Frequently Quoted Bible Verses. A number of the allegations of abuse in BJU circles are very serious with significant evidence, so some of us have been trying to address them in various ways. In response, some people who don’t understand the reality of the situation have been telling sexual abuse victims and survivors and the ones who care about them that they shouldn’t speak out about the abuses, the alleged shaming and blaming of victims/survivors, and the alleged protecting of perpetrators of the crimes. They’ve quoted or paraphrased Bible verses to tell us to be quiet.

Here are some of the Scriptures that have been used, with our answers to them, opening in a new tab. Let us know of others you think we should address.

Matthew 7:1. We shouldn’t judge.

Matthew 18. You should go to your brother in private before posting publicly like this.

John 8:7 “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.” You should remain silent about alleged wrongdoing in abuse investigations in large organizations, because you also have sin.

I Corinthians 6:1-8 Why are Christians taking other Christians to court when the Bible says this: “When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? . . . Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?  To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?”

Ephesians 5:12. “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.”  We shouldn’t talk about shameful things like sexual abuse.

2 Samuel 1:20 “Tell it not in Gath.” Just as David didn’t want Israel’s enemies informed when King Saul was killed, so we shouldn’t want the enemies of the Church informed when evils are committed within the church. That means we shouldn’t discuss these events in public, but in private.

Proverbs 18:13. “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”