Open emails to brother Jesse Boyd ~ Part 2

Dear Reader,

Birth of Christ ~ Click to enlarge Continuing on from Part 1 – please read Part 1 before reading this Part 2 as this will not make much sense – here are brother Jesse Boyd’s and writer’s email responses to the initial email.

As mentioned in Part 1 this blog post does not question the salvation of our dear brother Jesse Boyd, but these open emails are shared here to show the error of teachings where one tries to reconcile man’s ‘Christmas’ with GOD’s Scriptures. Whilst brother Jesse has made it clear that he does not want writer to make contact with him whilst accusing writer of being presumptuous, writer merely received “. . . the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11) and responded in love examining those words spoken by brother Jesse. It appears that brother Jesse only wants his hearers to accept what he has to say without ever being questioned. These blog posts are not to demean our brother Jesse in any way, but they will show that what has been spoken by our dear brother Jesse has not always lined up with what truly took place and that in this instance regarding his teaching on ‘Christmas’ he has missed the mark on certain issues.

These blog postings are not about trying to smear our brother Jesse’s name or his testimony for our Lord Jesus Christ. It is solely about Truth!

Please read first writer’s email to brother Jesse in Part 1 to get the context before reading our responses hereunder.

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From: Jesse Boyd [mailto:jboyd@fpgm.org]
Sent: 11 March 2017 05:37 AM
To: Gary Crous
Subject: Re: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Gary, I’ve been through this with you before, and frankly, I’m not interested in taking the time to answer you point by point. It would be a fruitless waste of my time out here on the foreign mission field. Considering the  history of these diatribes that come from you out of nowhere, it’s very hard for me to take you seriously. The sermons that you have nit picked and misrepresented remain as is. I stand by my words, and I stand by those teachings. If the "public forum" mention was some sort of threat, be my guest. Say whatever you want. As I have told you before, I am surrounded by those who hold me accountable in ministry and have a local church and a faithful pastor who do the same.  These are aware of everything that I teach and preach. I may be obligated by my testimony in Christ to consider what you have to say, but as I in no way answer to you in matters of ministry, I am not obligated to heed your words nor take them seriously in their presumptuousness. Find something better to do with your time brother. Vain and profane babblings only increase unto more ungodliness. And without the covering of a biblically-organized local church, you are only asking for trouble in ministry.

As we are persistently laboring for the Gospel in very difficult fields and doing so with the blessing and commission of the local church and a long record of faithfulness, I have a personal policy. If I never hear from you with a word of encouragement, a response to a prayer request, or just something positive and for edification, criticism that pops out of a hole is suspicious at best. Once, I’ll consider it. The second time, I usually ignore it and sever Facebook contact. In your case, because of the labors we shared together in South Africa, I have given you more grace. Brother, this is the third or fourth you have done this following a long period of silence. Since 2015, it became hard to take you seriously after you contacted me and assured me that some support was being sent to help with the earthquake victims here in Nepal. Of course, that support never showed up and some excuse was made about a bank transfer problem. Bottom line, you contacted me and you told me you were going to do something that you never did. Before you start nitpicking my sermons, it might be better to consider what Psalm 15 says about a righteous man swearing to his own hurt and still changing not. And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. But, don’t tell a brother you are going to do something, then you don’t do it, then you crawl out of a hole of silence with a presumptuous diatribe of criticism, and then expect that brother to take you seriously. Still, I gave you grace through the last of these diatribes that came last year (you seem to be on a once-a-year schedule of some sort) and have kept the lines of communication open. Today’s email is the last straw. There is so much wrong with what you wrote, but I will not waste the time debating with you. You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother). The best thing you can do is put yourself under the accountability and spiritual authority of a Bible-believing local church, and spend less time straining at a gnat while swallowing a camel.

Say what you want to say in your "public forum." I’ve got more important things to do than respond or defend myself. The LORD judge between me and thee.

Goodbye Gary. Please do not contact me again.

Jesse
Sent from my iPhone

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: 18 March 2017 12:16 AM
To: ‘Jesse Boyd’
Subject: RE: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Dear brother Jesse

Thank you for your response. Whilst you say you do not want to hear from me again, I think you have made serious allegations against me that needs to be corrected. You might think it is a “diatribe” and “nit picking”, but I can assure you that there are errors that I have lovingly pointed out to you and you will not humbily accept the corrections. It appears that you are of your own opinion that you never err and that no one including me can question your teachings even when they are erroneous in parts. Brother, you are a fine biblical scholar and teacher and I have learned a lot from you, but on the issues I “nit picked” I do not agree with your errors and I can assure you I have not “misrepresented” them. Must I remain silent and not be a Berean in testing all things? Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal. 4:16)

Brother, the “public forum” was not a threat. I mentioned this as you and many other brothers, including myself, have publicly addressed and rebuked professing and true Christians publicly. I prayed about this and sought counsel before addressing you. Once you censured me for addressing you and Ricky in a private email when in my understanding both of you were present at your karate graduation, and it wasn’t a matter of you offending me personally that I needed only to have come to you alone. More on this later. Brother, I will address your response to me in point form as you made certain accusations against me that needs to be corrected.

“I in no way answer to you in matters of ministry, I am not obligated to heed your words nor take them seriously in their presumptuousness.”

Brother, I have never asked you to answer to me in matters of your ministry. However, you are answerable for what you preach and teach. If you are not answerable then you cannot question the “teachings” of others. And my words were not in their presumptuousness. I presumed nothing but addressed your words spoken.

“I have a personal policy. If I never hear from you with a word of encouragement, a response to a prayer request, or just something positive and for edification, criticism that pops out of a hole is suspicious at best. Once, I’ll consider it. The second time, I usually ignore it and sever Facebook contact. In your case, because of the labors we shared together in South Africa, I have given you more grace.”

Brother, if you go back on your Facebook wall you will notice that I have been in agreement with a thumbs up on many of your posts or pictures. I have at times made some comments, but I do admit that they have been very brief. I do not have to broadcast that I am praying for you or your ministry or your family. Believe me we as a family pray often for these mentioned items if and when they come to mind. We are reminded to pray in the closet, right? Dear brother, communication is a two way thing. When last did you comment, thumbs up or have something positive to say to me without me asking for it? Or does everything revolve solely around the ministry of Jesse Boyd? Brother, I have longed to labour with you again, and even made my intentions known to you, but if you were serious about labouring together you might well have helped in some way. You are blessed to have the strength of the US Dollar against foreign currency as apposed to the poor value of the SA Rand. Consider these Scriptures,

Act 20:33  I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
Act 20:34  Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Act 20:35  I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

“Brother, this is the third or fourth you have done this following a long period of silence. Since 2015, it became hard to take you seriously after you contacted me and assured me that some support was being sent to help with the earthquake victims here in Nepal. Of course, that support never showed up and some excuse was made about a bank transfer problem. Bottom line, you contacted me and you told me you were going to do something that you never did. Before you start nitpicking my sermons, it might be better to consider what Psalm 15 says about a righteous man swearing to his own hurt and still changing not. And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. But, don’t tell a brother you are going to do something, then you don’t do it, then you crawl out of a hole of silence with a presumptuous diatribe of criticism, and then expect that brother to take you seriously.”

Brother, it appears that you keep a record of wrongs and you might have a spirit of unforgiveness. Our Lord Jesus said, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Mat. 6:14,15) You have harboured this issue since 2015. I sent you many emails dealing with the support that was to come from [shortened LHBC], where I was a member at the time. As I do not hold records of wrongs, the emails I sent to you have long been deleted. You are welcome to send me copies so that my memory can be refreshed what I said. However, from what I recollect you were at the time very supportive of me and said something along the lines that “these things happen” when there was a problem with the transfer according to an elder and his wife of LHBC. They did not want to do a ‘paypal’ payment for reasons they afforded. We even asked for your physical bank account details. I expressed my dismay at the whole problem that existed back then. I genuinely was unhappy with the whole issue surrounding the Nepal Earthquake Relief funds. In fact when I told you I was going to leave LHBC you were very supportive of my move and truly encouraged me in finding a new place to worship. Of all the emails that I have left, this one is what I sent to LHBC upon my resignation as a ‘member’ from a church that offered me the right hand of fellowship and commissioned me to “go and evangelise” when [DELETED] was the previous pastor. Here is the email [it has been shortened],

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 21:23
To: [DELETED]; [DELETED]; [DELETED]
Subject: EKKLESIA ATTENDANCE

Dear Brothers [DELETED], [DELETED] and [DELETED]

Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you [DELETED] for your telephone call making inquiry concerning the Crous family the other week. I pray and hope you all will receive this mail in the love to you that it is sincerely intended. I write this mail to advise you – as the leadership of the [shortened LHBC] – that I have been praying and seeking the LORD regarding where we should be at this time. I had hoped to find a fellowship that had an evangelical heart for the lost. I was once told by our dear Brother [DELETED] that my frustration was showing, and it surely was as a result of a cry for my beloved LHBC brothers and sisters to be active and join me. Sadly, before becoming disillusioned, I think it is time to move one. In the past two years or so opportunities have presented themselves where we could all have worked together on missionary work – some going, some organising, some providing, all praying – to reach out to the heathen lost world, but the presented opportunities to provide and labour with our Saviour sadly escaped us. Our Master stated it best, as it is written in Luke 10:2 ~

2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Evangelism is not a one-man commissioned-to-go show left to one to go, to provide for his own and only rely on the prayers of the remaining rest. For the latter, it is often easier to speak to God about men than to speak to men about God! We, the saints, are to be perfected for the work of the ministry which leads to the unity of the faith as we read in Ephesians 4:11-16 ~

11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 
16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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Here is a sermon preached on the evening of September 20, 2015 by Brother Jesse Boyd titled “Christian is a Bible Word.” Jesse raises the following question: “You may SAY you are a Christian; you may IDENTIFY yourself as being a CHRISTIAN; but can the world rightly ACCUSE you of being a Christian?” The early church turned the world upside down. Not so today. I wonder if the “church of today” – not to be confused with the beautiful and pristine Bride of Christ – has become docile and asleep due to Bible translations, men’s programmes, and the Holy Spirit being quenched and grieved by churchianity! Some weeks ago while we were going through Colossians 1:24-29 (23 August 2015: The School of Christ-like Maturity) I was saddened to hear again a mention that the scriptures will not be the same due to our different translations. By the way, I do download and listen to the podcast sermons and am encouraged! Without me becoming longwinded, the LORD commands us neither to add to nor take away from the Bible. We see this in Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Proverbs 4:20-21, 30:5-6; and Revelation 22:19. The Bible says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11). Which Word is it if it changes so often? I would therefore ask that you kindly read the following articles if you have not already done so:

Here is also a video (https://youtu.be/bUR1-ewrHs4) that shows the various ‘contradictions’ in the modern translations that I request that you kindly view. . . . [shortened]

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Further, due to all the ecumenism that is taking place around the world and denominational teachings in the 37,000+ “types of churches”, to play it safe and not be attached to any I hereby wish to terminate my “membership” at [shortened LHBC] with immediate effect. I cannot trust “church organisations” and any “church denomination” affiliated to a man-made church council who is promoting man-made systems. Therefore true assemblies (ekklesia) of God should be autonomous. As a family, before God, we will not be affiliating ourselves with any denomination, church building or organization, as we hold to the Truth that born again believers have our names “written in the Lamb’s book of life” (see Revelation 21:27) and therefore need not to have our names on a man-made membership church roll! I acted in haste with my membership of LHBC when my convictions and conscience have always warned me. We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves (see Hebrews 10:25), but will freely meet at home and with other believers as our LORD directs. [The Holy Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. However, I would suggest that you add “Pagan Christianity?” by Frank Viola and George Barna to your library.]

Further, in closing, I am afraid I might fall into sin if I continue in fellowship with LHBC due to the following issues:

  • Edifying one another with different translations that ‘contradict’ the meaning of GOD’s Word. This will also diminish unity: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:10
  • A lopsided budget that diminishes any other evangelical costs. [An email titled SOME SERIOUS CONCERNS dated Monday 16th March 2015 bears reference]
  • A non-payment of a committed Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund collection for FPGM (Bro. Jesse Boyd). [Not sure if Jesse has been notified by LHBC of the non-payment]
  • There is no Biblical corporate evangelism as a “ministry of reconciliation” (see 2 Corinthians 5:18).

Pro 27:5  Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Pro 27:6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

With regards to the LHBC’s R500.00 monthly payment to the Crous family, you are at liberty to discontinue the same as you deem fit.

In Christ’s service,

From: [DELETED]
Sent: 07 November 2015 09:34 AM
To: ‘Gary Crous’
Cc:[DELETED]‘; ‘[DELETED]
Subject: RE: EKKLESIA ATTENDANCE

Gary,

Thank you for the email you sent on the 13th. Although we are saddened by the situation, we appreciate your email and the expression of your concerns. As it seems that most of your main concerns are long-term issues which have been addressed before by [DELETED], we think it wise not to revisit them all, and therefore accept your resignation.

We continue to pray for you, your family, and your street evangelism. With regard to the R500 monthly contribution, we would like to use it for our church’s missions work, and will therefore redirect it elsewhere. We will continue the support of your ministry till the end of December, but will then stop the payments.

Much love and prayers,
The elders of [DELETED]

[DELETED]

Pastor,
[DELETED]

Sadly brother, your mention, quote: “And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. has everything to do with the money. Then why do you mention this? To try discredit me and my witness and testimony? Your scathing comments are not Christ-like. I hate stooping to a level of bringing up past events, but this incident is very relevant. Brother, do you remember your reaction when you were in South Africa the first time and a brother in the USA was withdrawing his support from your FPGM and how you openly verbally vented your frustration? I am sure it wasn’t about the money and your travels, right? Brother, you have held a record of wrongs for close on two years now. Don’t you think you should let it go?

“Still, I gave you grace through the last of these diatribes that came last year (you seem to be on a once-a-year schedule of some sort) and have kept the lines of communication open. Today’s email is the last straw. There is so much wrong with what you wrote, but I will not waste the time debating with you. You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother). The best thing you can do is put yourself under the accountability and spiritual authority of a Bible-believing local church, and spend less time straining at a gnat while swallowing a camel.”

Brother, last year was not a “diatribe” either. And I do not have a “once-a-year schedule of sorts”. Here is the opening salutation and warning that I offered you in 2016:

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: 05 June 2016 09:36 PM
To: ‘Jesse Boyd’
Subject: RE: Just Checking In

Dear brothers Jesse and Ricky

Grace to you, and peace in God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. In response to your email hereunder, we say many thanks to you for the updates that you send out periodically and we assure you we keep praying for you and your ministry when you come to mind with a need as we hold the ropes here in South Africa. Our prayers are for the work of evangelism where ever you go. I must admit that I am at fault where I have not communicated with you as often as I should, both in private conversation or on social media. Please do accept my apology.

I still follow your and Ricky’s Facebook postings so we know your thoughts, your actions and your mission work and we are mostly encouraged by what we see and read. However dear brother Jesse, I watched a video that Eva Tsai posted on FB which was linked to your wall on April 5, 2016 with regards to your martial arts’ black belt graduation in California after your return from Israel. Brother Jesse, I was deeply saddened to see you and the parties present all bow to a framed photograph (?) on some steps. Brother, can you kindly explain this practice! What I am concerned about is that this video is in the public domain and it clearly shows a violation of the Second Commandment by bowing to an object (idolatry). What further concerns me is that it appears that the brethren have not picked up on this, whilst yet congratulating you and liking your martial arts’ postings. I am not sure whether anyone else has approached you concerning this matter.

I do believe I am in the faith and led of the Holy Spirit, so I am surprised at your outburst, quote: “You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother).” For you (FPGM) that reach out to Israeli backpackers in Nepal and South America and who give them the Tanakh as well as the B’rit Chadashah it is common knowledge that in Hebrew the LORD’s Name appears as “Yod He Vav He” (YHVH). I merely state the True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So what is wrong with that since many people mention a false ‘god’?

Brother, it appears that you are trying to deviate the issues at hand away from what you said in your sermons. If I am wrong please point out my error so I can apologise. Besides, why would you, a learned man. even want to hold to a false “holiday” that has no Biblical foundation? And remember the Bride of Christ is one body. We are all accountable to each other in Christ Jesus,

1Co 12:19  And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20  But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1Co 12:22  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

With much love,
In Christ’s service,

From: Jesse Boyd [mailto:jboyd@fpgm.org]
Sent: 18 March 2017 10:02 AM
To: Gary Crous
Subject: Re: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Gary, I asked you not to contact me again. I disagree with your conclusions and presumptions. Period. The LORD judge between me and thee. I stand by the teachings that you failed to hear and recall in their proper context, and I stand by every correspondence I have sent to you in response to your criticisms over the years. Frankly, I’m done. I never reached out to accuse you; you have done this to me numerous times. And, your comment about the dollar versus the Rand, I’m not interested in partnering with anyone in ministry that has  this man-centered mindset. I partner with South Asian believers who know far more about  devalued currency and financial struggle than you could ever know, and the Lord has used them to do mighty things for His Kingdom. I will say no more. Please don’t waste your time trying to contact me again to debate things I am not interested in debating with you. You write long emails, but they are not serving to prove any point. In fact, "in the multitude of words, there wanteth not sin" (Proverbs 10:19). Ecclesiastes 5:3 is also pretty clear. I’m really busy over here in South Asia with the work of the Gospel, and its time to cut out the distractions. I sense no call from the Lord at this time or any time in the near future to return to or labor in South Africa, so  partnership with you is a moot point anyway. Stop concerning yourself with me, I’m a nobody, and do something better with your time in what the Lord has called you to do in your own country.

Maranatha, 
Jesse

P.S. Future emails from you attempting to debate with me or argue about "Christmas" will be ignored and will not receive a response.

Conclusion:

One point which will be made here as brother Jesse does not want writer to contact him by email, without addressing each issue to the last email here above, is that writer never made reference to labouring alongside brother Jesse in South Africa, but he presumed such. Brother Jesse was well aware that writer made his intensions known that he wished to labour alongside him in South Asia and/or the USA and/or Israel, and therefore he quoted Acts 20:33-35 to be read in context with the preceding sentences thereto.

Since brother Jesse will, quote: “stand by the teachings that you failed to hear and recall in their proper context, and I stand by every correspondence I have sent to you in response to your criticisms over the years” [unquote] writer does not understand how he “failed to hear and recall in their proper context” when the sermons were transcribed and addressed from the very words spoken. The context was certainly taken into consideration for there was no other way to take what was said any other way. If you think writer has criticised you over the years, writer was asking questions and pointed out certain facts what he believed to be true. If i transgressed in any way against you which was personal criticism (which i would ask that you give me proof thereof), i humbly ask for your forgiveness for any wrong committed. However, what has been said in these blog posts, i stand by what has been written.

Soli Deo Gloria

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