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Does the Bible Teach the Principle of “Guilt by Association”?

By Dub McClish

Introduction

Is it valid for voters to question candidates for the office of President of the United States about their close associates? In the 2008 presidential campaign this question came to the fore, especially concerning Barrack Obama. His twenty-year membership in the extreme racist and anti-American Jeremiah Wright’s Chicago church and his defense of Wright have raised the guilt-by-association issue. Additionally, Obama’s continued close and amicable relationship with William Ayers, the impenitent early-1970s radical Weather Underground Organization terrorist, further fueled the guilt-by- association charge. Political conservatives argue that such favorable associations imply agreement with the convictions and behavior of said associates and therefore culpability for the same. Predictably, liberal politicos jumped to Obama’s defense, denying the viability of the guilt-by-association principle.

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Dub McClish to Spring Elders and David Brown—Upon Forest Hill’s “Marking”

Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 20:07:38
Subject: Breaking news from Forest Hill

Ken, Buddy, Jack, and David:

    My name was summarily removed from the mailing list for The Forest Hill News in August 2005, so I was surprised suddenly to find a copy of it in my mail today. When I opened it, I knew why they blessed me with it. As you will see from the attachment, you brethren are now overseeing the work of two marked men. If I may do a bit more of the “surmisings” in which Barry Grider surmises David and I have engaged,  it appears that some FH members and MSOP alumni may have been reading and paying some attention to articles in CFTF and have caused the FH/MSOP principals some discomfort.

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“A Side…That I Never Knew Existed”

 

By Dub McClish

Introduction

A recent article by John Rose (“An Open Letter to Garland Elkins, Dave Miller, and Miller’s Supporters,” CFTF, March 2009) chronicled his and his wife’s visit with brother Garland Elkins on July 22, 2008. Among other interesting things, brother Rose revealed that at one point brother Elkins claimed to have seen “a side of Dave [Watson] and Dub [McClish] I never knew existed.” I must assume that he had reference to our reactions to the grievous fellowship confusion and compromise precipitated by the scandal relating to Apologetics Press (AP) in May-June 2005 and the horrendous fallout therefrom. As a brief memory refresher, said fallout included the following:

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“Next Time” Has Arrived

By Dub McClish

Introduction

After various signals of a growing spirit of compromise on the part of the Forest Hill (FH) congregation (Memphis, TN), it was predictable that others would follow. While brother Barry Grider, FH preacher, has been the “point man” in these indicators, the conference table in the FH elders’ meeting room nonetheless bears the sign—figuratively if not actually—“The Buck Stops Here.” Whatever happens in the congregation or in the Memphis School of Preaching (MSOP), which it operates, is ultimately the charge of the FH eldership.

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Sanctimony and Projection Gone to Seed

By Dub McClish

Introduction

In recent articles originating from the eastern edge of Memphis, Tennessee, certain writers have spent considerable ink describing and reproving the behavior of certain brethren. The writers at times name and at other times do not name their reprehensible (to the writers, at least) targets. Only those incredibly dull and/or incredibly ignorant of brotherhood events over the past four-plus years will fail to comprehend the intended recipients of their barbs, even when they remain unnamed.

The Forest Hill (FH) congregation in Memphis sponsors (and its elders oversee) Memphis School of Preaching (MSOP), and the FH preacher, brother Barry Grider, serves on the MSOP faculty. Since the summer of 2005, various brethren have been calling upon the director of Memphis School of Preaching (first, brother Curtis Cates and now his successor, brother Bobby Liddell), its faculty, and the FH elders to “give answer” (1 Pet. 3:15) concerning their new position of defense and support of our well-known erring brother, Dave Miller. (For the uninitiated, before the May-June 2005 Apologetics Press (AP) crisis [precipitated by the dismissal of brother Bert Thompson, its director at the time], the MSOP folks opposed Miller’s elder re-evaluation/reaffirmation error. After Miller succeeded Thompson at AP, MSOP’s opposition abruptly turned to defense and support of Miller, and by implication, of his error.) Though they are culpable in these matters, all of the FH/MSOP are brethren beloved whose behavior has deeply saddened their former close associates (among whom I am one) in the greatest Cause.

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