From time to time I do have to ask myself whether I have forgiven the elders and presbyteries at Melbourne Christian Fellowship (MCF) and Brisbane Christian Fellowship (BCF) for their cultish, abusive practices and misleading, manipulative and non-Biblical teachings.
Have I really forgiven them?
Why am I writing this blog?
Does forgiveness mean not warning others?
Can I forgive them AND write this blog?
I don’t really know for sure.
But I know that I do feel love for the leaders of MCF and BCF. I hope for reconciliation. I hope the best for them. I pray for them.
But I also pray that they will be exposed for what they are doing.
So it’s complicated.
I have ‘forgiven them’ to their faces but since then have had many arguments with them. In my heart I forgive them but they won’t talk to me. They have not asked for forgiveness because they are still abusing people and lying about me.
But Scripture strongly hints that we need to always forgive, even if not asked for forgiveness. Interestingly when Jesus could have made it clear about enemies and abusive ones he only said to ‘love and pray’ for them. He didnt’ say to forgive people continuing to be enemies, contrary to Jesus’ and Stephen’s examples on their deathbeds:
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.Matt 5:44
Regardless, I forgive them.
I feel more love for them than revenge or need for vindication, but on principle I must keep this blog open.