A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Good Quote on Why We Won’t Stand Up for Abuse Victims

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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Here is a quote from a fundamentalist pastor / writer in an article written to expose an abusive, power-hungry man within this pastor’s own denomination.  It is refreshing to read such words from that camp.  While they certainly are not alone in their protection of abusers, the fundamental Baptist movement is a very, very fertile field for abuse to thrive in:

“All personalities and personal involvement set aside, I have a growing concern that a man who can convince himself that black is white and white is black should have the position of leadership and esteem that he has, in the country.  What can Fundamentalism and Fundamentalists do? For one thing, we can start standing up for what right and opposing what is wrong, even – or especially – in our own movement. Perhaps we should forget the liberal Presbyterians and the compromising Convention Baptists for a season and concentrate on setting our own house in order.   We desperately need men of God who are willing to take a stand, no matter what it costs. Beloved brethren, we do not have one man in our midst….  so valuable to our Fundamentalist movement that his sin should be covered. As one of the preachers I interviewed said to me, “This is directly the problem. We have not had men who have been willing to stand on an issue.” Sadly, he spoke the truth. Myriad are the men who face every issue on the basis, “How will it affect me?” rather than, “What is right?”   (see Chapter 3 – The Saddest Story We Ever Published! [Internet Archive link])

Isn’t that right?  Is this not the real reason sin such as abuse is tolerated in our churches?  Because we are more concerned with how it will affect US, rather than with what God says is RIGHT?  The former approach throws the lambs (abuse victims) to the slaughter.  The latter stands alongside her and suffers reproach with her.

2 Comments

  1. Ben Mordecai

    A great quote.

    In my opinion the best thing a church can do upon the allegation of a criminal level of abuse in a clergy member is to get the police involved. If the clergy member was innocent his trial should bring that out.

    Look at the Catholic church. Humanly speaking, the most powerful religious organization on the planet with the largest centralization of power in leadership all clearly stratified with structures, standards, canon law, etc. and they can’t seem to get away from child abuse scandals. They feel the need to cover for their clergy and have private, internal-only evaluation and “restoration.” If ever there was an organization who should be able to get these affairs in order it would be the Roman Catholic church, but across the board they have failed.

    The church must not seek the glory that comes from man by being guided by fear of news getting out that there was an abusive person working for them.

    • Jeff Crippen

      It’s not just the Catholic church. Read the book This Little Light [*Affiliate link] by Christa Brown in which she describes the terrors inflicted upon her in the Southern Baptist denomination. In fact, there are ways in which the Roman Catholic church has been easier to confront that the SBC which refuses to intervene in local church scandals. And they aren’t alone among evangelicalism. There is enough muck to go around.

      *Amazon affiliate link — ACFJ gets a small percentage if you purchase via this link.

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