A Cry For Justice

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

Breaking Free: How Christ breaks the chains that bind us. (Recovery from trauma, abuse and neglect)

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.


How many sermons have you heard in your life about recovery from trauma and abuse? If you’re like me, you’ve hardly heard any. No, let me rephrase that, you’ve probably heard quite a few sermons about ‘In Christ we are a new creation; old things have passed away, so we don’t need to dwell on the past – Christians who dwell on past hurts are lacking in faith.”

Hmm. It never went down well with me even though I couldn’t put my finger on why, for years.

Ps Jeff Crippen recently preached a sermon on recovery from trauma, abuse and neglect. It’s different from the standard fare. It’s scripturally sound and it recognizes the psychological realities involved in recovery from trauma.  The sermon was titled Breaking Free: How Christ breaks the chains that bind us.  I really like the image Jeff used about the dog on the chain.

I’m starting to listen to Jeff’s sermons each week. The audio files and PDFs can easily be downloaded at Sermon Audio Christ Reformation Church.


  1. speakingtruthinlove
  2. anonymous

    I have been listening to Pastor Crippen’s sermons for some time now, and I would also encourage people to listen to “Breaking Free: How Christ breaks the chains that bind us”. The image of the dog on the chain is very good. And as I was listening to the sermon I also envisioned myself on a merry-go-round that wouldn’t stop and therefore I couldn’t get off. God used this sermon to show me what was powering my merry-go-round – it was my faulty mentality, my inaccurate thoughts. Now it is a daily prayer that God shatter any thoughts and perceptions that don’t a line with His. The merry-go-round hasn’t completely stopped, but it is DEFINITELY slowing down. In fact, I think I have one foot off. I look forward to the day when I walk away from it completely!

    Regarding Pastor Crippen’s sermons on sermonaudio.com: They have blessed me time and time again and it was only recently that I realized why. For many years now I have been hearing sermons that, at best, challenge me. A challenging sermon – isn’t that a good thing? I use to think so, but now I believe that usually a challenging sermon is just some form of self-help hype wrapped up in religious terminology that feeds the “works” mentality. In such a sermon we are usually challenged to “do” something, (five steps to a better marriage, be kind like Christ-do something for your neighbor this week). So we go out and “do” whatever and now we feel better about ourselves ~ “Look God what I did. Aren’t you pleased?” And we come away with a false sense of security or accomplishment or something.

    No, we don’t need more challenging sermons. We need sermons that convict, sermons that cause us to get on our knees before God and examine our hearts. We need sermons that convict because such sermons lead to repentance, which in turn leads to transformation! It is only then that God is pleased!

    As I said, God has used Pastor’s sermons to bless me time and time again, so I would encourage others to listen to them. But beware! You won’t be challenged, but you may be convicted!

    • FL

      I do agree with every word reported in this article. The Lord is beginning to open doors for me to carry his word, it’s 2 churches so far that have opened their doors, and i am asking God what he want to say to his people, Yes we have had our emotions tickled, but true repentence need to come and i am convienced that it needs to go past our emotions. I am going to be transparent here, “it’s started with me first”.

  3. imsetfree

    I still don’t know if I’m bitter or simply traumatised. I do pray for God to reveal any bitterness and unforgiveness in me if it is there. I do feel there is some undealt with pain. But my head just keeps telling me I’m being self focused, that my sister had it worse than me, that others have had it worse and I’ve spent long enough on my recovery. I don’t feel I have though. But maybe I’m trusting feelings too much?

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