2005

2005

  • November 2, 2005 – The Brothers released a 2nd letter to Kip McKean, this time signed by over 80 brothers
    • “From our deep concern for your soul and to protect the flock, we must continue to oppose you as long as you try to divide disciples from one another.  Out of reverence for God and love for you and all of his people, we commit to obeying these Scriptures which tell us to have no further fellowship with you until you repent: I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.   Romans 16:17-18”
  • October 14, 2005 – Concern For All the Churches – From the Portland Leadership.
  • October 9, 2005 – Portland’s response to the Letter from the Brothers
  • October 3, 2005 – A group of Brothers send a letter to McKean about his divisiveness.
  • October 2005 – Cosmo Girl! – “MyFamily was Sucked into a Cult
  • September 25, The Phoenix Valley Church of Christ now warns it’s members to stay away from McKean, the Portland Church and Chris and Sonja Chloupek
    • “In view of the current actions of the Chloupeks, Kip and the Portland church, we as your leaders urge you to obey Paul’s admonitions quoted above from Romans 16:17:  “Keep away from them.”  Any fellowship or contact should be totally discontinued as of today. We are saddened to bring this matter before you, but we are totally resolved to biblically deal with divisiveness and unbiblical teachings that affect our members. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”
  • September 8, The South Florida church hands out a letter to the members on Sunday, September 4
    • “The weak need our support and confidence, not derision or abandonment. Anyone who stirs up controversies and divisions is divisive. We pray that Kip will change and recognize the hard work and perseverance of so many who have led the churches in the good times and bad. We pray that he will not create divisions in the local churches with his rhetoric or any actions he may take in the future. We pray he will help the weak and bear with those who are struggling in their faith.”
  • September 6, Henry Kriete weighs in with his own letter about the condition of the ICOC and it’s leaders
  • September 6, The LA leadership is now distancing themselves from McKean,
    • “We, here in LA, did not believe that “The Portland Story” reflected the spirit in which the Lord desired to initiate unity.  Rather than a spirit that included threats, intimidation and arrogance, we believed that our brotherhood challenges needed to be tackled by a collective plan, not one that focused on a single congregation or person as the primary source for answers.”
  • September 6, Brian Felushko, Evangelist, Vancouver Church of Christ offers an alternative proposal to the ICOC Call for Unity
  • September 5, San Diego Church responds to McKean’s divisiveness
    • “Although we are committed to making disciples here in San Diego as well, it saddens us to say that his [Kip] divisive statements are clearly doing more harm than good, and we are absolutely opposed to having anything to do with it here in the San Diego Church of Christ.”
  • September 1, LA Church publishes a question and answer page about their Call to Unity. (version 2)
  • August 28 – Boston Elders Response to actions of McKean and issue a warning.  “Kip’s actions are divisive and arrogant and must be opposed.”
  • August 27 – Disciples Today website removes the link to The Portland Story
  • August 25 – Los Angeles Church calls for Unity (original version)  amongst the ICOC churches.  Several days later this plan was revised
  • August 25 – Disciples Today website posts THE PORTLAND STORY from the Portland Jubilee with a stern warning as an introduction:
    • “[DT Editor’s Note:   DisciplesToday.net publishes articles by brothers and sisters whom we believe want to build God’s church, not tear it down.  We publish articles that are Scripture lessons on the Teaching Channel.  On the Commentary channel we publish articles from people who have different points of view, but believe the same basic things about being a disciple of Jesus.  We will never all agree on every approach, method or opinion.  We must be mature enough to agree in Jesus and respect each other in all other areas — especially while disagreeing on opinions.  In order to truly reach the world with the gospel, we must be mature enough to accept the truth from each other with grace.
    • Before you read articles on the Commentary Channel, we implore you to read 1 Corinthians 1-3 and Romans 14 and 15.  If you can read other disciples’ viewpoints and strong convictions about opinions without judging the other person and without looking down on them, then please read, pray and ask God to use you to forge unity among us.  If you cannot, we respectfully request that you not read these articles so that you will not stumble or cause others to stumble.]”

  • August 21 – McKean draws the line in the sand at the recent Jubilee.  Read The Portland Story.

“However, as of this Jubilee the Portland leadership believes it is time for a progressive “calling-out of the remnant of disciples” from dying, former ICOC Churches. For years, I have preached “one church-one city,” in other words, each city should have only one church of disciples, because if they are faithful to God, He will multiply them to evangelize not only their city but the whole region. (Acts 19:8-10) I still believe in this same principle. Sadly, it has become the practice of some former ICOC churches to break-up into geographic groups or groups of various convictions about commitment to Christ, discipling and church government. If a group asks for help to restore the foundation of sold-out disciples, we will help in any way we can. Biblically, disciples can never rebel against authority, yet as seen with David who “chose” to transfer his allegiance from the ungodly Saul to the uncircumcised Achish (1 Sam 27:1-4) one is “free to choose” whom to submit to!”

  • Henry Kriete continues to speak out against McKean recently.
    • “I believe Kip is delusional and arrogant. Doctrine aside, I believe he is a false teacher based on his ethical failures, deceitfulness and divisive spirit. I say to anyone and everyone involved with him or in the same camp as him-run for your lives!”

2003

2003