A Critique of Jay Adams’ Booklet, “Godliness Through Discipline” — by Rebecca Davis
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.
Rebecca Davis has posted part one of a three part series over at BJUGrace. She explains her introduction to abuse:
For about four years I walked with a friend through a domestic abuse situation which involved a difficult court case. That was my introduction to hypocrisy whereby a man can be a respected elder in his church while living a life of manipulation, intimidation, and abuse at home.
In the course of helping her friend, she read a booklet by Jay Adams (“father” of nouthetic counseling) called Godliness Through Discipline. Here in this series of critiques, she shows why the methods taught in that booklet are unbiblical and really, pure legalism. So here is the link [Internet Archive link] to her first of three. Thanks Rebecca!