Thursday Thought — A True Christian
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.
What makes real Christianity different [from every other religion] is the transformation that has taken place in the life of the one who has personally come to Christ.
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Salvation in Christ changes our eternal destiny, but it also changes much more. True salvation changes the very essence of our personhood. Understanding what a true Christian is will revolutionize how we deal with abusers. A true Christian is:
- Once an enemy of God, one who is now His child who loves Him (I John 4:19; Galatians 4:4ff)
- A new creature, a new man, a son of God (II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1ff)
- One who has God’s law written on his heart (Hebrews 8:10-11)
- One who has been taught by the Spirit of Christ (Ephesians 4:20ff)
In an abuser — with his utter self-centeredness and justification of his wrong actions, his lack of love for others and mindset of entitlement — all of these characteristics shout out loud that it is impossible for him to be a real Christian. Scripture clearly states that a person who lives for entitlement, power, control, and justification, is not in Christ, and Christ is not in him. (Romans 8:5,9; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Ephesians 2:10)
If an abuser is treated as a real Christian who simply falls and struggles rather than as a person who has never known Christ, then the victim and other Christians will be confused about what it means to be a Christian. They will be led to think that abuse does not represent the abuser’s true character, when in fact it does. The abuser himself will be escorted on his way to hell with his church’s glib assurance that he really is a child of God.
(from Jeff Crippen’s Unholy Charade; Unmasking the Domestic Abuser in the Church [*Affiliate link], pp152-3)
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