For four years Julie Anne Smith, Meaghan Varela, and those with them have been engaged in a public, church to church, and World Wide Web assault of criminal slander; showing their willingness to harm children, to harm wives, to harm the church, and to harm the testimony of Christ’s Gospel. Through vicious false criminal reports they have repeatedly used the police and the Department of Human Services as weapons of their malice. They continue to make their accusations of crimes publicly, church to church, and on the World Wide Web. It was and is our firm conviction that this cannot continue.
The ministry of the local church and the Gospel cannot continue to be hindered by criminal accusations. Families cannot continue to be threatened by criminal allegations of child abuse. Families cannot continue to be divided and tortured by criminal allegations and other slanders. Proverbs 25:8 says, “Do not go HASTILY to court.” It DOES NOT say, DO NOT go to court. We did not go hastily to court. After three and a half years of suffering a great many injuries tamely we attempted to use lawful means to right the ministry of the Gospel at BGBC and to protect our families from ongoing criminal accusations. We stand by that attempt without apology. We stand in good company with Matthew Henry, Albert Barnes, and John Calvin.
*MATTHEW HENRY (CHARLES SPURGEON’S FAVORITE BIBLE COMMENTATOR) COMMENTS ON 1 COR. 6
“Here is at least an intimation that they went to law for trivial matters, things of little value; for the apostle blames them that they did not suffer wrong rather than go to law (v. 7), which must be understood of matters not very important. In matters of great damage to ourselves or families, we may use lawful means to right ourselves. We are not bound to sit down and suffer the injury tamely, without stirring for our own relief; but, in matters of small consequence, it is better to put up with the wrong. Christians should be of a forgiving temper. And it is more for their ease and honor to suffer small injuries and inconveniences than seem to be contentious.”
*This statement and the following video reflect the opinions of the author based upon the facts as understood by the author.