As Keith described afterwards, he sought out Pastor Dan after the service, and was not
received warmly. He explained to Pastor Dan how he had found his mail, and was pleased to be able to return it to
him, though he felt burdened by the lack of reciprocation on Pastor Dan's part. Keith later shared these things
with me, and we were reminded to pray over the situation often.
Some weeks after these things took place, Keith was convicted of the same thing I had been
convicted of after writing the "revival will tarry" letter to Pastor Ben. To correct the unloving, previous
communications on his part, Keith spent numerous hours composing letters of apology to each individual person
whom he had wronged by speaking the truth in self-righteousness, including Holly, Trevor's family, Pastor
Dan, (and possibly others?).
In Nov. '01 I myself was convicted by the Holy Spirit to take these apologies even further
after passing Pastor Dan on a morning walk. After passing Pastor Dan and greeting him, I turned around, caught
up to him, and made my confession. Pastor Dan stated that he accepted my apologies, but also that he could have
no part in our "cultish beliefs." I pointed out that GOD alone could give any of us the individual assurance
and clarification of His truth through our obedience, and that we would always appreciate his prayers. He
concurred. We parted on good terms, though with the understanding that, doctrinally speaking, we are both in
entirely separate camps.
In the past few months, the Lord has strengthened a new relationship between the Sellers
and the Baker families. I personally got to know the Bakers' sixteen-year-old son Adam while working together with
him at the pizza place below our apartment. Recently, the Lord even had Pastor Ben come to our apartment to insist
upon our presence at their home for an Easter dinner. At first I had declined their phone invitation, but because
of Ben's persistence and love in showing up to restate the invitation in person--as well as the obvious prompting
of the Holy Spirit--I accepted their offer.
While at their home for lunch, I learned that Ben and his family have lived in Momence for
the past ten years, since Ben originally accepted the call from Calvary Baptist to fill the pastorship there. While
there, I was also introduced to a young anointed couple who have attended Calvary Baptist for some years now, Ron
and Cindy, as well as an older gentleman by name of Albert Harris.
Aug 24, '02 update:
I recently learned that pastor Ben and his family will be moving to Montana within about a week's time, where he has accepted a job as pastor at a Montana church. It seems that GOD, in His mercy and wisdom, is purposefully removing pastor Ben from Momence, after ten years, possibly to prevent him from hindering the upcoming revival in any way. In any case, it is unmistakably GOD's timing and hand at work here, whatever His wise reasons.