Well, it had to happen. My first opportunity to show my new colours. Had a phone call today from the elder who takes our bookstudy. (I havent been for close to 1 yr)
He said: " Phil, brother X and myself would like to pop aroung sometime soon to see how you and your family are going."
I said: "You mean a shepherding visit?"
" well, you see, i kinda know what you're going to say, so i'd rather give it a miss."
"well, even i dont know that yet, we'll just play it by ear when we get there. Is friday evening o.k?"
"mate, if its ok with you, i'd prefer it if you didn't come around. I dont mean to be rude."
"Well, ok. No worries. I'll be in touch. " And he hung up.
Can I get into trouble for refusing a shepherding visit. This is my second refusal, although last time i said we were going away (OK, i lied). They will probably just drop in now, un-announced. Whats the rules? What could he do?
I'm not overly worried - dont get me wrong. We were just hoping to drift away quietly, didn't want to make any waves. Should i be up-front with them, or just keep stalling, and hope they go away?