I asked Pam Staley if I could post this on my blog. She said, yes.
I should also mention that I spoke with Jim Staley several months ago...I knew then the trouble he was in. I stopped fighting with our Biblical family about the same time.
I encourage you to put down your stones and raise your hands in prayer
Thank you, Jeff Morton
From Pam Staley
|Jim and Pam Staley|
How did we get here? Where do we go? What on earth is going on? Who are we as a people?? As a people called by the Most High God? Is this how we are supposed to act? Is this what love looks like? And, yes, who am I to even ask those questions?
This, in my humble opinion, is still all a 'test' a major test. You may believe that what has happened to our son is simply just rewards, that it is long overdue - that your pain and your offenses that have gripped your hearts and that you hold against Jim Staley and PFT are justified - so you lash out with comments and remarks for the world to grab on to and then burn and inflame others hearts as well.
How have I come to this understanding? How would I know what you are feeling? Because I was there as well. Yes....I was there. Four years ago I walked away from my son and PFT....I was offended and felt I had a right as his mother to expose what I thought was the wrong direction ...I was so sure that I was 'right' that I did not consider anything else. And I broke the commands of my Creator and slandered and gossiped against my own son. I left him exposed and hurting and only thought of my own feelings. The pain and frustration and confusion led me to go against my mother's heart and the heart of the One I say I serve ...I felt 'justified'. Four long years my friends... four long years. Wasted years - years never to be regained...lost forever. Years filled with heartache and tears and telling 'God' what He should do!
Recently, we have all been humbled, I have realized that lashing out and exposing anyone - ANYONE - is never the way to act - never justified - it is simply what it truly is - gossip and slander. Nothing more - nothing less. It destroys relationships and it breaks our Father's heart. Our family has been thru trial after trial, fire after fire, but we have grown and matured and are able to recognize that our heavenly Father gave us a set of guidelines to follow ... and when we don't - we break His heart and cause circumstances to spiral out of control. Being in this walk for almost 30 years, one would think I would have had the wisdom on how to handle various situations, but I did not have the understanding to use that wisdom - I used the world's wisdom.
So for those of you reading the papers, and following along on social media, and for those that I led astray with my own hurt, please hear me - instead of joining the fray, and lashing out - S T O P. This is YOUR TEST as well. Please take to heart, all of you, that this is not what we are supposed to be leading with - we are NOT to have knee-jerk reactions - we are not to find pleasure in the troubles of ANYONE - we are to lend a hand to the one who has fallen in the ditch - we are to lift them up - not pass them by - smiling as we walk past them thanking our Creator that it is not us in the ditch! What will you say when you stand before your KING - will you say ... 'I stopped by the side of the road to help a brother' or will you instead say that 'I picked up a stone to throw'. As for the leaders in ministry who have remained silent...NOW is the time to speak up - to admonish those that throw stones and to cover each other in prayer instead - BE a LEADER - LEAD the flock, and let your voices be heard!!! It is time to recognize that we are a BODY of believers and that maturity must come soon - or it will be too late. Time is short. No one is able to judge the heart of the matter - only our Father.
This is a testing time - each and every one of us are being tested to see what is in our hearts. Each and everyone one of us have been offended and wronged in some way by someone, and feel justified in our defensive actions. I'm here to tell you - GET OVER IT!!!! You are either DEAD in Messiah or you LIVE for yourself. Ask yourself - is what I'm doing PLEASING to my God? I stand before you this day, as his mother, and say I was guilty of the same thing...and it is a daily, sometimes, moment by moment struggle not to sink back into that pit of offenses that I built! But the time has come to rid ourselves OF ourselves and only be lifted up in HIM. My heart is to be pleasing to my God - to heal the broken hearted and to bring SHALOM - PEACE - not to cause more confusion and chaos!!! Please join hands with me - a broken vessel - so that all of us can be healed by the great physician!!!
If you have read this far, I beg you to examine yourself, your heart, your attitude - as I have had to do - admitting guilt and repenting, and ask yourself this question........... am I building up the Kingdom with my actions and speech..... or not?
May each of you have the peace that is beyond understanding from the One true Father of us all ... and may we walk in peace with each other, as we bind each others wounds. Thank you for listening....
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