Gospel Assembly Church


Gary King's Letter to Lee Ray

July 21, 1998

Lee Ray
C/O Tri City Gospel Assembly Church
376 Bobjobe Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37663

Dear Brother Ray:

Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

I would hope that you would read this letter. If you decide not to, then before God, my hands are free of your blood. I am writing this letter to you because of your conduct in the past and unrepented of sin in your life. Sins of the past were covered up and never openly dealt with because individuals themselves were guilty of the same sins.

1 Tim. 5:19-24 - Living Bible

(19) Don't listen to complaints against the pastor unless there are two or three witnesses to accuse him. [20] If he has really sinned, then he should be rebuked in front of the whole church so that no one else will follow his example.

[21I solemnly command you in the presence of God and the Lord Jesus Christ and of the holy angels to do this whether the pastor is a special friend of yours or not. All must be treated exactly the same.

[22] Never be in a hurry about choosing a pastor; you may overlook his sins and it will look as if you approve of them. Be sure that you yourself stay away from all sin.

[23(By the way, this doesn't mean you should completely give up drinking wine. You ought to take a little sometimes as medicine for your stomach because you are sick so often.)

[24] Remember that some men, even pastors, lead sinful lives and everyone knows it. In some situations you can do something about it. But in other cases only the judgment day will reveal the terrible truth.

Acts 20:26-29

Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. [27] For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

[28] Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. [29] For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Ministers and Elders are still afraid to confront men in their sins and they are afraid to "call men to repentance." Paul was not afraid to tell Peter that he was wrong. (Gal. 2:11) John the Baptist was not afraid to call men to repentance. (Matt. 3:7-8 & 14:3-6) Jesus wasn't afraid. (Matt: 4:17) Again, Paul and Timothy were not. (Titus 1:10-13) Nathan either in. (II Samuel 12:7)

Lee, I am not afraid to rebuke and expose men in their sin either, when necessary. As an ordained minister and elder in the "body of Jesus Christ," I plead with you and ask that you go to the men, women, young men and women that you have wronged and repent to them. Some of them have told me that you have not repented to them and it has really affected their lives and some even their walk with the Lord. You can not afford to have that blood on your hands.

Jesus told us in:

Matthew 5:23-26

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; [24] Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Proverbs 28:13

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

I would hope that your conduct has changed and that you have repented but if not, then be assured that your sins will find you out. We will all reap what we sow. It must be made right to the individuals that you have wronged.

Lee, it's better to lose face and save your soul than to save face and lose your soul. You know that whatever we don't make right here will all come out at the great white throne judgment in that day.

We wonder why God hasn't honored this fellowship. He tore up William Sowder's work. He tore up Tommy Jolly's work and He tore up Lloyd Goodwin's work. Who is next, because of cover-ups?

2 Samuel 12:12

For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

2 Kings 17:9

And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

Mark 4:21-23

And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? [22] For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. [23] If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

Luke 12:2-3

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. [3] Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

So, Lee, I believe God's word is true as in:

Ezekiel 3:17-21

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. [18] When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Isaiah 58:1

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Col. 1:28

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

We will all give an account to Him for the things done in our bodies. I would hope that you would take warning and do the right thing so that your soul might be saved. If you refuse to do that, your blood will be on your own hands.

2 Cor. 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Sincerely in Christ Jesus,

Gary D. King

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