Blasted by a Woman Who Says We Are Dangerous
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.
Originally I sent the following comment to the bin, but I decided this morning to insert it in an article so all of you could see it. On this blog, we don’t get too many of these kinds of blasts – though Facebook was another story. I think it would be good for us to all read this and comment/interact with the accusations this lady is making. I assume it is from a woman, as she used a woman’s name. (I specified “woman” in the title to emphasize that even women are often anti-reformation when it comes to abuse). Of course in the cyber world you never know. This could be an abusive male posing as a woman too. I am learning however that professing Christian women are not necessarily on our side either. They just don’t know, or they don’t want to know, or they have too much to lose personally if this whole abuse in the church issue gets “out of hand.” Anyway, here is what Shellie had to say to us in response to our article on divorce being permissible for abuse:
I just happened on this site, and this is foolish and unbiblical. The bible says what it says. And sorry to inform your ,respectfully, but God sent Jesus Christ, His Son to suffer and die on a cross, but he wants you to be happy, and get justice? I don’t know what bible you read, but this is just unbiblical gibberish. You need to go to the root. Sin. You take such a pious stand against the one you call the ‘abuser’. Isn’t he or she a sinner just like you and I? Don’t they deserve grace ,and didn’t the ‘abused’ enter into a marriage with them? A covenant? The root, is sin. Sin that is being smoothed over in the churches that live like the pagans. The fathers are not being taught how to be biblical fathers and husbands. The wives are not being taught how to be biblical wives. The church is looking no different from the pagan culture and like this blog they revel in it, and defend it. Very sad. Christians are to be distinct, following God word, because they love Him and am grateful that He saved them. But no…they sit in judgement of good men of God exhorting His word in context. They use words like justice, infuriated, changing the bible to fit their ideas. Very dangerous stuff here. As Christians we want to heal, and restore. Not get on a soapbox and tear down. Just the Sermon on the Mount alone rebukes the attitudes on this page…but so much is wrong about the approach of tearing down families instead of working to restore .Please read your bible in context, looking for what God wants and not what you think is fair, or equitable. Please.
Gee, Shellie, honest – we aren’t demons. We aren’t out to trash God’s Word. WE AREN’T the ABUSER! The abuser is the one who is tearing down families and marriages. Not us. We are trying to rescue the victims of his evil. The wives and the children. Wouldn’t you agree that it is correct to be a Berean Christian, searching the Scriptures to see if what our teachers in the church are teaching us is Scriptural? That it is wrong for any Christian to simply swallow what is taught them just because the teacher has a big name, has done some good things, and has published a lot of books? Yes, we do indeed sit in discerning judgment upon good men of God, and if they are good men of God, they will commend us for it, not attack us.
Shellie – we are searching our Bible. And guess what we are finding? God’s desire is FOR justice and equity. He is not in opposition to those things, He IS those things. You apparently have notions of God and Christ that are unbiblical – He doesn’t want people happy? Many times people who think this way have a history that has led them to these erroneous concepts of a god who is capricious. cruel, constantly holding a club over our heads, always unhappy with us. But that is not the God of the Bible. I truly hope that one day you might be set free of the bondage you appear to be in.
One point of agreement with you: this is indeed a dangerous blog site. Very dangerous. What you have to ask yourself however is – dangerous to whom?