Unholy Charade is Not Affiliated in any Way with the A Cry for Justice (ACFJ) Blog

1 Timothy 1:3-6 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, (4) nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. (5) The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (6) Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion,

I am now compelled, though reluctantly and with sorrow, to make a public statement about my relationship to the blog ministry A Cry for Justice, which is registered to and operated by Barbara Roberts. I need to make it very clear that I resigned from ACFJ last year (Oct 2017).  Over 700 of my sermons and articles remain online there, but please understand that I am not a part of ACFJ and more importantly, that I do not endorse the direction it has been going for some time now. [My first book, A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church, still bears that title. But that is not to be construed that I am still connected in any way with the ACFJ blog which I originally started some years ago].

Readers should also be aware that TWBTC (the woman behind the curtain) who has so faithfully worked behind the scenes at ACFJ for several years has also recently resigned from there. Her reasons for doing so are the same – ACFJ is no longer fulfilling the mission it was established to pursue. TWBTC told me, “I resigned Sept 6, 2018 as a result of seeing the direction Barb was going and because of other concerns I saw from the backend of the ACFJ blog.”

TWBTC has now joined me at my new blog unholycharade.com where we will be working and writing to carry on the mission that ACFJ was originally to pursue and which the Lord blessed to so many abuse victims.

I have asked Barbara Roberts not to use my name on ACFJ or her Facebook or her Twitter accounts or any other media as I do not want people to conclude that I am supporting and agreeing with her current direction or the content of her posts. I have also asked her not to cite my blog posts as support in articles that she writes or statements that she makes. Several other longtime friends of ACFJ have also spoken to Barbara about the things she is writing and which she is promoting, especially on other social media. (With Rachel’s permission, you will find appended at the end of this post, Rachel Miller’s statement made to Barbara Roberts publicly on the ACFJ facebook page today. Rachel was a longtime friend of ACFJ). To this point, Barbara refuses to heed our pleas.

Victims of abuse (and really no one else) do not need to be directed by anyone in ministry to people who are, frankly at best, mental cases who invent conspiracy theories, insisting that people like Billy Graham, Richard Nixon, Nicole Kidman, and other notables ALL molested them as children. You will find more detail about such claims in Rachel Miller’s statement below.

Something has gone very, very wrong at ACFJ. Please understand then that I do not support it any longer in spite of how often my name may be used there.  May the Lord bless us all and empower His true work by His Spirit for His glory and for the rescue of the oppressed and for His justice to be effected upon their oppressors.

Rachel Miller’s Statement:

Hi Barbara, like many of the commentators here, I have appreciated and supported the work you and ACFJ have done for those who’ve been abused.

Recently though, your personal interests and focus have shifted dramatically.  You have been sharing and promoting ideas and material from questionable sources.

These include several well-known conspiracy theories: CIA mind control, freemasons, the Rothschild family, the illuminati, satanic ritual abuse that includes eating children and drinking spinal fluid, and a secret organization that has been in control of the world for 5000 years called the Hivites. Also more recent conspiracies such as QAnon, deep state, and pedophile rings run by politicians like Hillary Clinton.

One of your sources, Fiona Barnett claims to have been raped as a child by high profile men such as Nixon and Graham as part of a masonic pedophile ring.

As you said, you are free to do what you wish on your own FB and Twitter accounts. But your new interests and loyalties are affecting your work with AFCJ and for abuse survivors.

For example, you are attempting to connect abuse survivors you have come to you for help with these conspiracy groups. See: https://twitter.com/NotUnderBondage/status/1042976977173377029?s=19 That’s seriously concerning.

What you do on your own time is your own business and while I’m very worried about you personally, I’m even more worried about the weak and vulnerable that you, with your new loyalties, are putting into greater danger.

Those who follow and support ACFJ and especially those who seek help from ACFJ deserve to know what you believe and what you’re doing. This is fundamentally an issue of discernment and trust. You are being guided by these conspiracy theorists and it’s hurting the work you’ve done and are doing for the abused.

28 thoughts on “Unholy Charade is Not Affiliated in any Way with the A Cry for Justice (ACFJ) Blog

  1. Becky

    As a long time reader & follower, written guest posts in the early years of ACFJ & periodic comments over the last 6+ years, I,too, have been very concerned about the direction the ACFJ blog has gone under Barbara Robert’s leadership. I totally agree it has lost the focus of the mission of ACFJ & has gone in directions totally contrary to scripture .

    Jeff & TWTBC, I know these were tough decisions but God will honor & bless you & your new ministry with Unholy Charade. My prayers for you both will continue as they have for all these years.

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  2. nurse

    I am so thankful that you posted this. I thank God for people like you. I was lead astray by an abuser, and I don’t ever want to be lead astray again.

    (Eds note: Screen name edited for safety)

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  3. Z

    I had followed ACFJ as an abuse survivor and as a follower first of Pastor Crippen’s posts and sermons.

    I had been discerning a shift in not only content and tone from Barb’s posts (angry, but the wrong kind-unhelpful angry) but, more importantly, in her comments to abuse victims who commented on her posts-“baring their souls” with heartbreaking stories to her. Her responses were often so abrubpt, harsh, almost accusatory in tone, condescending, lacking compassion..Often I cringed reading her answers to comments of victims. As an abuse victim, my heart often broke when I read her responses to these victims. More often than not, “schoolmarm-ish” corrections, petty rules quoted over and over that were “broken” in their spacing in the comment, their form of the comment, their using capital letters, that improper spacing>hurt her eyes”.????..while completely ignoring the all-too-real, gut-wrenching stories in those comments from real-life people, the abuse victims she was supposed to be helping. Non-responses to the content! Only to the “rules” and the “form” of the comment. A often superior, harsh, entitled, abrupt condescending tone that would be all too familiar to an abuse victim as the SAME tone used by their abuser on them. It felt so hard-hearted. A trigger for some for sure. That meant harm to some already very hurting victims, so I communicated these observations to her as helpful things to think about.

    I said she, of all people, should know that this harshness, “gotcha on a rule you broke”, superior, hard-hearted tone would be a trigger that could harm many victims who’d just spilled their guts to her.

    I also noted that while she merely abruptly quoted the rule breaking infractions to victims who’d just told these sad sad stories to her, with no words of compassion, that when commenters praised Barb or complimented her, she was all too gracious and kind and given to longer/more substantive responses to them. All my observations and he things I thought she might look at and reconsider fell on arrogant deaf ears. Completely “unteachable” and puffed up in her responses back to me. Defensive, combative, never considering my points might have some value for the VICTIMS!
    I know I said them in a right spirit. Not accusatory but as helpful things to consider on behalf of victims. Nada. Shut me down.

    And I didn’t even know then about the conspiracy theory side writings! I just discerned a “not right spirit”, a shift in focus, for some time towards vulnerable, traumatized abuse victims. For whom I will advocate and who I will try to protect from further harm anytime I can. It’s a sad turnabout.

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    1. Jeff Crippen

      Z- Sad indeed. You have described the spirit there very accurately. I started ACFJ blog back in about 2012 or so simply to let people know about my first book being available. Abuse victims started to comment and the ministry to them grew wonderfully. At that time we had some extremely wicked Pharisee type pastors who liked to threaten lawsuits for slander and libel and so on, so Barbara, who lives in Australia, suggested we put the wordpress blog account in her name rather than mine, as I live in the U.S. Seemed reasonable to me. But in the end that is why it was me who resigned last year. If it were still in my name I would have stayed and dismissed her.

      Over this past year she has, exactly as you described, become more and more difficult to correct and has now jumped into the crazy conspiracy/Satanic ritual abuse business. What is going to happen and what has been happening is that the genuine people we want to minister to are leaving and the people who ultimately will be left are the new crowd that Barbara is promoting. And that will make ACFJ an increasingly dangerous place.

      I wish I could give my first book a new title!!

      Well, the Lord established ACFJ in the first place and it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. The Lord will deal with this at some point. He may even be doing so now as all these things are coming out into the public light.

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      1. Em

        Actually, you really can change the title of your first book. The possible exception is if you signed a contract with your publisher assigning the copyright to said publisher. You would then need to work with them and it would cost something in order to change it. It’s just a business negotiation between you and the publisher.
        If you own the copyright, you can change it any time you want, but again it costs money to re-publish, as I’m sure you know far better than I.
        You can also re-title the book and re-publish it with or without updates, and say on the front cover something to indicate it is a new title of a previous book, such as: (Formerly titled: xyz).

        I noticed the same issue only this past year on ACFJ, and thought I was missing something. Glad to know it’s not me. The recent article naming Billy Graham really hit me, not in a good way.

        I know that language is often imprecise, and we sometimes say things in such a way that it is understood other than what we intended, through no fault of our own but through the imperfection of language and its imperfect understanding or interpretation. Then it can be used, even accurately quoted, to convey meanings we neither meant nor believed. A little compassion and understanding here would go a long way, especially since Billy Graham is no longer available for interviews. Was he a perfect man? Hardly, only Jesus was that, as we know. The growth of Billy Graham’s ministry and self throughout his life, and the massive positive impact for Christ that his preaching had on the world cannot be ignored as if it never amounted to anything at all. Whatever genuine mistakes he made, those, too, were part of his growth. The mistakes that weren’t actually real, but were misunderstood or misconstrued, should surely not condemn a person. Luckily for all of us, none of us is fit to judge, that office belongs to God alone.

        Now that I realize I am not imagining things, I will pray for Barbara to “wake up” as it were. I really thought it was just me being overly sensitive or critical…
        Thank you Pastor Crippen, I follow your Light for Dark Times blog and look forward to every post.

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        1. Jeff Crippen

          Em – thank you very much for the info and encouragement. I look forward to publishing a new post each week, Wednesday is the target day, and providing a safe place for all of us to grow in wisdom and discernment, and especially for victims of abusers who hide in the church to be set free.

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  4. NGL

    Hopefully there will be those people who are willing to reach out to her. I sensed the same darkness in several posts during the past year or so, but what really often comforted me, were the many survivors testimonies. The open transparency in them and the sharp insights many victims’ words contain (as opposed to many ‘professional Christians’).. That for me was the best nourishment in the whole blog.
    I can understand how loneliness and isolation can be an open door invitation to these conspiracy theories, as I have met people like that before (abused, divorced and lonely women with high intelligence). if the Lord is not our focus, it leads to all kinds of darkness and confusion.

    Thank you for sharing this openly, as the blog has been a public ministry. Praying that whatever is of the Lord, will remain, and glorify His name.

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  5. cindy burrell

    This is a sad commentary, but I think the clarification is necessary and appropriate. I too have seen a significant shift in the focus of ACFJ and have felt an obligation to back away from it. It has become a strange blend of occasionally helpful truth contrasted against unrelated distractions and divisiveness, so I wasn’t the least bit surprised that you felt the need to part ways. Sometimes that’s just the way things go. Nevertheless, I appreciate your intent to continue to expose wickedness in the body of Christ and provide liberating biblical validation for the wounded and weary. Blessings…

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  6. Tonya

    I commented once on the ACFJ blog, years ago, and the reply was so terse and condescending, that I never commented again, afraid that I would be breaking some rule that I wasn’t even aware of. I just subscribed to read the articles. Thanks for the work you do, Jeff.

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    1. Z

      Tonya,
      That’s exactly what I noticed as I read so many brave, soul-baring, heartbreaking comments. A terse comment back from Barb with no reference to the very relevant, important content of the comment! Just a slap on the wrist for breaking some inane “rule”.
      “No, No, No. You broke one of MY RULES. I MUST point out to everyone reading how you did not measure up….” The scoldings! Sound familiar? Sounds a lot like our abusers! Most often without even a passing reference to the individual’s plight or lesson or sad/dangerous/life-altering situation in their comment.

      And rarely/never any reference to Jesus. An overall absence of His Love, His Presence in her posts’ content and her answers to victims’ comments.

      We need more Christian people weeping with the weeping and mourning with the mourning-showing hurting people the love of Jesus’ and His heart.

      I DID learn some good stuff from the blog-but from the commenters mostly. So I’ll say what should have been said- “Bravo” to them! Rarely learned anything of value from Barb’s continual rants.
      May Jesus reveal Himself to Barb in a very real, tangible way and get her on the right road.

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      1. Jeff Crippen

        Z and Tonya – I am very sorry that all of this has happened. But then I suppose even the Apostle Paul had to say things like “Alexander the Coppersmith did me much harm. Beware of him.” As we serve Christ these things are going to happen. That is why we are told that we must test the spirits (1 Jn 4:1) and constantly be comparing teachings with the Word. No one can call Jesus Lord except by the Spirit. Whenever a “ministry’s” emphasis drifts away from Christ and He disappears into the background, it is time to be wary for sure.

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  7. This is interesting that you posted this, because last month I was really confused by the way Barb responded to a comment I left on ACFJ blog in response to another comment. Barb reprimanded me for referring to a book I had recently read about abuse written by a Christian counselor and actually emailed me privately to let me know I hadn’t followed their rules and how they do not allow references to books or other websites to be published in comments. And she went on to tell me how I could not include my website in comments and yet I am on the blogroll for ACFJ and have been for several years. When I mentioned that to her, she simply said, oops, made a mistake. I did question why she would not recommend the book I mentioned and she said the woman’s theology did not appear to be very sound. I felt this was ludicrous especially since Barb said she had not read the book.

    Over the past year I had begun to notice a change of tone in the blog post at ACFJ, but was wondering if it was just me. I actually felt like the tone was reminiscent of an abuser towards his/her victim. Now I know it was not just me.

    Thank you for the clarification and for the ministry you have in helping victims of abuse.

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    1. Jeff Crippen

      Thank Amy. Yes, that seems to have become a pretty common pattern as evidenced by numbers of other people saying the same. By the Lord’s enabling we plan now to continue the work that was begun those years ago, now at this new blog site.

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  8. Ginger

    I have been following a Cry for Justice for a little over a year. I have been bothered also by the attacks upon Billy Graham. I haven’t seen the other conspiracy theories, but I am thankful you have made the reasons clear for why you resigned. We need to be so careful in these last days, and the last thing we need is to re-victimize or to invent abuse where it has not occurred!

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  9. pollysoup

    Thank you for not turning a “blind eye” to this! You spoke the truth with kindness. I have been very concerned by her responses to victims and advocates on social media. They are offensive and self serving. Her attacks on Billy Graham were taking a clip of a sermon and mis-construing it. I unfollowed her this past spring because of her offensive posts. I am saddened by all of this because this website played a huge part in my healing from abuse.

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  10. Anonymous

    I am so thankful to read these comments as I have noticed the same things in the last year. I’ve considered contacting Barbara but held back due to the way I felt it would be received. I’ve read such harshness and condescension in her responses to readers. And the way she seems to be “digging for dirt” where there isn’t any, or simply a style/method that she doesn’t agree with.
    Thank you, Jeff, (and Sam Powell as well) for speaking out and shining the light on the situation. I’m glad to hear I was not alone in what I was noticing.

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  11. anonymous too

    Me too! I am glad to read I was not the only one thinking this about ACFJ. The “tone” of ACFJ has been “off” for a while now and so I have been reading it less and less, and less… and less until I finally just deleted it from my bookmarks all together.

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  12. joepote01

    That’s a sad state of affairs, but I completely understand. I, too, have pretty much lost interest in ACFJ blog because of the direction it has taken and the overall tone. Glad to learn it wasn’t just me.

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    1. Jeff Crippen

      Thanks Joe. Great to hear from you. Yes, it is sad, but then we press on here. Our goal is to keep publishing regular posts each week (often more than one) that are simply the application of God’s Word to the evil of domestic abusers hiding in the church and to the aid of their victims.

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