If we are true Christians, as in we have a personal relationship with Christ, are obedient to God’s will and are willing to do what is required of us, in obedience and humility, then repentance is something we will be willing to do.
It will be interesting to see the report for the formal complaint about spiritual abuse by a Church leader and what the leaders are required to do and I hope it is soon.
Within this complaint I have also highlighted and brought to their attention, how the senior leader and the Church as a whole failed, within this big test by God. A test of many issues God required exposed and I have highlighted in full.
If the report does in fact highlight all this, then as ‘Christians’, these people are meant to repent and God’s teachers are judged more harshly by God, so their failure to repent, will not be without consequence.
I wonder what their ‘repentance’ will look like?
They are meant to show remorse, apologise and mean it, so it will be interesting to see what occurs.
Will their repentance just be between them and God, hiding away with no courage shown, or will they be prepared to show this publicly and to me personally?
Will they accept how deeply distressing all that occurred and the complete failure to show any support, has been for me and my family?
Will they understand how spiritual abuse is evil and is trauma, for anyone to endure?
Will their pride get in the way of any genuine remorse?
Will their failure to accept criticism for the way this was all handled, be accepted by them, with humility?
I have said that I don’t ‘need’ an apology from them and I don’t, I am secure in my understanding of all that occurred with absolute clarity, supported by my wise counsel.
But, it will be a true indication of their reaction to the report – if it does highlight ‘everything’ and the appropriate responses/consequences required – and there is far too much evidence to minimize the seriousness of this complaint and all that occurred.
So, we will see.
I’m certainly not holding my breathe, I think hell will freeze over, before they genuinely apologise with real remorse and appropriate public repentance.
But, you never know what God may do in their hearts.
I need to have a reasonable expectation of what will occur, but God is capable of miracles.
Proverbs 29:1 – A person is destroyed, not simply because he errs, but because he becomes stubborn when he is rebuked and will not repent.
Repentance requires honesty, one of the reasons I believe narcissists cannot be teachers of God’s Word, because they are not capable of honesty and repentance.