He (Jesus) replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship is a farce,
for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’
For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
Bi-Laws or God’s Law?
Some of the Lord’s strongest words were for, to, and about those who claimed to be his servants. You likely heard of the months of struggles between FGBMFI-Nigeria and the FGBMFI International Office. Likewise you may have heard this month about the abrupt changes in the FGBMFI-UK leadership. Or about conflicts about By-Laws. Perhaps you are wondering where we, FGBMFI.Net Working, stand on the issues. This post will express our views on the subject…
In the Beginning
The Lord frequently pointed people back to how things got started. Speaking of divorce, Jesus pointed people to how God intended marriage to be, in the beginning.
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
In the beginning, God gave Demos Shakarian a vision. I cannot say God gave me this vision, I was not even born at that time! God gave Bro. Demos this vision and God worked through him during his lifetime. Toward the end of his Earthly life, God inspired him to name his son, Richard, to carry on the work that God started in FGBMFI.
God’s Committee was the title of a sermon I heard once. Basically it went on to point out that when God works, he works through a person. For example, God called Moses to free his people. God did not call Moses and his father-in-law! When Moses met up with his family again, they did not rule by democratic committee. Moses spoke what God said and some people objected or complained!
In fact, the Scriptures tell us that committee decisions were actually the wrong way to go. Who complained about the manna? Who made the golden calf? Who decided not to cross into Jericho the first time?
Looking father, it is not hard to see how, out of many, God chooses one for the task. David fully understood this. He said of Saul, I will not touch God’s anointed. You see, it was not yet David’s time, and Saul was still God’s choice. Brother Demos passed the mantle of leadership of FGBMFI, to Richard Shakarian. Bro. Richard is the de facto leader of FGBMFI today.
Like a Web
It was the same Demos Shakarian, who prayed and prophesied over me, in the front seat of a pickup truck on Firestone Boulevard, in Downey, California, some forty years ago! According to Bro. Demos, he said the Holy Spirit told him that I “must build an FGBMFI Net, like a Web, to be used to catch the souls of many men!” At that time, I had no idea what he meant.
I was a teenage young man, with no real direction, hitchhiking on Firestone, where it crosses the San Gabriel River. I did not expect to be touched by God, when God told Demos to stop, backup, and pick me up. It was another year before I even received the Lord. Who knew that I would be thrown into the world of computers, when most people had never seen one. What person could guess that I would have a hand in the design, and building, of the Internet in a few countries?
The words “Net” and “Web” were then most widely associated with the words “Fish” and “Spider” respectively.
Yet, the same God, told the same man, Bro. Demos, that I would do this work, as said that Richard would lead FGBMFI.
In 1971 Demos Shakarian spoke the prophetic words to me, “You must build an FGBMFI Net, like a Web, to be used to catch the souls of many men!” No one knew what an “FGBMFI Net” was!
28 September 1997 ~ For the first time in the history of the world the domain name FGNMFI.Net was registered! ~ The Lord had spoken to me in a dream, that I should register this domain name, and use it to help chapters get on the Internet. As a point of reference, this was only one year following FGBMFI HQ registering FGBMFI.org, and just four years After Bro. Demos was graduated to heaven.
1998 (March or April) In the FGBMFI Asian Convention in Manila, Bro. Richard Shakarian and Rev. Pat Robertson, laid hands on me, and prayed for the FGBMFI Net to be used by the Lord. Yet, it still was not God’s time.
2011 There is a great shaking going on in FGBMFI. Long time leaders in many places resigned.
2011 In my own personal life also, four of the closest people in my life suddenly died, one after the other, in the first seven months. My best friend (and FGBMFI member) of more than a decade. We had nearly daily conversations and had met at the 1998 FGBMFI Convention. The Lord also took my Aunt, my brother, and my high school friend of 42 years! Through all of this I suffered great fatigue. Doctors diagnosed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I prayed and prayed, but only got worse. I was just sick and tired of being sick and tired. Business, work, meetings, enjoyment of any kind, it was all gone. I started thinking, this was the end of my life. However, then I dreamed about Demos, and what he told me, and in my dream an angel told me that the Lord had freed me from all other concerns, NOW it was God’s time to build the FGBMFI Net. I said nothing about it, but then a dentist found some infections in my mouth. Treatment started and I began to recover my strength (keep praying for my ongoing dental work). When I was stronger, I asked my wife what one project should I apply my limited strength to. Her reply was that it was time to work on FGBMFI.Net!
In one of the Star Trek movies, Mr. Spock saves the ship, but takes a lethal dose of radiation. As he is dying he says to Caption Kirk, “I have been – and always shall be – your friend.” It always reminds me of John 15:13 and Proverbs 18:24
Greater love hath no man than this…
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
There are “friends” who destroy each other…
but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
FGBMFI.Net, FGBMFI.Co and FGBMFI.Biz
~ and always shall be ~
a friend of FGBMFI!
The Holy Spirit Moving
Bro Demos taught that other Christians would not agree with FGBMFI’s values and goals. For example, some reject speaking in tongues as a gift of the spirit today. Demos taught us that we should have a unity of spirit with these Christians when possible, but that they should not be a part of FGBMFI.
If someone feels strongly that FGBMFI, with Richard Shakarian at the helm, is moving in a direction they do not feel is right for them, perhaps that is God moving them! Perhaps God has a different work for them to do! Remember, the disciples wanted to stay in Jerusalem, only when persecution came did it drive them into the rest of the world! Perhaps God is sending these men out for another purpose, just as Paul and Mark had differences and served the Lord in different ways.
Those that feel so strongly, should simply resign quietly. Thereby following their heart without causing divison in the body of Christ.
Bro Richard Shakarian
I am not a puppet of Bro. Richard. Nonetheless, I know that God is able to remove Bro. Richard from the leadership of FGBMFI in the twinkle of an eye. That fast! So why does God leave him there, in control of FGBMFI? I can only assume that God leaves him there because it is part of God’s plan for him to be there, doing the things he is doing!
As long as Richard is the president of FGBMFI, it is our duty to God to either support him and the direction and work of FGBMFI. Or, to simply go in whatever direction God speaks to each person; apart and external to FGBMFI.
That brings us full circle to Unity in the Body of Christ.
I know that some people will read this and feel I am against them, I am not! If you believe God is speaking to you about your relationship with FGBMFI, then consider where the Lord is leading you to go! (Not just where he is leading you from!)
If you need prayers or help, ask and you shall receive. If your work is positive (not just against something), then perhaps I can help you get where God is leading you, on the Internet at a different place than FGBMFI.
It is not my goal to engage in any controversies. Only to state clearly that FGBMFI.Net supports FGBMFI and whatever leadership God has installed there for the Glory of the Lord!