A command to withdraw from offenders.

11 Thessalonians 3:6 “But we command you brethren in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition he received from us.”

In this verse God gives us the clear directive to remove ourselves from those Christians who are living in willful error. So many believers surround offenders and come to their defense while at the same time attacking and accusing the victims that have been ravaged by these monsters. We must ask ourselves a very troubling question and that is how can a professing Christian protect an evil person and at the same time harm a wounded child? There is a real darkness in the hearts of the people who do this. I hear the excuses all the time from people who say that offenders should be allowed to attend church or have a ministry of their own and that everything should be forgotten. These people continue to ignore the Word of God. God tells us to withdraw but these enablers think that they know more than God or that they are better that God. Or maybe they think that raping and molesting children is part of the ‘tradition’ that the apostles taught to the early churches? How can believers continue to disobey these scriptures when they are so clear. Faith and I finally realized our need to hold her dad accountable for his evil deeds and so we have broken off all contact with him because he has shown no signs of being repentant.

This passage is obviously talking to more than just sexual predators but to be sure it includes those who prey on children. So why don’t we withdraw from them? By protecting the disobedient we in fact become disobedient ourselves.

When our church voted to break off all contact with dad because he had shown no sings of repentance, the vote was unanimous and yet one of his enablers who raised her hand in favor of that vote was on the phone with him that very day giving him a full report of what had happened. Many Christians just don’t get the concept that when God gives us a command we must obey. We are not to rationalize or second guess what God is telling us to do. We are to obey.

Dale Ingraham


About Dale Ingraham @ Speaking Truth In Love Ministries

We started Speaking truth in love Ministries to address the issue of sexual abuse within the faith community. My wife, Faith, is a survivor of many years of abuse by her father who was a pastor at the time. We go into churches, colleges and conferences to speak about this issue.
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