Unavoidable Conflict, Collateral Damage
Many of you will have heard that Ken Ham was recently “disinvited” to speak at the remaining conferences sponsored by Great Homeschool Conferences Inc. and prevented from exhibiting there.
We want to assure you that the concern over the teachings of Peter Enns is substantial, and needs to be discussed. Whether or not there was an Adam and a literal Fall is at the very fundamentals of the faith. Without a Fall, why is there any need for an atonement? That’s why we spoke up in our sessions, too, and will continue to with love. We believe the Word literally when it says, “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:18-19 (Oh, read the whole chapter!) Folks, there was a real Adam, a real Fall, and a real Savior.
In addition, we want to ask you to pray for the folks most hurt in this current conflict – the excellent vendors already committed to the Cincinnati Conference and to a lesser extent, King of Prussia, PA.
The vendors paid $450 per booth months ago, have paid for travel and hotel rooms, and have bought inventory and had it shipped to Cincinnati (yesterday was the deadline). Most homeschool vendors (ask me how I know!) are completely broke at this point after the long dry season and have barely made it to this month which starts the convention season. The Cincinnati conference (billed as the biggest in the world) is so huge, many have been stretched to their very limits to buy inventory for it. Our vendor friends are very concerned about what has happened.
At this point, backing out of the conference is completely impossible for most vendors – they would be unable to pay for the inventory already purchased. You have to sign up for conferences months in advance, so there is no way to go to another conference in its place.
However, we are hearing threats to boycott vendors that do go to the conferences and even if that fizzles, many, many people have decided not to attend, potentially greatly reducing attendance and leaving much of that inventory unsold — and unable to be paid for!
This is especially frustrating for all of us who said they believe in the inerrancy of Scripture in our sessions, but may be inadvertently hurt. We really, really, really wish the conference organizers had considered the vendors, among other things, in the decision to disinvite Ken Ham.
Please pray for the homeschool families facing this potential disaster in their businesses.
Hal & Melanie
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