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No need to get big mad 😡 Furtick camp. Just politely and professionally issue a statement to media that the pissing pastor isn’t your boy. @elevationchurch.
Audio of calls to Holly Furtick and Jimmy Mynatt, director of security at Elevation Church from a North Carolina reporter asking about the peeing incident
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If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times. The sun is setting on the days where you could get away with the evil these people have perpetrated with a slap on the wrist and an office switch. #ChurchToo #MoodyToo
For clarity Moody Bible Institute announced this in their weekly President's Chapel this morning, which is available for viewing (at least currently) here: facebook.com/watch/?v=98169… I'm going to watch the relevant parts and tweet quotes in case it gets taken down. #ChurchToo
This chapel service will be about "one of the challenges we're currently facing," says Moody's president of ~1.5 years, Mark Jobe. Jobe says he will address this with a "shepherd's heart and a dad's heart." #ChurchToo
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LIKE @VRSVirginia I WILL NEVER LET THIS ONE GO EVER‼️💯
AND BECAUSE OF THAT DOCUMENTARY THAT WAS AIRED AGAINST OUR WISHES TO BE AIRED A MTH BEFORE THE @INQUEST_ORG STARTED THAT WAS AIRED ON @BBCTwo AND @bbctwoscot ON REPEATS THAT WAS SHOWN TO A SENIOR @CoronersNews #AndrewWalker WHO BASED HIS WHOLE INQUEST ON WHAT WAS SET UP
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MORGUE FOR OVER 5 AND A HALF YRS BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF YOUR @MetTaskforce @metpoliceuk, YOUR @CommonsJustice SYSTEM, YOUR @UKParliament , YOUR @10DowningStreet , YOUR #MSMIsTheEnemyOfThePeople YOUR @NHSEngland @NHSEnglandLDN @MentalHealthGov WITH YOUR CHOSEN #corrupt
#LeadershipOfService @Keir_Starmer WHO IGNORED YOUR FIRST SON #PrinceCharles INVOLVEMENT WITH @JimmySavileNews AND HIS VICTIMS THAT HAVE JUST BEEN LEFT WITHOUT JUSTICE WHEN #KeirStarmer WAS HEAD OF @cpsuk AS I AM SURE THE WHOLE OF THE #RoyalsFamily ARE ALL FULLY AWARE OF, SO
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A MESSAGE OF #Truth FOR HEAD OF @churchofengland @JustinWelby WHO SITS IN THE @UKHouseofLords WHO IS OWNED BY THE @RoyalFamily @KensingtonRoyal @TheDukeOfYork TO HAVE @CofE_Education @cofestats @CofEEnvironment TO DO WHAT MY #God WLD NEVER EVER DO TO ANY CREATURE ON HIS EARTH
AND FOR #TheQueen TO ACT AS IF SHE HAS NO IDEA WHAT WE THE @Public_Citizen ARE BEING SUBJECTED TO WHILE IGNORING #EpsteinIsland @VRSVirginia #EpsteinFlightLogs THAT HER SON #PrinceAndrew IS STILL ALLOWED TO #AbuseofPower AS THE REST WHO ARE CONTROLLING US THE @PUBLIC
WHO ARE SIMPLY TREATED AS THE #churchtoo WHO ARE TAKING THE #LordsQs IN VAIN AND THOSE WHO REPRESENT THE @ch_15256980997 LIKE THE SO CALLED #ManofGod @BrianWillmot WHO CAN TAG ALMOST ALL WHO ARE ON @TwitterRetweets INCLUDING @CSAQT WHEN TAKING TO ME AS IF I AM SHIT ON HIS SHOE.
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In therapy today I was processing w/ my psychologist the curses & lies that have been hurled at me in my hometown for telling the truth about my abuser & helping expose a pastor who admitted to molesting boys. Happened again this last trip home.
She asked what I needed to feel safe as we concluded.

I asked her to speak a blessing to me. She spoke powerful truth & life tenderly from her ❤.

I'll treasure & remember that when I face relational danger again.

Therapy can be sacred work. Take heart, weary therapists!
* Pastor now at new church. No 1 even knows to look 4 victims from his yrs as youth pastor.

His wife is blamed for reporting & divorcing. No investigation. Facts distorted & kept from most. He got the mic to spin his false narrative. Many enraged I supported her. Hi, Steve!🙋‍♀️
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I sometimes refer to my "E.F. Hutton" gang. That's a group of folks on Twitter who, when they tweet, I "shut up and take notice". Here, I'll tell you some of them.

Most are friends of mine, but really...they're just freaking sharp as all get-out
@UT_Grad_Amy is probably the best investigator. She knows how to follow the money, and the "5 Ws and an H" better than anyone. A cartel of abusers will not stand up to her scrutiny.
@jdahlmd is the resident pathologist of Twitter. But her body of knowledge is much more than that. Her Image Repair Analyses are the stuff of legend.
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So #ChrisHeuertz's org, Gravity, has released a statement claiming they had a 3rd party investigation done. I've heard the investigator actually had NO confidentiality disclaimer, didn't have ppl's names correct, was all around untrustworthy. I've been involved w other orgs tht
had leadership called out abt abuse who also hired "3rd party investigators," who only ended up redacting info to make sure it showed no fault of the leadership. It's so shady whn the orgs owned or led by the accused leader run the investigation. We saw this w Willow Creek whn
the initial investigation led by the church found Hybels committed no abuse. It wasn't until those who believed the women hired someone outside of Hybels supporters when they began to uncover truths. Gravity's board has clearly shown their favoritism. But I believe the women. We
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I have been deeply moved as I've watched these moms face danger bravely.

Where are the moms & other women in #churchtoo? In 1 scandal after another in churches large & small we've refused to protect children or stop predators.
We've supported & tolerated empty words, meaningless plans, countless meetings, endless excuses & impotent responses by feckless men in church world.

Men have refused to use their power & influence to stand against evil, stop abusers & protect the wounded & vulnerable.
There may be lots of reasons for the men (usually) in charge to cover evil & protect the brand but where are the MOMS?!

Have the women in church world been taught bad theology & conditioned to the point that we have lost our natural ferocity to protect children on our watch?
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John Crist thinks that an 8-month hiatus is enough to make people forget all the awful stuff he did. He claims to have gotten treatment but my sources say he’s been victim shaming some of the women that spoke up against him. christianitytoday.com/news/2020/july…
This is what I heard from someone that knows @johnbcrist personally.

“John continues to reach out to many of the girls or keeps tabs on them through social media. He is known to block girls when he's done with them to make it look like it's their fault...”
“...then will unblock them to begin his cycle again. He [John Crist] victim blames by calling the girls 'hypocrites' as you heard him say in the video. His behavior hasn't changed, he got caught. He also didn't stay in rehab but was often vacationing with his family...”
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We believe many Christian leaders when they lie b/c they are supposedly men of God w/ integrity by virtue of their role & celebrity status, not their actual character.

They have carefully crafted, $-making facades

Truth tellers are always scorned & ignored in abusive systems.
Any excuse to discredit is sufficient to dismiss facts.

Ravi Z got his fans to ignore careful documentation @RaviScam presented b/c Steve is an "atheist."

One label on truth teller can cause loyal fans to support an abuser no matter how many facts must be ignored to do so.
Support is given to those controlling the desired narrative. There is not a love for truth & a hatred of evil in much of the church world.

If Danny were not trans, I assure you there would be another reason given for ignoring his careful documentation & appropriate concern.
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Dear @FirstOrlando: Despite being a documented clergy predator who sexually abused me as a kid, Tommy Gilmore has had 50 years’ worth of care, cover-up & career advancement within the #SBC & the support for him obviously continues to this day. 1/10 #SBCtoo thewartburgwatch.com/2020/07/01/ope…
Meanwhile, I’ve been shamed, blamed, bullied, intimidated, ignored, threatened & vilified by Southern Baptist leaders – lots of them. The contrast is stark and painful.

Photo: Me at time of abuse in #SBC Girls Auxiliary regalia. 2/10 #SBCtoo #institutionalbetrayal #ChurchToo Image
Each time when he was done with me, he always ended by saying, “God loves you, Christa.”

You all are likely people who value your faith...imagine how much his conduct affected mine. Whenever someone wants to tell me about “God’s love” I feel a visceral urge to vomit & run. 3/10
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I’m struggling today with trying to understand why much of the segment of Christian Twitter that was so vocal during Willow Creek and Andy Savage is now deafeningly silent about Menlo Church & the Ortbergs.
I don’t want to be cynical, but as a survivor of sexual assault that my church covered up for a long time, this feels too familiar. It appears as though some ppls willingness to stand against this stuff is limited when someome they know turns out to be one of the players.
It’s disheartening to see so many of the same people that pointed fingered at Willow Creek for closing ranks, or called out Andy Savage’s church for the standing ovation and public shows of support, are now both privately (& some even publicly) coming alongside the Ortbergs.
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And just so you know, the trauma, whether overt or microaggressive, NEVER EVER leaves. Once inflicted, it always stays. It might lessen. It might dim. But it's always there. So don't say to the women tht #ChrisHeuertz didn't harm or they'll get over it
#ChurchToo #MeToo #TimesUp
I've done SO MUCH healing of my rape and trauma. And yet, it's always there, hibernating. When I first got married, EVERYTHING came back out w a vengeance bc the level of vulnerability required was so triggering. I cldnt believe it. Yet, here I was.
So don't tell survivors they'll get over it, esp when it's not overt abuse or assault.
You're just perpetuating rape culture and supporting abusers and predators.
STOP IT.
#MeToo #ChurchToo #TimesUp #Enneagram #SacredEnneagram
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Let's also tlk abt the massive harm and trauma microaggressive predatory behavior, like #ChrisHeuertz's does to one's psyche. Just bc there was so physical assault dsnt mean there's no abuse or predatory behavior. It's manipulation, makes the victim seem crazy.
Microaggressive abuse is so harmful bc first the victim nds to even process thru, acknowledge there WAS abuse. This takes so long. This is why the collective women coming together is so imp bc it's possibly the 1st time realizing, omg I'm not crazy. I wasn't overreacting or wrong
This is why predators isolate their victims. Bc there is strength in numbers. And bc there wasnt overt harm done, most of these abusers are protected and let off w/o much consequence, allowing them to cont their abusive behavior elsewhere.
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It's beyond imp for all #Enneagram folks to knw of the abusive predatory behavior of #ChrisHeuertz.
33 courageous women hve come fwd to brk dwn the wall of silence tht's been protecting him until now 1/20
#Metoo #ChurchToo #TimesUp
medium.com/@daphneeck/ope…
But now is the time for these women's stories to be heard. Some of you will read this piece and have several thoughts that ALWAYS come up whn the issue of abuse comes up:
1) This sounds vindictive and vengeful
2) I know said abuser, he/she could never do anything like tht 2/20
3) He's married. Why would he need other women? They're so happy together
4) His wife/spouse is supporting him, standing by, denies anything ever happened, if s/he knew, they'd say something
5) The board wld've knwn but no one said anything? How's that possible 3/20
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"Men ought to vouch for the work of their female counterparts. But should we have to? When our word becomes a must, something like permission, it carries more weight than is right." – @aarikdanielsen knocking it out of the park.

fathommag.com/stories/women-…
The first time I wrote about #ChurchToo, about 2.5 years ago, I *cried* thinking of how much I wished a man had written the article instead. Not because I didn't think it was good – I knew it was, honestly. But because I wanted men to read it and care, and I feared they wouldn't.
I roll my eyes a bit at that version of me now. If men won't click on an article because the author's name sounds like that of a valley girl then...that's not my problem, really! But I also have a lot of sympathy for her. Her fears were well-founded — she knew the realities.
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For those who wonder why not all Evangelicals are lauding Ravi Zacharias at his passing, here is a summary of concerns.

spiritualsoundingboard.com/2020/05/12/bef…
He used an NDA to silence his clergy sexual abuse victim, @LoriAnneThomps2. He defamed her w/ the aid of feckless Christian media & the enabling of his spineless colleagues.
When asked to explain his suicide threat email proving his predation, he hid behind the NDA he had just broken smearing Lori Anne & her husband.

Classic predatory behavior which is overlooked if a celebrity brings in enough annual funds & prized connections.
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Integrity is what qualifies a pastor for office and preserves a pastor in office, but I’m afraid the idea has become foggy to us. Do we know what we are looking for? How do we measure integrity in the first place? +

#churchtoo
#WhenNarcissismComesToChurch
At its foundation, integrity is established & maintained relationally.

✅ with God ✅ with others

There is no such thing as a pastor that leads people well in public who treats people poorly in private. +
To sacrifice integrity as a pastor (and by extension, church) is to trade something living for something dying; the Holy Spirit for carnival religion. A few indicators of integrity: +
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Yep. I'd say there's another element at work here, too. It's that it's hard for folks to reconcile the man they think they know--and what he has done for them--with who they really are.
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, but this is one of the most important takeaways of #churchtoo: bad guys ALMOST NEVER "look" like bad guys.
The sexual predator in your church is not the creepy, socially-akward guy. (Those types in your church are actually good guys in spite of being socially obnoxious.)
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There are very specific reasons why people cannot or will not see the truth about people they admire or even about themselves. When you wrap religion and any sort of “authority” around the criminality/deviance — it is that much harder to help the unseeing world see. #churchtoo
There is a lot at stake for people to come out of their #betrayalblindness. IMHO, the time has not yet come for communities of faith to reckon with their own religious deviance and they may never. #churchtoo #institutionalbetrayal
This is also enrobed in politic and wrapped tightly with individual rights and freedoms to be utterly insane and ardently admired. We are a LONG, LONG, LONG way from cherishing the #whistleblowers — we would rather run them through instead. #churchtoo
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1/ Opening words from the @willowcreekcc Saturday evening service South Barrington:

"Good evening everyone. It's been another tough week here at Willow."

"Worship is not distracting ourselves nor escapism"

It seems appropriate the opening song is from @hillsongworship
@WillowCreekCC @hillsongworship 2/ To be clear, the leader of @hillsong is currently under police investigation for covering up child sexual abuse perpetrated by his pastor father.

I confess these @willowcreekcc vocalists, musicians, producers, are consummate professionals. Absolutely top-notch performance.
@WillowCreekCC @hillsongworship @Hillsong 3/ Words from @mattlundgren's prayer: "forgiveness, surrender, every good and perfect gift, peace, comfort, healing, wisdom, mercy, forgiveness, grace, direction, open eyes, open ears, open ears, open hearts."

"There are some germs going around--don't shake anyone's hand."
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NEW: In an interview today, ⁦Southern Baptist President @jdgreear strongly denounced disgraced leader Paige Patterson, and advised churches to consider Patterson's history of mishandling sex abuses before inviting him to preach. #SBCtoo #ChurchToo houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
@jdgreear Greear's comments came after I asked him about decisions by two churches to host/honor Patterson, including a Dallas-area church that recognized him as a "defender of the faith" earlier this month. #SBCtoo #ChurchToo #CaringWell

More on that:
@jdgreear Greear: I advise any Southern Baptist church to consider this severe action before having Dr. Patterson preach or speak and to contact trustee officers if additional information is necessary. #SBCtoo #ChurchToo #CaringWell
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#Thread for reflections, commentary, and snark on the Pre-General Conference briefing in Nashville. This is billed as more “informational” than “conversational” event—so those aspects will be here!

Scroll for the whole thread and hold onto your butts.

#UMCGC #PreGC2020 #UMC
First hearing from the Indy Plan promoters.

So we get 20 minutes on this Plan...but now they are saying that all the Indy Plan supporters are now supporting the Protocol.

#UMCGC #PreGC2020 #UMC
The Indy Plan supporters suggest NOT electing new bishops in 2020 because of the upheaval/transitions.

Surely it has NOTHING to do with the wave of progressive/centrist delegates who will shut out any traditionalist bishops in 2020 in every jurisdiction.

#UMCGC #PreGC2020 #UMC
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