Chuck Phelps is now trying to explain the new ‘forgive and forget’ sexual abuse accusation that he blew off.
You remember the scandal that happened to Woody Allen? He thought it was an awesome idea to shack up with his stepdaughter!
Well I guess we have another Chuck Phelps approved and not concerned about another 'Woody Allen’ saga. Why do I say that? Because Chuck Phelp’s story is a comedy of errors of sorts. I mean Cheryl’s stepfather attempted to do the same thing as Woody Allen did.
He also said he had no legal obligation to call the police because she was an adult when he learned of the allegations.
The sad part is? She had younger siblings in the home as well, and Phelps decided to take the family’s word that THEY reported Cheryl’s claims to the police. Can you imagine?
In the world of one of Woody Allen’s comedies that could happen. The fact we don’t live in the land of comedy – where people don’t get hurt? Chuck Phelps failed his moral obligation to protect those children in the house UNDER the age of 18.
He didn't just blow off Cheryl, but failed her siblings as well.
I have to wonder if we tell people that rob houses if they went to Chuck Phelps house, and they get caught? Tell Pastor Phelps you called the police before they made the decision to rob him. I mean if the man is gullible enough to think the family is going to going to report their own molester? Why wouldn’t he fall for it!
Here is a girl that has gone to his church, and his school. She tells him about unwanted touching from her stepdad Woody. Then Pastor Phelps decided since Chuck Phelps himself told him to STOP that Woody the stepdad did! This is a man that helped raise this young woman, and unlike Ernie Willis he wasn’t brought before the church for (ahem) a compassion plea. I mean he was unfaithful as well no?
It wasn’t until Cheryl was on vacation with her family, and told her Aunt and Uncle about what was happening at home did ANYONE do anything. They – thankfully – took her in their home since it seems her church, and AGAIN her own mother wouldn’t protect her.
In the portion of the letter posted on the website, Sheffield said Cheryl told him her stepfather had been touching her at night, starting when she turned 18 and continuing for a year. He said Cheryl's mother was told of the abuse in January 1996, shortly before Cheryl turned 19, and that her mother went to Phelps for help.
Phelps said the letter went on to say that an officer with the Warner police was investigating the case.
Sheffield said yesterday that he had read what Phelps posted on his website and said he remembered writing everything except the part about the police investigating the case.
"That's news to me today," Sheffield said. "That's completely foreign to me."
Sheffield said he wanted to call the police in 1996, but Cheryl was scared and refused to talk to an officer. Instead, Sheffield said, he called DCYF, since he was concerned about Cheryl's younger sister living in the Warner home.
Now, if we read the above? Phelps is hinting at the fact that Sheffield (the uncle) was going to report what happened to Cheryl, because she had younger siblings in the home.
You notice that Chuck Phelps himself – knowing about this even before Cheryl’s Uncle - didn’t think to do that. Once again Chuck Phelps is trying to say that it’s the police’s fault. It’s not Chuck Phelps that should have called, because according to him he had no legal obligation to do so.
The letter that Phelps posted on his website? It wasn’t even sent to Chuck Phelps to begin with. Another thing he attempts to take credit for receiving:
Sheffield also said he didn't send that letter to Phelps, but wrote it in response to letters he said Cheryl had been receiving from friends at Trinity Baptist. After Cheryl moved to California, letters began arriving at Sheffield's house, "questioning why she was leaving God, leaving the church," Sheffield said. "It was all being blamed on her by them."
He said the person to whom he sent the letter must have given it to Phelps.
This tends to line up with what Tina Anderson was saying from the beginning as well. How they were the one and true church – how everyone else is not doing it right, etc. Ahem. I'm sure Chuck Phelps will also state that he had no idea about the letters - which would be a lie.
Sheffield said he also had a phone conversation with Phelps either shortly before or after he mailed the letter. He said he asked Phelps why he didn't report the allegations to the police, and "what I remember him saying is he did not have any obligation, any legal standing to report this," citing confidentiality rules protecting a pastor's conversations with church members, Sheffield said.
While Phelps said yesterday that he never instructed Cheryl to forgive and forget, "I'll never forget that," Sheffield said, recalling his conversation with the pastor. "He used the words 'forgive and forget.' That it did no good to destroy that family."
Tina was thrown under the bus for the sake of Ernie Willis’s family as well. There was no reason his family needed to be destroyed, and so they sent Tina away to have her baby among strangers.
Now. Seriously. Can you imagine any pastor ‘condoning’ a Woody Allen type of relationship within their church? I guess in Chuck Phelps eyes he didn’t. I mean he told him to stop, and according to Chuck Phelps he did. According to Cheryl? Well, I guess that doesn’t matter. We must not destroy that family.
We also don’t need to make sure that stepdad Woody doesn’t go on to ‘touch’ anyone else in that family – well besides his lovely enabling wife.
Church’s like the ones that Phelps ministers to? They are ones that hold family above the people within it.
They are ones that use rose colored glasses to see the ‘best’ only. They refuse to deal with the dirty that happens in this world.
They are part of the reason that people leave the church, give up on God, try to drown their pain with drugs and booze. Why? They need to deal with the dirty parts, and find a way of living with them in order to heal.
Forgive and Forget? Phelps says:
"That is language that is being suggested by a special-interest group that publicly criticizes independent Baptist churches to generate media attention," Phelps, now a pastor at a Baptist church in Indianapolis, said in a statement. "That allegation is a bald-faced lie."
Malachi 2:7 “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. 8 But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the LORD Almighty. 9 “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”
Your play on words does NOT make your actions better. I’m not part of a ‘special interest group’, and it doesn’t take brain surgeon to realize you once again have shown your proven track record of betrayal.
Breaking Covenant Through Injustice
Malachi2:17 You have wearied the LORD with your words.
“How have we wearied him?” you ask.
By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them”
or “Where is the God of justice?"
Partiality in matters of law God sees. It was so plain others see it as well. You don’t enable a Woody Allen type of stepfather to stay in the home with other children. Their safety and wellbeing is more important than the marriage. It was evil and even children can point it out to you.
Reference Article, “Pastor fires back in new abuse case”
9 “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”
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