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Mr. Paul Suckling

Wrong Paul Suckling?

Pastor

Local Address: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
UCG congregation
 
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I would like to comment on ...
www.thejournal.org, 5 Feb 2013 [cached]
I would like to comment on some remarks attributed to Paul Suckling, pastor of the UCG congregation in Boston, in a recent article of The Journal (Nov. 21 "New England UCG Congregation Splits Over Governance, Personal Responsibility").
According to the article, an area of disagreement in Hartford has been the visiting by some members of this congregation with other fellowships in the Churches of God. Several such persons were removed from positions of leadership and responsibility, partly because of this practice.
In defending the actions of pastor Tom Fitzpatrick, Mr. Suckling (who is a regional pastor with UCG and pastors the congregation in Boston) declared that, "if you're going to speak for United and give sermonettes, then you should be loyal to United.
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Mr. Suckling seemed to acknowledge (in principle, anyway) that people in other Church of God groups are regarded as brethren. But, when pressed by the interviewer, his answer was revealing:
"Maybe this is something United has got to internally resolve for itself, because two can't walk together unless they are agreed, even if we consider them brethren. We're not telling anybody who to fellowship with. We're only saying if you're going to speak for United in a leadership role, then your loyalties should be to United."
I am sure Mr. Suckling is well meaning. Perhaps he merely needs to clarify his views. But I wonder if he understands what kind of message such statements send and how sharply his words here appear to contrast with the spirit expressed by the apostle Paul:
"Now this I say, that every one of you says, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:12-13).
We see the apostle chastising the Corinthians for identifying themselves too strongly with "loyalty units" within the church. By contrast, we see that Mr. Suckling's statements actually promote, intentionally or otherwise, the idea that we must, through uncritical support and exclusive attendance with one group, declare our allegiance to that loyalty unit. Anything less than full and unconditional loyalty may be justification for having your license to serve suddenly revoked.
How about you? Was the UCG crucified for you? Was Global crucified for you? Mr. Suckling cites Amos 3:3 as a justification for dividing brethren into strict organizational camps.
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On the other hand, some people refuse to say, "I am of Paul" or "I am of Apollos" or "I am of Cephas. Discern for yourselves which of these two philosophies is actually promoting division.
United Church of God - New England - Local Contacts
www.ucgne.org, 8 Sept 2006 [cached]
Please feel free to contact our Pastor, Mr. Paul Suckling.He can be reached by both email and telephone to help answer any questions that you may have or for information regarding Church services.We meet at 10:30 a.m. in Kittery, ME and 2:30 p.m. in Worcester, MA. See maps.
email: Paul Suckling
Local Pastors Paul Suckling (508) 845-0126
Judged by Our Words > Sermon Transcript
www.ucg.org, 12 June 2004 [cached]
But the person who was encouraging is a gentleman who is now actually a minister in the United Church of God; I'll never forget Paul Suckling's reaction.I sat down with Paul Suckling, I actually wanted to be baptized before I left England, and I told him, "I want to be baptized."I said, "I'm going to be leaving the country shortly."
And he said, "Oh, where are you going?"
And I said, "I'm going to Ambassador College in Pasadena."
And I'll never forget, he said, "Oh, good for you."One little phrase that stuck in my mind: "Good for you."It's a word of encouragement; it's a word that makes people feel good; it's a word that helps people in the undertaking that they've taken on.
Isaiah 50:4 I reminded Mr. Suckling about that recently; he didn't remember the comments, but he did say that.
Paul ...
cogwa.org, 11 May 2012 [cached]
Paul Suckling
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Paul Suckling was born in England and is currently a pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New England.
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