The Abuser Appears in Proverbs Once Again
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.
Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. (Proverbs 26:23-26)
It takes the Lord’s wisdom to understand His wisdom! That is to say, the wisdom given to us in Scripture, as in these verses from Proverbs, very clearly lay out the character and tactics of the abuser. And yet we don’t get it. That is, until we experience abuse. This is why I have said over and over again that if pastors and church leaders and Christians really want to become wise, study the nature and tactics of abuse! Such a study will turn the black and white in to blazing color.
Every abuse victim knows exactly what these verses are talking about. Abusers LOOK LIKE a fine glazed vase, but in fact are just clay. Their LIPS make them look soooo holy and pious, but in fact they have an evil heart. Proverbs then goes on to tell us that every wicked person, every person who hates, DISGUISES his evil heart and hatred with the words that spew from his mouth. He turns on the charm. He speaks “graciously” in certain circles. DON’T BELIEVE HIM! That is the instruction and wisdom of God’s Word here. Because in fact, for all of his “gracious, Christian, holy” talk, his heart is full of abominable evils. Proverbs says “seven abominations” which I suspect is a literary device that means evil is all there is in his heart. But most churches and Christians and pastors are not heeding this command. They ARE believing the wicked man.
He covers his hatred (his true nature) with a disguise that deceives, HOWEVER (and this is vital for us to get hold of) “his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.” What does that mean? I suggest to you that it means this: When the church is the church, when the church is truly the assembly of people who are in Christ, when the church is the pillar and support of the truth of God’s Word, then wicked deceivers will be found out when they try to creep into the church in disguise.”
But wait then…
Wicked deceivers are very, very often NOT being exposed in the assembly, are they? I mean, just ask our readers here at ACFJ. Are abusers being exposed? No. The norm is that they are enabled in their continued deception.
So what does that tell us about the condition of so many local entities today that call themselves Christian churches?
I will let you answer that question.