The Real Enemies of the Church
There you will find over fifty stories of alleged abuse at the hands of one organization, an organization that is still successfully soliciting funds to the tune of $50,000 a month.
The alleged abusers have not answered any of the charges against them, spoken no words of repentance, nor any words of remorse for their actions.
There has been little support from the denomination that enabled the alleged abusers, indeed, some still will support them as soon as I stop writing about the matter or die, whichever comes first.
Prayers are ascending for both scenarios…
That section of the blog doesn’t get many clicks…stories about Bob Coy still get a dozen a day…mainly from people hoping that somehow “Pastor Bob” will make a comeback. “Pastor Bob”s” trail of broken lives and rank immorality don’t matter…he was “such a good teacher”. He was a vile human being, but he sure was funny…
The Gospel For Asia scandal took up a lot of our attention a few years ago…they brought on a new celebrity in Francis Chan and are making bank once again.
There is now a small army of victims and victims advocates online and on social media.
They have done great work on exposing and naming corruption.
The only people that care are their peers.
Corruption doesn’t bother Christians.
Abusive clergy don’t bother Christians.
Victims don’t matter to Christians.
Popularity matters a lot.
Politics means a lot…debates on doctrinal issues have been replaced with fights about the political positions of denominations and clergy.
The SBC has had a host of sexual scandals recently, but the big fights are about women preachers and other “liberal” issues.
“Social justice” has replaced predestination and baptism as boundary markers for biblical fidelity and doctrinal debate.
Sexual and spiritual abuse aren’t even on the radar.
None of the systems that run ecclesiastical life in this country have fundamentally changed at all.
This is somewhat like the sin of Achan who buried the “devoted things” under his tent after conquest and the whole of Israel paid for that sin until Achan was dealt with.
In the church, we bury the victims of “conquest” under the tent and hope God hasn’t noticed.
I’ve bet my life on the belief that He has…and justice is coming.
I doubt that most will recognize why.
We have met the enemy and he is us…