ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH PAYS
HIGH PRICE FOR INVOLVEMENT IN PSYCHOHERESY
According to an article in the Commercial
Appeal, the Park Crest Village Assembly of God church,
Springfield, MO, its church counselor, Donna Strand, and her
husband, Pastor Robert Strand, have had to pay $1,000,000.00 to
settle a claim that was the result of their involvement in
Beth Rutherford, a member of the church,
went to Donna Strand for counseling. Strand is into recovered
memory therapy. This therapy is used to get a person to remember
something someone did to them as a child that causes them
problems now. It is all part of the scheme to shift blame for
ones problems to someone else.
Under the guidance and encouragement of
Donna Strand, Beth was led to "remember" that her
father, also an Assembly of God preacher, had repeatedly raped
her, had impregnated her, and had performed a painful clothes
hanger abortion on her. How these thoughts were planted in her
mind Beth does not know.
There are two reasons why these charges
could not be so. First, Beths father had a vasectomy when
Beth was four years old so he could not have impregnated her even
if he had been guilty of raping her. Second, at the insistence of
the family attorney, Beth had an examination which revealed that
she is still a virgin, was never raped or impregnated.
The family was torn apart by these
charges; Tom Rutherford was forced to resign his job when the
Strands reported what he had allegedly done to the General
Council of the Assemblies of God where he was employed. He worked
as a seasonal postman and janitor to survive. Friends turned away
from him thinking him guilty of the awful charges.
As more and more churches are getting into
the trap of psychoheresy that is peddled by such men as James
Dobson and others, there will be more and more such tragic
incidences. And, there will be more churches, pastors and
counsellors paying a high price for their involvement.
This substitution of psychology for
Scripture in dealing with the lives of Christians is an
abomination before God. He has magnified his word above his name
and will not take lightly the setting aside of his word in favor
of the psychobabble that is so common today.
(The details in this article are based on
an Associated Press article carried by The Commercial
Appeal, Nov. 16, 1996, P. A4.)
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