Woe to you, celebrity pastors, big-name theologians and wanna be’s

Originally posted on A Cry For Justice:

A retelling of Luke 11:37-52.

While Jesus was speaking, a celebrity pastor asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table. The pastor was astonished to find out that Jesus did not have any letters after his name, had not been to seminary, and did not blog, or use twitter, or have a multi-channel website, or even a business card!

And the Lord said to him, “Now; you celebrity pastors acquire all those outward displays of theological eminence and influence, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness and a craven fear not to rock the boat of the boys club. You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? You pick your spiritually-correct causes to lobby about: abortion, homosexuality, the ‘divorce epidemic’, feminism (which some of you deliberately misunderstand), the ‘erosion of family values’, male and female roles, and missions in other lands, and you talk incessantly about the gospel…

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A True Story of Redemption from the Pit of Abuse

Originally posted on A Cry For Justice:

This is the story of one of our newer readers at ACFJ. She graciously gave us permission to publish it as a means of encouraging and helping others dealing with abuse, including the abuse at the hands of their church. Many blessings in Christ upon her and her family! This is her story.

As you read, just imagine her being given the recent “Catechism for Christian Wives” we so roundly reject. What would it have done to her? You know the answer.

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Hello!  I recently found this blog, and I am so thankful for the work that has been done and is being done. The Lord has used you all so much in my life over the past two weeks! I feel like I have been led to a group that understands where I have been and what I have been through. I feel like there…

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This is BAD – Really, Really Bad – “A Christian Wife’s Marriage Catechism”

Originally posted on A Cry For Justice:

Yes, it is Tuesday, our off day when we do not normally publish a blog post. However, this matter deserves some “emergency” attention. This is one of the clearest examples of a pastor creating his own traditions and pawning them off onto God’s people as the Word of God. We need to protest this kind of thing loudly, and you can do so by going over to the Reformed Baptist Fellowship blog and entering your comments.  Pastor Meadows, please, please, please stop counseling until you study and understand abuse.

I am reproducing the post here in case the original disappears.  The link is here is -

Reformed Baptist Fellowship A Christian Wife’s Marriage Catechism

And here is the post, written by one Pastor Meadows in New Hampshire:

A Christian Wife’s Marriage Catechism

Providentially, many Christian wives are married to unbelieving husbands. This is a great trial for them, especially if the…

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Of Guilt & Protecting People from Truth

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This is another excellent article by Trudy.

Originally posted on Trudy Metzger's Blog:

Having been granted permission by the local Independent, for whom I write a monthly column, I am now posting my columns here, on my blog, rather than having the editor upload them on their site and me directing readers there. It’s easier for everyone, all around. That said, the following is my July column, published Thursday, July 3, in the Elmira Independent.

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There is no end to barriers for healing in victims of sexual abuse. The layers seem endless to someone caught in the apparent time warp of trauma and past pain. No amount of ‘appealing to logic’ and pulling victims back to the present makes that trauma disappear, or convinces him or her, that ‘that’s the past’. It is in peeling back layers, revealing truth, and correcting faulty belief systems that freedom is brought within grasp of these tormented souls.

To go through the many layers, and try…

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Thursday Thought

Originally posted on A Cry For Justice:

Rev. Chris Moles posted this gem on our FB book page.  We felt it needed to be shared here also.

I often tell our guys [in the Behaviors Change Groups we run] that changing behavior without a change of heart is like taking all the apples off an apple tree, stapling bananas in their place and saying, “Look at my beautiful banana tree!”  Give it time, the apples always come back.  The heart of violence must be uprooted.  [Rev. Chris Moles}

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Open Letter to Editors of Christianity Today from Ex-Wife of Pedophile: “Predators in Our Midst”

Originally posted on Spiritual Sounding Board:

Ex-wife of convicted pedophile writes open letter to Editors of Christianity Today after they published and then removed an article written by a former youth pastor and convicted pedophile.

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Sometimes when people go through a horrific experience, they become an expert in their “field” from what they learn and are able to benefit so many others because of what they have gone through.  Brenda is one of those survivor-advocate people. She and I connected on the blog after she found this article: Being Married to a Pedophile: A Wife Speaks Out and Offers Hope to Other Wives of Pedophiles. Since then, Brenda has been using her devastating experience to help others who are walking a similar path.

Last month, Christianity Today (CT) ran an article, From Youth Minister to Felon, in their publication, The Leadership Journal. It was written by a convicted pedophile and former youth pastor. After a huge…

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Who is listening?

Originally posted on A Cry For Justice:

The abused and their advocates cry to the Lord  (Habakkuk 1:2-4) —

O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?
Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

The Lord’s rebuke to the abusers and those who enable them (Jeremiah 7:5-10, with examples added by me) —

For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless [children with abusive fathers who exploit and neglect them], or the widow [the woman lacking a real husband and oppressed by an anti-husband], or shed innocent blood…

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