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From:  Rev. Jack Pott  -  Subject:  email hacking

 

Dear John

 

I wish to inform you that I will be in contact with Rev. Goldman at Gospel In Motion International Enterprises. (G.I.M.I.E.) concerning you hacking into his ministry's computers.  Hijacking a reputable ministry's email list to promote your articles is inexcusable.  I'll speak with Rev. Goldman to see what further action is needed.  

 

Rev. Jack Pott
J.P.M.I.I. Jack Pott Ministries International Inc.

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From:  John  -  Subject:  Re: email hacking

 

Hi Rev. Jack Pott

 

I'm sorry to hear that you think I've hacked into G.I.M.I.E.'s email account.  Even if I knew how to do that, I wouldn't.  I've been receiving a countless number of blank emails from G.I.M.I.E..  I decided to copy and paste one of my Bible based articles into one of these blank emails.  I hit the "reply" button, and off it went into cyber space, not knowing where it would land, or if it would land at all.  Little did I know that G.I.M.I.E.'s computers would forward my article to thousands of people around the world who were on their email list.  I've had more than 2500 hits on my web site since then.  I've received lots of emails in support of my article, that is, except for your email. 

 

Thanks for your email, but I'm not a hacker.

 

John

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sorry, I have nothing to sell

 

From:  Rev. Jack Pott  -  Subject:  Re: email hacking

 

Hi John

 

I've visited your web site and saw that you're just an ordinary guy and probably no threat to G.I.M.I.E..  I will take no further action.  Those of us in valid ministry can't afford someone hijacking our email lists. I'm sure you can understand how important those contacts are to our ministries.  Have a good day.

 

Rev. Jack Pott

J.P.M.I.I. Jack Pott Ministries International Inc.

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visit my online store at - jpmii.com/buy-my-books-now

donate to my ministry at - jpmii.com/donate-to-me-now

 

From:  John  -  Subject:  Re: email hacking

 

Hi Rev. Jack Pott

 

You might want to read G.I.M.I.E.'s web site.  They had computer problems that caused all the blank emails and my article being hurled down from cyber space into their email server's computer.  Just thought you should know.   

 

John - "just that ordinary guy"

john.com

sorry, I have nothing to sell   

 

The above email exchange is a paraphrase of a real exchange that took place about 5 years ago.  Names have been changed to protect the innocent and the not-so-innocent.  John isn't really John.  John is me, "just an  ordinary guy".  As ordinary as I am in the world of "modern mega ministries", in the world of Biblical ecclesiology, I'm just as important as the next guy. 

 

It's strange that we view ministry in terms of organizations, C.E.O.'s, and boards of directors, something the Bible says nothing about.  I know the argument.  We live in a different world than the apostle Paul.  That's true, but that's not the fundamental issue.  The real issue is whether we view church as an evolutionary process, evolving from Acts 2 to what we have today, or whether we view it through the lens of New Testament teaching.  It we fail to follow Biblical teaching on this issue, we'll probably fail on other issues.       

Biblical based ministry arises from "functional relationships" in the Body of Christ.  Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:17 calls the church "the Body of Christ".  This is meant to be taken literally, not figuratively.  Since the believers received the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, in one sense of the word, we have literally become Jesus' present day earthly body.  Like our physical bodies, the Body of Christ consists of many individual parts, all of which are important and vital.  These networked body parts form the whole body.  Each part has his job to do on his own, as well as a job to do with those he is supported by and joined to, and, we should be joined relationally, not just organizationally.  Biblical based ministry rises from functioning relationships, not from organizational structures.          

 

I'm not entirely opposed to organizational structure, as long as the organization serves us and not us serving the organization, as is often the case.  I actually think "para-church" organizations, example Bible collages, are a more Biblical expression of church than church organizations.  That being said, organizational structures should never replace the "ordinary guy" in ministry.  He's basic to New Testament thinking.  If we simply view ministry being founded, supported, maintained, and financed, by an organization's constitution, we're missing the meaning to ministry.    

 

I anticipate a day coming, and probably sooner than we'd like, when the traditional church will lose its legal status provided by government.  Without legal status, tax shelters, and corporate capabilities, the western church will be paralyzed, unable to carry on "business as usual".  We'll then be forced to appreciate church and ministry as it was meant to be; you and I networked together in functional relationships, whether we have all the trappings of modern ministry or not, which I doubt we'll have. 

 

 

 

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