Restorationist Paper 5

Hello All, I appreciate all the thought and time that went into the summary you provided about the original process of developing a statement of governing principles and your proposal to vote on the August 5 document. Above all, I am hoping and praying for some unity between the two groups, i.e. (1) those in favor of the August 5 document and (2) those in favor of the “new path forward” proposal on ‘To the Remnant’. As I pondered how unity might be achieved between the two groups, I wrote the following in a discussion group where the majority seem to be in favor of the “new path forward” proposal. I wanted to offer you these thoughts to see if there might be some potential for the two groups to come to an agreement that they both feel good about. Here was my first comment in the other discussion group: “Is there some way we can merge the two camps? What were the objections to the various GP drafts? Was it that they got too specific on practices? What if we basically distill out the principles from the August GP and submit those over the next two weeks on the website? Then, perhaps we can make efforts at communication between the two camps in a way that we can settle on a statement of principles (of the style proposed by the new i.e. current effort) that still preserves the essence of the August GP document?” I followed up later with this comment: “Just want to reiterate what I wrote above, but maybe elaborate a little. I see where people are coming from on the Aug 5 document. Admittedly, I need to go back and review it. But I still think there’s a way to move forward to a mutual agreement between the two camps. I really like the ideas presented on totheremnant and I felt good about it. On the other hand, it is very open ended and we risk producing an unwieldy vineyard that cannot be pruned. What if we do this: Let’s use the forum framework set up on scriptures.info. But how about we use the Aug 5 document as our source material to help limit the scope. We’ll basically distill out the principles there, submit them to the site, go through the procedure proposed on the scriptures.info webpage and produce essentially another version of the Aug 5 document. We can even use the Aug 5 preamble, but this second version will be focused on the more general principles implicit in the Aug 5 document. The second version can reference pearls of great price and the scriptures where people can find the details about practice. But then the statement of principles remains just that – a statement of principles, leaving the details of practice to the scriptures. Then, we can bring both versions of the Aug 5 document before the Lord and the body of believers and see if we can gain approval from the Lord and mutual agreement from the body of believers in one of the two documents. What do you all think??” And finally, a third and final comment I made: “…What if we make a good faith effort to preserve as much as possible of the essence (meaning the principles) of the Aug 5 document? The only purpose of the forum process then would be to refine the wording and specifics of all the principles such that a maximum of the Aug 5 document is preserved while eliminating specifics about practices that could change or be slightly different between fellowships. Better yet, the ultimate purpose of the forum process would be to bring all into mutual agreement rather than a majority in favor and another appreciable portion who were just kind of giving in for the sake of preserving the peace. This seems to me like the ultimate resolution of differences between the two camps. Let’s give everyone the opportunity in the forum to provide input on the individual principles in the Aug 5 document. Then let’s take a look at the two documents and see what we have.” What are your thoughts about this path to consensus and harmony between the two groups? In fellowship and with respect, Ryan Roper

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