Thursday Thought — Truth is Not Always ‘Nice’ but it is Necessary
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.
I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church. (John 1:9-10 ESV)
Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. (2 Timothy 4:14-15 ESV)
Let me make note of one false notion that wicked, abusive men make use of to perpetrate their façade and masquerade of being righteous, godly, fine, upstanding Christians and fathers and husbands. It is this – “If you cannot say something nice about someone, you must not say anything at all.” Now, let me challenge you to think carefully about this. What did the Apostle John do in regard to Diotrephes? What did the Apostle Paul do in respect to Alexander the coppersmith and others? Named them and their evil deeds. So this widely — held idea is absolutely unscriptural. Truth is not always “nice” but it is necessary.
[Excerpt from Ps Crippen’s domestic violence sermon series, The Psychology and Methods of Sin: sermon 2 of 21 titled “Worship Me, or Else!” Complete sermon and PDF can be found here.]