I can understand your frustration, Ramon.
Oh, that this site was just about any of us individually. If it were there wouldn’t be a need for a site like this. This site would seem to represent the Robertas, that model who begged for help, the victims, the staff – who have been told over and over that they steal the people’s money, the volunteers – who for decades couldn’t even get a cake in appreciation for their service.
If this site is confusing to you, I’m sorry. You may have had only great experiences at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. It could also be that you may not know what if feels like to be free from spiritual manipulation. So many people have had to find healing and solace outside of the walls of Brooklyn Tabernacle BECAUSE of what has happened to them INSIDE the walls. It’s sad and it’s true.
There was a site years ago that tried to sound the alarm about what a pastor without accountability has led to. It’s referenced on this site and you can go read for yourself. These were wounded sheep pleading for their shepherd to STOP HURTING THEM. Pleading for the light to shine in dark places.
Is this site the best venue for this? Probably not. The best venue would have been for the senior pastor to become introspective, to repent, to change his ways. But he didn’t and if history is any indication, he won’t. I’m not sure how he will respond to the fact that his sheep are openly discussing their pain, but no doubt he will minimize. He will strategize. He will tell them not to talk to one another because it’s gossip. But the truth is Alexander the metal worker did Paul much harm. The Brooklyn Tabernacle has caused many much harm. Silencing victims of harm is over and the light must shine in dark places.
Ultimately giving him a chance to repent is the most loving thing we can do; giving a chance for him to break over the brokenness of the Body that lays before him. Has he preached? Yes. But he has also done much harm. What will he do in the end?