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Letter to Jules Dervaes from Mr. Salyer

Copyright © Jules Dervaes

December 23, 1986






 December 23, 1986

Dear Mr. Dervaes:

Mr. Tkach has received your letter of December 1, 1986 and asked me to respond.

Both Mr. Tkach and I had hoped for the best from you as you had opportunity to review your attitude and approach to ministerial counsel and God’s Church. Sadly, it now appears that you intend to pursue a personal goal that we cautioned you about previously.

I told you earlier that you clearly displayed a desire to be a minister and have people follow your teachings.  This you vehemently denied.  Yet your letter reveals that you have taken upon yourself ministerial responsibility.  Have you not read Hebrew 5:4, “And no man takes this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.”

I can only caution you once again about the spiritual error you will be making if you attempt to fight against God.  Many have gone before you who have made that mistake and apparently all have come to nought.

The theological viewpoints you have expressed in your latest letter cannot even be considered while you are putting yourself in a judgmental position.  If therefore you choose to launch some campaign of hate mail in the guise of spreading truth, that is between you and God.  But we will not even consider yielding to your threats.  As the Jewish leader Gamaliel said of the early apostles, “…  Refrain from these men, and let them alone:  for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:  But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.”  (Acts 5:34-39)

I do hope and pray that you will humble yourself before God and be restored to fellowship in His Church.

If we can be of any help to you and your family, don’t hesitate to write.

Sincerely, in Christ’s service,

[Signature on file]

Larry R. Salyer
Church Administration


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