Bringing an Ugly Ship to Shore
A writer for Still Fed Up responds to Fisher’s new story in a way that illustrates my original concern:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Ministry Watchman is no more. They are not a watchman of anything. They are now merely an extension of the Epstein household. They have staked their whole reputation on two excommunicants known (and now proven beyond a shadow of a doubt) for lying and deception. They believed that Doug Phillips counseled Ligonier Ministries in their lawsuit against Frank Vance, which was proven to be an outright lie by the VFM board (Read the VFM board statement). Since they had worked tirelessly to bring down Ligonier they thought they could bring down Phillips too! They have risked everything over a couple that spent more than a decade fighting like cats and dogs over the wife’s adultery. Even now they could save face, by recognizing that they have a tiger by the tail. I want to believe they were simply duped, but at this point they have the facts and appear committed to linking their integrity with the Epstein’s.
If the Watchman had dealt with this story in a truth seeking and judicial fashion, we could have landed this ugly ship to shore one way or the other while maintaining integrity and the ability to “watch” other issues and personalities. But they have proven that this was not their intention now that I have raised my objection. They had a job to do and this was war. A man needed to be assassinated, and they were going to use any weapons available to get the job done – including the weapon of rolling on those who they were using just weeks before. I fear for what they might do with the Epsteins once they move on to the other evidence and testimony they have on Phillips. Given the level of vicious attack on those concerned about the appropriateness of this story, however, I think that yesterday we went past the possibility of “saving face” on this story. What I’m now curious to see is how far they are willing to erode their original Ligonier story. Unfortunately, we have fresh evidence here about the motives and methods of Ministry Watchman that do cast some interesting light on some of those question marks still lingering over Frank Vance’s pursuit of Ligonier Ministries.