Abusers as Children of the Devil – You Need Not Bless Them
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.
I do not know Pastor Sam Powell. He is the pastor of First Reformed Church in Yuba City, California. All I know of him is this sermon, and it is a sermon I can heartily recommend. It is a very refreshing experience to hear these kinds of words exposing the wicked abuser coming right from a church pulpit. It is only 37 minutes long. Do yourself good and listen to it (click on the link)
Psa 129:1-8 A Song of Ascents.
“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”– let Israel now say– “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows.”
The LORD is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked. May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward! Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, with which the reaper does not fill his hand nor the binder of sheaves his arms, nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the LORD be upon you! We bless you in the name of the LORD!”