A short example
of recent correspondence.
To avoid personalising an important
difference on issues, the officer at the FIEC and other references have
From: [A brother at the FIEC]
To: 'charles soper'
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:15 AM
Subject: RE: Malcolm Clegg
Dear Mr Soper
Please forgive the impossibly long delay in coming
back to you.
As promised I have both spoken to and visited [an
elder at Carey] over the last few weeks. [The elder] himself has
had extensive discussions with Malcolm Clegg, who believes that his
comments have been taken out of context and misrepresented. [The
elder] and a colleague will be visiting Malcolm in October, I think,
and reporting to me amongst others on their return.
I hope you’ll agree that I’ve taken this as far as I can for now.
It goes without saying that I was very
disappointed to read the article BLQ – especially the Editor’s take on
your article. I am very glad that we all have to stand or fall
before own Master!
With warm Christian greetings
The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches
Registered Charity (England and Wales) No 263354
Charity Registered in Scotland SC040111
21 July 2009 21:26
Thanks for this gentle reply. I am also sorry not
to be able to respond in kind appropriately.
I would be grateful for some specific indication
of how Mr Clegg's comments and actions have been misrepresented or
taken from their context, and how either he, or Carey B.C. respond to
the charge of directly facilitating ecumenical ministry with Rome - the
public evidence is precise, extensive and
I would be interested to see the report, but the
situation seems a most serious one, which Poole Connor or William Carey
would be horrified by and called for immediate, decisive action without
delay. Will their and our Master take any lighter view? I cannot agree
at all that no more could or should be done at FIEC. Wroclaw, which
continues to be supported in the person of a senior
lecturer, remains an energetic fountain of 'great confusion'
and 'contradiction of the Gospel', in words that will be familiar from
'96. A former president writing to the general secretary of the
situation at Above Bar, on 13th November 2002, claimed that that
problem was, 'serious, and needs to be investigated'. He referred not
to an investigation by the local church, but by the
FIEC of the local church. The problem at Above Bar was an
isolated act of betrayal, which was swiftly apologised for and
corrected in measure. The situation at Wroclaw is one of sustained and
systematic adulterousness, for which no recognition of wrongdoing has
yet arisen, let alone the feeblest gesture of rectification.
This sort of neglect tends to irreparably corrupt
the fellowship and grieve the Holy Spirit,
Yours sincerely in Christ,
No reply and no clarification has
been received to this mail until now.