Whether it is found in the secular world, the metoo movement, or the church world we are not happy that certain accusers like to avoid following the rules of legal justice. The idea of using sexual allegations to mar the reputation or destroy the life of a famous people is not right. In recent months and possibly years unsubstantiated sexual allegations from 20 to 30 or more years ago are being used to get revenge on people.
In America and most western countries the accuser needs to have evidence to support their claim. So far not one woman has produced real evidence for the alleged episode. We have followed those stories because they have entered the spiritual world as well and now have entrapped Mr. Hybels. We are not a fan or a supporter of Mr. Hybels but we do not like injustice no matter where it is done.
Saying something took place 20 or 30 years ago is not evidence. The Bible tells us
A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed. Deut. 19:15
Now some may say that, for example, Mr. Cosby has over 50 witnesses against him. Thus their allegations must be true. That is not so. What Mr. Cosby has is 50 individual witnesses for each individual account. There is no one backing up the stories of those women on each alleged incident. Telling a husband is not evidence or adding a witness because the women may be lying to her husband and protecting herself and he did not witness the event in question. The same goes for telling other people about the supposed event.
Getting revenge for a supposed bad sexual encounter is not biblical either. Revenge is God’s and the legal system was not set up so women have a sledgehammer to use to get back at those men who may have hurt them in some way. Or for the fact that the men did not perform sexually to the satisfaction of the woman or did not keep a promise. The legal system was set up so that everyone, rich or poor, could receive justice.
Then we have the problem where men and women of authority automatically believe the woman’s story just because she is a woman. This is not the right attitude to take because women are not immune from lying. They are also not immune from becoming false witnesses
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence. Ps. 27:12
There is nothing in that verse or similar ones that exclude women from being a false witness.
If you ever have witnessed a trial or been involved in one as a witness you know that in America and other western countries, people are asked to swear to tell the truth. The legal system is supposed to work by being told the truth. That is why there are perjury laws. Lying to court officials is a crime. Even God has lets us know that only the truth matters
Then the king said to him, “How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord? 1 Kings 22:16
I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. 2 John 4
Without more witnesses in these sexual allegation cases how can anyone, including court officials, know what is the truth. Basically all these women have is their word against the man’s word. We do not care aboout the principle of ‘a woman’s honor’. Obviously that outdated notion is being used to harm possibly innocent men and pervert justice. It is also not a biblical teaching, since so many women have been recorded as sinning greatly against God in the Bible and in history.
Christians are not to take a woman’s account lightly and brush it off. Their stories need an honest investigation in order to find the truth of a matter. BUT nor should their words be blindly accepted and believed, especially if there is no physical evidence to support her account. If you recall the story of the Jewish man whose daughter-in-law disguised herself as a prostitute, etc., even she did not make an accusation without real physical evidence to support her story.
Sorry ladies but being traumatized, scared and afraid are not excuses to be believed and to support the failure to gather physical evidence.There has to be real evidence to make sure a crime has actually been committed. One person’s word is not good enough. 30 people’s words are not good enough unless they were actually witnesses to the same event in question.
We cannot allow for the perversion of justice because God explicitly told us to be just– Mich 6:8. It does not matter who is making the accusation justice must be preserved at all costs if we want to be in obedience to God. It also des not matter if the alleged crime is secular or spiritual. If pastors or church leaders are accused or commit a crime then justice must exhonerate or convict them. Not a single allegation from decades past.
What we have seen in this metoo and the attacks on men like Mr. Hybel is basically the Salem witch trials, communism and totalitarianism. It is not Chrstian, spiritual or of God. Those 3 examples should serve as sufficient evidence as to how far justice has fallen in the modern age. Those events and governing styles did not nor do not seek to be just. They seek excuses.
When you read the Bible and do a word study on the words justice, truth, witnesses etc., you will find that God has already laid out the procedure for how justice is to take place. Then when you read about the last judgment, you see God following his own rules
12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds Rev. 20
God uses real evidence to judge those who disobeyed him and rejected Jesus as their savior. We are not better than God.
Unfortunately, the world’s legal authorities and church leaders are not as holy and as incorruptible as God is. Injustice will occur and hurt many innocent people. Unless the church starts getting ocurageous and sets the right example. They have to set the right example first before raising their voices to the unchurched world and telling the blind, the deceived and the lost that they are in error.
The church has to obey God correctly if they want to make any impact on the lost world for God.