Jackie Black is starting a Biblical Counseling class from Christian Counseling and Education Foundation. Jackie who helps run Redeemer Arlington in the Washington, D.C. area is going to speak about issues related to psychology and more. This post looks at the issues with CCEF and David Powlison’s connection with a disturbing scandal that took place in the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). This blog must conclude that as a result of the former Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, Pennsylvania that David Powlison is okay with rape and domestic abuse.
“The more that we choose not to talk about domestic violence, the more we shy away from the issue, the more we lose.”
“From what I’ve been told, the scariest part of being part of a domestic abuse relationship is the idea that you cannot escape and you cannot get help, that feeling of being stuck.”
2 Thessalonians 1:3 NLT
Drink the Kool Aid Redeemer!
There is something I noticed when studying Redeemer Arlington’s blog that I wanted to turn into a quick post. I actually wrote about Biblical Counseling in the ongoing Harvest Bible Chapel scandal in Chicago recently in, ““I Won’t Slander the Bride of Christ” Addressing Evangelical Cultural Issues on Speaking Up and Challenging James MacDonald. Will Garrett Higbee, Dan Plantz, Kent Shaw, Dean Butters or Fred Adams Have the Courage to Speak Up?“
Who is Jackie Black?
At Redeemer Arlington Jackie Black has several different roles. She leads the Biblical counseling program at Redeemer. In addition she also does administrative work and helps run the children’s ministry. According to LinkedIn Jackie has done this role at Redeemer since December of 2014. She also is a recitation instructor and volunteer for Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF). Jackie has worked for CCEF for eight years. Prior to that Jackie worked for Bethany Christian Services until she was hired by Redeemer in December of 2014. When it comes to education Jackie went to Anne Arundel Community College, then attended Columbia Union College in a degree of psychology. Jackie then attended Westminster Theological Seminary where she got an M.A. in Biblical Counseling.
Biblical Counseling From CCEF is Being Pushed by Redeemer Arlington
Starting on February 9, 2019 Redeemer is having a Biblical Counseling program that is being led by Jackie Black. Here is how it is described on the Redeemer Arlington blog.
Starting on Saturday, February 9, Jackie Black will be leading a 4-session learning group about how to think about counseling, Biblical authority, secular psychologies, practices, and theories. The group will meet every other Saturday morning through March 16. The group will use readings, videos, and discussion to talk how Redeemer can speak hope and wisdom on human experiences and struggles. Details and registration is here
This is a program that is from Christian Counseling and Education Foundation. The curriculum is from David Powlison, Edward Welch, and Michael Emlet.
Remembering a Story The Wondering Eagle Broke and Why David Powlison is Allegedly Okay with Rape
This blog writes and has a focus on the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). The EFCA is a large evangelical denomination that is headquartered out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. One of the stories this blog wrote about is that of Steve Estes and Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, Pennsylvania. What happened is that Steve Estes son, Brock Estes had allegedly raped his wife while intoxicated. He allegedly choked her and loaded a gun and pointed it at her. Brock’s wife knew she could be dead in the domestic abuse. When she filed for divorce Steve Estes guided his church through an excommunication of his former daughter-in-law. In the process the church also protected Brock as he was a prison guard in the Berks County Jail in Pennsylvania.
The story also had a strong connection to David Polwison and CCEF. Steve Estes sits on the Board of Directors of CCEF and is deeply close to David Powlison. CCEF turned away a domestic abuse victim from getting help which also helped the the rogue EFCA church in Elverson, Pennsylvania also practice church discipline on a domestic abuse victim that knew she could be dead. If you want to read more about this and read the supporting documentation with church documents which this blog acquired you can do so in the following posts.
- “Steve Estes and Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, Pennsylvania: A Painful Story of Domestic Abuse, Inappropriate Church Discipline, and Failed EFCA Polity”
- “Hurit’s Public Excommunication While Alleged Criminal Activity by Brock Estes is Withheld from the Congregation: Appeals for Help Fall on Deaf Ears to Steve Musser of the Eastern District and National Evangelical Free Church of America“
- “What do David Powlison, Cecilia Bernhardt and Christian Counseling and Education Foundation Believe on Domestic Abuse? Why is Julie Lowe and CCEF Holding an Abuse Event at a Church that Excommunicated an Alleged Rape and Domestic Abuse Victim?“
- “Community Evangelical Free Church Update: Should Christians Respond to David Powlison’s Fundraising Campaign in Light of how CCEF Treated an Alleged Domestic Abuse Victim? Plus a Congregation Meeting and Brock Estes Proudly Displays his Gun Collection on Facebook“
- “Does Christian Counseling & Education Foundation Take Domestic Abuse Seriously? Why is Steve Estes Still on the Board of Directors?”
Despite practicing church discipline on a domestic abuse victim who allegedly knows she could be dead, David Powlison still keeps Steve Estes on the Board of Directors of CCEF. The only explanation why this exists is because David Powlison doesn’t have a problem with rape or domestic abuse. In his own little bubble rape and domestic abuse must be”Gospel Centered.” Some gospel eh? If this is the case then David Powlison maybe should seek the psychological care of a psychologist.
Will Jordan Kauflin, Eric Simmons, Jon Smith or Another Pastor of Redeemer Preside over a Funeral of a Suicide One Day that Could Have Been Prevented?
Let’s be honest and let’s be committed to facts. Biblical counseling is a racket. Its about money, publishing and getting speaking gigs. Here is how Biblical Counseling should be looked at. To have depression, ADHD, or bi-polar and approach Jackie for counseling would be akin to the following. It would be like if someone in Redeemer Arlington had a brain tumor and they approached a gardener in their neighborhood and asked them to remove it. Some health care system that Redeemer Arlington pushes. At the blog SGM Survivors there were stories of people who had mental health issues who were discouraged from seeking licensed mental health professionals. Psychology and psychiatry were discouraged. As a result some people committed suicide inside Sovereign Grace when they would still be alive and around today if they sought the right medical care.
That raises this question that I would like to ask. With this kind of “counseling program” will the day come when Jon Smith, Jordan Kauflin, or Eric Simmons will preside over the funeral of someone who committed suicide? Will it be a profound tragedy in that they could have been steered in the right direction, and received proper medical treatment and would still be here today? In this writer’s opinion Biblical counseling needs to be outlawed and put in the same league as reparation therapy in trying to change gays to straight. Laws need to be changed where it will be considered malpractice for someone to give professional medical advice who is not licensed. And we often wonder why evangelical Christianity is so toxic? Jackie Black’s program not only validates the thesis of Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. But it also shows how dangerous these kinds of programs can be.