A Cry For Justice

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

A Word this Lord’s Day for Abusers from Psalm 24

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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A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah (Psa 24:1-10)

Clean hands = no blood on them = hands that do not do evil

A pure heart = a regenerated heart that now loves the Lord and loves His Word

Lift up one’s soul to what is false = to have affections for wickedness and lies rather than for the Lord and His truth

Swear deceitfully = well, it means just what it means. A bold-faced liar with no conscience

Here the Lord plainly declares that the wicked will never stand and be established in His presence. They will not enter the kingdom of God. They may play the hypocrite and pretend to be one of Christ’s own. But He is THE KING OF GLORY, STRONG AND MIGHTY, THE LORD, MIGHTY IN BATTLE. Man, who are you? Do you think that this Mighty God does not see the blood on your hands? Do you think that He does not see the inner recesses of your wicked heart that loves the evil that you do in your home? On Sundays perhaps you go to church and put on a show of lifting up your heart and soul to God, but Christ knows perfectly what your real affections are for – falsehood. And though you might fool men with your false vows, though you plant doubts and uncertainty in the hearts of those you victimize, the Lord is not duped for a moment. You run there, you run here. But the spotlight of His eye is on you.

You will not stand in His holy place. You think that you can mock God by sowing to your flesh and still reap a harvest of eternal life. You will not. You deceive yourself. God is not mocked. What you are sowing, you most assuredly will reap.

Perhaps the final call to repentance given by the Psalmist is a fitting end to this exposure of your ways:

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psa 2:10-12)

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Amen! Very encouraging word for the downtrodden.
    Reflecting on a devotional by C H Spurgeon, Divine Sovereignty (New Park Street Chapel) “For meditation: Do you have to think twice before addressing Jesus as Lord? Judas Iscariot could never bring himself to do it—the other disciples could say “Lord” (Matthew 26:22); Judas could only say “Rabbi / Master / Teacher” (Matthew 26:25,49).”
    Abusers are like Judas. They may say with their mouth Jesus is Lord but in reality they do not, will not and cannot call Jesus Christ their Lord – they are deceivers. They will not Kiss The Son!

  2. Brenda R

    Amen. They can deceive themselves, but God is not deceived.

  3. Debbie Price

    Thank You for the message today & may God blessings be yours!

  4. Nicola Muir

    Jeff, just want to thank you for this. Reading this being taught in such a way regarding, specifically, domestic abuse, is just such a blessing to me. I am so grateful for your, and Barbara’s (and others’) teaching and wisdom. So thankful to God that He has given you such a passion for this.

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