Some Thoughts on Churches that Abuse the Abused

Recently we watched a movie called A Call to Spy. It was about World War 2 and Britain’s efforts to send agents into Nazi occupied France to gather intelligence and help organize resistance fighters. One out of three of these agents never made it back home.

The movie specificially focuses on the inclusion of women in these ranks and the account is based upon real people who actually operated behind enemy lines. The movie showed the tactics of the Nazis to capture spies and force information from them. It also showed the methods of Hitler’s hordes to control the populace by instilling intense fear into them, along with flooding them with propaganda.

As I watched, I could not help but see similarities between the Nazis and so many of the churches and church leaders who protect abusers and oppress the abused. There is bullying. Threatening. Silencing. False teaching (propaganda). And then there were the scenes in the movie of women spies who had been captured, tortured, and imprisoned.

I know that I will be accused of exaggerating and there will be the angry responses of “how dare you accuse your brothers in Christ of being like the Nazis.” But it’s true. There are definite similarities in methodology.

And I would simply say – if you don’t want to be accused of being like a Nazi, then don’t be like a Nazi.

Studies in Real Repentance – CRC Sunday Sermon

October 11, 2020

Pastoral Reading
Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[in the house of the Lord

Opening Hymn
Sing Praise to the Lord (Trinity Hymnal #21)

Focus this week: Mark Foertmeyer and Mack McConkey

Congregational Hymns
Blessed Assurance (Trinity Hymns #693)
I Need Thee Every Hour (Trinity Hymnal #674)

Offering Hymn
One There is Above All Others (Trinity Hymnal #186)

Scripture Reading
Exodus 32:15-29

Preaching the Word
Studies in Real Repentance, Jeremiah 3
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Closing Hymn
Everything, CRC Hymnal #75
What will it cost me to follow the Lord?
What is the price of a life that’s restored?
If I am willing to walk in His way,
What is the price I must pay?
All that I own,
Everything !
All that I am,
All that I love,
That is the price I must pay,
That is the price I must pay.

(links to sermon and hymns are in blue font)

The Hardness of the Hypocrite – CRC Sunday Sermon

October 4, 2020

Pastoral Reading
Psalm 21

O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices,
    and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
You have given him his heart’s desire
    and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
For you meet him with rich blessings;
    you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
    length of days forever and ever.
His glory is great through your salvation;
    splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
For you make him most blessed forever;
    you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
    and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

Your hand will find out all your enemies;
    your right hand will find out those who hate you.
You will make them as a blazing oven
    when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
    and fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
    and their offspring from among the children of man.
11 Though they plan evil against you,
    though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
12 For you will put them to flight;
    you will aim at their faces with your bows.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
    We will sing and praise your power. 

Opening Hymn
All Praise to God Who Reigns Above (Trinity Hymnal #4)

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