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Ephesians 5:11: And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.

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For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it should come to light. If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” ~ The Lord Jesus, as quoted in Mark 4: 22 & 23.

The statement of rebuke was always represented to the congregation of Trinity Baptist Church as the discipline of Scott Brown and Jason Dohm.  And, it was voted on as such.

However, Scott and his fellow elders have posted (11/2007) the following comment on Hope Baptist Church’s website.

Comment of Hope Baptist Church Regarding the Anonymous Website Against Scott Brown and Jason Dohm
It has come to our attention that a website has been created telling a one-sided history of the events surrounding the split at Trinity Baptist Church and the planting of Hope. The following summarizes our objections:

* It is completely anonymous. (Psalm 101:5)

* It is divisive in nature and further separates brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19, Titus 3:10)

* It is frequently inaccurate, and sometimes categorically false. (Exodus 20:16, Proverbs 19:5)

* It is incomplete – there are many critical details completely absent. (Proverbs 18:17)

It is clear that the website in question has been posted anonymously so that the responsible party(s) cannot be confronted or challenged with regard to their own conduct. Such sources forfeit any credibility, and as members of the body of Christ we should resist any eagerness within ourselves to hear spiteful accusations, and should refuse information from sources who mask themselves on the internet. The Bible gives clear and sobering counsel both to “whoever secretly slanders his neighbor” (Psalm 101:5) and to whoever “listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue” (Proverbs 17:4).

As a final clarification, Scott Brown and Jason Dohm have never been, and are not currently, under church discipline. The letter from Trinity Baptist which is posted on the website in question was presented to that congregation completely unknown to Scott and Jason, and was only made available to them several weeks after the fact upon specific request. This does not constitute Biblical church discipline, nor has the leadership of Trinity Baptist ever represented it to us as such. . .

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There is neither time nor inclination to engage in a back and forth with Scott and Jason. However, it is appropriate to point out that they have assigned their own motives to the purpose of anonymity and have unilaterally decreed what is credible and what is not.

In keeping with their belief that Eldership puts them above questioning, they have refused to provide any proof of inaccuracy, falsehood, incompleteness or absent details.

As mentioned in Part 1 of this account, Scott himself made a recording of the 4/30/06 Emergency Congregational Meeting. He is capable of producing whatever is needed to support his claims.

Finally, the Bible does not in any way state or even hint that a church needs to chase down former members, who have left and are intent on escaping discipline, to make sure they know what the church is doing. Discipline is a spiritual matter. Trinity decided to let God chase down Scott and Jason in His own time.

And of course, one only has the word of Scott and Jason to back up their assertion that the Rebuke was not presented as discipline to them. . .

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“We do not bring hasty accusations, but know what we affirm; and those of whom we make the affirmation know that we speak the truth. . .

“Numbers of good brethren in different ways remain in fellowship with those who are undermining the gospel; and they talk of their conduct as though it were a loving course which the Lord will approve of in the day of his appearing. We cannot understand them. The bounden duty of a true believer towards men who profess to be Christians, and yet deny the Word of the Lord, and reject the fundamentals of the gospel, is to come out from among them.

“If it be said that efforts could be made to produce reform, we agree with the remark; but when you know that they will be useless, what is the use?

“Where the basis of association allows error, and almost invites it, and there is an evident determination not to alter that basis, nothing remains to be done inside, which can be of any radical service. . .Complicity with error will take from the best of men the power to enter any successful protest against it.

“If any body of believers had errorists among them, but were resolute to deal with them in the name of the Lord, all might come right; but confederacies founded upon the principle that all may enter, whatever views they hold are based upon disloyalty to the truth of God.

“If truth is optional, error is justifiable. . .

“Our present sorrowful protest is not a matter of this man or that, this error or that; but of principle. There either is something essential to a true faith – some truth which is to be believed; or else everything is left to each man’s taste. We believe in the first of these opinions, and hence we cannot dream of religious association with those who might on the second theory be acceptable. Those who are of our mind should, at all cost, act upon it. The Lord give them decision, and wean them from all policy and trimming!

“Our one sole aim is the preservation and spread of the gospel of our Lord Jesus, and we mourn that godly men should be parties to a system which is destructive of good, and only promotive of error. . . The plan of the enemy now is to lay the egg of error in the nest of our churches. It is hoped that . . . this new doctrine will work secretly, and gain too strong a hold to be removed. The plan is a very crafty one, and seems likely to succeed.

“It is hard to get leaven out of dough, and easy to put it in. This leaven is already working. Our daring to unveil this deep design is inconvenient, and of course it brings upon our devoted head all manner of abuse. But that matters nothing so long as the plague is stayed.

“Oh, that those who are spiritually alive in the churches may look to this thing, and may the Lord himself baffle the adversary. . . !”

~ Charles Spurgeon


Thanks to undermuchgrace and to Phillip R. Johnson of The Spurgeon Archive

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