UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
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….the nature of sin and in particular the deceptiveness of sin — how it operates behind the scenes, in the darkness, undetected — just as the Bible warns us — I thought of a very common example of the thing. How often have we read a news report of some person who just “went off” and committed some horrendous crime? There is this typical family in a typical suburban neighborhood. All appears well, and then the father kills his whole family and then himself. Or he robs a bank. Or it is revealed that he is a serial killer. What is it that we hear people say in almost every one of these cases — “I just cannot believe it. He was a very nice man. He helped people and the whole family seemed so happy. Surely there must be some mistake.” Right? It is amazing. The deception of sin. the façade. The masquerade. The disguise. The thing is a Jekyll and Hyde. [People are shocked — they have been deceived. This man’s life has been a masquerade.] In fact many times the evil person was an upstanding church member…. [Emphasis original.]
Sin of Abuse Exposed by the Light of Christ — By Pastor Jeff Crippen. Click on the link to listen to the full sermon.
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