Steve Lumbley currently runs a well known web site called “Apostasy Watch”. Steve also teaches a bible study on pal talk on Friday nights and Sunday morning, called “Apostasy Watch Online Bible Study and Fellowship”. We started attending Lumbley’s bible studies some time back, because we saw a lot of common ground in what Steve teaches and what we believe. We have always looked for legitimate-true fellowship with other believing Christians, based on truth, without compromise. We have personally spoken with Steve, on the phone, a number of times, in fact Steve felt comfortable enough with us to tell us that he loved us, we felt comfortable enough with Steve to send him money, he doesn’t work outside of his web site, so we said “I love you” as a brother, with our actions. After a period of time, we sadly became aware that Steve Lumbley was not being honest with us, and we became aware that Steve is a man who refuses accountability to us, or anyone else that we are aware of, a man that knows not the Love of God. In fact, as soon as we had a disagreement with Steve, and our beliefs became a bother to him, he threw us under the bus and refused to talk to us anymore! Recently we forced Steve to talk to us by mentioning him by name on a blog, we call people out to their face, that’s what we believe the bible instructs us to do, Steve doesn’t like that very well, what he says, he says in secret, what we say, we say openly. Steve’s answer to us kind of says a lot about Steve. Steve claims that he has no obligation to talk to us, contrary to scripture
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1Pe 3:15 av) Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (Mt 5:23-24 av) Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (Ro 12:16-17 av)
Steve’s final accusation towards us? “IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!” he says; funny, it is not us that take credit card donations on a donation page, it is Steve that does, how it is about us Steve? What have we done to make it all about us? Oh you mean because we demand, not ask, but demand that we be given place as members of the body of Jesus Christ, and that we have every right to hear from God, to be used by God, and to function as we are gifted by God! Oh, you mean that you want us to go through you and allow you to be in charge of what we can and cannot say? Oh, you mean that you only want us around as it make you more money and prestige? You see it isn’t about us, we are well aware that our tendency to speak the truth, makes us no friends, we are well aware that our condescending to men of low estate, gives us no respect among the religious elites!
The truth is - it is really all about Steve!
Steve is just running a mom and pawp small business, Steve is compromised. He teaches against the Nicolaitan system, while participating in one, he teaches against the religious elites while paling around with them, linking to them, doing the best he can to be accepted by them and be linked to on their sites. He teaches against the clergy - laity separation, while separating himself from the laity. Why do you think that Steve Lumbley is the only teacher of his bible studies? How can you possibly be so blind!? Here is a man who knows not the Love of God, quick to judge, quick to wrath, a good talker, a salesman who has for sale a bag full of deceitful weights, a bed shorter than a man can lay himself on.
Steve Lumbley exposes and criticizes that which he wants to control or have a part in, this man is not about the weak, poor, remnant of God’s people, he doesn’t judge the fatherless or plead the case of the widow. Steve Lumbley is about Steve Lumbley! Unless we see something different in the future than we have already seen, HE KNOWS NOT THE LOVE OF GOD!
We really do desire mercy for you Steve, but if you were honest you would call your bible study “Steve Lumbley Teaching Ministries” rather than “Apostasy Watch Online Bible Study and Fellowship”. You really are lacking a lot of Truth Steve, sure wish you would repent!