Leaders who stand conveniently silent – or willfully ignorant – regarding the abuse and exploitation of God’s people by another leader, are idolaters.
They sacrifice innocent men, women and children on the altar of their own ease and self interest, which they often justify by their own warped concept of unity and misguided sense of friendship.
Understand that eventually you will be forced to give an account of your silence – not only to God, but in the “here and now” to His people whom you profess to serve.
When that happens, don’t get mad at me for doing what you were unwilling – but obligated – to do as one entrusted to protect His people.
Paul commanded Timothy thus:
Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it can be confirmed by two or three witnesses. Those guilty of sin must be rebuked before all, as a warning to the rest. Before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, I solemnly charge you to carry out these commands without prejudice or favoritism of any kind. (1 Tim. 5:19-21, NET)
Is this unclear?
Are the problems of disqualifying leadership sins and abuse any less today than when those words were penned, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, two thousand years ago?
Why have you ignored a clear Biblical command to listen and investigate?
Why have you refused to confirm credible accusations that have been floating around for years?
Why have you shown favoritism toward your fellow conference speakers, book endorsers, and mutual-ministry promoters, by allowing them to prey on God’s people and cover it up?
Why were you prejudiced against the victims, by ignoring or even hiding the sins committed against them – and refusing to protect others through public rebuke?
Don’t recoil against me for refusing to turn a blind eye, choosing to side with the victims, and deciding to warn others.
After all, where were you when the predation was first exposed?
Where were you as others then helped cover it up?
And why have you continued to endorse and promote such men through your links, mentions, shared sites, mutual publications, joint conference appearances and favorable reviews?
If this offends you, get over it.
Until you learn to be more offended at the abusers – and their complicit co-conspirators of cover-up – than at those who dare expose them …
Until you stop your own complicity of self-serving silence and willful ignorance …
… you gravely sin against God and His people.
Repent, and start learning to walk in integrity as true elders among His people once more.
Let’s get things back on track as we again affirm the Living Word, submit to His written Word, and walk in integrity.