Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, 27th February 2020
Brother David Cloud has recently written a very serious article about our Church in relation to our ongoing studies on the timing of the rapture and its relation to the second coming of Christ. The article contains a number of statements, both in relation to our Church, and the position we have been studying, that are very clearly not true. Sadly, Bro Cloud has not been honest with his testimony about us, and as a result has been misleading others in regards to the whole situation.
Brother Cloud has made a number of exaggerated and untrue statements concerning the subject we have been studying, and the conclusions we have come to thus far. In doing so Bro Cloud has seriously misrepresented both the testimony of our Church, and even more so the personal character of the leadership of our Church. Sadly, there are Christians and other Pastors in our country who hold Bro Cloud in such high regard, and count him to be such an authority on matters such as these, that his articles are accepted as gospel, with no consideration whatsoever for the facts as they stand here at GBBC.
I have reached out to Brother Cloud on a number of occasions and expressed to him that the Leadership of our Church has ought against him. Our concern being that Bro Cloud has been meddling in our local church business, and by writing these articles has sought to usurp his authority over us, and sadly to influence many of our dear brethren against us, causing unnecessary division.
When Brother Cloud found out about our leaders Bible study on the Second Coming, he would not talk to me on the phone, but rather insisted he would send me his materials via email, and then demanded a response via email, this further complicated matters, as we had no opportunity to talk personally and peaceably about these things as brethren.
Brother Joshua has also reached out to Brother Cloud with questions regarding the former article that he sent about the Pre-trib position. Brother Cloud didn't even attempt to answer any of Joshua’s questions but rather dismissed them. Brother Cloud claims he was trying to help us, but this is not help at all.
Brother David Cloud has now gone public with this misinformation in his articles, influencing people we don’t even know, and has made our Church matters a public affair. This has all taken place without honest consideration of our ongoing studies and well before the due time, for as to this date, our statement of faith has not yet changed. The crime it seems that we are guilty of is studying the Word of God in GREAT depth, specifically in relation to the “Second Coming”, as we have never done before. Isaiah 28:9-13, 2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 17:10-11
Please brethren, be careful not to misunderstand the purpose of this letter as an attempt in any way to attack brother Cloud; far from it, it is rather, in the interest of truth, and for the sake of our testimony as a Bible believing Church, committed to the inerrancy of Scripture, and a consistent Biblical interpretation, and also knowing no man or doctrinal position to be infallible, an attempt just to set the record straight.
Please pray for David Cloud. He is a dear brother whom we love in the Lord, and I personally believe he has been caught up in the spirit of dissimulation with some of our other brethren. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!
Proverbs 18:13 “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”
Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”