These first two documents are replies to a question about Victor’s call for submission to him as a man of God. The first reply is Victor’s and the second is Paul’s.
The Place and Promise of Godly Submission
Jesus Christ is the undisputed Shepherd for those who believe, Who cares for and leads His sheep. He sends shepherds in His Name for this purpose, to feed His sheep, as He specifically said and did with Peter. Is this fact not what the pope of Rome uses to claim his legitimacy and authority? But false claims such as his do not dispel what is authentic and needful. There are those who are sent by God (not ordained of men), who serve Him in leading others in the way. Since His way means life, submission is critical to the working out of salvation for those to whom He sends His servants.
The Essence of Godly Submission
We preach what we are and what we have. To whom much is given, much will be required. The case for submission is laid out so that you might hear and know that God cares enough to tell you otherwise than what you think and please to do. He laid down His life to this end, so the matter will not go away; now you are made aware that there is a better way.
The Big Lie Exposed
This paper exposes the lie that we are all of equal authority and privilege before God the moment we become Christians and therefore need not obey or submit to God-ordained authorities sent for our sakes that we may learn to walk with God. The spirit of independence and pride are addressed here, which spirit is none other than that of the Evil One coming as a child of light.
The spirit of lawlessness, of iniquity, is everywhere, in everyone. It is that spirit whose ringing cry is, “You’re not going to tell ME what to do!” It is that “wicked one,” that man of sin, that son of pride which hates the law of God because it hates Him. People must be addressed and dealt with on a personal and specific basis and not only in general. And if they are going to walk with God, they must submit to such correction, without murmuring.
From: Victor Hafichuk To: Femeca Cc: Marilyn Hafichuk and Paul Cohen Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2016 10:07 PM Subject: Follow Up to Our Recent Talk Hi Femeca, We always appreciate hearing from you, to hear of your faith and your expression of it. But the other night at the latter part of our phone call, it became disturbing because of what was happening with Joshua. He repeatedly said, “Shut up!” Understanding there was nobody there but you two, I assumed he was speaking to you. I was amazed he would do or be allowed to do such a thing. Then when you asked him who he was speaking to, he said he was telling the Devil to shut up. Was he lying to you, or did he honestly believe that? If he believed he was telling the Devil to shut up, 2 possibilities come to mind. He either has devils and he’s talking to himself or to a devil in him, or he is talking to what he believes is the Devil with me, as he is influenced by his father. I think I recall how you said people were accusing you of listening to the Devil. I believe you said your husband was accusing you in this way because you were associating with TPOT and that we were of the Devil. If your husband was saying these things in Joshua’s presence, it would be quite understandable that Joshua thought you were talking to the Devil, seeing you were hearing of the things of God from us. You also told us your husband would shout at you and tell you to shut up. Like it or not, he’s winning at setting the pace ...
From: Madeline To: Paul Cohen, Ronnie Tanner, Victor Hafichuk, Cassidy, and Marilyn Hafichuk Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 9:00 AM Subject: I'm sorry I don't really know how to start this letter, I miss my family. I'm here in Texas and I'm miserable. I want to come home more than anything in the world. As soon as I landed here and saw my earthly family waiting for me I wanted to turn around and run away as fast as I can. Nothing has changed here, everyone is just as fake as they were before. I made the worst mistake leaving. I thought I wanted what I wanted and that you all were wrong, but now I'm here and I have this freedom to do whatever and I want nothing more than the Lords law and correction. I feel like a phantom here, it makes me sick to see the way everyone is living in sin and lawlessness. I will do anything it takes to go back home to Helena. I've been an ungrateful fool, taking everything personally, letting my hormones and emotions rule my life, and not listening to the wisdom that the Lord has been graciously giving me. This is hell being here. Looking back on everything I see that the Lord just wanted me to give up myself, which is a piece of crap anyways, so that he could give me the true treasure. Since being here Silas is completely ignoring me, and I'm not kidding he doesn't even acknowledge that I'm here. Paul and Ronnie, I am so sorry for the way I disregarded everything you did for me. Cassidy, I've been a truly terrible and unsubmissive wife. Vict...
In nominal Christendom, we see women everywhere presuming to be pastors, priests, evangelists, and apostles. Are they of God?