Was reading the Channel 2 News story transcript and stopped on this:
Former church member Albert Mitchell decided to leave the church, discouraged by the fact there was no accountability. He saidhe didn’t think it was scripturally right for there to be one man running the church.”
Mitchell also disagrees with Foster on who started this church. On Foster’s website, he states his wife and he came to Nashville to begin Bellevue. Mitchell said the church was started more than a year before Foster came to Nashville. “The church was established April 24, 1988 and David came in the fall of 1989,” he said.
That's the first I've ever heard of that. Does anyone know anything about this conflicting church history?
Also from the story: "Foster, however, clearly has thousands of church members on his side. They will call for a vote on Sunday on whether Foster will be allowed back in the pulpit."
First, I'm unclear as to how they "clearly" know thousands are on his Foster's side. I mean, it wouldn't surprise me. But how do they know? Judging by my attendance at the first rally, the photos of the subsequent rallies, and the representative pro-Foster comments in the forums, saying even one thousand people are "clearly" on his side is a stretch. It's possible, maybe even probable; but it's not evident, and the "clearly" is hyperbole even by journalistic standards.
Secondly, I really am afraid of what will happen should people call for a vote on Sunday. At this point, I do not think the church is willing to hold a vote. If folks interrupt the proceedings to demand a vote, and the motion is denied (as if we run by Robert's Rules anyway), I expect verbal chaos. In the weekend service. With visitors present.
A vote is a bad idea.