The Bible warns us about "wolves in sheep's clothing" and one of the most evident ways in which we see them at work is when they prey on women in the church. They find ways to integrate themselves into the functions of the church by being charismatic, ideas-filled, enthusiastic, and articulate speakers. For some, they may not see this as a problem, but for those of us who have encountered the profiles of such characters before, we see it almost immediately.
Even Jesus, Luke, Paul, and Peter warn us about them.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." - Matthew 7:15
"I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;.. - Acts 20:29
"For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds." - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep." - 2 Peter 2:1-3
We have to protect our brothers and sisters in the church from these "wolves in sheep's clothing, and hopefully, by you tuning in today, you can discover how and also how to minister to the women who are scarred by the detrimental effects of clergy sexual abuse.
Tune in today as Sandy and I discuss the following:
- Sandy's testimony on how she was groomed, sexually abused, and manipulated,
- How the church responded to the sexual abuse,
- What the church told her to do in response to the sexual abuse,
- How this experience changes one's view of church and God, and
- How to respond to women who have been sexually abuse in the church.
If you'd like to more know about this topic or more about Sandy's story you can visit her website or buy her book below:
Sandy Kirkham's website - https://bit.ly/3EHWpza
"Let Me Prey Upon You: Breaking Free from a Minister's Sexual Abuse" - https://amzn.to/2Zq1ps8
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