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Ambassador’s letter to the people

Posted by root On May - 13 - 2010

Dear Friends and Supporters:

First I want to thank everyone for your understanding, mercy and grace while my family and I worked on rebuilding our marriage and reconciliation. From the very beginning, I have wanted to communicate with you. However following the advice of the church leadership, and others to whom I entrusted my restoration, I remained silent.
Back in late April 2009, the Lord exposed me and consequently delivered me from being entangled in a season of willful disobedience, deception and darkness. I was involved in a non-sexual but very inappropriate relationship with a woman other than my wife, thereby betraying my Lord, my wife, family, Epiphany Fellowship (the church I love and was instrumental in founding) my co-laborers and ministry supporters like you.
It has often been suggested that no genuine Christian can willfully sin habitually for a prolonged period (1 John 3:6). And that those who do sin cannot do so without some sense of great conviction and internal disturbance. My life is a personal witness to this statement, as I for several months battled great depression, gradual and graphic spiritual deterioration. However, it indeed was Godâ??s mercy that exposed me, breaking sinâ??s enslaving grip on me. It was also His mercy which used that to lead me to experience what David did when Nathan revealed that the â??gig was upâ? and said, â??You are the man!â? (2 Samuel 12:7).
Like David, I instantly knew that, â??I have sinned against the Lordâ? (2 Samuel 12:13). I was crushed by an enormous weight of guilt, shame, fear and sorrow, and I knew that the journey back to â??ground zeroâ? would be insanely difficult. Even to this day, I wrestle with that shame from time to time, but I also know there is one place I can turnâ??the gospel! I have to continually contradict my feelings and believe the rest of 2 Samuel 12:13, â??The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.â?
After nearly a year of retreat, rehabilitation and intense family focus, Godâ??s grace has me reset on a trajectory toward spiritual wholeness. Like Paul the great apostle I admit, â??Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfectâ?¦â? â??But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesusâ? (Philippians 3:12-14). Godâ??s grace is teaching me that I am not supposed to attempt to â??workâ? my way back to some supposed level of super-spirituality and then come out feeling â??qualified.â? But I am to recognize that I am never â??sufficient in myself,â? but â??our sufficiency is from Godâ? (2 Corinthians 3:5). As someone once said â??He doesnâ??t call the qualified, but rather qualifies the called.â? I am deeply comforted by this gospel truth and equally dependant on its reality. Without this comforting and affirming word, I might never have come back to the service of our Lord.
So I say now, what I believed thenâ??I sinned greatly against the Lord Jesus, my wife and family, the other woman and her family, my church, and all my ministry co-laborers and supporters. I ask you to forgive me for being a prime example of the spiritual leaders I have often â??put on blastâ? in the past, and further reinforcing the notion that the church is full of hypocrites. Forgive me for how my actions have caused many to be confused and insecure about the faith, and brought disruption to the peace  of homes, churches, and ministries. May God give you the grace and the ability to forgive me, â??as I have received the Lordâ??s forgivenessâ? (Colossians 3:13). By Godâ??s grace, many that I have offended have forgiven me, most notably, my wife and kids. Pray that the Lord will continue to permit us to build on this foundation that will give the Lord Jesus Christ the greatest glory.
This has been an extremely painful time and now I accept the fact that although Godâ??s grace is based on the merit of Christ and not my own performance, favor with man (Luke 2:52) must be gained through consistency over time. All I ask is for the opportunity to get started!
I have spent the past ten months in concentrated prayer, counseling, reading, studying, and fellowshipping with saints, and I am committed to diligently continuing on this course. Unfortunately, the sin has taken a toll and has created some unpleasant consequences. Among many, the one that particularly grieves me is the separation from my church. With regard to the Epiphany Fellowship, I will not be permitted by the leadership to continue in covenant fellowship. This decision brings me much grief. However I trust the Lord Jesus Christ to heal my heart and that of my family and the covenant community. After all this I have so much more tenderness toward the â??fallen,â? and an appreciation for the glory of a gospel that is so easily preached but not as easily applied. Lord permitting, I plan to proclaim the gospel with even greater passion than ever before and herald its liberating truth wherever the Lord will allow. The plan is also to musically represent the Lord Jesus so that the â??fall of Ambassadorâ? will not end with a period, but rather, with a comma. As you may or may not know Cross Movement the group had retired but as a soloist I was planning to continue as long as the Lord Jesus would provide grace. The release of my third solo album The Chop Chop actually fulfilled my contractual obligation with Cross Movement Records, so now as The Ambassador Iâ??m trusting the Lord for new direction and for what lies ahead.
My experiences during this time of seclusion and obscurity have indeed been very challenging. And, Iâ??m still not clear on all the things that the Lord has been doing. But I plan to leverage every lesson learned and every insight gleaned for the glory of God and the benefit of others. Since the very beginning, I have been under the care of a restoration team led by Pastors Byron Craig of Macedonia Baptist Church (Norristown, PA) and Zach Ritvalski of Sweet Union Baptist Church (Philadelphia, PA). They have given me the â??green lightâ? to move forward in serving the Lord Jesus Christ publicly. My wife has also given her blessings and support to this decision. Therefore the Uplift! Group and I are actively seeking Godâ??s direction for new opportunities to honor the name of Jesus Christ. The nature of my call to be an aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15), a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), and his ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20), compels me to reengage my generation and â??proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you (me) out of darkness into his marvelous lightâ? (1 Peter 2:9). This experience has taught me many things but one that will always stand out and I hope to become the embodiment of is Godâ??s grace and mercy is more than sufficient.

William â??The Ambassadorâ? Branch

1 Response so far
  1. Priesty Said,

    This is so true, and it applys to our christian lives, we shud all come out clean, coz everything done in darkness shall one day brought to light

    Posted on May 13th, 2010 at 19:23

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