There are posts that are going to be added to this blog that not everyone is going to agree with. Likewise there are going to be comments added to each post that I am not going to agree with. This page aims to deal with these comments that are bound to come up that will have no effect on what I believe. I like to answer every comment on this blog, but I will not answer the same question or comments over and over. So when one of these comments is made I will add it to this page and give my answer once and if it is posted again on any of the posts I will delete it. I think this is a fare measure and will allow me to give as much time as possible to answering questions that are posted via the comment system.
NCMI is not to blame for abuses / aberrant practices of relating church because they only relate autonomously.
NCMI is an apostolic organisation. On their website they put forward a set of beliefs. They also detail what the function of the “team” is:
- They strengthen the churches and help to equip the priesthood for works of service.
- They counsel and help church leadership work through questions related to doctrine, discipline and direction.
- They are involved in the appointing of elders in the relating churches.
- They help the relating churches with financial matters. For example, when it comes to the setting of elder’s salaries, we advise all the relating churches to ask a team member to come in and look at the church income and expenditure, and then advise on salaries.
- They co-ordinate the training that NCMI does in the different geographical regions.
Wow, look they help the leadership work through questions related to doctrine. Ok this obviously means that they sit down with the eldership and try come to a common understanding about the word of God (or doctrine), or does it? Let’s say that when a church makes the decision to relate to NCMI and they have their little counselling session regarding doctrine and the relating church decides that it can not come to agreement with the Apostolic team, then what? Does NCMI still allow the church to relate or better yet, what if there is a church that has been relating for 15 years and they suddenly decide to embrace a Word of Faith type theology, then what? Will that church be expelled from the relationship that they have with NCMI?
Let’s say for instance that NCMI will not allow the group to be unevenly yoked, and decide not to relate with the church or expel the church that decided to change, how’s this different to any other group out there? NCMI can make these decisions, after all relationships are a two way affair are they not.
Lets say that NCMI decide to ignore the doctrinal difference that they have and still allow the church to relate even if they have a different belief. What is stopping NCMI then from relating with non-Trinitarian groups like the Oneness Pentecostals or other groups like the word of faith movement? Perhaps they can enter into a relationship with the Watchtower bible and Tract Society? This is not a set up that works.
Now with the above in mind; let’s say that a church is abusing its members. They can be doing this spiritually, mentally, or financially. What will NCMI do about it? Is it not NCMI that is offering this church a covering?
I hold to the belief that NCMI is to blame for abuses and aberrant doctrine that happen in relating churches. If NCMI is fast in dealing with these problems then I will say that say are performing their jobs well, like Paul did when addressing problems in Corinth. He addressed the problems in great detail. But is unfortunately my experience that NCMI do not address these problems. They are guilty by their inaction.