If someone asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ he will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’ Zech 13 v 6

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Deformed View

I will use different examples from people in our own story. I know now that both elders, Jim Cameron and Dave Barrueto, have faced some form of childhood sexual abuse against their own children. "We dealt with something like this with one of our children and talked to the person and straightened it out."-Jim

I know that neither of them chose to report the crimes. They practiced what they preached. They forgave the individual and returned to fellowship with them(in one of the cases the elder's family eventually moved away from Chicago where the abuse took place.) This behavior and twisted mindset is selfish and destructive.

Since the abuse of their children, how many additional children have been sexually violated by the offender that was never reported,held accountable,or monitored? That's two sex offenders not on the legal radar. Two sex offenders in "the church" un-detected because Jim and Dave belittle childhood sexual abuse. They believe that "such matters" should only be handled in the church."The only biblical requirement is to confess their sin(crime)to the church elder." "The state has no business in a church matter." This was the rhetoric of Jim and Dave.

It makes sense that our former elders would respond the way they did in our situation. Otherwise they would need to face what they had done to their own children.They needed to down play the seriousness of childhood sexual abuse and it's far reaching effects on a child in order to justify their own choice to ignore it."It was just inappropriate affection." "He was just curious." "Not worth eight years in prison." "We needed to forgive Patrick and reconcile with him." More rhetoric by the elders. They have a deformed view of the Word of God. As you can see by some of the comments lately, they are not the only ones who have a deformed view!

"No wonder Christians are hated, laughed at and ridiculed by secular culture. For the most part,they are dumb!"~Sarah Musick.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

well said my friend!!