I did not think it was possible to grieve for someone you have never met. But I feel such an overwhelming sadness at the loss of Ray. I did receive kind replies to two emails that I sent him, but I never had the pleasure to meet the man. I guess the feeling of sadness is for what we have all lost.
I only hope that there is someone, higher up on the Bethel food chain, maybe even on the GB, who will examine their heart, as Ray did, and come to terms with the fact that they are not some special messengers of God. Admit to themselves, what they have to know deep down inside, that the thirst for domination over other people's lives is spiraling out of control. Have the courage to stand up for all the people who are in pain, all the people whose lives are being shattered by mere men whose egos have gone wild. Thirty years ago a middle aged man did just that. He went through hardships because of it, but he was able to die with a clean conscience and a pure heart that he did what he could. You can too. To anyone at Bethel that might be here and reading this, the torch can be passed.