An Email to a False Church Leader

Dear False Church Leader,

You may choose to forward this email to your fellows and/or to Police Scotland spun as being hate speech, but I urge you to read every word because within it is a prophetic word to you from the coming Lord Jesus Christ.

I am now going to assume that you have chosen to reject the genuine offer of dialogue that I have come to you with in recent weeks as you have been celebrating “pride”.

While you are clearly interpreting our recent presence outside your building as sinister, please let me remind you that I have offered conversation in genuine goodwill with genuine motive only to be true to the God that we both save we love and serve. I have even offered that to be at your venue, on a day other than Sunday, so that it is convenient and as relaxed as possible.

Please don’t so cruelly condemn my heart in this by claiming this is with ill intent.

You have stereotyped my wife and me as “abusive conservative Christians” who cause trauma and mental illness in people under your care, all the while teaching the same people under your care a gospel contrary to the one the Lord Jesus Christ Himself preached. You have even accused my invitation of dialogue with you as an attempt to bully you personally, all the while ignoring the fact that members of your own congregation have been verbally abusive to us in worse ways even than you are accusing us of! (And yet I still offer dialogue, even today).

We have been outside your building not, as you claim, to protest about that which you are doing as much as to proclaim that which, as a self-confessing Christian, you should also be doing.

What about our mental health? What about our experiences of vitriol as a result of being obedient to the gospel that you say you love and proclaim?

Your double-standard is gross but only in keeping with the false gospel you teach.

I am fully aware of the damage that the kinds of Christians/churches/denominations have done to many folk of many walks of life (and still do today, hence the booklet attached). But, intellectually, it is very shallow of you indeed to simply lump Mairi and me in with a convenient stereotype like this so as to do away with the challenge that, before God, I am compelled to bring to you:

You claim that I am being “destructive to the gospel” and yet you have made no effort whatsoever to explain how you would even begin to claim that. Do you have any biblical stand-point at all? Are you able to explain this? 

Have you written a blog or recorded a vlog so, perhaps, I could look at that?

Your congregant who abused us verbally three weeks ago believes that Jesus is living in his pet dog and in the seagulls in the sky…and you can sleep at night?

Your half-gospel is only “He loves you” which is literally no gospel at all. But if you are a true disciple of Christ yourself, you are compelled to preach the first word of the message of salvation which, as you should know, is “Repent!”.

“Go and sin no more…” said Christ, yes?

If it was good enough for Jesus it is good enough for you.

From the brief conversation we had together, I discern that you genuinely know this but have chosen the ‘easier path’ under the guise of being “more loving”. Only you know why you have opted for this path that is clearly without biblical foundation. (Unless you have a foundation other than the Bible – in which case you are not yet a Christian?). 

These are all questions for you to pray and ponder over, as you say you have been. But, as you pray and ponder, know again that the truth is that you are not being more loving. 

Where you would portray us as being ‘destructive’ to the gospel (and, presumably, therefore, hateful), we are actually trying to help you to see (at great personal cost) what love truly is. 

Only God sets the terms for His love; no man or woman can do that.

Love is not love; God (alone) is love.

You are preaching a false gospel, leading people astray with eternal consequence, while claiming that you are loving them, and you expect people like us to say nothing?

You expect the Lord to say nothing?

Well, hear the word of the Lord to you today:

Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place;
they set up their own signs for signs.
They were like those who swing axes
in a forest of trees.
And all its carved wood
they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
They set your sanctuary on fire;
they profaned the dwelling place of your name,
bringing it down to the ground.
They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

Psalm 74:4-8 (ESV)

Just like in Jeremiah’s day, you offer salutations of peace but I know that there is no peace in your heart. (Jeremiah 6:14; 8:11). This issue of what is the true gospel and what is a false gospel is a matter of profound spiritual war and I am calling you and your fellows out as being false.

The battle does not belong to me or to you or to any of the other “abusive” Christian leaders that you think I emulate; the battle belongs to the LORD God almighty.

You have been given an olive branch here but you currently reject it portraying it falsely as a serpent.

I implore you to repent of your counterfeit gospel, your counterfeit leadership, your sin, and cry out to the coming King of glory for mercy. 

The most sobering truth here is that this is as relevant for the people in your care as it is for yourself personally.

Matthew 9:36:

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”


Nick Franks

NEW BOOK (2023): The Glorious Few

Published by firebrandnotes

Radical Preparation for the Return of Christ

3 thoughts on “An Email to a False Church Leader

  1. I have read your letter twice and I pray it will be heard, though I know prophetic voices rarely are. Thank you for sticking your neck out knowing it might figuratively speaking be cut off. Yet repentance does happen and God can turn back the hearts of the disobedient. With prayer for you and Mairi, Christine

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