The Unbiblical (and Common!) Way to Handle Reports of Abuse in the Church

The Reformed Reader

http://ssofdv.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/a-cry-for-justice-book.jpg?w=112&h=169 In their helpful book on abuse in the church, Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood give an outline of what typically (and sadly!) happens when a victim goes to her pastor for help.  In other words, the following is an outline of how abuse is sometimes swept under the rug in Christian churches.  Why am I posting this?  Basically, I want Christians (especially elders and pastors) to be aware that abuse can and does hide in churches.  I also want to point out this helpful resource for those needing some guidance on the topic of abuse in the church.  (Note: since victims of abuse are often women, the authors use a woman in this example, but they make it clear elsewhere that sometimes men are the victims as well).  I’ve edited a bit for the purpose of this blog:

1) Victim reports abuse to her pastor.
2) Pastor does not believe…

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One Response to The Unbiblical (and Common!) Way to Handle Reports of Abuse in the Church

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Sobering. Every young pastor should read this and think about the scenario. We had a guy who came to our church with this kind of background; in the end he left because he was annoyed that we didn’t believe him that he was innocent but then we see him harsh to his wife all the time. I still wonder about how the wife is doing though…we must tolerate men who speak so spiritually but are a different person with their wife.

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