I tried being civil to Bruce Gerencser and now that seems to have been a tragic mistake.
I happened to stop in over at Bruce’s blog and added a comment to a posting over there.
What followed was rather shocking; considering how I approached Bruce and his departure from the Faith. I even defended him from an attack by other Fundamentalists. Not once did I ever, never, attack him personally for leaving the faith, ever! I showed more grace to that man, than anyone else ever would, especially among the Fundamentalist Christian circles.
Well, it appears that what I showed to that man meant absolutely nothing at all. As he sat there and allowed his commenters to attack me; and never lifted a finger to stop it at all.
I guess the apostle Paul was not joking when he wrote this:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. – (2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV)
The Lord’s grace is unlimited; mine is not. So, seeing that Mr. Gerencser is not interested in being a man; and stopping an attack on his blog, I have decided to not grace that site with my presence any longer. I feel bad that he was used and abused in the IFB circles; and that he used that as an excuse to turn his back on the Lord. But, I do not have to be treated like that; not at all.
Perhaps my taking a non-judgemental stance towards him was a mistake; not one I will never make again — not in this lifetime. To be quite honest, I do not believe that the man was even truly saved in the first place. Bruce might have said a prayer; but there was no true heart conversion. If there was, he would still be among the believers. Truth is, he said a prayer, and was trained and conditioned in the ways of the Church. However, when the heat was turned up, he grew frustrated and looked for an excuse to leave; and the books he read gave him his excuse. This happens quite a bit in Christianity, not only in IFB circles, but in Christianity in general. People that do this are not grounded in their Faith at all.
Just for the record, I am not angry at Bruce or his so-called blog friends. I am more disappointed than anything else. I really hope that one day, that he wakes up and realizes what he just did here to me. However, I doubt that will happen. Bruce seems quite set in his new way.
I will continue to pray for him; Bruce says it won’t do any good. However, I have faith in God. (unlike him…)
Update: I went back and looked; and sure enough, Bruce basically has revealed his true colors towards believers. I thought he was an honorable man; I was wrong.
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. - (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (Hebrews 6:4-6 KJV)
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. - (1 Corinthians 12:3 KJV)