The fundamental problem with Jacob Prasch, David Lister, John Haller, Bill Randles, Ian Huxham , Amos Farrell, and Marco Quintana, that is after you remove the ad hominem reactions, the deflections from their own behavior and conduct is their total disregard for the clear teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles concerning erring brethren and the instructions Scripture gives on Church Discipline.
They all have expressed their deep felt concern for the doctrine of David Nathan and his Millennial view but little to no concern for David Himself. As most denominations and sects of Christianity do, it is easier to ostracize a brother in the faith than to simply go to him with correction and instruction.
In spite of all that has happened in the last 10 months, all the videos, blog articles, backbiting, misdirection of truth by these men, at the end of the day, it is they who are in error and have shown an acute rebellion to the Word of God and as such to Jesus Christ himself.
“Moreover, if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear them tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17
We see here three simple steps:
- In private
- With Witnesses
- Before the church
Unfortunately, Davad Nathan went from a brother in fellowship and good standing with the men above to a heathen overnight. There was never an effort to address their “doctrinal concerns” in private, witnesses were never gathered to approach David Nathan, however it was brought before the Church in a very public forum, one that even the world could witness. Something not prescribed by Scripture! However, Jacob Prasch began his war in a public forum and there it will remain until resolved. And since the other six want to ride on the shirt tale of Jacob Prasch they too will share in his castigation.
“And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy but admonish him as a brother.” 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15
In both Matthew 18 and here in 2 Thessalonians the importance of obeying God’s Word is paramount. Restoration is the object of rejecting fellowship with an erring brother. Yet Prasch and his cronies approached this situation backwards, it was David Nathan who publicly appealed for correction and reconciliation, which fell on the deaf ears of the erring seven. As the saying goes, two wrongs don’t make a right. The erring seven are as guilty of biblical error as their accusations of David Nathan’s are, if he were to be found blameworthy.
These men can dance around the issue all they want, they can deflect, and try and ad hominem their way out of their own blunder but they cannot evade their own accountability in the matter. Whether it be here or at the Bema Seat, they will have to answer for what has transpired.
The fatal mistake of the erring seven is the instruction given in Scripture for restoration.
“Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20
The expression “among you” suggest that the erring one is a member of the Church and the turning is the subsequent experience of returning to truth from error, the end game is always restoration, not excommunication. By bringing the errant one to repentance, forgiveness is procured.
So, the questions remain:
- Why did Jacob Prasch along with his cohorts not adhere to the Biblical formula of Church discipline if they believed Davad Nathan was in error?
- Why did none of the erring seven not seek to restore David Nathan but rather took an active role in villainizing him?
We my never get a straight answer, what we will get is the continued excuses and deflections we have been given. But no worries, the Lord sees all. The Moriel cult continues unabated for now, and I am not ashamed for taking Davad Nathan’s defense as he is a brother in Christ. Despite the erring seven, I am satisfied with David Nathan’s repentance and correction concerning the eternal redemptive work of Christ’s blood. Now it is the erring seven who must publicly repent and amend their behavior and lack of biblical conviction to God’s instruction on Church discipline and erring brethren.