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Are INC members silent in the first place?

Some people claiming to be INC members have appeared online alleging corruptions in the church.   They declare themselves to be silent no more, and they urge others to speak out as they did as if most INC members are silent or turn a blind eye to evil.

Although it's true that we don't bring issues out in the open, it doesn't mean we keep mum about other people's wrongdoings.

Why then do we seem to be silent if we are indeed not?

Discreetly non-silent

Instead of publicly making noise, true Christians follow the biblical way of resolving issues involving fellow Christians.

The right way, as instructed by Jesus, starts with directly talking to the offender and ends up with bringing out the issue to the church if necessary.  Jesus wants members of his church to settle issues internally.

To do otherwise, that is, to take our grievances to secular courts, to YouTube, and other forms of public media, is to oppose our Lord's will.

Prudent no more

The "silent no more" people also portray themselves as the ones defending the church, as though other members do not care for the church.   But their making noise in public proves they're the ones not caring at all.

In Apostle Paul's letter to the brethren in Corinth, he described as reckless those brethren who were dragging other brethren to Roman courts.

His question “do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints?” implies that taking issues outside the church is a daring act — something only an uncaring and shameless person would ever do.

Indeed, a truly caring member will find no compelling reason to go public if he considers the harm that might be inflicted on others and on the church as a whole.

Paul further asked, "do you not know that the saints will judge the world?", implying that they were acting like ignorant fools, as if they had no idea of God's plan.  Their stubbornness to hang on to their so-called "human rights" and their grasping on to their perceived concern for the "material" wealth of the church have blinded them into making temporal things more important than Christ and his kingdom.

Secular law

But what’s wrong with taking matters to secular courts?  Are we putting down the judicial system of our country?

Not at all.  We too honor secular courts and resort to them when necessary.  But when dealing with our own brothers in Christ, they're not really the proper forums.

Secular law by its very nature has to deal with empirical evidence.  It therefore has to punish a person for his actions and not for what he thinks.  It doesn't care if a person's thoughts and hidden desires are utterly evil.  It can also be too strict, unforgiving, and heartless, making it less than ideal in settling disputes among brethren.

A secular judge who does not see that we Christians are members of one another, who does not understand our relationship to Christ, who has no concept of the Fatherhood of God and of our being His children, is not to be highly regarded as judge in matters concerning believers.  The same thing can be said, even more so, of the casual YouTube viewer or blog reader.

We have a choice

The "silent no more" people further claim that the church wouldn't listen to them so they had no other choice but to go public.

However, their claim is invalidated by the experiences of the many brethren who followed the biblical process and were actually heard by the church.  The church has always listened to SINCERE members, even ordinary ones.  It has consistently disciplined erring members, even high-ranking ministers.

The fact is, some of those who are now publicly condemning the church have themselves held high positions in the church and, unlike most ordinary members, had all the chance to directly speak or hand a report to higher authority, even to the Executive Minister.

Granting, for the sake of argument, that the church wouldn't listen when we bring our issues to it, or that even if it did listen we would nonetheless receive an unfair judgment, it still doesn’t mean that we would be left with no other choice but to turn to outsiders.

As Apostle Paul pointed out, "The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?"

Great is the damage caused by lawsuits among Christians, not only to the persons involved but also to the entire body of Christ, that it is even better to choose to “turn the other cheek” and suffer injustice.

Our Supreme Court

So it is not true that we INC members tolerate other members who err.  It's just that we always strive to follow the biblical process.  Those who do otherwise, that is, those who are "silent no more" and are voicing out their grievances "in front of unbelievers" are actually violating God's will.

In striving to obey God’s will, we realize that we might have to suffer injustice in this world.  However, even if we do so, we do not think that all is lost for we have a merciful and just God who in proper time will pass His righteous judgment.

"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear" so we should trust in Him and patiently wait for Him to make everything right for those who obey Him.