A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst


UPDATE  Sept 2021:  I, Barbara Roberts, 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.


Christ Reformation Church—Ps Jeff Crippen, CRC Tillamook, Oregon

All of Jeff Crippen’s sermons are available as PDFs as well as audio files.  To obtain the PDF for a sermon you have to go to the page for that particular sermon.

Domestic Violence and Abuse

21 sermons by Jeff Crippen dealing with the psychology and methods of sin.

The Religion of the Pharisees

9 sermons by Jeff Crippen, relevant to how some churches respond to domestic abuse.

Wise as Serpents — A Practical Theology of Evil

26 sermons by Jeff Crippen, with the purpose of exposing evil in its practice.

Note: we featured the Wise as Serpents sermons in a series on this blog. Barb Roberts transcribed the most valuable things Jeff had said extempore in his sermons and, with Jeff’s permission, Barb added extra comments and insights. Go to our Wise as Serpents Digest to find a list of all those posts.

Christ is for the Righteous and Against the Wicked

Ps Crippen gave this message at the Overcoming Powerlessness luncheon in York, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  While the original video link is broken, a written version of his message can be found at the ACFJ post Christ is for the Righteous and Against the Wicked. (link above)  Many thanks to Fred and Bonnie Wilt and all of the OCP volunteers and board members who made it possible for Jeff to give this message.

Biblical Mandate or Tradition

This is a Sunday School address, not a sermon, and the speaker is Dr. Craig Brown, an elder at CRC Tillamook. He spoke on the topic of Biblical Mandate or Tradition – sometimes we think that traditions carry more authority than they do. What is a tradition and how are we to handle them biblically?

Ps Sam Powell — First Reformed Church, Yuba City, CA

Dealing With Abusive Men—Psalm 129

Living with a Deceitful Man – Psalm 120

Things that God Hates — 1 Corinthians 5

The Purification of the Church — 1 Corinthians 5:1 – 8

This sermon gives superb teaching about true excommunication compared to the kind of excommunication which is done by hard-hearted leadership.

Ps Bob Kerrey

What Forgiveness IS and What It Is NOT [Internet Archive link] (PDF)
What Forgiveness IS and What It Is NOT [Internet Archive link] (Audio of the above sermon)

In this sermon Pastor Bob Kerrey explains what forgiveness is and what it is not. The sermon was originally titled Breaking Barriers to Intimacy with God: Overcoming Unforgiveness, but Ps Kerry has given permission for us to apply a different title to it so we have given it a title that will be more engaging for survivors of abuse.

Everything Kerrey says can be applied to cases of abuse.

The sermon carefully explains and distinguishes the different aspects of forgiveness:

  • judicial forgiveness
  • psychological forgiveness
  • relational forgiveness

And best of all, it tells us what forgiveness is NOT. That’s most important for victims of abuse.

Ps Chris Davis

1 Corinthians 7:1-7 

Explains why sexual abuse in marriage is prohibited; you can see our reader’s comments on this sermon here.


  1. LL

    Powell’s sermon “Dealing with Abusive Men” is powerful. He addresses evil and wicked men full force. This is the first time I have heard a sermon that addresses abusers for who they truly are in God’s kingdom. It was very empowering to hear it addressed in this manner because many of us experience additional abuse from the church when the abuser appears repentant but truly is not.

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