It first needs to be pointed out that this site and my efforts are toward reconciliation. This is the focus of this site with some emphasis at /Reconcile.
It appears someone in North Carolina has again turned to the state rather than pursuing direct dialog or has found “no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers”. I’m sorry to hear that that seems to be the state of the institution in North Carolina.
I did receive a face-to-face visit from a gentlemen from the Cleveland Police Department who was acting in behalf of the Bradly County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. The interaction was cordial and direct. It is documented by time here for your review.
It was a humorous note to me that our first face-to-face meeting occurred exactly 500 years from the day Martin Luther hammered his 95 Thesis to the door. Consider “95 Theses approximately”. Now someone claiming to represent Meadowview Presbyterian Church wants the state to silence me from proclaiming Christ to their institution? Solomon was right, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc 1:9).
This is my summary of what is happening from the evidence before me. If anyone would consider direct communications, I am willing, as always.
This is an act of intimidation
However, it has no legal weight. No change on my part will occur until evidence is provided otherwise.
I don’t think legal action is possible nor wise for my wife and kids.
My 5 times-a-week call attempt to my kids are within what is stipulated in Tennessee state law. Considering they have not been answered by my kids in over a year, it does seem like this is a greater violation of state law than my attempt to reconcile. Which is more loving, denying a dad from speaking to his kids for over a year, or a husband pursuing reconciliation with his wife?
Other issues like this include the stopping of my being informed about my kids and their education, and the refusal to allow a dad’s denial of medical consent to be applied to my kids. I don’t think this is wise to pursue, and again, I will not pursue it by my initiation. It would be a shameful thing to do so.
But there is something more important!
My guess is that this was initiated by Jim Cross, my father-in-law, with agreement from my wife. This is only a guess since again direct communication is not pursued by my family. As a claimed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, why turn to the state? Why do so when, as described above, it is being done from a weak position? Why do so when direct communications is constantly requested by me, but ignored by my family? I suggest this was a foolish act and I hope will not be repeated. May I again point out the Lord’s commands, such as 1Co7:11, and Mat 5:24.
Pastor Bitterman, is this how the institutional church should be following the Lord’s commands? Are you aware how a representative from the state has portrayed you and your institution?
Mr. Cross, perhaps we should communicate as brothers. You have been asked by me more than once. It would still be my joy to reconcile with you as brothers. Are you willing?