Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Day I Met Bishop Luke Edwards

About 2 days after I had arrived at REACH Inc. I had heard so much about The Bishop. I had sat down with so many of the other members and listened to their stories on how they became members and how long they had been there and how it was such a blessing for me to be there.What REACH Inc. meant to them, and of course what it should mean to me. It was clear that after listening to all these people that I could only see that there was definitly no mistake that I had come to this place. Everyone testified that it was God and to him only should the glory be given.
I felt lost and in a place in my life where I felt I had no one to turn to and I was a teenager pregnant with a child I knew I wanted to keep, I just wanted to do the right thing, make the right decisions and be a better parent to my son than my mother had been to me.
One of the sisters that worked in the office came over to the church to get me so that I could have a private meeting with The Bishop. I was eager to meet him and a little nervous too. Nevertheless, I walked over and into his private office and sat down in a chair across from his desk.
Bishop had a very bright and welcoming smile, and as we talked about how I had arrived,  he told me about Gods sheep that are scattered in the field (meaning the world). He went on quoting scriptures from the book of Ezekiel,  he said that as God has said "“I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. This was the land that God was speaking of  (The Holyland) according to him and I had been brought there by non other than God. There were many other scriptures that were quoted to me on that day, to explain to me the plan and  vision that God had given him for his people.
Mark 10:28 - 30  "Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life." and then there was 2nd Corinthians 6:17 "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you". This is where the separation of family and friends came in. I was not to contact anyone outside Reach Inc. or The Holyland Compound. The were all the enemies of God.
All this talk with scriptures to back it up really gave to me what I thought was valid and made sense so much that by the time our meeting was over I had made a decision to stay and to never look back.
Our meeting was over and I felt my life for the first time was on track.
I would come to understand later in my life that alot of my so-called brothers and sisters were being and  engaging in so much evil that somewhere along the line they had overlooked the scripture Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Its clear that after the rapes and wrong doings and suffering from the people of God that though they  were to  rule and guide, protect and defend, the people of God.but, instead of that, they were such that destroyed and scattered the sheep  God.s pasture, saith the Lord God; Instead they set themselves as bad examples, led others into idolatry and other sins, which became or will become the cause of their ruin, and of their being carried captive, and scattered in other countries; and their sin was the more aggravated, inasmuch as the people that were the Lord's pastured sheep, whom he had an interest in, and a regard unto were harmed, and The Bishop  had committed certain followers to the care and charge of these the people of God to be particularly taken care of. The Bishop allowed alot to happen when I feel he was suppose to protect and care for those that God put in his care. You may be asking yourself what am I talking about.......I will tell you...To Be Continued.......

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  1. I have a story to tell also. A story too lengthy to contain to such a small space here. I am a former member of Then Free Gospel Temple pastures by Bishop Luke Edwards. I was invited to a revival by my sister, Sandra Williams who was a member. I accepted her invitation and came and saw a congregation that were very modestly dressed, women wore very long dresses, men looked ungroomed, and even dirty. The church was an old fashioned small church with wooden floors. I remember hearing the Bishop preach with such intensity and his jaws would shake as he uttered words that seem to speak directly to me. I remember the sound the guitar being played and the bass drum that sat on the floor and a tall dark thin man beat it to the tune of the message, there was dancing and speaking in tongues all of which was very new to me. I told my twin brother, girlfriend and neices all who would join the church after me. I soon began to see and learn that this was a church very different from the baptist church my mother and siblings attended. I began to sense some things were not right than they appeared on the surface. I was encouraged to quit my job and unite completely and work with the church. I eventually worked fulltime with the church, 6 days a week sometimes 7 days. I was isolated from my mother, father and all contact with the outside world. All I heard was Bishop said this and Bishop said you can't do this and I have to do this if I was going to be saved from eternal damnation. I began to reason witin myself that I was being controlled but I was accepting that I was being brain washed. I loved my mother and missed seeing her and even the freedom to buy a watermelon or other foods for my family would bring me into the Bishop's office when other members complained that I violated Bishop's rule.
    More to come. Minister Cary Brassfield 810-280-8962
    Flint, Michigan

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