Abuse and Scripture: If a Church Believes This, Run From it!
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.
The following paragraph is taken from the doctrinal statement of a fundamentalist church. This same church also requires members to acknowledge that the King James Version of the Bible is the divinely preserved Bible to be used by Christians. It also requires members to believe that God created the universe in 6 literal 24-hour days. I believe God did create the universe in that time frame, but do we actually make it a basis of who we consider to be a real Christian to be?
You can bet there will also be, in such a church, all kinds of unwritten “tradition” rules that are exalted to the level of, or even above, Scripture. This kind of an environment creates an abuser-friendly culture in a church, and woe to the abuse victim who tries to get help in such a place.
Here is that church’s statement on divorce:
MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, AND REMARRIAGE
We believe that marriage was instituted by God to be a permanent union between a man and a woman and therefore we are opposed to same sex marriages. We further believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the Church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Genesis 2:24; Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; I Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).
This is a very large church in a large metro area. It isn’t just some little oddity, and churches like this can be found rather easily around the country.
Anyone feel like making some comments on this? What are your recommendations for anyone in such a church environment?