Explanation of Why OABS Chose Not
to Broadcast the
Open Forum at Spring, Texas on February 28, 2006
the elders of the Phillips Street church of Christ in Dyersburg,
Tennessee decided not to use the facilities of the Online Academy of
Biblical Studies to broadcast the all day Open Forum at the 2006 CFTF
Spring Lectureship in Spring, Texas, which was conducted on February 28,
2006. The day after our decision we contacted the Spring elders,
explaining the reason for our decision.
When the nature
of the Open Forum was brought to our attention (please note: Tom Bright
has requested that it be known that he, and he alone, was the one who
failed to communicate to the elders; he has apologized to us for this),
we felt the nature of the Open Forum was something that non-members
(around the world) did not need to see.
Now, this and
this alone was the reason for our decision. We were not influenced by
any outside source.
was and is a matter of judgment. As elders of the Phillips Street
congregation we have the responsibility to oversee all aspects of our
work. We, and we alone have the obligation to make the decisions
relative to the work of this congregation. We have not in the past and
will not in the future allow anyone else to make these decisions.
When we were
speaking with the Spring elders, we apologized for doing this on such
short notice. However, we thought then and we think today this was the
right decision, and we do not apologize for that.
This is our
explanation concerning this matter. We will not engage in a letter
writing or email campaign.