2 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. 4 And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), 5 to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Galatians 2 NKJV
What does BCF cult leader Victor J. Hall, Joseph Biden former US Vice President and Harvey Weinstein disgraced Hollywood Director have in common? They are essentially the same men in different guises. This blog post is all about seeing the culturally sanctioned abuse of the powerless by the powerful in both the world and the church as one and the same. They are rooted in sin and the flesh and they are empowered by demonic forces. This is not the time to be mincing words and pandering to the desperate need of the powerful to silence their victims through the forced submission to politically correct thinking and cowardly acts of what some call love and respect but others see as accommodation and sycophancy.
When we left the cult Brisbane Christian Fellowship in 2004 I remember saying to Steve that what we had experienced was the thin end of the wedge. I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. Those words were prophetic. As we found, it is the thin end of the wedge in so many ways not the least important or puissant being that of morally corrupt men having the power to abuse women and children. In the last thirteen or so years we have amassed a huge body of knowledge and experience of the world and the rest of the church which has stood testimony to this truth. I thought once I healed from the abuse that I would no longer want to talk about it. If BCF had been the thin end of a very small wedge then that would probably have happened. The fact that the wedge is not just large but universal and that this behaviour is being repeated throughout both Christendom and the world makes it practically and ethically impossible to put your spiritual feet up and just live your life as you would wish. No woman naturally desires to fight anyone or anything. Our God-given affections lean towards sustaining relationships not relational or even physical aggression. Those who do, and I was raised by one so I know what I am talking about, are either corrupted by abuse themselves or simply have a preternatural bent towards manipulation and control. Frankly my own opinion is that these women are demonically influenced or actually possessed. But that is another story.
I recently saw a video of Joe Biden the former Vice President during Obama’s reign. I had heard his name but knew nothing about him and wasn’t inclined to find out. Australians don’t usually follow U.S. politics unless it has something to do with them personally. Really, we are pretty ignorant of foreign governments and their personalities unless we make a habit of watching Fox News or CNN or some other mainstream media broadcast based in the U.S. That being said, I found this video to be more than intriguing, it was in fact deeply disturbing. I also wondered as I skipped through the most painful bits (involving mainly little girls) how something like this just gets ignored or dismissed.
The problem is this. In any institution which has an established culture and long running traditions and a huge power pyramid the little guys always bow to those higher up in the pyramid. So people like Joe Biden who is second only to the President end up with a huge attitude of entitlement. He is the stunt double of the ‘leader of the free world’. He gets to do whatever he wants right? Wrong. He has MORE responsibility for his actions because they affect so many others. This is not tolerable. It is bad enough that old white guys with patriarchal, misogynistic and predatory modes of operation run governments. But if there is literally no sanctuary with God’s people then where do we turn for comfort and support? THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is the essence of the crime. It is not just a crime against the poor, the widows, the orphans and the disenfranchised, it is a crime against God. For God himself says he will take revenge on those who are the victims of the power-hungry corrupt men who say they are God’s shepherds and prophets and teachers.
It doesn’t appear, at first google, that Biden has a great reputation amongst his countrymen. A lot of people are awake enough to recognise his behaviour as not just creepy but sexually abusive. Nobody should get a free pass to touch anyone at anytime. We have personally experienced pastors and elders of churches who think that by virtue of the fact that they are leaders, men and ‘christians’ that they can touch anyone in any way they want to and if anyone complains they were either ‘just joking’ or you are ‘just too sensitive’. They may apologise to your face but you will get the sharp end of their gossiping tongue and probably get shunned as we did. And I am not referring to BCF here but a recent foray into a church which was also established by Ray Jackson Junior.
Jackson was a sexual predator and apparently a lot of churches he established have this kind of culture within their doors. It is NEVER OK to treat anyone with disrespect but in Biden’s case, this man was swearing-in the members of the Senate in an official ceremony replete with photo opportunities and cameramen filming his every move. If these videos are all over the internet, and this was not his first public outing as a sexual predator, then this man clearly does not see any reason to change his behaviour. He is obviously being sanctioned by those at the top of the pyramid and those in the Whitehouse to whom I would assume sexual predation is normal.
Before I go any further, here is the video of Biden I was referring to.
The first family to enjoy Uncle Joe’s special attention is the worst and most uncomfortable thing to watch, especially for the poor little girl in the red dress who simply couldn’t get away and was unable to get any help from the men around her, in particular her father who appeared not to even notice what Biden was doing. Often however, these kinds of things are part of the general cult mentality in these institutions. Hollywood is another culprit for allowing this kind of thing to carry on without question. I do not for a moment think that the latest Oprah Winfrey speech at the Golden Globes or the self-righteous declaiming of all things Weinstein is going to change anything. This abuse has been part of the Hollywood backstory and ongoing culture and is not going to stop. For some reason they have thrown Weinstein under the bus, he is the sacrificial goat for this year. The fact that so many have denounced Oprah’s speech is because she has been well known as one of the supporters and even enablers of Weinstein. Nobody is going so far as to call Oprah a pimp, but she appears by some accounts to certainly have helped Weinstein’s lecherous behaviour.
Despite all appearances to the contrary there is actually a difference between pastors and elders behaving like Joe Biden and Joe Biden. And what is that difference? The difference in these men is not in their base nature or their capitulation to it. The difference is in the way God sees them. God’s anger and judgement upon the wicked is one thing, his anger and judgement upon those who claim to be His people is something else. They may both end up in hell but one group are supposed to be under the grace of the blood of Jesus Christ. We expect the unsaved to act like citizens of Sodom despite the fact that certain of them like Biden are again, ostensibly, elected officials who are supposed to be above reproach (or at least that is the fairytale we have listened to for centuries).
Our fight however is ongoing. We seek not to out these men for the sake of feeling justified in ourselves or making ourselves seem more righteous because of it. In my experience there is a vast difference between the Christian who has suffered at the hands of unscrupulous church leaders who have taken advantage of his trust and loyalty and those who grandstand about their own purity at the expense of other’s reputation. We have not chosen to call out corruption. Well, OK, yes we have. I mean, we blog, we talk about it frequently and we are not going to stop talking about it. Until these men repent, and frankly I am not expecting it any time soon, we must call them on their pretence. Again, a snake who doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a snake is far preferrable to a camouflaged predator who fools the prey into thinking they are safe and then makes a jump for them when they are not looking. These are cowardly acts.
To say nothing, to pursue our own comforts and a life outside of all corruption and false teaching would mean that we go back to sleep. Once awakened, a sleeper is ready to go out into the sunlight and live. To love sleep is to love sin and ignorance. Look at Jonah. We choose to act, to speak and to oppose false shepherds and predators of every stripe. It is not ‘our best life’, humanly speaking. But it appears to be what we have been formed for.
Take care Vic Hall and every man who runs Brisbane Christian Fellowship. Your judgement is upon you and even now if you repent you will be able to escape God’s wrath. If you do not, even unto death, then you will face His great wrath against you at your death. Hell is forever gentlemen and there is no escape. And to any Christian who has left BCF and no longer believes in Hell, I feel sorry for you. God is just and righteous and it is a truly terrible shame that people who formerly believed and loved Him have been turned away by abuse and false teaching. God has mercy upon you and will seek after you as a shepherd after a lost lamb, but He will have no mercy on those who have done this to you. Of that I am certain and know it for sure to the bottom of my very soul. I also include those leaders such as Raymond Guyatt and Graeme Harry and other men who have left BCF and not repented of their sins against the Church. Do not think that just because you are out you can just carry on with your lives and ignore the terrible damage you have inflicted. You need to repent and ask forgiveness of those you have abused. REPENT gentlemen or you will perish!
If it wasn’t for the fact that the Bible itself has prophesied that this would happen, I would be crying out how it is possible for the church to come to this terrible place. Things are going to get worse, a portion of the church, the largest portion I am afraid will reject the Bible, the orthodox teaching of Jesus and Paul and the Prophets and Apostles and follow after man-made fables and false gospels. They will eventually become the end times church which will hail the Antichrist as Jesus himself. So, while we still fight the good fight, we fight with the end in sight and the end for us is not on this earth.