Mike knew him. Mike said: People have complained about you being here.
He continued: Don't come back. You can fellowship only with the person who invited you. You know how we dress, so why aren't you wearing a suit and tie?
I told Mike I had forgotten to bring my suit coat, and ties are a pagan symbol so I don't wear them.
Mike and I have a history. I know things about his family. He knows things about my family. We go back a long way. There is a lot of unresolved stuff in our relationship.
I do speak my mind. I'll say things like: Aren't you leaving out this scripture and that scripture?
Mike and others confuse their corporate authority with spiritual authority. I'm speaking of spiritual authority, Mike is talking about corporate authority.
Mike's assistant Dan Dowd asked me not to go to Passover a few years ago.
Dan said that after that Passover we could all sit down face to face and work things out.
But that never happened.
In Milwaukee, in the UCG, I brought two witnesses with me to talk with Mike, and I discussed with him the problems I had with his treatment of me at that time.
There are things that I believe that irritate Mike and the other members of the ministerial hierarchy.
For example, I will not call them "mister." Mister means "master," and we should reserve that terminology for Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ said we are all brothers, and call no man master and no man teacher. That policy irks the ministers.
Gossip is a failing
The whole situation boils down to this: I said to Mike we're supposed to do Matthew 18. It's in the law that we're not supposed to gossip. Gossip is a failing of our society.
The churches aren't a ministry of reconciliation. They're not playing God. They're playing Satan. God would tell them to go reconcile with their brother.
The bottom line is the organizations are still facilitating breaking the law, and then they're kicking out people who disagree with them.
Editor's note: The publisher of The Journal informed Mr. Hanisko of the content of Mr. Dupont's article and invited him to comment for publication. He declined to do so.