Is this how a good shepherd of the congregation should treat his flock? I’m just asking.

“In rephrasing the question, he pointed to BK as the one needing to adjust, asking, ‘How do you change?’ He used a similar pattern to what he did to Dawn Varvil. Can you see how he twisted what she said and accused her of waffling to make her question her own thoughts and statements? Did you pick out how Steve inferred BK was ungodly because she handled the situation differently than other women who posted scripture on social media? Did you notice how many times the word ‘love’ came out of Steve’s mouth in his attempt to present himself as the better person? What did he mean by his statement, ‘The leadership does have to answer for this situation?’ What was their answer? What was their plan forward? BK, blown back by the verbal, emotional, and spiritual abuse foisted upon her, quietly folded her paper with the fifty names on it and sat, tears streaming down her face. It was apparent that the senior minister’s plea to forgive him if he hurt her smacked of insincerity. He turned the emotional knife he’d jabbed her with after his asking to be forgiven. My heart broke for BK. The display I just witnessed stunned me as it did several others in the crowd.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, pp. 96-97.)

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