Keith W. Smith’s Partial Confession to Academic and Professional Fraud
As noted yesterday in an Addendum, to a post on this board, Keith W. Smith confessed publicly to the Academic and Professional Fraud that Crossroad Junction Watch (this blog) has been pointing out for the last several months. The post was made publicly to his Facebook Page. This is copied directly from his Facebook Page with no additions or deletions except where required by the common indicator < sic >
Keith W Smith
From the Facebook Page of Keith Smith
Confession and Repentance
In recent months, it has been alleged that the doctorates that I claimed were false and the validity of my former qualifications were also questioned.
On Tuesday of this last week, I confessed that the allegations with regard to the doctorates were true. At a difficult time in my life, a friend had forwarded some of my work on a fresh approach to counseling to a university friend of theirs for review. The university friend replied that he thought it was excellent material and deserving of a doctorate. Almost straightaway friends started referring to me as “doctor”, pride got in the way, and the lie was born. As time went by, that lie grew. My previous qualifications also came under scrutiny. Unfortunately one of the institutions were < sic > I studied has been closed for over 20 years and so cannot confirm my three-years study there, and qualifications. It was also said that I was a graduate of Cambridge University, which I didn’t claim, having dropped out of my studies there due to a mental breakdown. I completed my studies elsewhere later.
So in the light of the above I do not feel it right to claim any higher qualifications, as my doctorate/s are nonexistent. I wholly renounce ANY title that I have heretofore used and wish to be referred to simply as Keith Smith.
My repentance is total, and in consultation with my wife Jeanne and trusted friends, I have prayed in confession and repentance to the Lord, seeking his grace and forgiveness.
My wife, Jeanne, had no idea of my lies and had complete confidence in me. I am ashamed of my betrayal of her trust, and that of others who gave me their trust.
I have sinned, I am embarrassed and ashamed. If any of you remember a sin at this time, may you be encouraged by to < sic >passages that are important to me.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJV)
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 John 1:7-8 (KJV)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
We have closed down our websites and suspended “Healing Communities”, I have stopped all active ministry for the time being, while I deal with the consequences of my sin and seek restoration.
Should any of you have questions please ask me as, your friend, neighbor or fellow church member will know no more about it than you, only I can answer your questions.
I ask you all for forgiveness and grace, and especially your prayers for both Jeanne and I.
I’m About Grace
I believe in forgiveness. I’ve experienced forgiveness. I’m willing and wanting to give grace and forgiveness to you Keith Smith for my part. I have several things against you Keith Smith, however, and I’m going to be honest about those too. Forgiveness is not reconciliation without acknowledgement of what you have done and a willingness on your part to make amends and make restitution. You have wronged a lot of people, myself included.
I’m also about justice, and I believe that grace and justice in matters like this go together. What is key to me, and this comes from my own experiences in my past in working with past abuse offenders in different contexts, is that I am fully aware that without complete confession and responsibility, there is no real repentance and no real intent on the part of the offender to change.
Pretending to be a licensed psychotherapist with advertised fraudulent professional and academic credentials is a form itself of abuse to very vulnerable and at-risk people. It’s not uncommon for people who have been complicit in their abuse of other people, to rationalize, minimize and continue forward with the same sense of entitlement and pride that got them caught in the first place. I see several such signs of entitlement and self-importance in your confession above however Keith.
I do not know your heart, Keith Smith. God does and I will leave that between you and Him. What you have done above is a good start, but no reasonable person can conclude that you’re completely aware, sincere and being totally honest on everything yet, based on what you’ve said above, as I’ll demonstrate below. I want you and others to know as I write this, that I have some anger going on with this. You and your wife, along with Jim and Marianne Wright, have been lying about me and others on these and other matters for over a year. I’ll be switching between speaking in the third person and speaking directly to you. Despite the anger that I have with this and other situations, I do want to see you restored and healing take place. Part of that requires straight talk, especially on behalf of others that have been harmed by your actions.
The Fraudulent Doctorate Claims involve far more than Keith Smith’s Pride