Where Is Justice For The Potters Field Interns?
It struck me this morning that the debacle has been inadequately described in print and in the minds of those who follow the story…it is actually one of the biggest and worst abuse cases in recent Protestant memory.
Dozens of young people allege some form of spiritual or emotional abuse at the hands of the Rozells.
One of the heads of the Calvary Chapel Association, (the affiliating body for the Rozells) has affirmed as much…then disappeared from comment and view.
Over fifty of those allegations have been printed here…stories of young people on fire for God who trusted their leaders to carefully tend that flame and who instead found themselves quenched and crushed by those they trusted.
Promises were made to those young people and to the donors who helped build the now dismantled empire.
Rob McCoy, the Southern California pastor/politician who hastily took over the operation, posted this on the website of the now defunct ministry:
“America follows the code of law that requires due process. I, as the new Chairman of the Board and with the assistance of pastors who are independent of Potter’s Field, will pursue a full investigation as to any formal allegations brought to the Boards of these ministries, including the service of volunteer hours, and the results of that investigation will be forthcoming when completed. If these ministries are found to have been involved in any ethical or legal failure, it is our intention to both own those failings and make restitution where fault has been established.
In addition, though I have not found in my initial review, undertaken with limited skill in this area, any mismanagement or fraud, I authorized and will arrange for an independent audit to be taken with the findings to be made public.”
None of this has happened.
We have over fifty stories of “ethical failure” on this site alone.
Those who have suffered the most from “ethical failure” can’t even find the strength to tell their stories yet.
The last information I had (from McCoy) was that the properties involved were now released for sale and some have been sold.
Where did the money go?
Where will future monies go?
More importantly, why hasn’t anyone in leadership publicly acknowledged the damage done to these young people and the cause of Christ?
Where are the leaders who should be advocating for these people?
Are there none left with a conscience?
The damage gets worse as time goes on…because there has been no public confession and repentance by the Rozell’s, some of their victims are starting to blame themselves for what happened to them.
The victims are questioning their own hearts and minds while the leaders look for ways to make the whole mess go away quietly.
There is a point where leaders need to forget the legal and worldly consequences of these cases and focus on the spiritual consequences of refusing to bring the truth to light.
There is a point where the biggest problem they face is not potential lawsuits, but the reality of broken souls that Christ died for.
We’re way beyond those points.