I still care a great deal about issues surrounding church abuse and pastoral corruption.
Whether it’s Calvary Chapel or Neo-Calvinists perpetrating the abuses, I care a great deal.
There was a day when I believed that external pressure alone could bring reform and repentance to places we exposed as needing both.
A recent article on the Daily Beast relied partially on the work we did on these issues years ago.
That article will have the same effect as all of mine did…not much.
Calvary Chapel in particular is a one man show…and that man is even more entrenched in his ways then when I started.
He doesn’t care what anyone, especially bloggers, think about him or his work.
Chuck Smith along with C.J. Mahaney and all the rest don’t have to change…they are wealthy and powerful and sovereign in their realms.
Unless they break the law, the only ones who can change the organizations they run…are the people that support them.
This is not “defeatism”…this is my rational conclusion based on years of experience, documents, and an understanding of present realities.
Victory, to me, will not be defeating our perceived enemies, but empowering those who are and would be victims to overcome them and their work.
It has seemed to me that it is the people in the pews who we should try to influence and educate.
So, instead of constantly making much of corrupt leaders, I choose to make much of Jesus and His word.
I want to empower people to think for themselves and question traditions they have accepted without much examination, both in the pastorate and the pews.
If we can get the Body of Christ to understand that all are as important to the church as the pastor, many of these abuses will stop because people won’t tolerate them.
That’s my goal…to empower and strengthen people so they recognize and boot those who would use them.
There is a time and a place for what we used to do…but it’s not everyday, all the time, at least not here.
That does not mean I object to those who do choose to focus on these things…the internet is big enough and the need great enough for all perspectives.
The only objective victories we won came from dialog with those within the camp, who I have chosen to continue offering our perspective to, online and off.
When this generation of leaders passes perhaps our efforts to inform the next group will engender positive change, which as I have noted can only be willed from the inside.
Finally, there is great beauty, joy, hope, wisdom and truth in the Body of Christ and we neglect all of that to our own detriment.
There is much to read, much to sing, much to celebrate.
That is as important to note as all the abuses.
Maybe more so…
I ask that you treat each other with the respect and dignity here that you may have been denied elsewhere…that you model here what you want the whole Body of Christ to be.
In doing so you will at least change your part of the church…
Blessings on you all.