Dale Gardner's Letter To The Church
August 31, 1988
_ _ _ _ _Herring Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
To the Church,
"A time to keep silence and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:7) These words have vital meaning for today! We are thankful that there are among God's workers of today those that moved to speak out about grave problems among us. Because of what has happened in our family, we feel that we must also sound the alarm.
To come quickly to the point, workers have been sexually immoral to members of my family. I believe that the scriptures teach that God expects me to warn His people of what is happening, and if I do not He will hold me accountable. (Proverbs 24:10-12) After trying for over a year to show our head overseers what is happening so that it will not happen to other children and women in the church, I feel there is no other choice left, than to warn the church. Then fathers and mothers can protect their children and husbands can protect their wives and some of the older children can even protect themselves from this evil.
We have had workers tell us that some of these men have been sexually immoral for as many as 30 years! We do not understand why the overseers do not remove them from the shelter and place of the ministry! These problems have always been among the church but God’s word teaches that we are not to hide it, but to expose and move to keep it from corrupting the church. Please read I Corinthians 5 for Paul’s direction on how to take care of such matters. The man involved was probably not a worker, but how much more important that it be properly handled when it is a worker! They cause so much havoc in the church and in lives from their position of trust when they are immoral men! Paul taught (I Corinthians 5) that sexual immorality must be dealt with quickly and properly to preserve sincerity and truth.
How could it be any different today?
Harry Brownlee told several of us of how painful it was to him when he heard Roy Dietzel confess to sexual immorality at his trial after previously lying and pleading not guilty. Then, it was our turn to feel pain when Harry expressed that he felt the mistake made was that Roy was not sent far away to a place where he was not known, to continue in the ministry!
George Gittins told us that he had warned the sister workers about what Roy had been doing to females when Roy was sent to Colorado. George said he did not feel it necessary to warn the saints about the problem, even though Roy has been involved in such things for over a decade!
We must be a part of the congregation of the dead!
(Proverbs 21.16) Many may feel, like I did at first, that this cannot happen among us.
Please read I Corinthians 5, Acts 15.20, Romans 1.21-32, Jude, Ephesians 5.3-12, I Peter 2, II John 9-1l, etc. for confirmation that it can and has happened and that God and his apostles (Jude 17,18) warned us and told us what to do. Sexual immorality is a grave problem (Acts 15.20) that needs to be taken care of but of even greater concern is a senior ministry that tries to hide these things (II John 11) and allow them to continue for decades and will not call the victims, accused and witnesses to find the truth and deal with it by God’s word!
We have talked in person to Taylor Wood, Murray Keene, Gilbert Reese and others about these matters and have become keenly aware that they want to hide this from the church. Hiding these problems will not help the church, the past or future victims or the men that have proven themselves lustful and corrupt!
God did not hide these matters in the Bible so why should Taylor, Murray or any other man?
However, we have talked to other workers who have told us that those who do such things should be put out of the work. Please read Jude to find what God has done in the past about such corruption. Do we want to wait for similar action or will we take care of these problems ourselves as God’s word teaches to those who have hearts to care. Paul withstood Peter before the face before others when Peter was so wrong and later Peter wrote of Paul as “Our beloved Brother Paul" Those were both true men who wanted truth held up!
We have talked to victims, parents, relatives and witnesses about the sexual immorality of Ira Hobbs, Kenny Wahlin, Roy Dietzel, and Horace Burgess.
How can anyone feel that we should hide these men instead of taking care of the problem by the word of God?
Ira Hobbs and Kenny Wahlin have both confessed before witnesses that they have done these things repeatedly. Kenny even had the strange attitude of stating that in all cases it was only with eligible girls and women! When they and others do this over and over for years from area to area, how does anyone think they have repented? Are we more concerned in hiding these things than in protecting innocent children and women? If taken care of properly it will limit the lives contaminated and also give the corrupt men a chance at true repentance and salvation!
I Corinthians 5:5 Some feel these matters should not be known by children or strangers. God’s word teaches different. His word is open to all, young or old, saint or stranger. Many people respond to this kind of problem more in line with God’s word than we do! Also, children need to know if the workers will not do what God said to do about these things. Strangers among us may be able to help us see how sick and sleepy God’s people have become. The word of God teaches about these things happening, but we His people seem to not understand!
When we talked to Murray about Ira Hobbs and Kenny Wahlin, he said they have repented and are doing better and God has forgiven them! He said he would not warn the church about what they had been doing! How does this make sense when both men have confessed to doing these things for years in different states?
When we talked to Taylor and told him what Ira Hobbs had done to our daughter he said, "Is that the worst thing he did?" Garrett refused to talk to us about the matter.
One of Kenny Wahlin’s victims told us that when she talked to Garrett about what Kenny had done to her, Garrett told her to "not tell anyone!" We have concluded that we must sound the alarm so that others will not face the agony that these men have brought to many lives. Also we need to use God’s way to deal with them so that these corrupt men can truly repent and have eternal life! We feel the only answer left is to warn the whole church so that fathers, mothers, husbands, grandparents, children and strangers can pray to God for His help so that we can become of age (Hebrews 5.12-14) as God’s people and follow
His way instead of man’s strange, ungodly, distorted method that can only result in corruption of God’s people. Murray told us that we are out of place in these matters. We are in a place we would rather not be, however we feel that we cannot be silent. Some of God’s people have come to us and told us that they have known for years what Ira Hobbs has been doing to females in the church. We can only weep that they did not warn us in time so that we could protect our daughter from his lust. Now, we must warn others so they will not face what she faced. We feel we must send this information all over the world to workers, elders and friends, We hope that if many know that many know, then true believers among God’s people will work to learn His will and do it in these things.
These are very serious accusations and the accused should be tried before the church to be found either guilty or innocent. If the victims, witnesses and accusers are making false accusations, this needs to be made known so that the names and reputations of the accused will be cleared. I plead for the opportunity to present the evidence before the workers, elders and friends, following the order of God’s word in the matter. If any feel that these things should be examined by the word and order of God, please make it known. We can, like some, try to calm ourselves and others by saying, "God allows it," or we can stand fast for truth and not be fearful and afraid. What will God think of those who are afraid to stand for Him and "earnestly contend for the faith once delivered"!
Do we understand what David knew concerning' reproach on Israel'? (I Samuel 17.26)
AGAIN, I PLEAD WITH YOU, TAYLOR AND MURRAY, TO REMOVETHIS REPROACH YOU HAVE BROUGHT ON YOURSELVES AND ON GOD’S PEOPLE.
Sincerely, Dale Gardner
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