Letter writers got it wrong
In response to the letters to the editor in the March 27 issue of Dallas Voice:

Paul Taylor spoke of Cathedral of Hope winning the Readers Voice award for favorite place to worship. That may be true, but the people voting really don’t know what’s going on at CoH. The stage show is enough to get many people’s vote.

It’s natural that CoH would win the award. Winning the award doesn’t mean that church leadership is good. It only means that CoH won a popularity contest.

Rob Rowntreewrote about things as ifhe attends CoH regularly. Just like him, many CoH members have no idea what’s going on at the church. Many people like Mr. Rowntree live elsewhere and are not actively involved in the church. The CoH leaders have authorized use of church funds to protect themselves from their unethical deeds.

Jason Shockleystated that "the trio" is making things worse. That must mean things are already bad. He would be right.

The church leaders made things bad, and they are making things worse. Stepping down would be the best thing for the church.

James Zackey was right that people are helped by CoH.

However, there are countless people who were CoH volunteers, who helped many people and who also have been ostracized by CoH clergy for asking questions. Lay ministry leaders have been run off in large numbers. It’s major turnover at CoH, which is costly.

The good things done by CoH members to help the community do not justify the narcissistic and unethical conduct of CoH leaders. It’s not Christlike.

If some people at CoH wish to keep their heads in the sand and keep their eyes shut when it comes to the business of the church, that’s their prerogative. However, in the long run, the body of Christ is damaged by the actions of church leaders and not by three men who stand for truth and justice.

2 Timothy 3, on godlessness in the last days:

"1. But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3. without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4. treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — 5. having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them!"

I will heed that advice and stay away from CoH leaders.

Blake Ashlock

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 3, 2009.
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