A Cry For Justice

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

Psalm 12 – A Message to Abusers from the Lord and His Comfort for the Oppressed

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.


Isn’t it amazing how often the Psalms express God’s own words against abusers? Victims can also find great comfort and assurance in the Psalms. Here is still another example:

Psa 12:1-8 To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. (2) Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. (3) May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, (4) those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?” (5) “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” (6) The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. (7) You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever. (8) On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.


  1. Psalm 37

    My abuser didn’t lie to his neighbor this time, but to the hospital where he applied for charity care. This week he’s getting a total hip replacement for free. I have $54 in my bank account. He’s getting the surgery because he wants to use this as his latest excuse to not pay child support.
    I’m sorry I seem like such a downer. But for years I have pleaded with the Lord to arise on my behalf. I don’t think it will happen. I know the Psalms in and out, and I wholeheartedly believe that the Lord does punish the wicked according to their deceitful, evil devices. I just see absolutely none of it in my life, and I feel completely hopeless. Again I’m sorry to sound pessimistic on such a beautiful Lord’s Day.

    • Jeff Crippen

      Ps 37- actually you sound just like David did many times in the Psalms. “Where are you Lord?” One day He will come. He will vindicate and deliver His people. We are going to see it. He will be there. He is coming to judge the earth.

    • Laurie

      What Jeff said, absolutely. He never leaves His children. Just strive not to doubt that you are indeed His child. Our eyes see our enemy being blessed and we yet suffer and we tend to be so pragmatic about things, “If it works, it must be right.” Since things work for our enemy, then are they the one that is right?

      No, Romans 8 tells us differently. Read the last part of the chapter, where there is this list of things that cannot separate us from the LOVE of God in Christ Jesus, and you won’t find financial blessing or lands or life going really well, but hardships and peril wherein those who are afflicted with such say, “For Your sake we are killed all the day long.” YET, it is THOSE times wherein NO ONE can pluck you out of the hand of God.

      I have about $2.08 in my bank account, and payday is a looooong way off. But our God, will supply our needs. We will get by, maybe not flourish on this earth, but with God, it is enough. Better to have little and peace than a wide house full and contention.

  2. granonine

    Pastor Crippen, I’m just stopping by to let you know I’ve finished reading your book. I have it all marked up! There is so much that I’ve found helpful in formulating my counsel to victims of abuse; it has clarified my thinking regarding several issues around abuse, separation, and divorce. Thank you so much for sending the book to me. You have reached out all the way from Oregon to Pennsylvania 🙂

    • Jeff Crippen

      Granonine- You are very welcome. Thank you for the encouragement

  3. Jenna

    My soon to be ex abusive spouse has never paid any price for his actions. He won’t even give me my belongings. I had to get a lawyer and file for divorce to get away from him. He is narcissistic and cold and emotionally cruel. I have severe back and neck problems and have been undergoing treatment and he still doesn’t care. I cry out for justice. I need it

    • Jeff Crippen

      Jenna – Keep crying out for justice to the Lord. You shall have it. Sooner or later. It will come

  4. speakingtruthinlove
  5. loves6

    Oh my… I read this scripture this morning! Thank you for this confirmation 🙂

  6. jmclever

    My pastor preached yesterday on Matthew 5:23 that it is the believer who should initiate reconciliation. That thought literally turned my stomach and I felt so guilty. My heart says that can’t be right, but it does seem that the Bible is teaching that. PS I have your book on my Kindle so you can point me to the right page if you already covered this and I missed it.

    • Jeff Crippen

      jm- Oh man, they just don’t stop, do they? I don’t think I deal with that verse in my book. But even a quick reading of it demonstrates that Jesus is telling the GUILTY party (your brother has something against you) to go and make it right. This means that the abuser is the one (especially the abuser who claims to be a Christian) who Jesus is telling to repent here. That said, I don’t see how this passage really has any bearing upon an abuse situation except very, very indirectly, and that would be stretched.

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