A Conspicuous Absence In Pastoral Training! — Divorce Minister

If you spent even a little time looking over the required curriculum for M.Div. students at most evangelical seminaries, you will notice a heavy emphasis on Biblical languages and Scripture exegesis. In my former denomination, this emphasis is reflected in their ordaining process, which pushes candidates to memorize Scripture for each doctrine of interest to the…

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Kim R., a married woman and a victim of clergy sexual abuse by her ex-pastor, also speaks to this issue and the warning signs:

https://gbfsvchurchabuse.org/2016/10/09/12-warning-signs-you-should-heed-from-a-victim-of-clergy-sexual-abuse/

Resource: Hope For Survivors 

http://www.thehopeofsurvivors.com/are_you_confused.php

 

Jessica Fore, a Victim of Domestic Violence, Is Indicted by The Presbyterian Church of America for Contempt Toward the Church and Its Leaders —

The PCA contributes to the abuse of a domestic violence survivor. Shame on them!

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Never Go to a Meeting When the Purpose is Unknown to You

A Cry For Justice

I have learned (the hard way) that one of the ways the wicked work their evil against the righteous is by setting a trap or snare. Jesus said, “beware of men.” And so we must.

A typical way that the wicked set their traps is to ask their victim to –

  • come to the office to talk
  • let’s just sit down and talk
  • I need to talk to you very badly
  • No, no, no. We don’t need anyone else to come. Just come yourself so we can talk

In each one of these cases if you ask the person what the subject of the meeting or “talk” is, they will refuse to provide it or will evade answering. DO NOT GO to such a meeting. Do not have a phone call with such a person. Even if, and especially if, they are quoting Bible verses to you about brothers forgiving…

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What Happens When You Divorce Grace and Truth. – From Dan R. Ledwith’s blog

Learning To Be Full Of Grace And Truth.

Yesterday I was pointed to a post by Jessica Fore in which she shares her side of a long struggle with her church and presbytery over dealing with finding out that she was being abused by her husband. Her post makes it very clear that the decisions and actions of the church leadership were anything but supportive to her. Now things have come to the point where she is publically voicing her descent over what she perceives as a significant failure in leadership; and the church has formally indicted her for not submitting to and obeying their leadership.

I realize that this post is just her side of events, however it not the first that I have heard, or even the second, or third. I am dismayed at hearing stories like this. The unfortunate reality is that abuse happens in the church. More than we care to admit. When they…

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