First of all, let me say that no, this is not satire. Sadly, this is a true story.

And it hits home hard for me. I have tried to make my family a safe place for kids in foster care, and young adults who need mentors. One of our former foster daughters is living with us right now to escape an abusive relationship.

One of the highest callings we have as believers is to love unconditionally, and that means to help people in productive ways whenever we can. Obviously, we can’t solve all the world’s problems. But James taught us this: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

I just received an anonymous tip about a current crisis a young lady is going through, and the Stanton church (Spring Valley, to be exact, including the father and sibling of this young lady) decided to turn her away. She’s currently sleeping in her car to keep her child safe from her husband. If anyone reading this is in the San Diego area and can give this young lady an emergency place to stay, please reach out to me and I’ll see if I can connect you.

Here are the facts as I know them:

The daughter of a Stanton member had a child, and she recently discovered her husband molesting the child. Upon learning this, one would expect that the Christian thing to do would be to take the young mother in, and allow her a place to stay, temporarily, while she gets on her feet, and becomes stable. But no.

Stanton’s response was to deny her a home, from both the father and brother of this young woman, and to refer her to a woman’s shelter. Meanwhile, Stanton will eagerly take in visiting members of their own sect for their trips.

The hypocrisy of this is astounding.

Further, they attempt to use this gross violation of a young child as leverage to attempt to win this young landy into their church. This is the ultimate in abusive/manipulative behavior: “I’ll help you if you bow to the power I have over you.” They are attempting to tell her that entry in the church is necessary to get any help. This is astonishing, and grossly unbiblical. Is this what Jesus was talking about when he discussed the Good Samaritan? Did he question the Samaritan’s views before agreeing to help him out?

Wow. If you can help, please call me: 208-249-8893.

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