We have already discussed Romans 13 and the fact that the church does not have venue/jurisdiction in criminal cases. And yet, as numbers of current cases are showing, pastors and church leaders and church members often have a mentality that the state is the enemy of the church and that ALL matters are to be handled “in house” without the involvement of the civil authorities. And this is how the cover up of evil begins.
Recently a victim of severe, ongoing abuse was pressured by her pastor in the following manner. She was working with the civil authorities as they sought to build a criminal case against her abuser:
1. The pastor approached her and told her she needed to “pray” further before cooperating anymore with the civil authorities.
2. The pastor told her that the whole criminal process would come back and “bite her” and she would regret ever…
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