I remember the Corleys, but don't remember too much about what his stands were or what he preached, so I don't know if he fits in the "holier than thou" camp. It comes as no surprise when people have a "holier than thou" attitude, based on THEIR standards, that even they can't live up to them. Unfortunately, I know someone close to the family, KJV only, prayed with "Thees" and "Thous" who is now going through a divorce. Why can't we just take Christ's two commandments (i.e. Love God, Love your neighbor) and just try and do those with all of our might.
When I was on music tour for TTU in 1981 we were booked at The Corley Brothers church, Bible Baptist Shepherd, in Farmington, NM. It was a very humble campus with rough hewn buildings, small dorm type buildings for indigents, small gymnasium, etc. We got to stay in one of those for two nights.
It wasn't so bad, a very different experience than the usual brick and mortar churches we were accustomed to visiting. It was very close to the Navajo Reservation and the ministry concentrated on reaching the Navajo Nation. There were many Indians (I can say that since I am one) there at the services in Farmington. One thing I specifically remember about the Corleys is that they raised their own livestock and grew their own produce. They served us raw milk for breakfast, my first and only experience with that (not pleasant). The second day they took us out onto the reservation on dirt "roads" that seemingly lead nowhere. We were MILES from any sort of civilization, but it was some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. I fully expected the cowboys and Indians to have a skirmish any moment. We arrived at a small compound to visit the natives, play softball with them, eat with them then do a service that evening. Earlier in the day, we visited shut-ins at/in their hogans (sp?). Very primitive!!! They fixed us a delicious, authentic Navajo meal for lunch. It was one of the best ministry experiences of my life!!!
We had NO problems with the Corleys at all. I heard about this heartbreaking story a year ago. SOOOOO sad!!!
Yes, they were hardcore Fundies, but the ministry they had there was very authentic. This coming from a very non-Fundie, me.
It's old (bad) news. I hope and pray that Don is being ministered to and will be restored to some type of ministry. It's too bad, he's gotta be around 70 years old.
Really, this story shouldn't have been dredged up again. Let's leave this be and pray for the Corleys and their church!
Sono Ut Deus
This comment is somewhat unrelated, but I traveled in a singing group for a different Bible college in the late 90's and had almost the exact same experience with the Corleys in N.M.
Mzkmann, I agree, I see no reason to bring this up after so long a time. If someone has repented doesn't God forgive and forget? If so, then who are we to keep it dredged up? In other forums and this one I've seen some insert gossip and "old news" into threads simply to keep the dirt and mud flying. I'm not saying that is the case here specifically, but we all know how easy it is to move from prayerful discussion into factious gossip.
Let us therefore go boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (Geneva)
Liberty Baptist College Class of 1982