An open letter to the Concerned Citizens of Mount Zion sign now

An open letter to the Concerned Citizens of Mount Zion:

Clergy, Chaplains, Executives of Denominations, Religious Educators, and other Christians have decided to speak out regarding the various articles that have appeared in newspapers and been discussed on the radio concerning the internal affairs of Mount Zion Baptist Church. We do not side with Rev. Dr. Leslie Braxton or your group. However, we do encourage you to stop putting the church on trial in the court of public opinion. What is said in the newspaper and discussed on talk radio is detrimental to the entire Body of Christ. How can we offer the church as a place of refuge, comfort, and hope? How can we tell folks to bring their troubles and burdens to the church? What Good News can we offer people when they get regular doses of bad news and disharmony out of one of the most respected churches in this state, region, and country? The spirit and intent of 1st Corinthians 6:1 is to encourage the church to work out its disputes internally.

We are certain that there are governing structures in place at Mount Zion that address differing opinions and disharmony: Constitution, Diaconate Board, Executive Council, etc. Please stop using the media. What is being done not only hurts Mount Zion it hurts and cripples the Body of Christ. The spirit and understanding of what Jesus said in Matthew 18:15-17 can apply to Mount Zion. To paraphrase: If your brother has done something against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he will not listen, take others along the next time. If he still does not listen and no form of reconciliation or compromise can be reached, then you bring it before the church body.

One does not bring the inner dynamics and politics of the church into the court of public opinion. This is destructive! It causes pain, brokenness, alienation, confusion, and doubt and can hinder ones faith walk. Nothing good can come from this.

These words come from the National Baptist Church Covenant: We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each others reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of othersto be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

This is the most un-churched state in America! None of our personal agendas is more important than Gods directive and command, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20). Our troubled and tension-charged environment makes Jesus command very difficult if not impossible to do. Please settle the disputes, struggles, and disharmony inside the walls of Mount Zion and not in the media.


Sincerely,





Clergy, Chaplains, Executives of Denominations, Religious Educators, and other Christians

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