Why the Gospel For Asia Story Matters
Let me tell you why it matters to me, why it should matter to you, and beg your further indulgence.
I first became concerned about GFA in the very early years of the century when I was researching Skip Heitzig and Calvary Albuquerque.
Heitzig has always been a big supporter of GFA and his church has been a great recruiting and financial center for them
I wasn’t concerned about financials as they had a squeaky clean reputation at that point.
I was concerned because K.P. Yohannan was the first person I know of who wrote books about getting “radical” for Jesus and giving it all up to follow Him.
Some decided to do so to work for GFA…and I watched as they seemed to lose the ability to think for themselves and were being crushed by having to raise their own salaries to do clerical work for a missions organization.
They had to do so because, allegedly, every dollar given went to the field.
Something was amiss, but Yohannan and GFA were sacred cows (so to speak) in the CC world and seemed beyond question.
Now the questions have been raised and the responses and the method of response have been less than honest or transparent.
Now the questions include financial issues.
Last night on the live chat feed from the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference the questions were dismissed (I’m paraphrasing) as the lies of a “gay” blogger by some of those watching the gathering.
Warren Throckmorton is being dismissed as a credible reporter because he wrote an affirmation of same sex marriage.
I am dismissed as a credible reporter because I’m the wicked Phoenix Preacher and “anti-CC”.
This is the typical way we see these organizations react to inquiry…with silence publicly and attacks on the reporters publicly and privately.
The good old boy network closes ranks and it is the people who supported them that are left holding the bag.
The mainstream Christian media won’t touch the story because groups like this spend big bucks in advertising.
That leaves us to do what shouldn’t have to be done in the first place…bring enough attention to a matter to force those involved to be accountable for their actions and your money.
I thank God for Throckmorton’s work on this and other stories.
I’m thankful for the courage of those who came forward to tell their stories at the GFA Diaspora.
I will continue to do my part to inform those who have worked for GFA and those who have given countless millions to their work.
You deserve to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
I won’t stop until you do.
It’s the only way we can call ourselves followers of the One who is the way, the truth, and the life.