06 Impact of the Case and Significance for the Future

  • “What Do These Stones Mean?” ~ Joshua 4:21
  • What impact do you see as the BGBC case having on future lawsuits involving pastors and/or churches?
  • What impact do you see as the BGBC case having on the spiritual abuse survivor community/movement?
  • What impact do you see as the BGBC case having on the general Christian community, and especially on its leadership?
  • Other Invited Articles on the Lawsuit’s Impact

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“What Do These Stones Mean?” ~ Joshua 4:21

In the course of the past few years, the “spiritual abuse survivors’ community” has learned the value of “crowd-sourcing” – opening the opportunity for members to participate through contributing questions, detailed information, opinions, and the like about issues of common interest to us, or of public interest to the wider society. So, in creating the BGBC Defamation Lawsuit Archive, it seemed fitting to finish the task with a crowd-sourced forum of opinions from invited guests on what they see as the case’s impact, and then also open it to comments from the public readership.

We approached about a dozen men and women who are relatively well known in the spiritual abuse survivors’ community. We asked them to consider writing something on one or more of the following things we can learn from Beaverton Grace Bible Church v. Smith, regarding its impact on:

  • Future lawsuits involving pastors and/or churches.
  • The spiritual abuse survivors community/movement.
  • The general Christian community and its leadership.

Their responses will be collected here to start that process of our community considering what this case has meant and could mean.

It also seemed fitting to open the forum to others who read this blog, so you are welcome to contribute your comments on this Archive page: What do you think may prove to be the impact or significance of this case? (And if you have insights and comments beyond the three topics suggested here, please use the comment form for page 07 Public Commentary on the Archive.) What are your thoughts about what invited guests or other commenters have said?

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What impact do you see as the BGBC case having on

future lawsuits involving pastors and/or churches?

Article forthcoming.

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What impact do you see as the BGBC case having on

the spiritual abuse survivor community/movement?

Article forthcoming.

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What impact do you see as the BGBC case having on

the general Christian community, and especially on its leadership?

Article forthcoming.

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Other Invited Articles on the Lawsuit’s Impact

We may invite specific people to submit articles on their particular perspective about the significance of Beaverton Grace Bible Church v. Smith e.g., legal, theological, church consulting, etc.

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NOTE: If you have comments on the impact and significance of this lawsuit, you can post them here. If you have comments or questions about the material on other Archive pages, please post them on 07 Public Commentary on the Archive – not here.

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