Thanks to House 2 House Magazine for publishing an article of mine that scratches the surface of whether Church Discipline has a role or place within Organic Fellowship and relationships between other Organic Fellowships. There’s much more that can be said and it’s too short an article to be exhaustive. I hope it can lay a platform for further discussion and exploration of this issue whether people agree initially with the point raised and questions asked or not.
Crossroad Junction has a post which is dated June 20, 2009, but for which there is no hard evidence it ever existed prior to May 18, 2013.
Jim Wright, placed this post on Crossroad Junction when he became aware through Facebook Posts before this date that his excommunication from his last known local church had been discovered and confirmed through a personal interview with a representative of that church. I was involved in that interview and met face to face with that Church’s representative and was briefed on the history that led up to the excommunication, the activities of Mr. Wright upon which he was excommunicated and his frantic behavior online prior to this and after his formal excommunication in June of 2009 which I was told was 1 vote short of unanimity at a congregational meeting.
Thankfully it’s a pretty easy thing to check on when something actually appears on the internet. There is a near exhaustive internet archive that can be referenced which shows when an article first appears in that backup. Continue reading
Recent correspondence between Bart Breen and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) has confirmed that there is no formal relationship between Jim Wright and the GRACE organization.
Per Boz Tchividjian of GRACE, “Jim Wright and his wife, is not associated with GRACE, nor has he (or his wife) ever done work or been authorized to speak on behalf of this organization.”
Another appeal was made to Jim Wright to address the issues of his claimed standing to bring accusations against local churches, and National authors with Mr. Tchividjian as the executive director of GRACE copied as a witness to the additional request, and subsequent refusal of Mr. Wright to provide evidence of the existence of his claimed organization and the leaders he claims to stand with in conducting his public activity.
History Repeats Itself
Newspaper Article above Published Dec 31, 1980
Jim Wright likes to drop in his writings from time to time that he’s an important person who “founded” the most influential Pro-Life Lobby in Maryland. He claims that he promoted Pro-Life Issues tirelessly despite the opposition that arose to him. This is the real story. Jim Wright was an “executive director” of the Maryland Moral Majority, founded by Jerry Falwell as part of a national organization. After Jim Wright caused that organization great embarrassment and then refused correction by the National Organization he was disowned and cut loose by them. Jim Wright’s “founding” of the Family Protection Lobby was nothing more than the remnants of the original organization that he co-opted from the Moral Majority which he failed and embarrassed. Jim Wright was more concerned with publicity stunts and attention generating and the Moral Majority was concerned with actual legislative results. Continue reading
Jim Wright claims on Crossroad Junction that he and his wife are involved in counseling victims of Sexual Abuse through Nathan’s Voice, and their network of Churches which has no name but exists under the legal framework of Fulcrum Ministries.
The only reference I’ve ever seen with regard to counseling for either of them is under what they call “Theophostic Counseling”. However, what used to be called “Theophostic Counseling” was changed by the founder Dr. Ed Smith to “Theophostic Prayer Ministry” for legal and liability reasons based on concerns that this was not something that qualifies as “counseling” under general use of the term and there’s little to no control of those who claim to be “practitioners” in this field. Continue reading
False allegations of abuse are themselves a form of abuse.
Any person or organization that brings forth charges of abuse and campaigns on the basis of those allegations must themselves be held to the very highest standards of professional and personal integrity.
Signs that the abuse of false or exaggerated claims is occurring can include: Continue reading
Crossroad Junction, Nathan’s Voice, Fulcrum Ministries and Jim Wright are not about Organic Church. Organic Church by definition is about community and non-hierarchical fellowship. Jim Wright focuses upon lines of authority within his fellowships calling them “fellow-elders” when none of them are named nor do they function in any manner that is observable or public other than what Jim Wright as the sole spokesman selectively chooses to reveal (if true). Continue reading