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

Sin is like fungus: it grows best in the dark. We need to keep exposing this wickedness to the light.

The Reformed Reader

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(This is a repost from October, 2014)

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 or church leadership 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.  I’ve edited a bit for the purpose of this blog:

1) Victim reports abuse to her pastor.
2) Pastor does not believe her claims or thinks they are exaggerated. After all, he ‘knows’ her husband to be one of the finest Christians…

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Pastor of the Free Reformed Church, Launceston, Tasmania. View all posts by Wes Bredenhof

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