by Suzanne Calulu cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn’t Rape
Today it was announced on Vision Forum Ministries site that in light of the Doug Phillips scandal that the ministry would be locking the doors and shuttering the building. They are completely shutting down. Here’s what they’ve posted on the Vision Forum Ministries site.
The Closing of Vision Forum Ministries
In light of the serious sins which have resulted in Doug Phillips’s resignation from Vision Forum Ministries, the Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interests of all involved to discontinue operations. We have stopped receiving donations, and are working through the logistical matters associated with the closing of the ministry. While we believe as strongly as ever in the message of the ministry to the Christian family, we are grieved to find it necessary to make this decision. We believe this to be the best option for the healing of all involved and the only course of action under the circumstances.
My first reaction upon hearing the news was ‘oh holy *expletive*’ Could not believe it, First Baptist Church and Hyles-Anderson College didn’t close when either Jack Hyles or Jack Schaap were outed as adulterers. Jimmy Swaggart has been caught with nasty cheapo hookers more than once and he’s still on the air touting his special blessed Bibles and other religious geegaws as it only ever temporarily slowed him down. Oh Lawd, oh how the money still rolls in!
I could just be engaging in idle speculation but this makes whatever it was that Mr. Phillips did or didn’t do much worse than his published confession on the website of ‘emotional infidelity’. VF has stopped taking ministry donations. When the money stops rolling in it sounds like something more serious. Could be there were other improprieties going on that haven’t hit the press yet.
If I were a betting woman I would say it’s likely some financial ‘situation’ has taken place and someone is nosing around the ministry’s books. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.
Wonder what the staff at VF is going to do? The loss of jobs has to be heartbreaking to those staff members that believed they were helping do the Lord’s work, had nothing to do with the scandal and are now facing unemployment at a time when the government has made serious curtailments to unemployment, food stamps and other assistance programs. They are being punished and have done nothing to deserve it.
Mrs. Doug Phillips and assorted little Phillips are being punished by no fault of their own.
But the ones I feel the worst for are the thousands nationwide that supported this ministry financially. They’ve been fleeced for years by someone that cannot even practice the same things he insists on from everyone else.
There’s nothing that hurts more than finding your dreams turned to ashes and everything you’ve believed in isn’t quite what you thought it was.
I’m of two minds about all of this. Glad that this means that Doug Phillips will no longer have a public bully pulpit to spread his warped ideas of what following Jesus means and unhappy for all those people that are humiliated, losing their livelihood or being punished in any way by the ministry closing. May a merciful God restore them to wholeness.
Who will the Botkin Sisters follow now?
Tell me what you think about this sudden and unexpected news.
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Calulu lives near Washington DC , was raised Catholic in South Louisiana before falling in with a bunch of fallen Catholics whom had formed their own part Fundamentalist, part Evangelical church. After fifteen uncomfortable years drinking that Koolaid she left nearly 6 years ago. Her blogs are True Love Doesn’t Rape and Calulu – Seeking The Light
NLQ Recommended Reading …
‘Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich
‘Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland
‘Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce