I was going to put an update on my prayers for Fremont posting but this needs to be a whole new posting. The motion to put an administrative commission over Fremont Presbyterian Church in Sacramento did pass with a vote of 81 for and 51 against. But some of the facts that came out in the meeting were very disturbing.
It was admitted that although the negotiating team of the Presbytery failed to meet with Fremont’s negotiating team they did meet with a small group of those who voted not to leave. Twenty-five was the number given. And they met with them twice they said. That number we were assured had grown to 60 or at least fifty. The Presbytery had helped them to open an escrow account where their tithes could be placed rather than giving them to Fremont, and then gave them a place to worship. All of this was done without the Session of Fremont knowing about it and as I said, it was done before the negotiating team met with Fremont’s negotiating team.
This information only became known because one brave pastor of another church had heard rumors and asked if it was so. The numbers were not given either until someone asked.
Could one call this deceitful and deceptive?
Should one call this deceitful and deceptive?
Isn’t it the Presbytery that is causing schism or should one even ask?
To understand better why I ask these questions please read an older post, "Threats of loss towards those who want to leave: seduction for all others"
Update: I accidentally used the word discernment when I meant negotiating team.