Threats of God’s Wrath are Often Used to Silence Victims and Witnesses
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.
“Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who steal My words from each other.”
Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ ”
“Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the LORD, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the LORD.
(Jer 23:30-32 NASB)
“If you do not repent of saying those things about person x, God is going to remove His blessing from you. And if you keep doing this you should be very afraid because God does not approve of what you are doing.”
Have you ever been told something like that? I have. I read an instance of it just a few days back online when church members were threatening God’s wrath against a lady who was blowing the whistle on the abuse that victims of domestic abuse receive at the hands of that church. Of course, insert finger in throat here, they always end their threat of lightning from the heavens with something like, “I’m just saying this for your own good. I really love you.” Oh yeah.
There was wickedness in an organization our church once belonged to — that’s why we pulled out. But we didn’t leave quietly. We did some online whistle blowing. And guess what? Sure enough some of the big wheels sent the typical messages — “Now, God does not approve of what you have said about these wonderful, godly, brothers in the Lord. And if you don’t repent and admit you were wrong for saying such things, God is going to remove His blessing from you, from your church, and from your ministry.” The strange thing is that God hasn’t communicated His displeasure with us, and He is blessing us as never before!
These kinds of statements are nothing less than threats to silence truth-tellers. And they are particularly wicked in God’s sight because these people claim to speak with His authority when in fact He has not sent them at all. Same thing as in Jeremiah’s day as quoted above.
Man! I love those verses!!