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'I lost my church' over abuse

Written by Peter Smith on .

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander gave a powerful interview in Christianity Today. She is known for her eloquent statement of forgiveness toward her abuser, Dr. Larry Nassar, during the recent and dramatic series of victim-impact statements at Nassar's sentencing. More than 150 women said they were sexually abused by him under the guise of medical treatment.

While some in the evangelical press touted her forgiveness, there is much more to the story, as was evident in her statement and is even more evident in her interview.

Articles in evangelical press, she says, failed to emphasize also her call for "swift and intentional pursuit of God’s justice" when there is abuse.

"I lost my church" for advocating for victims of sexual abuse, she added.

That's because, she said, she belonged to a church that was involved in restoring the leader of Sovereign Grace Ministries despite the scandal of coverup of sexual abuse in that small but influential church group. More on that here.

The only reason I am able to have the support of these leaders now is because I am speaking out against an organization not within their community. Had I been so unfortunate so as to have been victimized by someone in their community, someone in the Sovereign Grace network, I would not only not have their support, I would be massively shunned. That’s the reality.

 

 

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