Comments are listed with latest on top (as of 5/4/15, recorded here just in case they disappear).
to Lori Anderson-Musgrave (and others)…I understand the desire to not fan the flames of discord. But I want to (with every effort to convey gentleness and respect) make sure people know that this is not a matter of expressing opinions and freedom of speech. The FACTS of the abuse situation and the actions/inactions taken by FCCF were carefully detailed and presented. When the facts were ignored, dismissed and even contradicted by FCCF leadership, Doug followed Biblical protocol for handling inappropriate behavior in the church, not maliciously, but with great concern for the Church. For that, he and others have been wrongly sued. I think each person owes it to themselves, the defendents and FCCF to read all the details of what happened prior to the lawsuit. And then respond with prayer and support. Let’s hold each other accountable to the standard set by God.
I have been silent during the discussions about First Christian Church of Florissant. I was blessed throughout the years I attended there. I never thought Steve Wingfield should resign; and I felt these issues could be resolved by conversations between the pastor and the congregation. However, I cannot remain silent when a church and its pastor sues members and former members of its congregation for expressing their opinions. Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate ones’s opinions and ideas, and this right is protected by the First Ammendment of the United States Constitution. The defendants do not have the time and resources of the plaintiffs, so I have contributed to their defense. “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” ― Voltaire
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for caring so much! The support you all have shown, in so many ways is incredible! So many people are touched and blessed by your hearts. This is earthly evidence God will prevail!