|Countdown: 5 days till court date, drawn by JA’s 9-yr old|
Just a few things to share before a “regular” blog post coming up as my 9-yr old is busy with his drawing for the post.
Phil Johnson from Grace Community Church (John MacArthur’s church) reached out to me yesterday and we had a lengthy conversation. As you may recall, in one of the earlier reviews that Chuck O’Neal posted on Google (oy, a lot of activity here!), he said something to the effect that a pastor had given him the okay to sue us. John MacArthur has continuously preached/taught that Christians should not sue and so it was important to find out if they in fact had recommended Chuck sue us. I don’t know if there will be more of an official statement coming out than was issued yesterday, but I personally don’t think they outright encouraged Chuck to sue. This would make sense also by the fact that Chuck recently removed that particular review from the Google site. There might have been some gray area in communication and understanding, but I just don’t believe they encouraged it. Regardless, I was very pleased with the conversation and I think he left with new insights regarding the situation between Chuck O’Neal and the defendants of the law suit or at least my perspective on situations. I felt he was warm and genuine and really listened. He said there would be a staff meeting today and would be bringing up this situation. Ya think?
During my first two conversations with pastors from Grace Community, I did not feel like our issues were heard very well or even acknowledged and this was conveyed to Phil. He apologized for that. In hindsight, they are probably aware that things could have been done differently. Who ever would have thought this would have gone so viral? Wow! LOL Go Streisand Effect!
It appears that Chuck O’Neal has broke his silence. MSNBC.com featured the first story I’ve seen which includes comments from Chuck.
* * * *New edit here: Regarding the issue of were we asked to leave or did we leave on or own accord, this is the msnbc.com quote:
Smith, who used to play piano at the Beaverton church, said she and her family were asked to leave the congregation in November 2008, but it was almost a year before she took her grievances online. Church leaders, however, deny ever asking the Smiths to leave and claim her family left of their own accord. (http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/16/11698334-oregon-mom-sued-by-church-over-online-criticism#comments)
Oopsie: look at this post and judge for yourself.
I copied the top part of the review. I have underlined the important phrase:
– Nov 18, 2009
JulieAnne’s Destructive Slander Continues To Whom It May Concern: Almost a year ago JulieAnne and her husband were Biblically put out of Beaverton Grace Bible Church with a group of families and individuals that were engaged in ongoing divisive slander.
This is Chuck’s “review” on Google. I have a screen shot of it in case it is removed from Google.
Also, I found out early this morning that a press release was issued. I’ve read it, it’s long, drawn out and has no place here on my blog and he does not get to have a platform here. Amen. Amen. And Amen!
I’ve added links to blog stories and interviews (both tv and radio) on the right side bar. I did an interview with Don Miller in FL and would love to find a copy of that. If anyone can locate it, please send me an e-mail. Don Miller was the first media personality to discuss the case as it pertains to spiritual abuse and I very much appreciated that. I’d love for you to hear it.