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The Fellowship Merry-Go-Round

By Dub McClish

Introductory Note

On May 15–19, 2011, brother Neal Pollard preached in a Gospel meeting at the Sherman Drive Church of Christ (formerly Pearl Street) in Denton, Texas. This meeting may prove to be significant beyond the surface.

Sherman Drive Notes

The Sherman Drive congregation is what is left of the once mighty Pearl Street congregation that for almost a quarter century enjoyed a spotless reputation for soundness and faithfulness. This reputation was known in many nations, principally through its twenty-one consecutive Annual Denton Lectures programs (1982–2002).

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What Will They Do Now?

By Dub McClish

Some Background Notes

The Sherman Drive congregation is what is left of the once mighty Pearl Street congregation that for almost a quarter century enjoyed a spotless reputation for soundness and faithfulness. This reputation was known in many nations, principally through its twenty-one consecutive Annual Denton Lectures programs (1982–2002).

Pearl Street apostatized in 2003, mainly through the influence of one of its elders, Joe Chism, who persuaded two of his fellow elders to join him in the unholy Holy Spirit errors of brethren Mac Deaver and Goebel Music. I was one of the elders and Gary Summers was the preacher when this issue arose. We fought it with all we had from its first appearance, but we did not prevail. The eldership fired Gary in April 2003, and I resigned from the eldership and left in May 2003, both departures precipitated by our opposition to the Deaver error.

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Cline Paden Letter on MDR at Sunset

March 6, 1973

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Probably no Bible topic has so much diversity of thought surrounding it as does marriage, divorce, and remarriage.

Each time we come to those sections of Scripture which relate to marriage we have to deal with practically every viewpoint that anyone has ever entertained. Our students come from every section of the country, and they come with every conceivable shade of brotherhood thought on these matters. They present these positions in class in the form of questions and comments. Our task is to leave the student with a position which can be substantiated by a “thus saith the Lord”. This is no easy task, and we do not always succeed. But we do try. We cannot control what a student may believe, for he may have believed it long before coming to Sunset. We can only control what he is taught.

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Nothing New At Sunset

By Tommy J. Hicks

In a previous article I said, “The first I heard that SSOP ‘might’ be teaching something it should not on the ‘Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage’ question was in 1978.” I also said that when I went to Sunset to inquire into this matter, brother Cline Paden, then the Director of the Sunset School of Preaching, provided me with a form letter, dated March 6, 1973. Just over Paden’s signature, the concluding statement of that letter was: “Therefore, Sunset School of Preaching does not, and will not teach that the guilty party may remarry.” My article indicated that Sunset had not taught error on “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage” while I was a student there (1967-69), and that it was my impression from Paden’s 1973 letter and my 1978 visit with him in his office that during those years the school was still not teaching error on that issue. I was wrong!

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