It is official, I am no longer the minister, nor am I part of the fellowship and community that we started here in Central Texas. The separation was mutual and involved theological and spiritual differences we have with the new eldership of the Church. While the differences were theological and spiritual and not personal, there are hardships that have been imposed upon us for the last twelve years which have multiplied of late, making us unable to even fulfill many of our obligations in a timely manner, including a surprise demand by the elders for thousands of dollars which I never owed (and which they now, belatedly, admit I didn’t owe,) and now with this separation, we have been denied even the donation payments for the past month when I did work and preach and counsel for dozens of hours on the Internet, which payments were already past due in order for me to make my land payment. In effect, after twelve years of being maintained at less than 1/2 of the poverty level – and after forgiving that debt owed to me for those twelve years by the Church – we have now been mostly denied even those payments due for the previous month so that we are now without the ability to even pay for August’s land payment. I should mention that at least one of the families have not altogether cut us off retroactively, thank God, though I expect we will have our internet cut off any day now and we do not have the ability to pay to keep it on right now. We are not dismayed or upset. God is good and in charge and he is no man’s debtor. He will provide. We still have the ability to feed ourselves from our land, which is God’s providence.
I will not, as has always been my policy, get into any public discussions or disputations about the errors or failings of others. I own up to my own shortcomings, I don’t defend myself, and I leave it up to God to make things right.
Our goal is still to build a pre-industrial farm here that you all can visit, to continue to provide materials for others to learn the gospel and to grow in Gods graces, and to provide these materials — as we always have — for free to those who want them. We would not like to ask for straight charity, but there are ways you can help and still get something out of it. I will be linking my Patreon from this page so that people who want to can still receive the Genesis commentary and other materials, will be able to donate monthly if they desire. If you go to the Patreon page, there are now two patron levels (1 for $5 to receive the weekly materials, 1 for $100 for overall ministry support) that will allow you to help us keep up our work. In addition, you can donate to our GoFundMe to help us build the infrastructure at the farm so we can not only provide for ourselves, by God’s grace, but we can provide a place for you and others to come and learn about Agrarianism and Off-Grid living.
Our love and prayers go out to everyone in the community here in Central Texas. Our love and care for you is not at all diminished, and we pray for you and hope the best for you and all your loved ones. May God richly bless you.
Do pray for us as God leads us into this new era of our lives.
Michael and Family