"When Martin Luther was threatened with heresy for criticizing the pope, the sale of indulgences, and other practices enumerated in his 95 theses of protest…his determination as expressed by his defiant words: HERE I STAND!…GOD HELP ME; I CAN DO NO OTHER!!
Stand your ground, Marie!"
It's the Eve before Christmas Eve, and it's also what the pastors at Heritage Bible Chapel (HBC) have set as the drop dead date for Marie Notcheva.
As they spelled out in their correspondence to her which we included in this post, if Marie fails to contact them by TODAY, they will interpret her silence as her continued unwillingness to repent and will proceed to share it with their immediate church membership in the time and and setting that they deem wise and discreet. By the way, what do they mean by 'immediate church membership'?
In an email to Marie on October 14, 2016, HBC elders wrote:
"The covenant that you entered into when you became a member does not permit you to resign during circumstances such as these."
Is that so?
If you are keeping up with Marie's story, you already know that she sent a certified letter to Heritage Bible Chapel on September 28, 2016, resigning her membership. This after being involved with the church for close to a decade.
Fortunately for Marie, her parents are extremely supportive of her decisions to end her twenty-year marriage to an abusive husband and to resign her membership at Heritage Bible Chapel. And we are so grateful that Marie's father is providing her with wise counsel. Here is an encouraging letter Marie received around Thanksgiving.
Please be in prayer for Marie and her family. May they and our wonderful friends here at TWW have a very blessed Christmas!