do you remember this? I just found it in our back, way back, pages.
It is delightful. I got a real good laugh reading this again, and
thought you might too. I changed the title, to draw attention.
lots of folks read this. I mean read it all. It is so true. It is
what beffers, false bishop, and loads of others say about joie, aka,
freeborn, and loads of others. lol.
I claim to be in the same boat with Mr. Paul.
I found this to be on the funny side but yet so still true.
MYSTERY BABYLON DENOMINATION
FOREIGN MISSIONS BOARD
Rev. Saul Paul
First Christian Church
Dear Mr. Paul:
have your application for missionary appointment before me, and will be
as frank as possible concerning your qualifications as a foreign
missionary. We have to be very careful in choosing our missionaries, and
our Missions Board has reviewed your case thoroughly. We have decided
that it would be unwise to send you to the foreign field for the
It has come to our attention that you are doing secular work on the
side. We do not feel that making tents and full time ministry go
together very well. It seems that you do not have enough experience in
trusting the Lord for your income. You should make up your mind whether
you want to preach or continue your profession.
Your previous actions have been very rash and unseemly for a minister.
We learned that in a public meeting you opposed Dr. Simon Peter, an
esteemed minister with a high reputation. We also hear that you argued
so violently with some of our ministers that a special council meeting
had to be called at Jerusalem to prevent a serious split in the
churches. We frown on such radicalism. For your own good, I am enclosing
a copy of Daius' Carnegus book on "How to Win Jews and Influence
We understand that you do not agree with all the points in our
constitution end by-laws, and do not even believe in all our doctrines.
In checking back, we discovered your Christian education consisted of a
three year course in Arabia. We find that the Arabian school has not
been approved by our accreditation board and we hear that there are some
strange unknown doctrines being taught in that school. We also hear a
rumor that; you are a snake handler. Such a reputation could only hurt
the true cause of Christ and the Church. We don't have all the details
on that episode at Melita, but we understand you claimed immunity to
harm from snake bite through a promise of Christ. It has come to the
attention also that you preach much about "the Power of God ", and "the
gifts of the Spirit". Also that you speak in tongues a great deal.
you realize that such as this only drives off the better class of
people, and attracts only the riff-raff. It would be better to tone down
those more sensational forms of worship. You sound as though you are
"off the deep end", and it has been proven to our satisfaction that you
had hands laid on you at Antioch with prophecy going forth, with none of
the Apostles or Headquarters brethren present to conduct this
ordination services in the prescribed manner. You must remember that
prophecy is a dangerous thing unless handled properly, end we fear that
you are associated with that "so called New order of the Early Rain".
Stay away from that brand, it could ruin your ministry.
We see here that you have a jail record in several places. If this is
true, it puts you in a bad light, for our denomination has always stood
for a high standard of holiness, and I fear it would damage our
reputation to have someone representing us that had served time in jails
and prisons. Frankly, Mr. Paul, we seriously doubt you could have been
innocent and the judge wrong in so many cases. It just doesn't look
It seems that you are a trouble maker Mr. Paul. Several business men of
Ephesus have written us that you were the cause of severe loss of
business to them and even stirred mob violence. You must learn to
cultivate the friendship and influence of men such as these. We also
have some details of a lurid"over the wall in a basket" episode at
Damascus, plus a stoning at Lystra, and several other violent actions
taken against your ministry. Haven't you ever suspected that
concilliatory behavior and gentler words might gain you more friends? We
have never condoned such sensationalism in the ministry. This is just
not the type of ministers that we send out. We have learned through
channels that following some trouble with a preacher on the island of
Cyprus, you had to change your name. This does not seem to us to be
conduct becoming to the ministry.
You admitted in your application that in the past you neglected such
needy fields as Bithynia, just because "the Spirit didn't lead that
way", and that you undertook a hazardous journey on the strength of a
dream you had at Troas. Mr. Paul, surely you don’t expect us to go along
with such flimsy and fantastic excuses for your seemingly purposeless
wanderings. Many times you did not stay long enough, in our opinion, to
get a church established. You left your converts many times without even
a pastor to guide them, and without setting the church in order ins
some good fundamental denomination. We hear also from Troas that you
preach too long, one sermon lasting almost twenty-four hours, even to
the extent that a young man fell asleep and was seriously injured. We
Understand that you claim to have restored his life and raised him from
the dead by falling on him and embracing him.
nonsense! If the man was injured, you should have called in a competent
physician and had a rigid physical examination made. And instruct the
church to carry sufficient liability insurance to take care of a
situation like that. We need practical men in the ministry, Mr. Paul,
not high strung emotional radicals. our advice is for you to shorten
your sermons considerably. We find that about twenty minutes is the
longest a minister can hold the attention of his audience these days.
our motto is "Stand up, speak up, and shut up".
We understand from your own home church that you could not get along
with your fellowministers, that John Mark, a commendable young man and
nephew of one of our leading ministers, had to leave your party in the
middle of a journey, and that you had a violent quarrel with gentle,
good natured Barnabas. Now these men are well thought of in Jerusalem,
and we wonder why you are always having trouble with your fellow workers
? We have notarized affidavits from three fine brethren, Diotrephes,
Demas, and Alexander, to the effect that it is impossible for them to
co-operate with either you or your program. From what we hear, you seem
to have a self-exalted spirit, boasting about your revelations and that
God has chosen you to reveal some "new Mystery". Can't you realize that
any new truth that is to be revealed would come through Headquarters to
the recognized, more mature brethren, and that after it had been checked
by our Procedure and Doctrine Committee that we would pass it on to the
ministry? On top of all that, we hear that you are claiming to be an
Apostle. We know nothing of this being passed upon by the proper
authoritative channels, and wonder how you could back that claim up,
when the last Apostle was voted into office right here in Jerusalem.
That is a dangerous doctrine Mr. Paul, and I advise you to forget it.
you see, Mr. Paul, we feel definitely after close scrutiny of your
case, that you are undoubtedly the most unqualified applicant we have
ever seen, and my advice for you is to find a church where you can work
in harmony, and use your past education as perhaps a Sunday School
teacher. I hope I have prevented you from making a terrible mistake in
Most sincerely yours,
J. Flavios Fluffyhead
Joie have you ever heard some of this?