A Cry For Justice

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

An Encouraging Hymn for the Lord’s Day

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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I especially like the fourth verse of this hymn (Though with a scornful wonder….). All of us need to remember the truth that it states. Even though we are all right in the middle of exposing so much evil in the “church,” we have this great confidence. How long?

Not long….Not long at all.

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died.

She is from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

The Church shall never perish!
Her dear Lord to defend,
To guide, sustain, and cherish,
Is with her to the end:
Though there be those who hate her,
And false sons in her pale,
Against both foe or traitor
She ever shall prevail.

Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed:
Yet saints their watch are keeping,
Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song!

’Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won,
With all her sons and daughters
Who, by the Master’s hand
Led through the deathly waters,
Repose in Eden land.

O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with Thee:
There, past the border mountains,
Where in sweet vales the Bride
With Thee by living fountains
Forever shall abide!

5 Comments

  1. davidandmegan12

    I sang this in my mind as I read it. I love this:

    Though with a scornful wonder
    Men see her sore oppressed,
    By schisms rent asunder,
    By heresies distressed:
    Yet saints their watch are keeping,
    Their cry goes up, “How long?”
    And soon the night of weeping
    Shall be the morn of song!

  2. Anonymous

    Notice that the words say, “men see her (the Church) sore oppressed.” This is very different, than what is happening among the victims of abuse. The “c”hurch is oppressing the very people it is called to help. But in turn, it leaves the true Church rent by schisms and the heresies that false shepherds are bringing the true Church under.

    The true Church itself, will never leave anyone oppressed, if it is the true Church working and not just arrogant men, disguising themselves in that clothing, as Ps. Crippen says, “a wolf in wool”. As the true Saints keep watch, but remain helpless in so many ways, because there are so many walls that have been built in and around the Church that need to be brought down, I find that reminding myself that God wins, no matter what, to be a comfort. I am also looking forward to the battle to reclaim the true Church of God, and to watching those walls of “Oppression” come tumbling down. It will be quite a day, when women can walk in and be heard and believed and helped, and in the name of God, released from shame and abuse, God’s way.

    I love this song and this is my favorite verse of them all.

  3. Though there be those who hate her,
    And false sons in her pale,
    Against both foe or traitor
    She ever shall prevail.

    What does the ‘pale’ mean in this verse? The best explanation I could find online here [Internet Archive link] says:

    This ‘pale’ is the noun meaning ‘a stake or pointed piece of wood’, a meaning now virtually obsolete except as used in this phrase, but still in use in the associated words ‘paling’ (as in paling fence) and ‘impale’. The paling fence is significant as the term ‘pale’ came to mean the area enclosed by such a fence and later just figuratively ‘the area that is enclosed and safe’. So to be ‘beyond the pale’ was to be outside the area accepted as ‘home’.

    So the pale is the area that is enclosed and safe. But as the hymn-writer says, there are false sons in the church’s pale, which means it is not a completely safe area. False sons in the pale, wolves in sheep’s clothing, false shepherds, false teachers:

    For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

    Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. . . these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

    It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

    But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. (Jude 1:4-23, ESV)

  4. Finding Answers

    Anonymous commented “……..As the true Saints keep watch, but remain helpless in so many ways, because there are so many walls that have been built in and around the Church that need to be brought down, I find that reminding myself that God wins, no matter what, to be a comfort. I am also looking forward to the battle to reclaim the true Church of God, and to watching those walls of “Oppression” come tumbling down. It will be quite a day, when women can walk in and be heard and believed and helped, and in the name of God, released from shame and abuse, God’s way.”

    and

    Barb quoted (Jude 1:4-23, ESV)

    Revelation 3:7-13 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

    7 And write to the tidings-bringer of the congregation of Philadelphia: This says he that is holy and true, who has the key of David – who opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens. 8 I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it. For you have a little strength, and have kept my sayings, and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I make those of the congregation of Satan – who call themselves Jews, and are not, but do lie – behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I love you.

    10 Because you have kept the words of my patience, therefore I will keep you from the hour of adversity that will come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come shortly. Hold that which you have, so that no one may take away your crown. 12 Him who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will go out no more. And I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God. And I will write upon him my new name. 13 Let him who has ears hear what the Spirit says to the congregations.

    ^That.

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