NINTH LETTER TO LLOYD GOODWIN
Mark 10:17-18 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.
I wrote this in response to a message he had just given and he made it very plain in that message that we were backsliders and said that God didn't love us. A young woman who had written the first Johnston High School article had given me the videotapes of Lloyd Goodwin's trip to Africa along with some other materials that Lloyd Goodwin had given her when she went to church. As I watched that, I was amazed that he stood there and smiled and shook his head yes while these people literally "worshipped" him. He used to tell us that: "Some people say that the greatest day of their lives was when they met Jesus Christ but I'm here to tell you that the best day of your life was when you met a man of God, (meaning himself) because I am going to take you to the kingdom!" (That may not be the exact wording but it is close.) I cannot remember what page I copied from "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse." It's a great book.
April 8, 1993
Dear Mr. Goodwin:
Greetings again in the name of Jesus.
I was sorry to hear that you really believe that God doesn't love us. I am not writing this to defend myself. Truth needs no defense. I know that I as well as others who have left your church are not backsliders. I am closer to my Lord than at any other time in my life.
Also, as I watched the videos from your trip to Africa, I was amazed at how you received the worship of those poor precious people of God! How could you do such a thing? How could you receive the worship that only god Himself deserves? Even Jesus, when He was here said, "why do you call me good? There is none good but the Father." There is a difference in showing respect to a person but that was more than respect!
I don't suppose I have ever in my life seen a more unhappy man than Leander Ray as he looked in the video. I pray that somehow, some way he can be SET FREE. Again, I ask you, how can you do what you do to people?
I am enclosing a copy of a page from a book called "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse." You should and would do well to read that book along with "Churches That Abuse."
You know, God still loves even you.
I am praying for you and the precious people of your church.