FAQ Highlight — Can someone be an abuser and be a 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.
I want to re-visit and re-affirm the fact — and it is a fact — that the abuser is not and cannot be a Christian. A person who is ruled by a mentality of entitlement, of power and control over others, who so lacks a conscience that he feels absolutely justified in the evil tactics he utilizes to get what he wants and to rule over his victims, is not a new creation in Christ. And I need to continue to affirm this because it is being denied in our churches. I know it is being denied because I continue to receive first-hand reports from Christians who are victims of terrible, ongoing (usually for decades) abuse who verify that their pastors and elders and fellow Christians are insisting that the abuser IS a Christian.
This is the opening paragraph of our post titled, Why an Abuser Cannot be a Christian: The Argument Re-stated. This post was written by Pastor Crippen in 2012 — almost five years ago. Sadly, the need to “re-visit and re-affirm” the fact that an abuser is not and cannot be a Christian is just as needed today as it was in 2012. We continue to regularly receive first-hand reports from victims of abuse that their pastors and church leaders insist that the abuser IS a Christian.
This is why one of our FAQs is Can someone be an abuser and be a Christian? We have over a dozen posts that address this question. We encourage you to visit (or for those who have followed ACFJ for some time now re-visit) them. Understanding what Scripture says about abusers (see our definition of abuser on the side menu bar) is essential to knowing how to respond to abusers and to pastors, church leaders, and Christian friends who have become allies of the abuser.