When Wheelhouse used one of his sermons to attack Nesta it became obvious that we were not the only ones to detect a Tugwell-style (Case History I) attack on the 'wife of the church treasurer.' The attack was very carefully staged so that it could not be directly identified as an attack on a particular person - just as in Case History I. If you heard parts of the sermon you might even be impressed by the advice given, and the apparent sincerity of the delivery. But the hypocrisy exhibited by Wheelhouse in quiet corners, where he could work undetected, sickened many in the church. These are Wheelhouse's words from the Remembrance Day evening sermon (8th November 1998 - I quoted a later section of this same sermon in the Letter to Wheelhouse to emphasise his 'lewdness') when his topic was supposedly 'Warfare' and, specifically, putting on the armour of God from Ephesians 6:10-18):
Put on the armour! Wear it! Put on the armour of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil's schemes - the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, gospel shoes, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, the Word of God and prayer! And I've learnt in my ministry, and I'm still learning to do that! Because when I don't put the armour on, and I go into a particular situation, without my armour - the Devil gets in! And I can remember in one particular case where I had, I, er, had to go up to see, actually, the wife of the church treasurer. And I knew she was a difficult woman. Why (unintelligible mumble!)… ch…ch…..ch…ch (stumbles theatrically because he is playing to the audience and Marilyn - wife of church treasurer Geoff Christopher) - 'I shouldn't say that, should I!' (feigning embarrassment) - Marilyn's here, but she understands what I mean. Doesn't apply to her! But - the - the - she was a particularly difficult woman. Not only was she wife of the church treasurer, but she was heading up the children's work. And I went to that house without my armour on. I should have known because I'd had experience to what an awkward so-and-so she was. And I went unguarded (dramatic, breathless delivery!). Consequently, when her husband came home, she made up stories about what I'd said, about what I'd done - when I visited her. All a complete pack of lies! Slandered my name! Spoke against me! Caused great hurt and distress to me! But, in a sense, it was my fault, because I knew I was going into a difficult situation and I should have put the armour on. But, you see, when you go into situations thinking, 'Oh, I can sort it out! You know, I'm a mature Christian, I can see the Devil coming!' No - we can't! Because we've just heard the Devil comes as an angel of light. And what we find sometimes in church life is those 'nice people' - are sometimes used by the angel of light. That Satan who masquerades as an angel of light! Be careful (dramatic stage whisper!) - I want to say to you, with all my heart, be careful of the nice people in the church. Because I've found, sometimes, the nicest of people have been the worst. Now, I'm sorry to have to say that - it's come from experience. Be very careful of those who appear nice! Because Satan can work through anybody and any situation - and can come there. And you know the situations you've got to go into. Put on the armour - so you can stand against the Devil's schemes. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness …I was going to say, perhaps we should put it on all the while, even when we think we're going into an ordinary situation. And perhaps I've got it wrong when you say you think you're going into a difficult situation - put the armour on. And I think that we should perhaps put it on from the moment we get out of bed in the morning. And looking at the person that's lying next to us in the bed, perhaps we should put it on before we get up (flippant delivery!) - I don't know! And then put it on again at ni …- well! (Laughing!). The mind boggles!'
When I rang a mutual friend and former pastor for advice, and was told by him - without any prompting - that Roger Wheelhouse had attacked Nesta via this sermon, it was only too obvious where the information had come from and the degree of hurt caused by the cowardly 'pastor' Wheelhouse.
Do you recognise the clever part of this deception. It is based on truth! It is so close to Scriptural examples. Later, he even quotes Peter trying to stop Jesus going to Jerusalem to be crucified. A solid, tough, disciple who was used by Satan to try and thwart God's magnificent plan of salvation (Matthew 16:21-23):
21 From that time Jesus Christ began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22 And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You." 23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."
Yet, in phrasing it in this way, he can attack the 'nice' people of the church so that anyone who speaks against him is being used by Satan - just as Peter was used. In this way he sows suspicion among the congregation, so that no one will trust anyone who speaks against him, promotes himself as the great authority on deception, and hides his delusions of persecution (see ego-centric leader check list and later statements by Sue and Roger Wheelhouse).
Nesta's statement that she has "put that behind me so that any hurts and upsets that I have received I can put on one side - that I can come to this meeting and coolly, and calmly, listen to others and be part of a meeting so that every thing that is done is done in a loving and a constructive fashion. That I think is the most important thing. That God's love is evident in this meeting from everyone who speaks" speaks volumes. It is clear that some people decided to keep their heads down to avoid the hatred from Wheelhouse and his faction - which was demonstrated towards David and Zoë Williams - because they didn't want any part of that, or to risk losing their position as deacon of the church. Again the attempt to emphasise love while glossing over the truth. Speaking THE TRUTH in love is what is important from God's point of view, as elucidated earlier, for Scripture says that those who do not seek truth and justice do not love God or their brother, but hate them.]
Bonnie Jones: Everyone has come here and stood and said, 'Can I come to you as a simple deacon, can I come to you as a simple church member.' I come to you as someone with no grievances against Roger. I come to you as me. You know me. Probably the only one here tonight who doesn't know me is Richard. And possibly Sheila 'cos she ain't been around long. The rest of you know me. When Alison stood up she said how difficult she found it to come into my office because she had difficulties with me, how many of you could put your hands up to that. I dread to think - there are going to be a great number of you. Because I'm me! But God isn't finished with me yet! He's changing me. And, as well as standing here, as just me, I'm also standing here as someone who has been hurt in the past by Roger and his ministry. Who has tried very hard to put that behind me - and lay it aside. And I feel that I have done - work in the office - and I feel that I have been able to do that. But only by the grace of God. Not by any way of myself at all. I don't believe that I've had anything to do with it. I've surprised myself on occasions. But there have been occasions when things have been difficult. And it would be very easy to stand here and say 'I think we made a very big mistake in calling Roger.' But I don't believe we did. I agree with Kathy and Graham. I believe that when we called Roger we were virtually inanimate. And because it was the will of God. And I believe that it was God's will that Roger came here and that Roger is among us. Like Kathy, when she said that calling a minister is a bit like a marriage relationship, you can't just walk away from it after a couple of years if you have a disagreement. But, like a marriage relationship, it has to be two ways. We have to love Roger, and Roger has to love us. There has to be a meeting of minds. OK, we're not always going to agree. I'm not always going to agree with everything Roger says. And Roger is not always going to agree with me. But - and its going to be the same for all of us. But, there has to be a point at which we say, ' Because we have the Lord Jesus in common, we will love you.' That comes from me to Roger - it should come from Roger to me. And I'm telling you now - it doesn't! It doesn't just come from Roger to me - it doesn't come from Roger to many people. A lot of the problems that have appeared in this church are because, as Neil said, 'Roger judges people.' He comments on their spirituality - the lack of it. He comments on their walk with the Lord. Now, as the minister, he probably has that right. But he doesn't have the right to do it in public, and he doesn't have the right to do it behind my back. He has the right to come to me and tell me that I'm not walking with the Lord in the right way. He does not have the right to do it behind my back. Which he does. And he doesn't just do it to me behind my back - he does it to a lot of people. In fact, probably no one is exempt. But we need to sort out the difficulties and the problems that we have here today. They can't be sorted out behind closed doors anymore. They run too deep. It's no good saying, 'The deacons are at fault here' - 'Roger's at fault here.' This has to be done so that everybody, in the open, in truth, before the Lord, is able to walk away from it with their head held high. Someone said something. I can't remember who it was, one of the previous speakers: something about - oh, it was Mike - said: 'Is that your intention of getting rid of him?' I hope nobody's come tonight with the intention of getting rid of Roger. Because that's not the purpose of this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to come together - not more separation and more division. There is far too much division in this church already. We need to be coming together, and not being separated even further. I'm going to shut up now because my husband always tells me I talk too much. [applause]
[Again, we have a witness omitting much of the evidence that she had shared with other church members in private. Bonnie and Neil Jones' wife, Julia, had also been 'set up' in the same way Wheelhouse tried with his deception in which he tried to use the information from Neil Jones' against me (as described earlier). On learning (in confidence!) that there was a previous problem between these two ladies, Roger took it upon himself to stir up this previously injured relationship and re-open old wounds if he possibly could. Fortunately Bonnie and Julia did not allow Satan a foothold in this area of their lives.
(Proverbs 17:9) : He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
It is our experience that heretics who manipulate the body of Christ in this way will look for every opportunity to destroy threats to their agenda and it is most dangerous to give them the chance to pre-emptively attack anyone who might stand in their way. This is why there are references in the letter to such attempts by Roger, and we gave enough detail to show how malicious gossip was used by him to damage the church. But how did we learn about these incidents? Claiming that , 'I come to you as someone with no grievances against Roger,' while you continue to gossip about the things he has done to you and others is not showing that you have dealt with the problem Scripturally. Sadly, too many Christians continue to claim , 'God isn't finished with me yet! He's changing me', and continue in the same manner, year after year after year. There comes a time when we should have matured beyond the behaviour which is still being displayed and which is hurting others and their ministries.
Bonnie also missed the point of Roger's presence in Calvary Baptist Church when she stated: 'it would be very easy to stand here and say 'I think we made a very big mistake in calling Roger.' But I don't believe we did. I agree with Kathy and Graham. I believe that when we called Roger we were virtually inanimate. And because it was the will of God. And I believe that it was God's will that Roger came here and that Roger is among us.' If it was God's will for Wheelhouse to come into the church it was as an oppressive invader and in the manner of the 'Sin Cycle' of the Judges where the people sinned, God sent oppression through foreign invaders such as the Philistines, the people repented, and then God sent Judges to free the people. Heroes like Samson are absent from the church today, but the Body of Christ is meant to stand out in the world as 'judges' against evil. But the church utterly failed in this responsibility. This is a pattern being repeated all over Britain and exemplified through the media's portrayal of the heretics of the Church of England. A few years ago the Baptist Union could have spoken out against David Jenkins, the then Bishop of Durham, but now they are thoroughly in bed with the Church of England, and worse, and to speak out now would scream 'Hypocrisy!' How can any individual Christian or fellowship accept that they 'were virtually inanimate,' when we have the promise of the Holy spirit who 'WILL lead you into all truth' (John 8:31-32)? Clearly, when you don't 'abide in Christ' (John 15) you will NOT produce fruit that WILL last!
Again, if you want to be in a marriage bed with heretics you compare your relationship with a Roger Wheelhouse: 'Like Kathy, when she said that calling a minister is a bit like a marriage relationship, you can't just walk away from it after a couple of years if you have a disagreement. But, like a marriage relationship, it has to be two ways. We have to love Roger, and Roger has to love us.' Personally, I'll follow Scripture every time and 'Me and my house, we chose the Lord this day' (Joshua 24:15). We choose the 'headship of Christ' over the 'headship of man every time:
Ephesians 1:22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gaveHim as head over all things to the church,
Ephesians 4:15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ,
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
Colossians 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.
Colossians 2:10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
Colossians 2:19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.
Who in their right mind would opt for the headship and hypocrisy of a man who says one thing from the pulpit and does another in private? The worst of his behaviour was never exposed in this meeting, but is revealed by the exposure of what happened behind the scenes 'ad nauseam.' Scripture says 'he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man ' (1 Corinthians 2:14-15), yet who in this meeting was going to appraise this factious heretic?
If you see your "minister" repeatedly caught in hypocrisy, lies, slander and all manner of evil behaviour, what do you do - turn a blind eye? Not according to Scripture, but the church in Britain clearly follows the pattern of Cardiff churches. How can I say this? Quite simply - whenever we read of heretical statements in the media how many Christians bother to complain? How often do we allow the clowns of the Anglican Church to speak for us? Repeatedly, because we are stupid enough to allow ourselves to be represented by them when we "March for Jesus" with them, and mingle with them at "Spring Harvest" and allow their spokesmen to represent us on these platforms!
Sadly the intention of too many in this church meeting was to keep their heads down and not admit openly that they chose a man by appearances and not through Scriptural tests, or because God had told them to select this man. To claim that God sent Wheelhouse is to admit that the church is sinfully proud and needed to face their sin. Think back to the word Zoë received in October 1997:
'When I call My people back to Myself they will come with a fearful heart, for I Am an all consuming fire. My people will stand in awe of Me for I Am a Holy God.'
Where were the signs that the church regarded God in this way?
'I stretch down My hands in love because of My precious Son - He who intercedes on your behalf. My Son who loves you passionately, for you are His Bride. He will wash your filthy gown in His Precious Blood and it will be whiter than snow. He will present you without stain or wrinkle for I Am a Holy God. In My Presence you will find fullness of joy!'
The love of the Bridegroom is always there for His people, and the Heavenly Promise is secure!
'When My people return to Me they will possess a grieving and repentant heart. Tears will flow as they recognise their many sins. I Am a God who will not be mocked. I hate the compromise of My Word. It is adultery with the world and a stench to My nostrils.'
What did we see on this night? No signs of repentance at all! Failure to acknowledge the many sins. Support of the idea that we can tell Jesus exactly what we think of Him'! Utter compromise of His Word. Those who claimed to be standing firm on Matthew 18:15-17, or 1 Corinthians 13, were shown to have adulterated the true meaning and interpretation (in context) of these verses and, while claiming these verses for themselves, allowed the meeting to ride rough-shod over them. Richard Lewis was there on un-Scriptural ground and attempted to coerce the meeting from the beginning, despite his protestations.
'In fear and trembling My people will come to Me. And over them all will be the strong banner of My Son's love . He poured out His life for those He loved - His Precious Bride. My Son, Precious to Me, Precious to those who believe in Him and love Him.'
No sign of fear and trembling in this meeting. But clear fear of losing face, fear of being humiliated, fear of losing their guru, and fear of the world!
'May my people respond to the love of My Beloved Son; love him passionately, earnestly, expectantly, honestly - as a Bride loves her Bridegroom. Listen to His voice, He is bidding His Bride, "Come."'
Is this the way Jesus was viewed on this evening? Part of the church was viewing Wheelhouse as their 'bridegroom.'
'My people, put away all selfish desires, all thoughts of malice and revenge, all hypocrisy and pride, put away your doubts and unbelief and believe in My Son. The One who is trustworthy. No more lying or sexual perversion.'
We see from the outcome of this meeting that selfish desires for the welfare of an evil pastor and his ambitions were fermented in thoughts of malice and revenge against the Williams', while ensuring that prideful hypocrisy was maintained and fed by doubts and unbelief. The lying and sexual perversion of Wheelhouse was whitewashed and rubber-stamped by the Baptist Union.
'I and My Son are One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and love your neighbour as yourself.'
We saw earlier that the blatant disregard of this command was rife in the dealings of the church. How many, in the British church, can really claim to be living differently when we ignore blasphemy, idolatry, perversion and heresy in our pulpits?
Bonnie was as convinced as Nesta that a major point to come out of this meeting was that: 'This has to be done so that everybody, in the open, in truth, before the Lord, is able to walk away from it with their head held high.' When you have such an agenda there is very little likelihood that the church is going to humble itself in repentance before the Lord. Revival will never come to a church or a nation when we are so stiff-necked and proud!
Bonnie finished with her plea: 'I hope nobody's come tonight with the intention of getting rid of Roger. Because that's not the purpose of this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to come together - not more separation and more division. There is far too much division in this church already. We need to be coming together, and not being separated even further.' Unfortunately, if you fail to address the truth and stand on the word of God, no amount of 'love claiming' and rhetoric will bring unity in the faith because God will not honour hypocrisy! Furthermore, division is not always bad. Christ caused division everywhere He went (John 7:43; 9:16; 10:19). He even declared that He had come into the world to bring division (Lk 12:51)! Romans 16:17 is also misquoted repeatedly on this subject: "Mark them which cause divisions and avoid them." That is not what Paul says. We are to mark and avoid those who "cause divisions and offenses contrary to [sound] doctrine . . ."
If division arises due to opposition to the truth it is not the one teaching or standing firm for sound doctrine who is at fault, but those "who will not endure sound doctrine" (2 Timothy 4:3). That doctrine is despised today is one of the clearest signs of the last-days apostasy, which is growing at an alarming rate.
Let those who oppose our defence of 'the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints' (Jude 3) point out from the Bible where we have erred. If they cannot do so, it is a pitiful cover-up of their aversion to truth to raise the cry of "no love", "division", or ' the way in which the letter was distributed caused hurt to the fellowship'! Who wants to be united in error? Apparently 'The Church Retreating!'
Bonnie told part of the truth in her testimony, but still omitted much of the suffering that she had shared in private with other church members. It was clear from the examples of behaviour she had witnessed that the 'joke' Roger made about Derek Evans deserving a heart-attack for opposing him, as witnessed by Alison, was not a 'one off.' She also claimed to witness Roger declaring that another member 'was old and useless and might as well be dead!' We could have also asked why she would claim that 'Roger was the biggest liar she had met in the church.' And why claim that Roger had knocked a hole in the wall of his study with his head, inviting an inspection of the damage? Anyone who has seen Wheelhouse lose control of himself would realise that he has serious problems that cannot be papered over!]