Full disclaimer, I have not read his book and I haven't dedicated a lot of time on studying out his situation. Each case is individual and only the parties involved know all the specifics. The only reason I created this thread was to better understand a statement recorded in his appeal letter. A statement that hit me like a dagger in the heart.
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I don't necessarily agree on his interpretation that the bolded portion of the quote was coming from higher up (above the SP level in this instance). Given the lengthy interactions between Snuffer and his SP I'm willing to accept that the statement may have been made out of frustration. In other words the SP was tired of having to "deal" with this brother and was "shooting from the hip" with his statement.When we met again he said it didn't matter what anyone thought of the book because it was "faith destroying." I responded that there were actual people whose faith had been rescued and whose activity in the church had revived because of reading it. He responded to me: "What makes you think the church is interested in having such people anyway?" I took that response to be coming (as everything else) from higher up.
Note that the bolded portion of the quote doesn't refer to Snuffer, but refers to people whose faith had been rescued. Years ago my faith fell like a house of cards, I've only recently been trying to rebuild. I don't think I can go back to believing things like I believed them before. My faith has to evolve to rationalize remaining active in the church. Will this evolution make me become something the church would not welcome? Something or someone that the church feels better off without?
I'm not out there trying to change people's beliefs or to mold them to my way of thinking. If I ever started to feel like I was playing the role of wolf in sheep's clothing I hope I'd have the presence of mind to remove myself from the situation. I'm really at a point in life where I want to help others meet their own spiritual goals regardless of creed. If someone is TBM then I'd want to help them to get as much enjoyment as possible out of being TBM.