Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Why Have We Done This?

When my first article "Why Are So Many Christians Attacking Dr. Robert Morey?" was published on May 24th, 2008 I had two goals in mind:
1. To warn and inform potential Morey victims in his church and ministry.
2. To remind and exhort those who had known of the previous scandals to speak out and warn others.
The Lord has blessed our work in helping prevent some from being spiritually, emotionally, and financially harmed by Morey. Recently Morey's ministry put out announcement regarding Morey's retirement from pastoral ministry.

Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2009 8:32:05 AMSubject:
Announcement for March 1st
Dear Church Family, The last service of Faith Community Church will be held at 1:00PM on March 1st where Dr Morey will officially retire from pastoring. Pastors, members and friends of the church who have been blessed by Dr Bob’s radio program, books, tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, sermons and counseling are welcome to this celebration service. Join us in the Agape Feast to follow afterwards at 3:00PM. We will have a book table of Dr Bob’s resources available for purchase at 50% discount and can be autographed. A special “retirement love offering” will be taken. “ The laborer is worthy of his wages” 1 Timothy 5:18b Heather Terry webmaster of Faith Community Churchcontact

This announcement brings relief and raises suspicion about Morey's motivation for leaving with the legal complaints against him. Or he could just open up a restaurant and be a chef like he has talked about in the past (for those that don't know Morey is a great cook). At BT it was stated "The Lord has called him back to NY with his family.." We suspect that he might try to start another ministry and continue to hurt other Christians. When Morey had his past scandals he could move to another state where many would not have heard of his scandals and give his side of the story presenting himself as one that overcomes the Satan's Devices. But with the Internet exposure on him he is now at a disadvantage, and will find it more difficult. All you have to do is do a search on his name on youtube, google, yahoo, and others to see what I'm talking about. The moreyites have now commented on Morey's farewell sermon at FCCOC on March 1st giving him a Pauline farewell like that of the Ephesians in Acts 20:27.

“For I Did Not Shrink From Declaring To You The Whole Counsel Of God.” Act 20:27
Mario Herrera
This was part of the message our Pastor, Dr. Robert Morey taught on as our service closed at Faith Community O.C. It was a great gathering of saints who have been touched by the life of a man who has been and will continue to be determined, along with his wife and children, never to compromise the truth of the gospel of grace. Pastor Justin Alfred, Dr. Armstrong of Calvary Temple, Pastor Glen Leatherman, Doyle Braden, Tim Barrons, William Wallace ( a Pakistani Pastor who has been blessed by Dr. Morey), and a host of many others gave testimony to the character of a man who is described as a shepherd who is a servant to all and an example of godliness!
After being at Calvary Chapel of South Bay for just about 6 years, I learned a great deal about servanthood, evangelism, and missions work. The Lord used Calvary Chapel of South Bay in a great way in my life. One afternoon while driving, I tuned my radio to a man who was teaching of the doctrines of grace. Being an ardent Calvinist hater, I was captivated by the teaching! Soon after, I realized I had to find this pastor. I had been struggling in my Christian life because I could not live the Christian life I was being taught. All this to say that that afternoon marked the beginning of one of the greatest blessings God would give my wife and I through Dr. Robert Morey and his ministry.
I can say as I look back that our experience at Faith Community OC has been monumental in terms of our growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord. My wife and I have learned so much and have seen the work of grace not only in our lives but in the lives of our brothers and sisters as well. We have seen how the Lord imparts His gifts to individual members within the church to bless one another. We have learned that God reveals His glory to the world through the local church.

No one can deny that Morey has had a positive impact in the life and minds of many men and woman of God. That simply has never been the issue with Dr. Bob. The issues have been the dozens of eyewitness testimonies to his sinful and criminal activities against Christians throughout the years for his own gain. It does not honor God's law to silence the voices of those crying out for justice by only listening to those that have not been wounded. One case in point is that Morey has spoken out against Hank Hanegraaff in the past for his abusive behaviour against Christians. But if Hank were to retire from ministry he could present thousands of testimonials attesting to the impact his ministry and work have had on the lives of Christians speaking of his integrity that would dwarf Morey's. Does this some how prove that Hanegraaff is not guilty of any wrong doing and that all those (including Morey) are guilty of slander and gossip against him? So we have a dilemma, either Morey is guilty of slander and gossip against Hanegraaf, or Dr. Bob can be guilty of abusive behaviour against the saints while maintaining a base of Christians that have not been hurt by him.

We have also learned the heartache that comes when one is determined to stand for the truth. There have been the good times and of course there have been the bad times. The times when we must examine ourselves according to Scripture and then the very difficult biblical task of exhorting, admonishing, rebuking, and even handing over unruly church members over to Satan through excommunication. All these things we have experienced by God’s grace to His glory.

Christians who were put on kangaroo courts with Morey as the judge and jury telling the congregation to break fellowship with them. People who were slandered from the pulpit not given the opportunity to plead their case and handed over to Satan in direct violation of Pro. 18:17. And yes, it is to God's glory providentially that all of this comes to light.

Dr. Robert Morey and his family have been spiritual parents to my wife and I. Scripture says that whoever desires to be great in the kingdom of God, must be the servant of all! This is exactly what I have witnessed with Dr. Morey as our shepherd over the last 6 years. He is a man with the heart of a lion for defending the faith, and at the same time a man who is compassionate, caring, and one who exemplifies what it means to be a servant.

Was Dr. Robert Morey "compassionate, caring, and one who exemplifies what it means to be a servant" when he slandered Clark Gallagher? What about Tom Maxham, James Mulroney, Larry Wessels, George Bonneau, Mike Stephens, Jim Newheiser, and on and on.

Dr. Morey has taught us what it is to love others in the midst of adversities and in the midst of attacks by those who would claim to be followers of Christ. In these situations I have witnessed those individuals who Dr. Morey has extended his home, wallet, hospitality, visitation in the hospital, the very shirt on his back, viciously curse him, slander, and malign him, all without cause.

Well if we only listen to Morey's side of the story than one might think that it was without cause. But the truth is that we have dozens of witnesses and documented evidence of Morey's criminal behaviour against other Christians. So to say that it is "without cause" is irresponsible at best and dishonest at worst. I will not judge the intentions of the blogger so I will assume his sincerity in making this comment. But this does fit in with what I stated about the seven distinguishing characteristics of a moreyite. I will re post them here and remind everyone that these characteristics vary from moreyite to moreyite.

1. They accept the claims and assertions of Bob Morey on his personal and academic background at face value.
2. They unquestioningly accept Bob Morey's claims on theology, philosophy, and history as fact.
3. They emulate and repeat Bob Morey's talking points verbatim in discussions of faith and morals.
4. They (like Bob Morey) condescendingly belittle other Christians that disagree with them and people of other faiths accusing them of changing the subject.
5. They turn away any evidence of wrong doing on the part of Bob Morey always giving him the benefit of the doubt.
6. They disassociate from former church members that find Bob Morey's behaviour to be unethical.
7. They charge any critic of Bob Morey with "slander and gossip" (a Morey mantra) and call former FCC members "disgruntled" and "apostates".

You see them out there. I stand amazed and baffled how these individuals apostatize in such a way. Christ calls us to bless those who curse us, Christ calls us to love our enemies, so to this day I ask myself the question, how is it that these individuals after being greatly blessed and taught by this man, get angry and bitter to the point of becoming unbiblical? There is no excuse!

Then "how is it that" Paul rebuked Peter and Barnabas in Antioch? (Gal. 2:11-14) Paul stated that Peter and Barnabas "stood condemned" for being "carried away by their hypocrisy" They were not guilty of teaching heresy, they were guilty of hypocrisy not being "straightforward about the truth of the gospel". Was Paul being "unbiblical?" Was Paul "angry and bitter to the point of becoming unbiblical" when he wrote "Alexander the copper smith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds." (2Tim 4:14)? Was Paul "angry and bitter to the point of becoming unbiblical" when he condemned the man guilty of having an affair with father's wife? (1Cor. 5:1-5) Was Robert Morey "angry and bitter to the point of becoming unbiblical" when he stated that he had "zero respect for Hank Hanegraaff"? Would Morey apostatize in such a way?" I'm sure that the scribes and Pharisees would "stand amazed and baffled" when Jesus told them
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
"You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
"You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
"So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23:23-28)

I believe these words will ring true for Morey to some extent until God grants him repentance. (2Tim. 2:25) Was Jesus "angry and bitter to the point of becoming unbiblical"? I don't think that the Lord Jesus would "apostatize in such a way" and neither does the blogger. But why is it okay for Dr. Bob to say whatever he wants about other Christians? This question remains unanswered by our moreyite brothers. They know that there is a rightful place in the church for accusations to be made against Christians and elders (but evidently Morey is the exception). (1Tim. 5:9) They just won't accept any accusations against their spiritual leader with an open mind and not only refuse to hold him accountable, but will continue to accuse the witnesses of sin without answering the evidence.

We pray for these individuals that God grants them the ability to see that they are doing the work of the devil, and to cause them to focus on the glory of Christ, since God is sovereign. Speaking to a few brothers today, they said that were it not for the haters of the ministry, they would not have known about today’s get together, they came as a result of their announcements are were greatly blessed! Praise God. It simply shows us how God uses all things for the Good!

We pray that God will open the eyes and ears of the moreyites to see the truth about Dr. Robert A. Morey. It was providential that Morey chose Acts 20:27 to make his final sermon because the following verses warn the Ephesian elders against people like Dr. Bob.
"Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
"I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. (Acts 20:28-30)

Paul's warning is not only against heretics but against men who would use the pulpit for their own personal gain.
"Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;
the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;
the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice," (Phi. 1:15-18).

As for us, we thank the Lord Jesus for the 6+ years the Lord has given us at FCCOC. We love the brothers and sisters, the great relationships, the koinonia fellowship, the growth in our body, the exercising of our faith together and experiencing the glory of God while we worshipped together every Sunday! We have been together for this time, and now it is time for us to spread the fragrance! We have indeed this treasure in earthen vessels! We have been equipped and God is moving once again! Indeed He sits on His throne and His sovereignty rules over all! Praise God from whom all blessing flow!
Dr. Morey, you will probably never know how much you have impacted our lives! We bless God for you, Annie, John, and Ruthanne! You have indeed been a great example to us! We love you with the affections of Christ! You have been a Spiritual Daddy to my wife and I, and I’m sure to us all. From the deepest reaches of our soul we thank God for you, and thank you! We’ll always remember your exhortations, your smile, your laughter, the trips, the teachings, your crazy jokes, and not to mention Annies laughter, and good ole Scotty! May God richly bless you my charging Rhino. Keep on keeping on for Jesus! Kick old slew foot in the butt a thousand more times! Fulfill your ministry! We pray for a fruitful time in NY! You are in our prayers dad! It has been a blessing!
Brothers and sisters, feel free to sound off! The Rhino is on the move, surely this is not the last time we hear from him! Get ready……..Acts20:32-35

We wish all the family of FCCOC well and pray for them to have better discernment in a leader. And that Robert Morey will no longer continue with his abusive and sinful behaviour.
God bless.

1 comment:

Glenn Hendrickson said...

I have only two words

good riddance

may he cease his abuse and find repentance

(ok, that was 10 words)