Mat 21:28-32 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ (29) And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. (30) And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. (31) Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. (32) For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.
My journey into the Lord’s wisdom about domestic abusers hiding in the church began in 2008, eleven years ago. Since that time we have all seen “Christian” organizations (Focus on the Family, Christian Counseling and Education Foundation, etc) and denominations jumping on the wagon ready to go along for the ride, even claiming to be leading the caravan.
Most of it is a mere front. A public relations stunt and I don’t believe the large majority of these people at all. Here is what has happened – they got busted. As other voices began giving a hearing to abuse victims and the facts of what has been going on in churches for decades came to light, the pressure grew. All of a sudden the “ministries” began launching their programs. There has been almost no real repentance for all the years of oppressing victims and enabling abusers that these groups are guilty of. No. They simply knew that it was looking bad for them and they had better do something. And thus the conferences, the books, the therapy programs, yada, yada, yada.
But I am telling you that nothing has changed among these counterfeits. Nothing. How do I know? Read on –
Because I get first hand reports from victims about how they are STILL being wickedly treated, threatened with ex-communication, and lied to by their pastors and churches. One recent report came from a local church that is boasting about its recent attendance at the Southern Baptist’s conference on abuse in their churches. And then, after all their bragging about how they are going to change and help victims, etc., they sent a followup letter threatening ex-communication if the victim does not relent and cease her divorce proceedings from her abuser. “We know we can change him. We have an abuser fixit program. You need to stop sinning and restore your marriage.”
Don’t believe these people for a second. Don’t be duped by their promises of “action” and “change.” All the celeb speakers at the recent Southern Baptist conference are simply helping slap a new coat of whitewash on the tombs.
This is my position. I suppose it is why my speaking engagement calendar is bland! That’s ok. I am able to speak all I want right here.