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My readers continue to provide excellent dialogue on the topic of the defamation lawsuit and whether the Bible condones lawsuits among Christians. This one was worth a blog post. Thank you, Anonymous!
To new readers: Chuck O’Neal and Beaverton Grace Bible Church filed a defamation lawsuit against 5 people (3 mothers and 2 young adults) citing “defamatory” phrases taken off of public Google reviews, DexKnows reviews, blog posts/comments. I am one of the 5 named in the lawsuit.
DEFAMATION IS A CRIME: Pastor Chuck O’ Neal, his wife, his children, and Beaverton Grace Bible Church as a whole, have suffered JulieAnne’s hateful lying slander for well over three years. After seeking counsel from a pastor on staff with Grace Community Church (under Pastor John MacArthur) and reading him several excerpts from JulieAnne’s endless defamation, he recommended that we FILE A LAWSUIT in an appeal to Caesar as the Apostle Paul did when falsely accused of crimes against God and the state. The lawsuit has been filed in the Washington County courthouse.
“in an appeal to Caesar as the Apostle Paul did when falsely accused of crimes against God and the state.”
This refers to Acts 25:11 but one needs to read the entire chapter to get the context. I have scoured the text and several commentaries to find any correlation between what Paul was saying and having the right to sue another Christian. Folks…it just isn’t there. As is common with Chuck’s teachings this is scripture twisting. Go study this out. The clear teaching on lawsuits is in 1 Corinthians 6, “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before saints?…Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?…”
We must carefully check everything that is taught as the Bereans did.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
“Often, of course, open rebuke is necessary. Silent testimony will only go so far. Failure to speak out against and to practically oppose evil things is a failure to obey God. Believers are to expose them in whatever legitimate, biblical ways are necessary. Love that does not openly expose and oppose sin is not biblical love. Love not only “does not act unbecomingly” itself but it “does not rejoice in unrighteousness” wherever it might be found (1 Cor.13:5-6). Our Lord said, “If your brother sins, go and reprove him in private…If he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you…If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church”(Matt.18:15-17). This is the responsibility of every Christian (1Tim.5:1,20;2 Tim.4:2;Titus1:13;2:15)” MacArthur Ephesians commentary, pg. 212
These steps were followed. Chuck would not listen. This blog is a legitimate way for the truth to be told; darkness brought into the light, if you will.
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