A Real and Sadly Typical Story of False Repentance and Pastors Enabling the Wicked

A Cry For Justice

One of our readers left this very insightful comment, telling her story of being faced with false repentance and pressure from a church to accept it and reconcile with her abuser. We wanted to make it a stand-alone post so more of you would be sure to see it. So here it is. Thank you MUCH, Maxgrace —

The first time I left my husband my baby was about two months old. He found me. He actually had someone call the number where I was staying to say that he was having a heart attack and that I needed to go to him because it was very serious. I had heard that line before so I didn’t bite.

He had a pastor call me at work and tell me that I was harming my husband by my unwillingness to reconcile because he was ready to hang himself. This was on…

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Predators look for the blind, the lame and the already wounded

A Cry For Justice

I (Jeff Crippen) have been watching some instructional youtube videos on how to best use artificial plastic baits for fishing — getting them put on the hook correctly and so on. I also know from experience that to properly rig up a herring to troll for salmon you want to be sure it rolls in the water as you pull it along.

The reason you want the correct action on your bait is because it needs to mimic a wounded fish, minnow, or other critter. This is because predatory fish watch for the weak or injured and go for them. Sometimes they do it even if they are not particularly hungry. It’s just because they are predators.

And this got me to thinking.

Abusers are predators. They go for the easiest targets quite often: the blind, the lame or the already-wounded. Pedophiles, for example, have honed their radar to spot…

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The Scattering of the Lord’s Sheep by False Shepherds

A Cry For Justice

When the visible church becomes corrupt and dominated by evil men, the righteous are scattered. The blind man healed by Jesus in John chapter nine was put out of the temple by the religious authorities — though he found the true Temple (Jesus) outside. Christ’s true people were persecuted by Rome in the centuries leading up to the Reformation and scores of true pastors were expelled from their pulpits in the days of the Puritans in England. This is no new thing and it is still happening today.

Many, if not most, of our readers here at ACFJ are survivors of abuse. Many of them have been members of a local church, only to be further abused by their church when they exposed the evil of the abuse they were suffering. The result? They are scattered. Some have been formally ex-communicated while others were put out through more “informal” methods…

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Spiritual Sounding Talk that Has no Content Enables the Wicked and Oppresses the Innocent

A Cry For Justice

I was reading the comments today on a Facebook page of one of our long time readers at ACFJ. She posted some excellent material challenging the church to wake up to domestic abuse in its midst. Then this fellow Michael came along and here is what he said:

There is an all out assault by Satan and his angels upon husbands, wives, and their children in America today. We must rise up in prayer to wage war against it. Realizing we are in a spiritual war against principalities and powers of darkness, and, we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Read the book of Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10-18. Get the full armor on!

Sometimes our greatest weapons against the Devil’s attacks are unconditional love, forgiveness from the heart, & honest intercessory prayers for our perceived enemies. Blessing those who curse us with painful abusive treatment. God is mighty to save all…

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Help! My Family Member or Close Friend is Trapped in a High-Controlling Church or Cult. How Can I Encourage Them to Leave?

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How to help a family member or friend leave a high-controlling church group or cult: spiritual abuse, trapped, thought reform, mind control, freedom

“Mind control is the process by which individual or collective freedom of choice and action is compromised by agents or agencies that modify or distort perception, motivation, affect, cognition and/or behavioral outcomes. It is neither magical nor mystical, but a process that involves a set of basic social psychological principles. Conformity, compliance, persuasion, dissonance, reactance, guilt and fear arousal, modeling and identification are some of the staple social influence ingredients well studied in psychological experiments and field studies. In some combinations, they create a powerful crucible of extreme mental and behavioral manipulation when synthesized with several other real-world factors, such as charismatic, authoritarian leaders, dominant ideologies, social isolation, physical debilitation, induced phobias, and extreme threats or promised rewards that are typically deceptively orchestrated, over an extended time…

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Wood TV Reports: Ottowa County Sheriff Investigating Ketcham

Child Abuse by Missionary Doctor

BREAKING NEWS | Wood TV is reporting that allegations against Ketcham were made to Ottowa County Sheriff in 2011 by a 1999 victim on US soil, but were never pursued. With the publication of the Pii Report there is new interest in those allegations and the statements made by the victim to police in 2011. Ottowa County Sheriff is currently investigating.

Please read Michigan journalist Ken Kolker’s report HERE.

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Don’t Fall for the Abuser’s “Repentance” – Lessons from Zacchaeus

A Cry For Justice

Just about all of you have heard an abuser claim to “have changed,” or “I have repented and the Lord has forgiven me and now you must also.”  We have had pressure put upon us by the abuser’s allies to “forgive” and reconcile because, after all, he said he was sorry. Yada, yada, yada.

Real repentance is a gift from Christ and it is a rare jewel (emphasis on rare). There is no salvation and no forgiveness from the Lord Himself where there is no genuine repentance. The “grace on steroids” crowd thinks that repentance is easy and cheap. But if you want to see the real article in action, let’s take a look at true repentance evidenced in a man named Zacchaeus. Here he is:

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich…

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