From: Nicanor Antonio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Subject: LETTER FROM BEN JUTA
From: benjamin juta <email@example.com>Date: Thu, Dec 25, 2014 at 2:47 PMSubject: Fwd: Wolf in sheep’s clothing
Dear Mr. Nicanor Antonio,
Greetings to the minister i respected well. i have read your email and i was moved by your message. im also giving you my full consent to share this email. i know that i am not alone in this predicament. now, i just want to ventilate my long time sentiment leading towards my unfortunate and untimely suspension.
i haven’t been visited by preaching elder Mr. kirk macdonald for the last 9 months. but when i last attended the sabbath services on feb. 22, 2014, some of the brethren handed me some cash assistance which found later that it came to the knowledge of mr. macdonald. some brethren gave cash assistance to help me attend FOT ’14 because he did not allow me to attend the previous feast due to financial reasons.
on monday, feb.24, 2014, i received a text message from mr. macdonald that he would visit me. on that same day, the deacon Mr. Alvin Cruz confirmed the visitation and asked me if i have prepared already a safe parking space for mr. macdonald’s toyota fortuner. so i thought they would visit me the next day and they would like to know my situation out of brotherly love and concern. but to my surprise, 15 minutes after i received the text message, they were already knocking at my door.
upon sitting, mr. Macdonald immediately asked me if it’s true that i have been receiving cash assistance from the brethren. then i realized the inner motive of their visit revolves around money. so i answered him yes and feeling insulted, i showed him all the money given to me by the brethren which i kept as savings for the FOT 2014 since he did not allow me to attend the previous feast. then i told him to count them. to my utter shock and amazement, which i did not really expect, he took the money from my feeble and shaky hands, in the presence of mr. cruz, and counted the money and after counting he said, “that’s a lot of money, tsk tsk tsk tsk”, shaking his head in utter dismay.
then he asked me this question, ” have you really repented? i have seen that you’re doing nothing and you have no job for a long time.”(paraphrasing). then he asked more basic questions and when i refused to answer him, he immediately called his “daddy”. while this talking to his daddy, mr. cruz asked me why i didn’t reason out and justify myself and he suspected me that i was reading dissident literature which i never did. then mr. MacDonald returned and told me, “i’m sorry i have to suspend you according to my daddy”- but not according to the scriptures. then mr. cruz told me, if i like to come back, i would contact them within 6 months–which i did but they refused to answer my call and text messages, i also tried to call preaching elder mr. predito cara but he also refused. before leaving, mr. Macdonald told me, “after 9 months of visiting you, i think you are now DEAD.” when i heard those words, i told myself, this is what i get after 37 years of serving God. it added weight to my heavy loads of perceived disability, abject poverty and life’s extreme difficulty.
what i have been longing and expecting for to be a pleasant visit turned out to be a nasty and bitter experience coming from a “supposedly” shepherd of God.
now mr. antonio, i’m seeking your definitive advice regarding my situation.
with agape love,
Eze 34:2-5 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts.
- Did Kirk visit Ben to extend to Ben God’s love?
- Was he filled with Godly joy when he visited Ben? Did he let that joy flow from him to Ben? Did he try to cheer up Ben? On the contrary, Ben felt devastated after the visit. He brought nothing but grief and discouragement.
- Did he make himself an instrument of peace, to help Ben to be at peace with himself and with the ministry? On the contrary, Kirk brought division between a member of God’s Church and his minister! He is a cause of disunity in the Church.
- Did Kirk showed himself as an example of patience? From the start even before he reached Ben’s place, he was already manifesting a sure sign of impatience. He wanted Ben to get up and make sure he makes available a parking space for his vehicle. What if there was no space available? How would he react to it? Impatiently for sure! You’ve seen his impatience in that basketball incident wherein he utterly bullied the referee/member for making a call that resulted to his team loosing the game by one point.
- Did Kirk expressed kindness to Ben at any instant in this visit? Is it kindness to tell an aging, physically disabled member the words “after 9 months of visiting you, i think you are now DEAD.” Of course what he meant is he sees Ben as spiritually dead! Where did he get that assesment? How did he measure Ben’s spiritual standing? God looks at the heart. Is that what Kirk did? Where did he look to conclude that Ben is already spiritually dead? I know. Ben told me. He looked at Ben’s inability to contribute money to the Church and judged him as unfruitful or unproductive by being a so. What? He expects an aging, disabled man who can’t even stand up and go to the toilet on his own to still make money and give to the Work? Ben besides being disabled is already a widower. His wife died of Cancer earlier before the visit. Members could not even visit Ben during his wife’s wake and funeral for fear that ministers will find out about it and afterward suffer being rebuked for it. Is that kindness?
- What about goodness? Did Kirk exhibit this fruit of the Spirit. He counted Ben’s money and told him “this is a lot of money” as if to say you don’t deserve to receive this kind of help from the brethren! Why did he have to question receiving voluntary help from the brethren who just wanted to see him at the Feast which was forth coming? What’s wrong about helping one another as brethren? Is he using a different Bible from what we have? Are the following lines missing in his Bible? Mat 25:34-36 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Mat 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
- What about faithfulness? Can you see this fruit of the spirit in Kirk? Who is he faithful to? Is he faithful as a shepherd over God’s people by being their servant. Didn’t Christ set a marvelous example of a good shepherd? As a matter of fact that’s one of His many titles, the Good Shepherd. He offered everything he has – his blood, his divinity or godhood to make salvation available to all man. Did Kirk do anything to Ben that can impress upon you a sterling example of being a faithful servant for that’s what being a minister is all about. Being a minister is not being a master who does nothing but to terrify with harshness the people he is supposed to be serving in love. Yes, Kirk has faithfulness – to his “Daddy.” He does everything according to Daddy’s direction because he is nothing but the image of his Daddy, the worst minister in the whole wide world who employs sorcery and the casting of spell to control the minds of people
- Did Kirk show gentleness to Ben Juta? Beside being disabled, Ben is already an old man and deserves to be treated not only with honor and respect by young ministers as Paul instructed young ministers like Timothy to do. An old man with such disability like Ben should be treated with Gentleness. Obviously from the letter of Ben, he was treated with grave disrespect and with utter lack of gentleness.
Ti 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.Honour widows that are widows indeed.
- Did Kirk show any self control in his dealing with Ben? He has NO self control but it is obvious from the letter that his daddy has total control over him. His daddy has to decide on everything. He doesn’t consult the scriptures to guide his decision making. Instead he considers the word of his daddy as both law and scriptures.