Concerning what you wrote about Hannah - your apology is accepted and I forgive you. Thank you for taking my request to heart. Bear in mind I'm only speaking for myself, not JA or Hannah.
One further question: How much oversight do you give GCC peers or pastors over what you write publicly? I realize you may never answer that question, but for sensitive issues like this it is human to write something hurtful in the heat of passion over strong beliefs. It is easy to take a favorite side without investigating the facts. With GCC being such a trend-setting church worldwide I'm sure the broadcast image of all the elders is very important.
I, too, have forgiven Fred for last week's inappropriate comments regarding my daughter and repercussions on our family and have sent Fred a personal e-mail. Hannah accepted Fred's apology earlier.
|Thanks to reader Tom Kelley for submitting this :)|
Trolls and Spiritual Abuse
I've been saying from the beginning that the lawsuit was about spiritual abuse; a pastor is trying to exert his control over those who have left to prevent them from talking. The lawsuit was an attempt to shut down this blog. The pastor and some of his people will do anything to sabotage this blog, including trying to bring sympathetic outsiders into their fight against us by spreading gossip, and using them to continue this battle as was evidenced last week. (Fred mentioned in his blog comments: "Your old pastor emailed me when I put up my second post on wicked sheep to tell me how much he appreciates my being discerning with my post and comments interacting with other "survivor bloggers" and to explain his side of the story. "
What's interesting is that in their quest to cause disruption here, they are blatantly sinning (calling young girls disgusting names) and bullying and showing no Christ-like behavior. Would God call people to sin in order to fight His battles? I don't think so. People who are so blinded that they behave in such a fashion are also ones who could be easily deceived and convinced to drink the tainted kool-aid because they have lost common sense of what is right and what is wrong. Please pray for these folks as they are in a dangerous place.
In light of the above, I am going to toughen up the posting rules a bit. I will periodically switch from moderated to unmoderated comments, as necessary. I am much more inclined to delete Anonymous posts, so please refrain from posting using "Anonymous" as a name. Instead, either use your real name (first name is fine), or select a pseudonym and stick with the pseudonym. Thank you for your understanding.
Let's move on . . . .