Rebuking Repentance and Restoration

by Mike Ratliff

This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them– since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. (2 Corinthians 13:1-3 ESV)

Early last week before I traveled to Washington, DC to visit my son, I received an email from someone claiming that a very well known and beloved Christian leader was actually a lying hypocrite. I looked at the evidence and was surprised to find by my own reaction that I had actually been idolizing this person. I wrote Little Children Keep Yourself From Idols from that perspective. I did not intend to raise a firestorm or to rouse a witch-hunt against this person. I have been inundated with requests for me to reveal this person’s identity. The problem for me is that I posted that article right before my trip. During it, I had no ability to follow it up.

Carefully read the passage I placed at the top of this post especially the part in bold print. The allegations against the person in question are all based on the testimony of one individual. Are we so ready to crucify a man based on the testimony of one person? I have not revealed what I know because I am awaiting the response from him to my own questions about this. Once I receive a response, if I do, then I will proceed from there to make matters very clear to everyone. To be honest, I am very doubtful that the allegations are true and I am proceeding from that context as a brother in Christ dealing with another brother in Christ.  Continue reading