As many of you are already aware, Mr. Charles Bryce
informed us last week that he
has serious doctrinal differences with the Living Church of God
(on wearing makeup, the explanation of Church eras, the definition of the gospel and Church mission, appropriate meeting halls, etc).
informed Mr. Meredith and me several times during phone conversations that it would be a waste of time to come to
to discuss the matter and that he
would have to resign.
Due to the adamant position that he has taken and his subsequent release of his list of issues to the entire ministry, we have had to terminate Mr. Bryce from being a minister with the Living Church of God.
This was not a decision that we wanted to make, yet it was necessary for the protection of the Church and brethren.
It is certainly our hope that Mr. Bryce
will reconsider his
Up until last week, Mr. Bryce
gave us no indication that he
had serious concerns about any of these issues.
He did not mention these issues during the years he served on the Council of Elders (he chose to resign from the Council a year ago when he moved to
). While he was Director of CAD he also had the opportunity to suggest changes in these areas, but nothing was said.
Brethren, we need to remember a number of important principles when it comes to drawing conclusions about doctrine.
We are told that there is safety in a multitude of counsel (Proverbs 11:14) and that we should be extremely careful about drawing conclusions that seem right to us as individuals (Proverbs 14:12).
The Scriptures inform us that the Church is given the charge to determine doctrine, not individuals (I Timothy 3:15), and we see how this operated at the council meeting in Acts 15.
It is regrettable that Mr. Bryce
did not follow these principles in this most recent situation.
From calls that we have made around the country, it appears that very few ministers or members are sympathetic with the ideas in Mr. Bryce's