My Letter of Resignation From St. Timothy's  
Copyright 2003 by William Meisheid (11-13-03)

William G. Meisheid
502 Oella Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043

The Vestry, Wardens, and Locum Tenens of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
200 Ingleside Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

Dear Sirs and Madams:

After 27 years of being a member of St. Timothy's it is necessary on this sad occasion to officially resign as a member of the congregation. Having been married at and received into this church where God in his mercy has allowed me to preach, teach, lead bible studies, and perform numerous ministries, as well as serve on the vestry during the difficult time of William Thompson's betrayal, I take this action with the utmost sadness, but with an assurance that it is the right and Godly thing to do. I have diligently attempted to perform the burden God laid upon me as a wall and a watchmen and this letter is the final discharging of those duties before the Lord.

While some may think this action was precipitated by the visit of Bishop John L. Rabb last Sunday, November 9th, the real reason is the failure of the Wardens, Vestry, and Locum Tenens of St. Timothy's to act in what I, and others, see as a biblically responsible manner by allowing the communion table of my now former church to remain in communion with those who have drenched their authority in vile heresy and reduced their religion to anti-Christian paganism. In remaining in communion with such men and woman, represented by Bishop Rabb and his presence on the altar on November 9, 2003, the leadership of St. Timothy's has reduced the former communion table of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to a table of paganism and demonic action, no matter what words were spoken, what pseudo actions were taken.

Presiding Bishop Griswold and all of those who participated in the election, confirmation, and consecration of Gene Robinson to the office of Bishop, including the current Bishops of this diocese and the former Bishop, Theodore Eastman, who had the audacity to actually lay his hands in consecration of this vile sin, have all overthrown their faith and are now unrepentantly antichrist and pagan. Paul makes it very clear in Galatians 1:8-9 "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!" Those who do such thing are antichrist and pagan. Those still remaining in communion with them should remember two things made very clear by the apostle Paul. In 2 Corinthians 6:14 he says "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" And then, in an indictment of not breaking fellowship with this darkness, this paganism, and then sharing in their table of sacrifice, Paul further says in 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 "Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he?"

I was truly surprised that the vestry and wardens had even allowed the Bishop's visitation and my original intention was to confront Bishop Rabb and the leadership of the parish in the meeting after the service. However, I was personally and specifically challenged by Anglican Bishop Thaddeus Barnum the night before not to participate in the corrupted communion table, in peril of my soul, since I understood the ramification of my actions. As a result, I rose before the communion service to confront the sin and rejection of the faith once delivered unto the saints of Bishop Rabb and give him a chance to repent, to separate himself from those who have rejected Christ. He refused, seeing no reason to do so. With such blatant evil standing in the sanctuary of the church I have loved for 27 years, there was nothing left to do but confront him and the congregation with Bishop Rabb's and his fellow traveler's paganism and then warn all present of Paul's indictment in 1 Corinthians 10 (stated above) directed at the action the Bishop was about to perform on the Table of the Lord. It needed to be said before everyone and in the sight of God that Bishop Rabb's presiding at the consecration would desecrate that once sacred space. I advised him that God would not be mocked, that the abomination of desolation had entered the sanctuary and pretended to administer the sacred sacraments, by which I specifically meant Bishop Rabb and all those in league with him. I further told him that his deceit had corrupted the truth, and that those who call evil good have asserted their will and falsely called it the will of the Most High. I then asked the congregation to put on the full armor of God and resist the devil. I quoted Edmond Burke, "All that is required for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing," which at that moment I refused to do. Then calling upon the good men and women of Jesus Christ in the congregation to get down on their knees and repent and pray, I encouraged them to rise up and do something. I closed by aligning myself with the stand taken by Joshua on the banks of the Jordan River, when faced with a similar watershed decision, by repeating his words of commitment, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

With the utmost concern I remind you all that it is not too late to repent of your communion with the followers of darkness, but with the deepest sadness and an absolute seriousness I must also remind you that if you do not break communion with these perpetrators of evil, your communion table remains the table of demons and lacking proper discernment of the body you eat and drink condemnation upon your self. It matters not if Father Woolley or someone else officiates; the once sacred table is corrupted as long as it is in communion with darkness, and it is not the table of Christ but of demons.

In closing know that I know myself to be a sinner and I am fully cognizant of my own failings. I took this stand as a matter of duty to the mission and ministry God called me to, realizing the whole time that I, like Isaiah, am a man of unclean lips and all of my good works are but filthy rags. I did not know a reporter was present (he came in as I stood to speak) and the only good that came out of his reporting of the event was that everyone in the diocese now knows the unrepentant position of Bishop Rabb.

Each of you and the parish as a whole has a decision to make. You can no longer plead ignorance or say you do not know. The choice is clear. Pray, repent, and stand up for Jesus Christ and the faith once delivered unto the saints. Break communion with antichrist and pagan evil. I will remind you of the words from Martin Luther's great hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, sang recently in the church, "Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also." Anyone who remains in communion with evil for the sake of property, or history or tradition, or memories of better times, deludes themselves and brings God's judgment on their heads as well as on those around them, just as Achan by his sin and disobedience brought God's judgment on Israel and caused innocents to die at AI. You must chose this day whom you serve.

May God grant you mercy and repentance, grace and peace, and the courage to stand and declare the light.

I am in Christ,
William G. Meisheid