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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Pastor (11/30/06)

TITLE: Uncompromising Vow - Scripture is KJV
By Cherry Bieber
12/02/06


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With his head in his hands, David listened and couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He and his fellow pastors had come together for the ministerial meeting and now all but him excitedly discussed a blatantly demonic proposition. In silence he cried out to the Lord for direction. He felt angry and wanted to shout, “Get thee behind me, satan!” He knew that the proposal was part of the enemy’s subtle plan. If this plan were incorporated into the church covenants and bylines, it would only serve to open wide the doors to multiple perversions and create a network to protect the same. He tried to reason with them using scripture that clearly showed their error, but they repeatedly quoted scripture pulled out of reference; twisting it to back up their plans. Aside from David, the men stood united.

“Brother David, are you feeling okay? You look a bit flushed!” One of the pastors had come to stand next to his chair and had placed his hand on David’s shoulder; a move David felt was an attempt to intimidate him. He resisted the urge to openly recoil and continued praying in his spirit for guidance. He wanted to get up and leave, but felt the Lord telling him to stay. Then, quite suddenly, peace flowed through and over him and he felt the Presence of the Lord surround and encourage him.

Lifting his head from his hands, he looked at each of the seven men in the room. As his eyes met with theirs, they felt a quickening in their spirits that might have birthed revelation and discernment had they not already given themselves over to the plan. His eyes were full of Love and grief rather than the despair, anger, and judgment of a few moments earlier. The room, once alive with conversation, had suddenly grown silent and all eyes were on David. He rose from his chair with confidence and the others, desiring to oppose him because they knew his stand, felt strangely incapable of opening their mouths.

“Brother’s” he began, “We have worked side by side in this community, setting aside our doctrinal differences. We have wept and prayed together. We have lifted one another up during times of weakness and we have Loved one another deeply. It is with great pain that I now give you my resignation from this association, which will be followed through with an official letter.”

An unintentionally audible sigh of relief passed through the room, but was soon followed by the sudden catching of breath when he continued, as they knew him to be a man of his word. “Please do not mistake my intention here. I am by no means saying that you will be relieved of my presence in your lives. Because I Love you as well as those lives entrusted to you, the contrary is true. I will continue to battle fervently against this evil endeavor and the enemy who has ensnared you to implement his plan. If you continue to pursue this path of destruction, I will fight you!”

David paused for emphasis and then continued. “Isaiah 5:20 says, ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!’” I beg you reconsider! Hear the truth and realize that what you are planning to embrace is what Isaiah prophesied long ago. This is death and destruction and you will one day have to answer to God for the lives destroyed by it!” His pleading fell on deaf ears. In their eyes he saw a reflection of the hollowness in their hearts. They had made their choice and he must now make his.

He stood with his eyes closed for a moment and was unable to move as grief for his brothers swept over him. He was reminded of the word of the Lord from Romans 1:20-25. He picked up his Bible and left the room. As he closed the door behind him, the others picked up where they’d left off, as though the encounter with David had never occurred.

The walk home was one of consuming loneliness, though not the loneliness one experiences from rejection or too much being alone. He wondered if this is what akin to what Christ felt in the garden. He walked on with purpose and determination remembering his vow to Shepard God’s people without compromise.


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Jan Ackerson 12/07/06
This is well-written--disturbing, but I think you meant it to be disturbing, so you've done what you intended!

If not for the title, I'd have been very unclear what the panel was considering. I wonder if you should make it clearer in the body of the story?

You write with a great deal of passion.