Thursday Thought — A True Christian

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What makes real Christianity different [from every other religion]  is the transformation that has taken place in the life of the one who has personally come to Christ.

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Salvation in Christ changes our eternal destiny, but it also changes much more. True salvation changes the very essence of our personhood.  Understanding what a true Christian is will revolutionize how we deal with abusers.  A true Christian is:

  • Once an enemy of God, one who is now His child who loves Him (I John 4:19; Galatians 4:4ff)
  •  A new creature, a new man, a son of God (II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1ff)
  • One who has God’s law written on his heart (Hebrews 8:10-11)
  • One who has been taught by the Spirit of Christ (Ephesians 4:20ff)

In an abuser — with his utter self-centeredness and justification of his wrong actions, his lack of love for others and mindset…

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Murderous Words From a Smiling Mouth: A Common Abuser Tactic

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For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. (Psa 5:9)

I was reminded recently of one common characteristic of abusers (revilers is a pretty good scriptural synonym). A character in a movie was incredibly wicked and in his position of authority he issued oppressive commands constantly, using cruel sanctions to enforce them. And yet, all the while he was carrying on this evil, he had a smile on his face. More than a smile. He had a sing-songy happy-go-lucky “aren’t we all having fun” tone to his voice while simultaneously inflicting great pain and suffering on his victims.

This kind of thing certainly qualifies as a “crazy-making” tactic because it sends a dual messages that are in conflict with one another. “It looks like I am being cruel to you, but my voice says…

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Articles on Naghmeh Abedini, who is bravely exposing the abusive behaviour of her husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini

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Naghmeh Abedini is bravely exposing her husband Saeed Abedini’s abusive behaviour. We haven’t yet had time to write our own post on the Abedini case. But here are some articles on it which we recommend.

Chad Estes: Welcome Home Saeed. We are sorry, but there won’t be a parade
(scroll down to part three of this post, where Chad strongly defends and supports Naghmeh)

The Wartburg Watch: To the Naghmeh Abedini Doubters: Saeed Abedini Pled Guilty to Domestic Violence in 2007

Spiritual Sounding Board: Pastor Saeed Abedini Releases a Public Statement Denying Abuse Allegations Against His Wife

Divorce Minister: Naghmeh Abedini And Sorting My Painful History

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Attorney Plans to File Another Sex Abuse Lawsuit against CJ Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries

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C.J. Mahaney, Sex Abuse, Failure to Report, Statute of Limitations, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Lawsuit, Pedophiles, T4G

cjm CJ Mahaney on YouTube Teaching about Humility (he’s not so humble, fyi)

The Washingtonian released a new article after spending many months investigating Sovereign Grace Ministries, CJ Mahaney, and the many cases of alleged sex abuse named in the lawsuit brought on by victims (named and anonymous). The Washingtonian article is fee-based, but Bob Allen from Baptist News Global reported on the story in his article, Tale of evangelical sex scandal hits Washington newsstands. Here is an excerpt from Allen’s article:

A class action lawsuit accusing Mahaney and other Sovereign Grace leaders of covering up sexual abuse of children was dismissed by a trial court because Maryland law requires sex abuse victims to file lawsuits within three years of turning 18.

The Washingtonian quoted Susan Burke, the lawyer who represented the alleged victims in…

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The Fallout of Spiritual Abuse on Our Children

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Children Harmed by Spiritual Abuse


Yesterday, I was talking with my programming language tutor and mentioned that I had a blog. He asked what my blog was about and I told him the long story. He was absolutely dumbfounded by what he was hearing and kept shaking his head, not wanting to believe it, even asking me repeatedly, “really . . . . really?” Yes, really. As we spoke, he searched the name of my blog on his cell phone, half listening, half reading, and shook his head some more.

I told him a few personal experiences we had at BGBC. We continued more of the conversation today. He told me he was so disturbed by the story, that he told two of his friends last night. I was struck by this young man and his image of Christ and Christianity. He’s probably around 20 years old, yet he had such a great understanding…

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The Spirit of the Abuser is the Same as a Mass Murderer

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You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Most of you know that at the root of the abuser’s mentality is his profound sense of entitlement to have power and control. Power. Control. “I will be like the Most High.” That is what explains him. That is what makes him tick. On the surface he may seem very confusing and contradictory (many abusers want to keep people in the dark about who they really are what they are really up to), but when you finally realize that he is all about power and control, things begin to make sense…

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Pastor Doug Wilson on Rape, Submission, Feminists, and Boobs

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Pastor Doug Wilson, CREC, New Saint Andrews, Christ Church, Moscow Idaho, Breasts, Feminists Rape, Submission

Doug Wilson, boobs, submission, rape, Doug Wilson (Facebook Page)

“Respected” Pastor Doug Wilson, pastor of Christ Church in Moscow Idaho, head of CREC churches, prominent leader in Classical Education circles (both homeschooling and private Christian schools), Canon Press publishing, two-time suspected plagiarizing author has written some very crude comments in books he has authored and also blog articles. I was scrolling through the blog, The Truth about Moscow, and came across several distasteful and disturbing quotes from Pastor Doug Wilson. It’s important that we do not dismiss the words he has used under the title of “shepherd” of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, and as a respected theologian.

Mr. Wilson is not new to controversy. As some may recall, the following quote set off a social media firestorm in 2012 when Jared Wilson (not related to Doug Wilson) quoted Doug…

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