“All get what they want; they do not always like it.” (Think about churches that make publicity their main aim.) CS Lewis
I will write a post about this last month in the near future. My mother is now on “Comfort Measures Only.” I suspect she will pass in the near future, but who but God knows? There has been a serious conflict with a relative but not with my immediate family. I felt that due to these circumstances, I needed to leave her where she was with professionals caring for her. More on that later as well. This situation is hard enough without serious conflict. OTOH, my son got married on Monday, and it was in a beautiful setting out in the country on a farm. So joyful for his wife and him. I love her!
Cornerstone Church is a typical hidden SBC church. (“We are not really SBC, no matter what your lying eyes tell you.”)
Cornerstone Church is an SBC church located in Marion, Illinois. Try as I might, I could not spot any explanation on their website of their SBC roots. They apparently are big into biblical counseling of the ACBC sort and have an “institute” to learn how the average person can become a Biblical Counselor. Why bring this up? I have written extensively about the flaws in the ACBC system. Sin is the focal point of their system, so I believe the church stressed that “sins were committed” as opposed to cries were committed. Here is a post that I wrote on the subject. Biblical Counseling: Anyone Can Do It, Sin Is the Focus, Confidentiality Is Not Guaranteed and Women Should Beware.
For those wishing to read more on this disturbing subject, here is a list of my posts.
- Part 1: The Biblical Counseling Movement and Timberlake Baptist Church and Counseling Center
- What is the Difference Between Nouthetic and Biblical Counseling? Just the Spelling.
- Biblical Counseling Training: Inadequate Education, Problematic Resources and Questionably Educated Leaders
- Heath Lambert Channels Martin Luther (As If) and Writes the 95 Theses of Biblical Counseling
- Heath Lambert’s 95 Theses of Biblical Counseling Reminds Me of Bob’s Advice in Stranger Things 2: It’s All Easy Peasy.
- John Piper and Heath Lambert of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Views of the Mind Demonstrate Why We Have a Problem With the Biblical Counseling Movement
- Biblical Counseling: Anyone Can Do It, Sin Is the Focus, Confidentiality Is Not Guaranteed and Women Should Beware
- Another Reason to Avoid Biblical Counseling: Confidentiality Is Not Guaranteed When Sin™ Is Involved
- Julie’s Story, Part 1: Of Domestic Abuse, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and Cross Walk Church, Appleton, WI
- Julie’s Story Part 2: Shame on ACBC and Cross Walk Pastors. They Failed Julie and Then Blamed Her For Not Reporting Child Abuse Sooner
- Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: People With Delusions May Be Faking It and Christians With Schizophrenia Are Probably Not Christians!
Cornerstone Church’s Executive Pastor was fired for “inappropriate behavior.”
Baptist Press posted Illinois church staff member dismissed during criminal investigation. The following quote from the article reveals the minet of the pastors/leaders.
The executive pastor of Cornerstone Church in Marion was dismissed after allegations of inappropriate behavior involving church members who were under age 18 at the time. The allegations were brought to the church leadership team late last week. After an investigation by the elders and the engagement of local law enforcement,
Here are the problems that I noticed.
- “Inappropriate behavior” is throwing eggs at someone’s house. It is not sexual behavior with participants in the church.
- These multiple victims were under 18, which means it is quite possible that multiple crimes was committed.
- When the leaders were told of this, they conducted a preliminary investigation. If this is true, they still don’t understand that churches must call in investigators immediately. They are not equipped to conduct Investigations within the church.
Quick diversion: Baptist Press claims they will post all instances of sexual abuse in the SBC.
Editor’s Note: In support of the sixth strategic action of Vision 2025 adopted by messengers to the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting, Baptist Press will continue to report every instance of sexual abuse related to Southern Baptist churches, entities, institutions or leaders of which we are made aware.
Cornerstone Church’s response link.
The Leadership of Cornerstone Church is devastated to confirm allegations of moral failure in one of its senior staff members. On Friday, evidence was provided of sins committed by Executive Pastor Tivo McCrary against several teenage members of the congregation. Leadership took swift action to remove him from the building, and he was terminated upon the findings of our preliminary investigation. Law enforcement is now investigating and leadership is cooperating fully.
Leadership had absolutely no previous indications of inappropriate behavior. McCrary’s background checks were clear and employment references completely favorable. We are now listening to our church family and reviewing our abuse prevention and screening processes. Our chief concern is to support the healing journey of those affected by McCrary’s sinful behavior.
Cornerstone Pastors and Elders
Once again, there are some questions.
- These actions by Tivo McCrary were deemed moral failures by the church leaders.
- The church discovered what were deemed McCrary’s “sins.”
- These actions were far worse than inappropriate behavior. That is such a stupid term for Tivo’s actions.
- These “sins” were committed against several teenagers in the congregation. It appears that McCaray is some sort of predator, not your garden variety “sinner.” I wonder if they tried “biblical counseling” to heal him of his “sins?”
- These actions are possibly criminal.
- The church appears to have conducted a preliminary investigation before calling the police. Do these leaders know that they aren’t qualified to do an investigation?
- When will churches learn that background checks, while necessary, are ineffective? “Only 3% of all predators are ever convicted. Background checks will not catch roughly 97% of predators” link.
- I suspect that Tivo has offended before. He was likely given favorable references to get him out of another church. (It’s called “passing the trash,” which SBC churches are particularly adept at.
When Christians use “Biblicalese,” they can appear ignorant to local media, thus damaging their witness.
Note how WPSD titled their post. WPSD Local 6 reported on this in Report: Southern Illinois pastor fired for alleged ‘sins committed’ against teenage congregants.
A memo from the church published by WFCN says was he fired because of “sins committed…against several teenage members of the congregation.”
If I heard that, I would shake my head. Sadly, the church may believe this conduct is merely a sin.
Notice how this post by the Illinois Baptist Association states that a criminal investigation is now ongoing. It should have been constant from the day the church received the information. Church staffer dismissed during criminal investigation.
In a public statement posted on its website, the church said an employment firm had conducted background checks on McCrary before he joined the Cornerstone staff in 2019. The church expressed concern for victims and their families. They are also listening to any further input from the congregation about possible allegations.
Local law enforcement in Marion is conducting its own investigation that could result in criminal charges.
Here is a final example of how this plays in the press. In the concise video, the words of the church. “inappropriate actions,” and “sin committed” are repeated by WCFM. The video mentioned that these actions were against teens and that a criminal investigation is ongoing.
The SBC crowd needs to do better at communicating with the broader culture. The SBC is losing members by the day and may find itself irrelevant as society moves to deal with widespread sexual abuse. I sure hope the Sex Abuse Implementation crowd comes up with something soon. This has gone on long enough.