Laughing at Homicide
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.
[August 6, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
The following quotes are taken from my notes on Pastor Voddie Baucham’s “sermon” on Matthew 5:31-32, promoting his (actually he borrowed it) “permanence view” of no divorce for any reason ever and no remarriage after divorce while ex-spouse is still alive. In a previous post I shared my notes and comments on the entire sermon. But in this post I wanted to especially highlight two quotes of his that are absolutely horrific, and anyone familiar with abuse will be just sick at hearing them. Here they are:
HOMICIDE, MAYBE, DIVORCE, NEVER!
(Exact quote from Baucham, followed by laughter in the congregation). Haha. How funny. Wonder if he would have said this if he had been at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Ohio last week. Ok, I can hear the critics now — “You are quoting him out of context! He said this in jest. It’s only a joke!” No, it isn’t a joke. I know he said it in jest. That’s the problem – you just don’t joke about things like this from the pulpit. I’ve done it. I shouldn’t have. He did it. He shouldn’t have. This was the nail in the coffin of any abused woman sitting in his congregation listening to him. Her husband has told her, “if you ever try to leave me, I will kill you.” Chuckle, chuckle.
Then, in telling his congregation what they are going to be told if they come to him and his Elders saying they need to divorce their spouse, he promises them that this is what they are going to hear from him:
“You are the problem. You are the problem.”
“But pastor, you don’t know my spouse.”
“That’s irrelevant. You are the problem. If you leave this marriage and go and get into another one, guess who you take with you? You!”
He said it. He teaches this. Pity the poor, poor abused woman in his church.
[August 6, 2022: Editors’ notes:
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The Shooting in Ohio Poses a Question for Piper and Company — ACFJ post about the Cracker Barrel Restaurant that is referenced in this post.