Be Done With Church Leaders who Prove Themselves to be Blind Guides
UPDATE Sept 2021: Barbara Roberts has 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.
[July 21, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
Here is what Jesus had to say about the established “clergy” of His day.
You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'” And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” (Matt 15:7-14 ESV)
The Pharisees hated him for calling them hypocrites. And the disciples pointed this out to Jesus.
What did Jesus NOT say to His disciples?
He did not advise the disciples, “Well they are your pastors, so submit yourselves to them.”
He did not say, “Oh dear, I’d better go and apologize to them. After all, they are the religious leaders. And especially with Israel being a vassal state under the Romans, we’d better not have conflict amongst ourselves as religious Jews.”
He did not say, “I’d better check my Slippery Slope™ diagram from Peacemakers to see where I went wrong and how I can fix it.”
What DID Jesus say to His disciples?
He said, “Let them alone.” NC — “No Contact” — is the way to go. Try as far as possible to have nothing to do with them. Don’t engage with them. Steer clear of them.
He also said that His Father was going to take them out, because they had not been appointed by Him.
He advised His disciples: “They are blind guides. Don’t follow them. Don’t go to their churches and don’t seek out their counsel or think you need their approval.”
Once church leaders of our day prove themselves to be blind guides, Jesus’ instruction applies directly to us as well. “Be finished with them. Don’t listen to them. Don’t go to their churches. In fact, don’t even burn yourself out trying to correct them. Let them alone.” That is what Jesus said. If you keep following them and seeking their counsel and permission, they will lead you into a pit.
Let me say it once more: When church leaders or counselors or church members prove themselves to be blind guides by meting out rank injustice to abuse victims and enabling the wicked — be done with them. When by their action or inaction they prove themselves to be blind guides who were not appointed as shepherds by the Lord — leave them alone. And insist they leave you alone.
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