in keeping with their example, RK and the rest will follow suit and start many repentances that repent of nothing.
Just say the word "repent" or "fallible" or "wrong."

Barbara Mallon response to Witness Lee "repentance"


"Allow me to respond. I do not believe that W. Lee had a genuine repentance in Feb 1997. If he genuinely did, there would be some 'fruit' to such a repentance. Where is it?

If he genuinely repented, would not the Lord have kept him alive a few years more to see and cherish that fruit?

Allow me to illustrate, let me assume for a moment that it's genuine; he repented, in private, concerning just one name, Bro. X. 14 years have passed, I don't know of any record of an attempt at reconciliation toward Bro. X.

Surely Lee would not have passed on this 'crucial charge' to others without first leading by example. He would not have left it up to others 'to read over, fellowship, and interpret'. This is a cop-out. this is passing the buck yet again.

again W. Lee does not take responsibility for his own 'mistakes' . 'mistakes' is a lie. Assuming the headship of Christ (by referring to oneself as 'the oracle of God'/minister of the age/ commander-in-chief) or branding fellow brothers as rebels are sins against and undermine the Body. No one does such things by mistake, by accident. These are wilful acts and have been symptomatic of W. Lee's regime. Symptomatic to the point of abuse.

With LSM, there is a 'White House' and commander-in-chief , but where is the 'House of Representatives', where is the 'secretary of foreign affairs'? Watching 24 and Jack Bauer's frenzied one-man ministry of 'lets pursue the terrorists', with it's direct line to the White House routine, is, for me, illustrative of whats wrong with the LR.

W. Lee, TV evangelists, they all have something in common, an addiction to power even if the cost is dignity.

We have been too kind to the 'Wizard of Oz'."

(2010 email 3 1/2 years)

Barbara had just heard in 2010 of Brother Lee's "repentance" in 1997 and wanted me to send her information about this. I sent her the transcript.
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W. Lee does not take responsibility for his own 'mistakes.' 'mistakes' is a lie. Assuming the headship of Christ (by referring to oneself as 'the oracle of God'/minister of the age/ commander-in-chief) or branding fellow brothers as rebels are sins against and undermine the Body. No one does such things by mistake, by accident. These are willful acts and have been symptomatic of W. Lee's regime. Symptomatic to the point of abuse.
And this was my own conclusion as I studied our history during the buildup to the quarantine of Titus Chu and the mid-west area churches. There is no way on earth that we could reduce Witness Lee's own actions during this era of time to some happenstance "mistakes." These were carefully calculated decisions arrived at over a lengthy course of time. It was not like me driving home for dinner, making a wrong turn, and then apologizing to my wife for arriving late.

This was a plan hatched out of the dire necessity to protect one's own ministry and immoral son, while smearing the reputation of those closest to him, who were only concerned for God's righteousness and God's people.
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In the link is an LSM mindset being put to the test by various posters taking the position of "no" against an LSM poster till truth eventually prevails and the LSM poster stops his "artful" display of unrighteousness being called righteousness. He does not confess he was wrong; he just disappears and the thread ends.
Another example of the LSM mindset, is a response to concerns of our history is "why are you coming to me with this stuff? I had nothing to do with it."

For most brothers, not directly. However indirectly they have not resisted the condemnation of former leading ones. Brothers have not told the co-workers to stop this kind of speaking regarding former elders.
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