A Cry For Justice

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

Christ’s Command that We Refuse to be Enslaved — Some Thoughts for Sunday

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.


These verses are just a thought for Sunday.  We received Christ by faith and we walk in Him daily by faith. We are surrounded by people who want to bring us back into the bondage of “do this and don’t do that and then God will accept you” religion. But we are saved by faith alone in Christ alone. So see to it! Don’t let anyone snare you or deceive you.

Colossians 2:6-9 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, (7) rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (8) See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (9) For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,


  1. MeganC

    Thank you for this this morning, Jeff. I actually read it yesterday as part of my personal Bible study! This passage used to be hard for me because Nouthetic counselors would use this as a warning against psychology. That makes no sense now. The Colossians were surrounded by people who believed there were unseen spirits everywhere to be appeased. And Paul also follows this up with a warning about those who say “do not handle, do not taste, do not touch . . . ” and those who would promote self-made religion and asceticism. Some things never change, do they? Although, I will say that I get weary of the fight. It seems aggression in the “c”hutch toward legalism is everywhere. And I get tired. 😦

    • Jeff Crippen

      Megan- “Throw the bums out!” (loose paraphrase of the Apostle Paul)

      • MeganC


    • IamMyBeloved's

      Really? I did not know that, Megan! This Scripture is often misused, but I did not know the nouthetic counselors used this to ward off seeking psychological help. Interesting. I wonder if they ever thought that their “philosophy” about how to deal with issues of evil, could be considered “empty deceit”, because what they teach pretty much leaves one with no solution to the wickedness of abuse.

      • MeganC

        Iam . . . Agreed. 🙂

  2. Heather2

    Jeff, thank for this reminder. I get so caught up with triggers. But God’s Word comes through and demolishes the lies and strongholds.

  3. Laurie

    What I love about these verses is that it counters the “submissive” attitude that women can be choked into having, “LET NO ONE” includes your husband (wife-if you are an abused male, and I know a few at the hands of religion). Coupled with Paul’s verses of being “not under bondage” to the one who is not pleased to dwell with you (abuse is the evidence of displeasure of dwelling with)…Let no one disturb the freedom you have in Christ!

  4. Luther says in his Commentary on Galatians [Internet Archive link]:

    In calling the Law “the elements of the world” Paul means to say that the Law is something material, mundane, earthly. It may restrain evil, but it does not deliver from sin. The Law does not justify; it does not bring a person to heaven. I do not obtain eternal life because I do not kill, commit adultery, steal, etc. Such mere outward decency does not constitute Christianity. The heathen observe the same restraints to avoid punishment or to secure the advantages of a good reputation. In the last analysis such restraint is simple hypocrisy. When the Law exercises its higher function it accuses and condemns the conscience. All these effects of the Law cannot be called divine or heavenly. These effects are elements of the world.

    In calling the Law the elements of the world Paul refers to the whole Law, principally to the ceremonial law which dealt with external matters, as meat, drink, dress, places, times, feasts, cleansings, sacrifices, etc. These are mundane matters which cannot save the sinner. Ceremonial laws are like the statutes of governments dealing with purely civil matters, as commerce, inheritance, etc. As for the pope’s church laws forbidding marriage and meats, Paul calls them elsewhere the doctrines of devils. You would not call such laws elements of heaven.

    The Law of Moses deals with mundane matters. It holds the mirror to the evil which is in the world. By revealing the evil that is in us it creates a longing in the heart for the better things of God. The Law forces us into the arms of Christ, “who is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:4). Christ relieves the conscience of the Law. In so far as the Law impels us to Christ it renders excellent service.

    I do not mean to give the impression that the Law should be despised. Neither does Paul intend to leave that impression. The Law ought to be honored. But when it is a matter of justification before God, Paul had to speak disparagingly of the Law, because the Law has nothing to do with justification. If it thrusts its nose into the business of justification we must talk harshly to the Law to keep it in its place. The conscience ought not to be on speaking terms with the Law. The conscience ought to know only Christ. To say this is easy, but in times of trial, when the conscience writhes in the presence of God, it is not so easy to do. As such times we are to believe in Christ as if there were no Law or sin anywhere, but only Christ. We ought to say to the Law: “Mister Law, I do not get you. You stutter so much. I don’t think that you have anything to say to me.”

    When it is not a question of salvation or justification with us, we are to think highly of the Law and call it “holy, just, and good” (Romans 7:12). The Law is of no comfort to a stricken conscience. Therefore it should not be allowed to rule in our conscience, particularly in view of the fact that Christ paid so great a price to deliver the conscience from the tyranny of the Law. Let us understand that the Law and Christ are impossible bedfellows. The Law must leave the bed of the conscience, which is so narrow that it cannot hold two, as Isaiah says, chapter 28, verse 20.

    Only Paul among the apostles calls the Law “the elements of the world, weak and beggarly elements, the strength of sin, the letter that killeth,” etc. The other apostles do not speak so slightingly of the Law. Those who want to be first-class scholars in the school of Christ want to pick up the language of Paul. Christ called him a chosen vessel and equipped with a facility of expression far above that of the other apostles, that he as the chosen vessel should establish the doctrine of justification in clear-cut words.

    • MeganC

      Thank you, Barb. REALLY good stuff.

  5. Brenda R

    Powerful. The words, “no one” should be bolded.

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