The Village Church Scandal

In light of the Village Church scandal and something I recently heard from a friend in a different state about a similar issue she’s dealing with, I’m reposting this:

A useful guide to the faux Churchy language of sexual abuse & violence cover-ups: ‘we’re all sinners, he’s still your dad/husband/brother/pastor/youth minister/preacher/friend’s dad, forgive, and absolutely no gossip!’  One very useful function of this list is learning to know what not to say.  http://bit.ly/1mii5kb

Pyschological socialism: this is a great term for an ugly thing. No, two parties are *NOT* always at fault in a broken relationship.  This applies to marriage, but also to any abuse situation. I can’t even believe it needs to be said, but it does… http://fb.me/1tN8kQySc 

Abusers and their unwitting helpers need to stop hiding behind acusations of gossip as well:

Read 1 Corinthians 5, and note the things Paul does and does not say- I outlined them here.   For instance:

Isn’t it interesting that Paul doesn’t say- tell the church to stop gossiping about it, go privately to this man, pray with him, accept his tearful repentance.  Paul didn’t say, “work on reconciliation between the man and his father’s wife,’ or anything like it.  Paul says, ‘Quit boasting.  Mourn!! And remove him from among you!’  I don’t know what Paul thinks of the wife, because he doesn’t say- but Paul also doesn’t call the woman involved Foxy Bubbles nor waste any time blaming her and making excuses for the man on the basis of his libido. I’m guessing that the woman was not a professing believer- but Paul doesn’t say. He just says that man needs to be removed from the church, and now.

Paul doesn’t say, “Sin is sin, and there but for the grace of God go I, and we can’t judge.”  Paul says “I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.”

Paul does not say, “advocate for him with the Civil Magistrates- sit with his side at a court trial, write letters to the judge on his behalf pleading for leniency. Hire a lawyer to defend him.”  Paul says, “Deliver him to Satan!”

Paul doesn’t say to befriend the youth minister who turned out to be a child molester, the pastor who commits sexual sins by foisting himself on the 22 year old girl who has been under his authority since she was a teen, the father who has been abusing his children, the husband who continuous berates his wife- he says “not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

Paul doesn’t advocate keeping this quiet, just letting the leadership know, squelching discussion, not allowing anybody to know.  He says to apply the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  Charismatic tyrants and child molesters are not even on speaking terms with sincerity or truth.  

In the Village Church/ Jordan Root story, Jordan is already a confessed child molester and user of internet child porn= which is not a victimless crime. Those children are real children, being broken, damaged, destroyed, for the lustful carnal pleasures of wicked, evil men (and a few women).  Those vile creatures who pay for this and watch it are no more innocent of the crimes against these children than a man who hires an assassin is innocent of the murder just because his hand never touched the weapon.

And a problem with his ‘confessions’- as is highly typical of abusers- is that it has unpeeled like the layers of an onion, and each confession reveals that the previous confession was actually an exercise in deceit.

Wade Burlson has some sage advice for the Village Church leadership.

Matt Redmond is also sound on this.  (thanks, Tamara, for the links)

Show me an unbreakable signed church covenant in the Bible.  Just show me a signed contract, period, as a biblical requirement between membership and leadership.  That in itself tells you that you are dealing with a church that is not based on the New Testament. God established the church, and signed contracts between the leadership and members are not part of what He put into place.

However, that’s really a side note.  We have yet another example of human beings thinking they know more about child abuse and the perpetrators of it than they really do, and doing great damage as they blunder on in their ignorance.  Ah.  Perhaps because these church leaders are merely men in their thirties.  Biblical eldership is about elders, not young men who haven’t yet even reached middle age.

UPdated to add- The Village Church is doubling down and smearing Karen in the process. They sent a letter out to their membership about why they were putting the wronged (now former) wife under church discipline, but not the pediophile who has clearly not come close to confessing all his crimes. IT’s obnoxious, arrogant, and a nasty piece of work.  Come to my house and I can tell you exactly what I think of it without holding anything back.

They imply that SIM (the mission organization they worked with) doesn’t want to work with her, but that’s not the case:

to be a SIM missionary you have to have a church send you, SIM doesnt send people without a church over them.

http://www.simeast.com/index.php/en/go-serve/steps-for-service
“Step 1: Talk to your church leadership and members of your church. Ask them to pray with you and advise you about participation. Their encouragement, evaluation, and support in prayer and finances will be vital to your mission experience. But more than that, it’s the church which sends you, with agencies like SIM working in partnership with them.”

I want to be clear that what the TVC implied was that SIM considers Karen Hinkley unworthy to serve, but that is not what SIM has ever said. Here is what SIM said in their email regarding the termination of Jordan Root:

http://watchkeep.blogspot.com/2015/05/she-speaks-village-church-protects.html?m=1

Dated
February 25, 2015
“…terminated Jordan Root’s membership with SIM USA.”
“Karen continues in active status with SIM”
sincerely,
Eric E. Ernst
Director of Personnel

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6 Comments

  1. Tamara
    Posted May 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    One thing you may or may not have noticed: in the SIM letter regarding Root’s confession….
    “he stated that he has not harmed any child”.

    Harmed.

    Does that get the spidey senses tingling? :-/

    Also…his access to children over the years included therapist in a child/adolescent mental health facility and worker at a refugee children ministry. 🙁

    I had a Bible school student (former church youth), who unfortunately has more arrogance than common sense or empathy, decide to use my facebook postings on this as an opportunity to argue that God always hates divorce.
    Before I deleted his comments, he posted just gems as “The husband in this case may have deep failings in his responsibilities has husband…[but] if the husband will not fulfill his duties”…the wife should still “maintain the gracious disposition which the Bride (of Christ) is called to have… for the purposes of reconciliation, not to rip apart and tear apart a holy thing which God has ordained to be the picture of the unity of Heaven on earth.”
    Mega postings of 1 Cor. 7
    And a lot of “Why do you not like what the Bible, what God has to say?” 🙁

    Yes…he was basically quoting a class paper he had written.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted May 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I did notice the careful way he worded his ‘confession’ and ‘repentance,’ partly because I just read this about Chris Delaney in the Sci-Fi world.

      But even if he has never touched a child since he was an adult, he does indeed actively harm children through his child porn habits, and he knows real children were and are exploited for his sick fantasies. And his careful, planned access to the most vulnerable children around convinces me that he is a seasoned manipulator and a hard case. Ugh.

  2. Posted May 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Not to mention that there is no way under the sun that he could truly have thought that he was PLEASING GOD by indulging in porn, let alone kiddie porn.

    Where are the real men of God in this situation?!

  3. Posted May 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again for the link love there! You’ve been sending a lot of traffic over to http://www.watchtheshepherd.blogspot.com today. My most recent post is on the Duggar story – and it’s along the same lines but more on not having discussions about sex abuse shut down. http://watchtheshepherd.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-duggar-story-thoughts-and-links.html

    Virginia Knowles

  4. Maureen F Garcia
    Posted May 26, 2015 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Your observation about how every new onion layer revealed is actually evidence of deceit is perfect! And common to sex offenders. Also, it is symptomatic of many sex offenders of children to believe that the sexual abuse they perpetrate does not “harm” their victims. So, no, he shouldn’t be trusted. He would need to answer more direct detailed questions. And even then as mentioned above, we know he lies.

  5. Nana Ruth
    Posted May 27, 2015 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Thank you DHM.

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