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NFC: Re: Re: One final thought

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From: "Christian J Hedemark" <chris at yonderway_com>
To: <nfc at actwin_com>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 8:56 PM
Subject: NFC: Re: One final thought

> I chose to ignore the other challenges to my qualifications before, but
> highly educated Wally Billingham apparently is misinformed about a great
> number of things, and seeks to slander my name with his own
> of the facts.  He forces me to discuss this in a public forum, and for
> I apologize.
> Tell me, since you are so highly educated and thus your ordination somehow
> means more than mine.... would you say the same thing to Paul?  Peter?
> Everything I said was absolutely the truth.  My ordination is every bit as
> real as yours.  My ministry is real, it exists, and it reaches real
> Tell me how many homeless people you ministered to today, Wally?  Or is
> measurement of a minister how big his congregation is?  Or how big the
> church building is and how many candle stands you can afford?
> My church is in my heart, where my Lord dwells.  Instead of tall stone
> walls, it has long stone sidewalks.  Instead of well dressed self serving
> weekend warriors, my congregation includes unemployed or underpaid people
> that live on the streets or in shelters.  I have no collection plate, but
> ministries needs are paid for through my own funds (from a secular
> WORK).  I don't collect a salary for my services, as my fee has been paid
> full by a Jewish carpenter.  Every cent donated to me is accounted for, as
> not a single cent has been accepted.
> My ordination comes to me from God, and is as real and unlikely as that of
> Saul (or as you know him, Paul).  The piece of paper that keeps the
> government off my back comes from St. Lukes Evangelical Christian
> Ministries.
> Seminary never was a requirement for the ministry.  While it is a nice
> accomplishment, it clearly isn't a requirement nor do I find does it mould
> the kind of servant that Jesus spoke of in the gospels.   I do not
> your qualifications as a minister, but that has nothing to do with your
> education.  I do however question your calling.  From your tongue rolls
> and venom, and your understanding of the requirements of the ministry
> misguided at best.  Your total misunderstanding of what "a real church" is
> does deeply sadden me.  "A real church" implies that there is more than
> real church, and anyone who has a basic understanding of the gospels can
> tell you Jesus only left one church behind.
> On behalf of the Church, I apologize to everyone for Mr. Billingham's
> misguided attempts at slandering me, and slandering the Christian faith in
> way that seems popular these days.