Barabbas wrote:Could someone help me understand the 'Charity' sect of Mennonites? In another thread i referenced them and some scoffed at the distinction while others chuckled at the terminology. Who are they?
Barabbas wrote:WOW! That's some strange stuff (and quite consistent with the situation I experienced last weekend). I assume these specific situations you referenced are verified and not just hearsay? Also, when did they start? where did they come from? what is their 'creed'? etc?
Charity Ministries is a ministry of Charity Christian Fellowship and Ephrata Christian Fellowship, both located in Lancaster County, PA. It publishes a bimonthly magazine, has an extensive mission outreach in Africa, holds meetings across North America, and sends out thousands of Gospel messages on cassette, CD, and the Internet each year.
Many years ago God began working in the hearts of a former Amish man and a Baptist preacher. Mose Stoltzfus and Denny Kenaston both became burdened seeing the lack of spirituality in many churches. Their hearts locked together with a vision to get back to a revived, New Testament, Christ-centered church. With this vision before their eyes, they began Charity Christian Fellowship in 1982.
PastorRich wrote:I once had a meeting with one of the main leaders when another younger leader kept acting goofy and disrespectful as I tried to talk. I finally told the main leader you better reign this mad dog in. What was this mans main attitude problem with me? He didn't like folks from Florida. Said they were all lukewarm and spiritually indifferent.
Here is their website if you are interested. http://www.charityministries.org/?A5W_S ... 2f8196ca99
barbara10 wrote:I had an interesting experience writing to Charity. A few years ago their newsletter talked about how spiritually dead the Hutterites were. Well, I wrote them that Don Murphy (http://www.anabaptistchurch.org) had visited some near Spokane who were really alive spiritually, and that they shouldn't generalize about an entire group. The response I got was that the Hutterites were locked into man-made tradition and not really spiritual . . . A "don't confuse me with the facts" kind of answer!
But I know many people who would say they were 'scarred' by charity, would concur with PastorRich's assessment that they are a cult would have nothing good to say about charity people.