These are the final set of questions that are for the members of Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, Pennsylvania. They are for the Q&A that is tomorrow. This writer is hoping that the members of CEFC will read, and think about these questions for tomorrow. It is also my hope that members will ask these questions.
“The first mission of a newspaper is to tell the truth as nearly as the truth may be ascertained.”
Eugene Meyer’s Principle for the Washington Post
“The truth is not meant to be hidden. It is not meant to be suppressed. It is not meant to be ignored. It is not meant to be disguised. It is not meant to be manipulated. It is not meant to be falsified. Otherwise, wrongdoing will persist.”
Washington Post Editor Marty Baron
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Ephesians 5:11 ESV
Community Evangelical Free Church sign
In light of tomorrow’s Q&A for Community Evangelical Free Church (CEFC) these are the final set of questions that need to be considered by members. Again its my hope that many current CEFC members will ask Merle Stoltzufs, David Stoltzfus and Steve Estes the following questions. These hard questions deserve an honest answer in light of what occurred. Again I will keep saying this over and over but we must never forget that a female allegedly was almost killed. Hurit knows she could be dead. That is not something a person dismisses or takes lightly. This blog is encouraging the members to ask the hard questions. Again to the mothers in CEFC what if this happened to your daughter? What if your daughter allegedly was almost killed? Or she knows she could be dead? Would you be okay with that occurring?
- Why in the fall of 2013 did Brock tell a member of the church that his wife left him and it was his fault?
- Why as early as Spring 2014, after she served divorce papers, did Brock tell another member of the church that it was too late to pursue his wife?
- Why was Brock counseled by his father and elders NOT to reach out to, or pursue his wife after she served divorce papers, if they knew Brock did not have a restraining order?
- Why in fall 2014, shortly before the excommunication, did Brock tell a member of the church that he did not want to try to work things out and that he could not tell her he loved her?
- Why did Brock write an email to her lawyer stating that he could sign the divorce papers as soon as the excommunication was over?
- Why did the elders and his father know beforehand of Brock’s intent to sign the papers right after the excommunication, plead with him to wait, and yet go ahead with the service anyway?
- Why was only she disciplined for serving the divorce papers when he was eagerly looking forward to signing them and an elder told people that Brock couldn’t wait to get the excommunication over with so he could “move on”?
- Why when the elders and his father knew Brock felt this way and that he had done this were they all in agreement that he was Brock was repentant?
- Why did his Uncle Merle tell others he was afraid for Brock’s job, at the prison, if people knew what he did?
- Why when members wanted to meet with Brock and the elders about what Brock said to them, did they refuse them the opportunity to meet with Brock and have his father Steve present at the meeting instead?
- Why was it that Brock was able to read a false testimony to the congregation about him “going on a few sites he shouldn’t have in the first year of marriage” when there were many men in the church including elders, lay people, his uncles and his father who knew that Brock was steeped in adult pornography prior to his marriage and throughout it?
- Since the public testimony at the excommunication service was different from what Brock had been telling others, who actually wrote Brock’s testimony?
- Why after receiving her letter did all of the members and regular attenders come together to pray against her and to cast her flesh over to Satan?
- Why did no one mention anything in her letter at the excommunication service? What about the alleged multiple incidents with the gun? The alleged rape? The alleged attempted strangling? The alcoholism? The life steeped in adult pornography? And the verbal abuse?
- Where in the Bible is there an example of any Christians coming together to have such an excommunication “service”? After all 1 Corinthians 5:11 that lists reasons to excommunicate someone. “But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.” Was Hurit guilty of any of them? Was Brock guilty of several? If he was, why was he not disciplined?
- When members expressed concern about 1 Corinthians 5:11 not applying to her, why did Steve Estes direct members to Matthew 18:17 “if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a tax collector or pagan”, and then turn in his Bible to 1 Corinthians 7:15 which says, “if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The believer is not bound in such circumstances”? Does carrying out church discipline cause anyone to be an unbeliever?
- Why when members asked elders and Steve Estes why they were not telling the congregation the truth about everything surrounding this excommunication did one elder state that it was “by design”, and another elder state that it was “to protect Brock“?
- Why did Merle Stoltzfus, Brock’s Uncle, also tell others who don’t even attend CEFC that these things were done “to protect Brock”?
- Why after being approached by over 100 people about what they have done wrong has this pastor and elder board not publically confessed and apologized for their wrong doing?
- Why is there a need to create “committees” instead of just simply repenting?
- Did Steve Estes and CEFC leaders engage in the alleged cover up to protect Steve’s position as pastor and to preserve his position as a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary?
- As a professor of practical theology at Westminster is allegedly covering up criminal activity practical theology?
It is my hope that the members of CEFC will ask these questions tomorrow. This situation can be ended if members asked hard questions and voted with their feet. Again guys please know that I love you.