Who knew we needed an authority on life transformation?
I simply found the notation on the book cover amusing. I have no particular opinion of Ganz having never heard of him before today. I will save my opinions on the RPCNA for another day and another thread.This went off the rails a little. For the record, in principle, I have no issues with: professional haircuts, healthy and attractive smiles, transforming one's life, the RPCNA. I just always thought it was funny that Dr. Ganz was the one exception to the "You know a Christian book is bad if the author is smiling on the cover" rule.
Collateral damage from false reports made for political reasons. Blame the liars, not the doubters.If the world's response to #MeToo is to believe all women without proof, is the church's response to ignore all women without consideration?
Collateral damage from false reports made for political reasons. Blame the liars, not the doubters.
Sort of like the 'fake hate' cases. There have been too many of them to accept any claim at face value at this point.
A few of them may be true, but don't be gullible and certainly don't believe the agenda driven media.
Yeah... This is what I was trying to get at it with my earlier comment.A further wrinkle: Despite the good work many do (Traditional Thai massage was just listed on the cultural heritage list by UNESCO) it is difficult to get a visa for a thai masseuse, and the lady brought to the US was listed as working another job. If this girl and others were listed falsely as working other jobs and yet were brought to the US to pleasure this man, this is very clearly human sex trafficking. It was not merely a "mistake" or "sexual sin" (all men lust to some degree, and some act out on it), but this was an intentional process of immigration fraud and human trafficking. He is not just a man, therefore, who "stumbled" or even "fell" but was a predator. And considering that such paperwork is complicated, there are, no doubt, others in the organization that aided and abetted human trafficking. No wonder the org protected him because they are also at fault.
One one occasion (in public and with others), I interviewed a weeping trafficked Indonesian woman. She seemed to see me and flee to me and began to sob. I hope it was because I represented a safe refuge and did not look creepy (she said she saw me give a meal to a beggar and had began following me). She was told to come to X City for a job. The visa broker then collected her visa and held her documents. Then she was told what she was actually expected to do. Pay was withheld when she did not perform. Away from home, scared, without money, and without travel documents, she could not even purchase tickets home to flee. We paid for her tickets and arranged booking and confirmed that she got on the plane back home. We think of these 3rd world visa brokers as the scum of the earth. But what if you are a poor 3rd world therapist and find yourself in a strange land (the USA) propositioned by a powerful man who holds your visa and pays your travel and bills? I see no difference. This is not consensual. It is predation.Yeah... This is what I was trying to get at it with my earlier comment.
This is no longer your typical "fallen pastor" story; this is a sordid, criminal, double-life story.
It's safer. If there was equality of power, the risk of exposure would be too great. So they prey on weaker targets that are less likely to cause public scandal, and more likely to be marginalized if they do complain.but I'd just like to ask why pastors can't just sin like other people. People fornicate and commit adultery every day and yet in most of these evangelical scandals there is almost always some predatory element and abuse involved,
Maybe it is a tongue-in-cheek question, but I'd just like to ask why pastors can't just sin like other people. People fornicate and commit adultery every day and yet in most of these evangelical scandals there is almost always some predatory element and abuse involved, often involving children or others who are exploited. At least make it consensual...yikes.
The wife might be guilty if she knew what was happening and turned a blind eye and lived off the proceeds of his fame.So Ravi is guilty. Thompson is guilty (she sent pics), and I would imagine some of these women have committed actions that would make them guilty.
But his wife and children aren’t guilty and there’s not a lot of talk about prayer for them. My goodness how terrible they must be feeling.
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It's safer. If there was equality of power, the risk of exposure would be too great. So they prey on weaker targets that are less likely to cause public scandal, and more likely to be marginalized if they do complain.
But there are cases where the pastor's mistress is of equal or greater social standing. Take Walker Railey (First Methodist, Dallas). His defense to accusations that he strangled his wife was that he was with his mistress, commonly referred to as Papillon, at the time. Attempts to frame the Klan were unsuccessful, although he was eventually acquitted since there wasn't sufficient evidence to overcome the alibi. (He lost his pastorate and later served in a PCUSA church).
And Barry Bailey First Methodist Fort Worth, saved a number of troubled marriages in that church by giving women the attention that they weren't getting from their husbands. His career ended when he offered his special counseling to a single woman employed by the church, and her rejection went public. Some of the wealthy matrons of the church were offended to find out that they weren't so special, after all, and some of the husbands were upset as well.
Bill Pruitt of Highland Park Presbyterian better fits your model, as he targeted daughters of missionaries who were separated from their families. There, he likely sought out a position that would give him access to targets (it seems to be frowned upon to ask if he suddenly abandoned his actions when he moved to Dallas).
I had a similar experience. RZ seemed to be a great memorizer and could deliver strings of quotations as a speech very well. I never read his books and only listened to him when I used to listen to the radio in a vehicle which would have been < 2005.He has like five messages. And his books are compilations of Chesterton and Kierkegaard and Muggeridge. I stopped reading him around 2006 for that reason.
I had a similar experience. RZ seemed to be a great memorizer and could deliver strings of quotations as a speech very well. I never read his books and only listened to him when I used to listen to the radio in a vehicle which would have been < 2005.