The Gospel of Goddard? Or the Gospel of Christ?
Over the past year I have been very busy, not only with my own studies and writing, but with the real-world activities in which I feel it was necessary to participate, in New Orleans and Charlottesville and Shelbyville, and also in the care of our dear friend Clifton Emahiser and other things which have taken time away from my studies and kept us on the road and away from discourse in our Christogenea Forum and our wider Identity community. I am only a man, and I can only do so much at once.
So last week when I contacted a dear friend, now that I have some time and we had hoped to see him, he shied away with the statement that our lives are “going down a different path”. Immediately I knew what he meant. So this evening I am going to address a schism which has recently occurred among some of the friends who have in one way or another been associated with my ministry. This schism is not among them in particular, but between them and myself. Neither is it due to anything which I have said or done, but rather, it is because they have chosen to wander down a path of teaching with which I cannot agree. I even believe that this path is a wicked path, under which lies a diabolical religion of humanism and materialism, a love of mammon and a rejection of Yahweh and His Word, even if it is covered over with the veneer of Scripture.
Over the past year, I have even given them space in my ministry to present their case, but I still cannot accept their premise. However being busy with many other things, admittedly I have not given this the attention which I may have, or the study I may have, and which it certainly deserves. So now I will do that. However I will not name them, nor will I make any undue accusations against them. I do not even believe that their motives are necessarily wicked, but I only feel that they have been blinded by their own desires and their need for carnal fulfillment. Here I seek to be as objective as possible, and get to the root of the divisions and the circumstances.
But before we begin, let me also say that I doubt if this presentation will heal the divisions which have already occurred. Rather, I am certain that I will only make them angry, and eager to defend themselves. Out of necessity I must give some background as to some personal circumstances, which I am not comfortable doing, however I have a need to make an example. As Paul of Tarsus had said, “For there must also be sects among you, in order that those approved will become evident among you.” So therefore it must be, even if I am saddened to lose the fellowship of brethren. I only want to warn others, that they should give deep consideration before wandering down that same path. That is my least obligation.