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21 Jul, 10 tweets, 2 min read
What's happening at McLean Bible Church is heartbreaking. For the better part of a year, many members have raised concerns to the elders and been ignored. They have sent letters and emails with no response. It's not just about the CRT that is being pushed into doctrine. /1
It's about a lack of transparency from the leadership. It's about questionable decisions they have made and are making. It's about getting answers to questions about possible violations of the church Constitution. It's about members not getting answers to serious questions. /2
For about a year, my husband has emailed senior leadership with his questions it we only received a response last week as we approached the vote that was coming on Sunday morning. We did have a long Zoom conversation with one of the elder nominees, which was good yet ... /3
... still left us with questions. We have been troubled for more than a year and because of COVID and our building being closed until recently we had no idea there were 100s, if not 1000s of others who had the same concerns. /4
We attend every Congregational Meeting every quarter. My husband attempted to ask a question at the March meeting and got a non-answer. He was not part of the "small group" of people who were causing issues at the Tyson's campus that night and we disagreed with their methods. /5
But how David Platt and the elders are misleading the congregation and public over the dispute that is occurring is frustrating. Because we have not spoken to anyone else in our church about our concerns. We took it to leadership as we ought and we could not get answers. /6
Others are in the same position. They did it right by writing to the elders and pastor Platt. They specifically spelled out their concerns and got no response. Many have simply left MBC. We chose to stay and continue to push for answers. I'm not sure how much longer we can. /7
I'm grieved for MBC. I'm sad that a beautiful church body has been so damaged in the past few years that members of 20, 30, 40 years are leaving in droves and being called racists and out of touch old white people. That's not it at all. /8
MBC has long been a very diverse church, with folks from over 100 countries at all of our campuses. We welcome all regardless of skin color, language spoken, ability or disability. It's confusing to be told that we aren't diverse enough. And that's just one of the many issues /9
... that have been raised by the concerned members who challenged the vote of the elder nominees June 30 and on Sunday. We continue to pray for wisdom and discernment about our membership at MBC. For now we stay but that's not an easy decision. /end

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