Christ cares very much about the fruit of our work, so let’s take a look at the FRUIT of this episcopacy:
I want to offer those who disagree with the many Cleansing Fire bloggers and posters (who have written of the problems with Bishop Clark’s episcopacy) a very specific opportunity to write clearly and concisely of the fruit of his reign, because THAT is what matters.
Replies from his supporters simply condemning this site, or those involved in it, do NOTHING to make the case for the fruit of this bishop; so, let’s be positive in this comment section, please. Let’s give all those who have written here against the blog, who don’t feel the criticism is warranted, and others who are interested, a golden opportunity to state just what they believe the fruit is of Bishop Clark’s episcopacy.
I don’t know how many people I’m addressing, because they all seem to be named anonymous. It would be nice if they signed their names in this particular case, as they are writing postitively in support of their bishop, and to be “anonymous” seems like a lack of support for him, like being ashamed to sign. But, it is not a requirement. They can still post anonymously or under a false name if they choose.
Here are the rules for this thread:
1. Comments are reserved for listing the “fruits” of Bishop Clark’s episcopacy, not for criticizing him. But, “he’s a nice guy” doesn’t cut it, nor does “he has tried to…..” We are talking about results, positive accomplishments which have moved his flock closer to God, enhanced the position of the Church to attract more souls; how he has MADE A DIFFERENCE, and what that difference is!
2. Spurious comments which don’t answer the fruit question — i.e. what are the good RESULTS of this episcopacy?– will be deleted as not relevant to the post. Personality qualities and personal character, spirituality or political status are irrelevant to the purpose of this post too, as are education, relationships, and myriad miscellaneous qualities that don’t relate to accomplishing results, fruits, for the People of God. Negatives are not fruits either; e.g. “He didn’t close Assumption.”
3. Attacks against this website or its bloggers will be deleted. Irrelevant posts which don’t answer the fruit question will be deleted. Relevant portions of a post will be left if it is possible to retain the part which is invited to be posted.
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4. Attacks or negative comments about the fruits posted, regardless of whom they are from, will also be deleted. At this point, it is not my desire to squelch what people in genuine conscience believe is a fruit of 30+ years by having an immediate response trying to tell the poster why he or she is wrong. I think it would be to everyone’s benefit to have a compilation of the claimed “fruits.”
5. After a reasonable amount of time or, say, a few dozen replies, I will condense the “fruits” and give others a chance to agree or disagree on whether something is a fruit or not, and if it mitigates their concerns or changes their minds, and to comment, in a new post. But for now, please respect the purpose of “The Other Side of the Story.”
Relevant Scriptural References: the importance of the fruit of our lives and work:
In Mark 11 we read of Christ’s encounter with the fig tree: “And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if He could find anything on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs…. And He said to it, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’”
In Matthew 7:16 we read: “You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?”
And Luke 6:43 reads: “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit.
In Mark 10: 42-45 we read: “And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man also came, not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.’”
And regarding not being fruitful with the gifts the Lord has given, we have this quote from Matthew 25: 24-29: “…He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.’ For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’”h
What fruits has Bishop Clark brought forth from the great gift God gave him of his episcopacy? Please write; we are listening, and it is only fair to hear “The Other Side of the Story.”