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Postcript: The Trainwreck's Aftermath

It might occur to the occasional Internet surfer who wanders into this obscure, disturbing corner of cyberdom the following question: " Whatever happened to GGWO and the turmoil evident on these pages?" I thought it would be helpful, instructive, and quite inspiring to see that the Word of God is always true in the context of this particular saga.

Before I answer that from my own perspective, let me first refer you to my previous letter posted in the "Disaffiliation" section where, as a pastor/missionary of GGWO for 20 years, who has been well aware of the problems within GGWO and somewhat marginalized as a result, I took the stand that the very real problems could only be dealt with Scripturally from the context of unity and love, and that division is always, Biblically, counterproductive, and would be simply adding more grievious sin unto sin.

The aftermath of the organized schism within GGWO led by a group of ex-affiliated pastors and ex-elders of the Baltimore church, revealed the true nature of the events by their fruit. After an auspicious, promising start, AIGM has since been plagued by internal dissensions and consequent paralysis as an effective organization. Yet that is utterly insignificant when compared to the splintering of marriages, families, churches and friendships that radiated from the Baltimore church worldwide, as a result of the leadership of the dissension. The disaster and pain this has caused will radiate through generations.

Within two years of the events reported in this website, at least eight pastors within the dissenting faction (AIGM) have resigned their churches and, in some cases, causing those churches to close, their flocks to scatter. Many others have suffered internal divisions, severely crippling their effectiveness for the gospel and for testimony of Christ, in one case, forcing a formerly strong church to merge with another. Most of the others, with one or two exceptions, are experiencing lowered attendance. Many others have an underlying current of disatisfaction within their current membership, who, while continuing to support their local church, are not happy at the changes and direction their pastors, in some cases, arbitrarily took, contradicting the very reasons they claimed to be taking them. Many of the leaders of the schism quickly entered into conflict with one another continuing the demonic process of division and strife.

The Baltimore church splintered into three, possibly four factions, with the Stevens sons leading two split-off churches. Those churches too, within two years are struggling with many of their original leaders having left due to internal strife. Many ex-pastors, leaders, formerly very committed Christians are now scattered accross the U.S. in lonely isolation from each other.

The Baltimore church originally lost approximately one third of its membership to the aforementioned schisms. Since then, under the leadership of Prs. Schaller, Scibelli, Love and others, there is an amazing Holy Spirit renewal taking place. As evidence, I would simply direct the objective reader to their website and view the services there:

Needed reforms have happened that showed it was utterly not necessary to split and damage the Body of Christ, and also revealing that, in some cases, the split was motivated simply by personal animosities and carnal power struggles, and not a deep desire for unity, love and healing in the Body of Christ. As an organization, with all its internal problems and misunderstandings by Christians from without, GGWO has picked up the pieces and continues in the vision God originally gave - to train people in the Word, to live and teach the Finished Work and grace, to send missionaries into all the world. Many new churches have started accross the world and many GGWO churches are experiencing growth and renewal, in the humility and unity that God commands. Here in Mexico City, we are enjoying this renewal- unity with Baltimore and the affiiation, a sharpened vision, greater hunger for winning the lost. We had our first GGWO conference last year which has since created a deeper desire for Bible school training, world vision, and church planting.

To those who would presume that I am exhibiting a bit of gloating here, please understand that, while I am relieved that GGWO is healthy and moving onward, that the Word of God is always true, I write about the negative consequences with deep sorrow, regret and brokenness. I truly wish the very best to my colleagues who have taken up their individual paths. Any of them (with two or three exceptions,) although some have barely spoken to me for years because they assumed I was "not really Greater Grace," would be welcomed here with open arms and an invite to share the pulpit and our house. Unity, love, humility, brokeness, honesty..ETC is what the Word teaches and there is a blessing in that. I continue us all to continually move in that direction, so that we be not ashamed at His coming.

Bruce Moon