From the editor ...

(From Outside the Camp, Vol. 5, No. 3)


In the last issue of Outside the Camp, I wrote an article on "Why we no longer endorse the PRC, SGC, EAGC." Bill Parker, pastor of EAGC, is now distributing a response to the part of the article that pertains to him. Parker says that he is answering accusations but spends much of his space leveling false accusations against me. More importantly, Parker has been confronted with the fact that his accusations are false, has acknowledged that he has read the evidence that these accusations are false, and has decided to continue to distribute these false accusations. This clearly shows that Parker is a slanderer. His aim is not to put forth his disagreements in a truthful way but to engage in lies for the purpose of "getting back" at me for my public disendorsement. Before this, I never thought Parker was a devious man, but now I realize that Parker not only speaks peace when there is no peace, he is a devious man who will do whatever it takes to clear himself, including lying.

In the response, Parker mentions a document that he said I wrote. This is false. I never wrote such a document. I told Parker this, he acknowledged that I told him this, and he has chosen to continue to tell people that I have written this document. This is slander.

Parker states that I sent him a taped sermon in which I put forth what I believe. This is false. I never sent him a copy of this tape, and I never told him that this tape puts forth what I believe. I told Parker this, he acknowledged that I told him this, and he has chosen to continue to tell people that I sent him this tape that puts forth what I believe. This is slander.

Parker states that I used part of one of his sermons to promote my belief that all repentance was a "one-time" thing. This is false. I have never believed that all repentance was a "one-time" thing. I have never made any statements to anyone, including Parker, that would even suggest such a thing. I have said (and Parker knows this and said he agreed with it) that there is initial repentance of dead works and former idolatry that is a one-time thing and that is never to be repented of again, but there is also ongoing repentance in a believer's life. I have never said anything contrary to this. I told Parker this, he acknowledged that I told him this, and he has chosen to continue to tell people that I believe that all repentance is a "one-time" thing. This is slander.

There is something to consider in the above accusation. If Parker really thought that I believed that there was no need for ongoing repentance at all in a believer's life, then his speaking peace to me during that time is another indication that he does not believe the true gospel. Anyone who believes that a Christian never needs to repent of anything during his life is obviously an unregenerate man. Parker was knowingly speaking peace to someone whom he thought believed this.

Parker goes through the list from the "Why we no longer endorse ..." article of what McCulley confessed. Incredibly, Parker says that McCulley's annihilationism "neither denies the gospel or the glory and justice of God" and "nothing Mark McCulley believes about eternal death or hell itself impugns God's glory, God's justice ..." In yet another surprise, Parker, the man who preaches so boldly against those who speak peace to those who bring a false gospel, uses 2 John to explain that it is possible for Christians to speak peace to those who bring a false gospel! Is this the same Bill Parker I knew?

Parker also says that I misrepresented McCulley's views. For example, I wrote that McCulley confessed that "The reason Christians can speak peace to non-Christians is that Christians are not under the dominion of sin, so Christians are not condemned for speaking peace when there is no peace." Parker responded, "This is a misrepresentation of Mark McCulley's views." This is false. Here is a direct quote from Mark McCulley (spelling errors intact): "How can Chrsitians still speak peace to nonChristians? Because we are not under the dominionn of that sin, so that if we do speak peace to nonChristians, we are still not condmened for speaking peace to nonChrisians."

And it goes on and on. I have direct, unedited quotes in context to prove every single one of what I put forth on the list. In one instance, Parker quotes McCulley as saying that he never said that it is possible for a regenerate person to confess that those who believe in universal salvation are saved. Well, I have the exact quote from McCulley, the exact day this was quoted, and the people to whom this was quoted. And this was in writing via e-mail, not just something I heard him say. I told Parker this, he acknowledged that I told him this, and he has chosen to continue to tell people that I have misrepresented McCulley. This is slander.

If any of you receive this paper from Bill Parker, please keep all this in mind. Not only does he not practice what he preaches, he is a knowing, unrepentant slanderer.


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