by Fritz Springmeier
March 12, 2003
It has been one month since I was handcuffed in court and dragged away in chains into the belly of the Beast. Hebrews 5:8 teaches us that Christ “learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Suffering served the purposed of teaching submission.
Further along in the Word of God (1 PTR 4:12) we learn, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” In other words, suffering is normal, expect it, deal with it and move on with your life.
My court battles continue. I hope for a new trial to replace my first one where I was not defended. My attorney was willing to attack the prosecutor’s witnesses, but not to call any witnesses or point out any positives on my behalf.
There are many scriptures that speak to my heart, including PSALM 43:1, “Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.”
It goes without saying that prison cramps my style of living. Many of the books I had hoped to write and publish may never get done. It is forbidden for me to make money from inside prison.
God is still in control and I encourage all of us to discover what He is doing through all this. Hopefully, the time I am doing will help put to rest some of the absurd stories that have circulated about me. Unfortunately, it is now giving an opportunity for a rash of new dishonest stories from a different angle. As in PS 38:16, when my foot slipped, there were plenty of ungodly persons exalting themselves against me. “…justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but there is darkness!” Is. 59:9 a.
This is a difficult time for many people. As the Word says, “Be of good courage.” Let us love each other and love our good Lord. It will be OK because God is here beside us.
Please remember my wife Patty. She is the equivalent of a war widow. Perhaps if I had merely died, it would allow her to move on with her life. But she has the burden of being my helpmate while enduring the loss of her beloved husband.
We’re riding through the ups and downs of life, but I feel victorious in Christ. So be of good courage my friends, but don’t trust in the jury process.
Yours in Christ,