Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Exposing the Exposers of "church abuse"

There is a rising movement of (professing) Christian ministries who seek to expose 'church abuse'. I have no doubt there are some professing churches who engage in abuse. However, they are not churches at all in the eyes of God. They are altars to satan.

Thus, the whole concept of 'church abuse' is wrong because a true Church is Jesus Christ would not support abuse. They may not deal with it in a properly Biblical way, but they would certainly not ever support, or even think about supporting it.

However, this new movement, which I will call the 'church abuse "exposing"' (or more like 'church abuse slandering) movement is a one which is not as it might seem on the surface. Some website ministries may seem to be more 'genuine' in their care for victims of (false) churches, while some are more obvious in their real motive.

I have investigated a number of these blog ministries such as Spiritual Sounding Board and A Cry for Justice. Throughout my investigation, I found several common themes:
  1. An aim to warn about Biblical pastors who them perceive to harm 'abuse victims' eg. labelling Voddie Baucham, John Piper, and John MacArthur https://cryingoutforjustice.com/acfj-hall-of-blind-guides-resources-that-will-not-help-abuse-victims/christian-authors-and-ministries/
  2. A hatred, as manifested by either a more obvious or subtle vitriol towards true Biblical pastors, righteous teachers, who stance on issues such as divorce and remarriage are opposed to theirs. Such hatred is expressed under the false guise of 'exposing' these dignitaries which Jude 1:8 and 2 Peter 2:10 refer to. Plenty of examples can be found at: here and hear and hear in which the author of the blog just ruthlessly paints pastors and other true Christians who she hates in a bad light. 
  3. Perversion of what these righteous teachers say, by very subtle misrepresentation, or not so subtle.
  4. The belief that people who respect these teachers and agree with them on issues such as divorce and remarriage, are simply 'indoctrinated' by 'conservative, patriarchal church' doctrine, which really is their reference to the true Church of Jesus Christ.
  5. A denial of their total misconceptions of the Biblical teaching on male headship, female submission, divorce and remarriage. They claim to affirm "Biblical responsibilities' for men and women respectively, but notice how they reduce God-given roles to mere 'responsibilities. This is evident at point 13 of https://cryingoutforjustice.com/non-negotiables-for-effective-and-biblical-abuse-ministry/
  6. A fear of being asked questions that really get into the core of what they mean.
  7. They accuse those who have a different and correct view of the Bible as 'mishandling' the Bible, while themselves mishandling the Bible.
  8. They set themselves up as their own authority, and think that what they think is truth.
  9. They listen to only authors, not pastors and submitting to the church authority, who make them feel comforted. Based on the readers' comments on these blogs, I doubt that many of them are even under the authority of a pastor of a local church.
  10. They are unstable and ignorant people as 2 Peter 3:16 refers to. Seems like nothing is new, is it?
You may be wondering why I seem to emphase this so much. This is because true doctrine is critical for the true believer because one's actions and thus one's life will be influenced by one's thinking. False teaching perverts one's thinking and leads to hell, and false teachers lead their followers into perdition. This includes those who have all kinds of perverted thinking about what may be called the 'non-fundamentals' of the Bible, that is, those not directly about Salvation itself. 

Do not be deceived by these ministries who expose 'church abuse'. They are using this alleged church abuse to attach Biblical doctrines they hate, under the false guise of "justice" and "compassion". These ministries are not ministries of God. They are ministries of satan.

 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works  

(2 Corinthians 11:13-15).