If you haven’t read it yet, I’d suggest that you read my first blog post to give this one context
I don’t know if you will have noticed, but I went quiet for around a week.
Howard Conder put out an “apology”, which you can access at the bottom of the page along with the entire correspondence on the matter.
This “apology” was no more than a PR stunt, as proved by events since. There was no acknowledgment of wrongdoing, just sorry for any “misunderstanding”. To top it off, he posted it on a very old Facebook page where hardly anyone would see it!
Obviously, we were a little disappointed with this less than specific apology, which didn’t address any of our grievances. We posted a few comments and I think I was rather gracious. I thanked him by saying it was a good start, but in order for it to feel genuine, he really needed to respond to my emails.
Howard deleted all our comments!!!
We confronted him and he did it again and then again!
In the end, he removed his apology and posted a new statement saying that because his apology wasn’t well received, arbitration was needed.
Howard actually wrote – “I will stand or fall according to their judgement for I fear not what my accusers say.”
I had already made clear in previous emails that I was happy to debate Howard LIVE in the event that he truly believed in his innocence. Arbitration would effectively be the same, but done privately.
This suggestion had its merits as I’d much rather see Howard and Co resign than potentially be publicly carted off by the authorities. Whilst they need to all be shown for the wolves they are, arbitration could at least make us Christians look less complicit/stupidly ignorant regarding the abhorrent goings on at Revelation TV.
I think that’s one of my biggest struggles with other believers. They seem to have this approach that God will deal with those who do wrong and therefore they don’t need to do anything. We do!!!
God wants us to expose those that call themselves believers, but live sinful unrepentant lives (1 Corinthians 5:12). The Bible tells us not to judge those who are non-believers and yet they seem to be the ones most Christians feel comfortable judging!
We all seem quite happy to judge our politicians, bankers etc and have our opinions on topics like gay marriage etc. Why do we not get equally if not more outraged at fellow “believers” (especially our “leaders”) who are living questionable lives? They are the hypocrites Jesus would have been righteously angry with.
Yes, our God is a God of second and even third and fourth chances, but only for those who are repentant in heart. Conder and Pettie have shown they are not in the least bit sorry for their actions and are continuing their attempts to discredit those who expose the truth.
My hope is that when brought to their knees by the truth, they may be able to see the error of their ways and repent.
Sadly though, I feel further disillusionment after attempts at negotiating terms for arbitration.
Hugh Jackman, who I considered a friend in the early days was the one given the job of organising. I had a question mark regarding his integrity due to his lack of action in the early days, but now the question mark is removed and I see a bit more clearly where his allegiances lie.
Obviously, I had my concerns as did the others involved, but I decided to entertain the idea. One of the biggest concerns was the independence of the arbitrators.
Anyone that they put forward would automatically have a question mark. I suggested that we be allowed to select half the panel and I also made clear that the arbitrators need to be aware of the seriousness of this and need to be prepared to conclude that Howard, the entire Conder family and Trustees should step down. If they were prepared for this, I was happy to go ahead.
I think this is reasonable. I’m a busy lady with a business to run and the last thing I want is to put my time into this, get a guilty verdict, but get no more than an apology!
This would be ridiculous. They have spent years deliberately misleading viewers to donate and the tactics used amount to fraud. The situation is too serious for any pastor to arbitrate without having a maximum penalty agreed.
Howard has professed his innocence publicly, so why wouldn’t he go along with that. If he truly believed he had done nothing wrong, he would agree.
I was asked by Hugh to “refrain from public comment” and “cease and desist from writing any further comments about the situation online and await this meeting”. I reluctantly did so and agreed to wait until Jackman had spoken to the potential lead arbitrator.
I kept quiet, but then discovered that Jackman and Conder were on LIVE TV talking about the blogs with all their “lies” and “half-truths”!
I didn’t expect much from them, but this was so hypocritical.
I later received an email from Jackman saying that due to my association with Treena Gisborn and posts on my blog that he was declining to be involved.
Firstly, Jackman had confused my blog and Treena’s. Secondly, my association with Treena is not related to arbitration. Yes, Treena has been rather vocal regarding her view of Jackman, but if you are going to put yourself out there as a public figure, you will get the public scrutiny along with the fame.
At this point, it appeared that Jackman was withdrawing personally, but the arbitration still continuing.
On hearing this, I confronted regarding the programme where they had talked about the blogs publishing lies and half truths. Hugh made clear he was not going to comment and that he would have no more contact with us.
He had made a heap of false accusations, which when proved incorrect, he refused to comment and cut off communication – He did a “Howie”!!!
He gave this as a final communication
“I am writing to let you know the position as far as the possible arbitration is concerned. A key minister from the body of Christ has been briefed on the situation, and has advised to wait until the outcome of the Charity commission enquiry since the two issues are closely related.”
Basically, the “key minister from the body of Christ” doesn’t want to get involved. I don’t blame them. In order to arbitrate something like this, you would need to have nothing to lose and very few “key ministers” are truly in that position. Their reputations would be at serious risk for delivering a wrong conclusion in either direction.
Conder and Pettie clearly don’t realise that all they have to do is come clean and want to put things right and whilst it will be hard at first, at least redemption could one day be achieved.
There’s no point going to trial when the prosecution have a motive, a witness and a murder weapon with your finger prints all over it. To top it off the police caught you red handed!
Only an idiot keeps pretending at this stage. Just tell the truth!!!
The consequences will be less severe and we will all be able to move forward with our lives.