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Confronting Abusive Pastors, Part 1: Speaking Truth to Power

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” – Martin Luther How do we handle misconduct by leaders in the church, especially when it goes beyond merely personal sin and involves an abuse of position or trust which harms the church and hurts others?

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Confronting Abusive Pastors, Part 2: My Personal Angst

Much to my dismay, God keeps bringing people to my door who have been abused by a pastor or other trusted church leader. Over the last year, I’ve taken on three cases against abusive pastors. Two involve significant embezzlement and fraud by pastors in different churches. A third involves extensive sexual abuse and misconduct by […]

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Confronting Abusive Pastors, Part 3: Private or Public Sin?

How should we react to an unrepentant pastor who’s used his position of trust and power to prey on women – often after turning to him for spiritual counsel and support during vulnerable times in their lives? All the theory in the world is great. But one thing I’ve learned from experience is this: Those […]

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Confronting Abusive Pastors, Part 4: Mandatory Public Reprimand

What if the local church refuses or otherwise fails to stop a pastor or other church leader who abuse his position of trust and power? Then he must be openly reprimanded as a public warning to all – no exceptions! 1 Timothy 5 teaches this.

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Confronting Abusive Pastors, Part 5: Civil and Criminal Law

So you’ve tried to follow the procedure of 1 Tim. 5, as discussed in Part 4 of this series, by investigating and exposing church leaders who abused their positions of power and trust. But what if you were rebuffed? Or what if – despite public reprimand, confession and repentance – you reasonably fear that they […]

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