Opportunities for complaint can also be opportunities to bear good witness and improve our relationships with those around us.
Stop abus aims to “make our churches more welcoming and safer”, says the CNEF. Evangelicals had already released a guide of good practices to fight sexual abuse.
Vitaly Vlasenko, a pastor in Moscow, in an open letter: “As a citizen, I apologize to all those who have suffered, lost loved ones and relatives, or lost their place of residence”.
The pastor was immediately dismissed. The Federation of Evangelical Religious Entities of Spain “categorically and forcefully condemns any case of sexual abuse”.
Please, stop complaining. It underlines our sin. Trust God and don't give up.
God always responds, though sometimes not in the way or at the moment we would like.
“We have a responsibility to prevent, to react and to set an example in whatever we can do”, the CNEF says. Since 2019, eleven cases in evangelical churches have been reported.
When we thank God in all circumstances, we learn to overcome them.
In a UN Human Rights Council session, evangelicals ask Algeria “to allow re-opening of all churches and revise the ordinance on non-Muslim worship”. The government argues they do not comply with Algerian legislation.
A Christian who has worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with an international organisation says these kind of abuses are “a common practice in countries where there is impunity, and a rape and sexual exploitation culture”.
As discontent rises in the coming months, let us be careful not to be like these rabble rousers, only complaining and wanting what we do not have.
The High Court of Koblenz tries two former officials of the Syrian government, accused of crimes against humanity. “The torture system has been used to crush civil society”.
The more we complain, the more we are showing others how little we depend on God.
“We strongly support the creative freedom of the artists”, responds Netflix in a statement. The First Temptation of Christ has been produced by Brazilian YouTube comedians.
If difficulties arise, immature Christians soon disappear, because the last thing they are willing to do is endure difficulties.
Our world can never be improved by bitter, griping people.
The reports about Andrew Brunson’s release are just another example of how little the media know about evangelical churches.
Time teaches us to recognise that what seemed so terrible then wasn't as bad as it seemed.
We have to learn that a complainer is no good to the world.
Can you come back and win a world cup match when your team is down 3-0? I bet most of us would say no. But the answer is YES! Quarter-final, England, 1966: Portugal is up against the star revelation of the tournament, Korea, and losing 3-0.