Thursday Thought — True Repentance
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.
…correcting his opponents with gentleness,
God may perhaps grant them repentance
leading to a knowledge of the truth, (2 Timothy 2:25)
“True repentance is very rare. In fact, it is a gift from God (2 Timothy 2:25). In dealing with abusers, it is very important that we understand what repentance looks like and what it does not look like. Repentance does not use the language of blame or qualification. It does not insist upon conditions. Abusers who tell their victim that they are sorry and that they are changing and if only the victim could do _____, then they could do better, are not repentant. There is no room for excuses in true repentance.” (from A Cry For Justice [*Affiliate link], by Ps. Crippen, p193)