Port Austin Bible Campus

PO Box 474  •  Port Austin, Michigan, USA 48467-0474  •  989-738-7700  •  pabc@portaustin.net

Letter of November 7, 2007


Dear Fellow-Worker,

We are going to have our court trial beginning tomorrow to determine what will happen in regard to the disagreement over this property which we still strive to use as a Christian community to educate Sabbatarian young people.

Your prayers will be appreciated. We are praying that our Father will work through the court system and cause a just decision to be made. We are prepared to accept whatever judgment we may receive. If we cannot stay here at PABC to continue to produce Servants’ News, we will probably be able to produce it somewhere else. Spending less time with legal cases will be good.

It is a sad think when fellow Sabbatarians end up going to court with each other. The apostle Paul taught:

“I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?” (1Cor 6:5).

In reality, it is difficult to find a fellow believer who is willing to take the time to listen to all of the facts and help other believers resolve a complex dispute. This is probably an area in which we, as believers, need to grow. Do we plan to reign with our savior at his return? Also:

“Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?” (1Cor 6:3)

“Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?” (1Cor 6:7)

I have thought of this scripture numerous times. I wrote over ten letters to the other party in an effort to settle before the courts were involved, but received no response. I called some of his friends and asked them to help. When the suit was filed against us, I wondered if I should simply not answer it and allow a default judgment to occur. The likely result of that would have probably been the loss of the property.

Now, two years later, we will have our day in court.

Regardless of what happens during the next two days of our scheduled trial, I am certainly thankful for what I have learned. There are times when believers could learn some of the good procedures that are done in secular courts, and times when our secular courts could learn from the honesty of sincere believers.

The biggest difficulty with all justice systems is dealing with people who want to abuse them. When justice systems have the power to force people to comply with orders at certain times, it can work a hardship on them. Therefore, procedures are put in place to allow people to find out more information if they need it, to reschedule if they are sick, to rehear an issue if all of the facts were not present, to have other judges consider the issue, etc. Unfortunately, guilty people can use these same procedures to delay or diminish the effect of just judgments, and create quite a burden for the other party.

Our last e-mail about our legal case was May 30, 2007. Our past letters on this subject are available at: http://www.servantsnews.com/latestnews/LatestNewsSNPABC.htm

May the Eternal bless and strengthen you at this time.

--Norman Scott Edwards
Servants' News
Port Austin Bible Campus
PO Box 474, Port Austin, Michigan 48467-0474
e-mail: PABC@portaustin.net  tel: 989-738-7700