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Yeah, we all know this phrase.  I really don't remember it from PFAL and if it was said there, it was something that slid past me.  In any event, THAT'S IRRELEVANT to what I want to say here.

Rather more fitting than looking at supposed kings' rights, who remembers this, from 1 Samuel 2, which deals specifically with abuse of various types, including sexual abuse, by the priestly class:

Eli’s Wicked Sons

12-15 Eli’s sons [Hophni and Phinehas] were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord.  Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat was being boiled and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh. But even before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast; he won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.

Eli's sons.  Priest and Levites.  Those in authority in the church of the time.  What did they do? 

(1) They not only took the legitimate portion before it was quite due, but also took what was not their share.  They were entitled to the shoulder, cheeks and stomach of the sacrificed animal (Deut 18:3) and it had to be roasted (not boiled or stewed) (Lev 7:29-35) - specifically had to be cooked by fire.  They were not entitled to rummage around in stewpots, not allowed other cuts of meat, etc. 

But they just grabbed whatever they wanted.  And further, it seems that they demanded uncooked meat as well.  As well, no doubt, as taking what they were entitled to - the shoulder (a lovely part of roast lamb) and other parts.  In fact, they were not just double-dipping, they were triple-dipping. 

What did Eli do?  Beggar all.

We all know a "priestly" fraternity that helps itself not only to what is due, but demands extra, time and time and time again.  And not the portion given willingly or even according to law, but taken, forcibly, coercively, greedily.

 

22-25Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the Lord’s people is not good.  If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the Lord, who will intercede for them?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death.

What did Eli do?  Beggar all.

(2)  Hophni and Phinehas slept with the women who served there.  And not just any women: specifically, those who served in the tabernacle.  The church.  The holy place.  Just took these women for sexual servants.  Who knows what these women were told?  That they were serving the special needs of the "men of God"?  It was some special blessing?  They'd be specially favoured by God if they gave in to these priests' demands?  We don't know - the story isn't about the women.  But I doubt they felt good about this - basically - prostitution.  

This temple prostitution was practised by some of the heathens around and was banned amongst the Hebrews.  God didn't like it then-a-days, either: Deut 23:17-18.  

No Israelite woman is to be a cult prostituteand no Israelite man is to be a cult prostitute.

But this is exactly what Hophni and Phinehas were doing.  Treating the women as their right, as their personal cult prostitutes. Probably they encouraged, or at least ignored, similar behaviour by fellow priests.  (Lead us not into temptation, Lord!!!)

 

Sound familiar?  What did some of TWI's women become?  Cult prostitutes - some of them seem to have been passed around senior "clergy" and some were just abused by one or two clergy males.

What did Eli do, then?  He rather weakly told his sons not to be naughty boys.  Eli was an old, old man; he was 98 when he died and had been the top priest for over 40 years (Deut 4: 15-18).  Likely his sons would have been pretty old, too.  Not young men, or even near in age to the abused women, but tacky lecherous old guys assaulting women young enough to be their daughters.  One of them, at least, had a still-fecund wife.  Probably both were married and had many children.  It would be the norm.

God wasn't thrilled by any of these men.  Deut 3 records God's disgust and his telling the young Samuel what would be going to happen.  Samuel told Eli, who - did sweet FA.  Again.  Did nothing.  Didn't repent, change his heart, get onto his sons any more, just rather passively said, "let the lord do what he wants.  Just let him get on with it.  I don't care."

 

Meantime, the youth Samuel continued growing with the Lord and following his ways.  

 

Some time after the recorded abuse (and no doubt it continued for some time), war with the Philistines broke out (again).  Hophni and Phinehas were killed, and Eli dropped dead on hearing the news.

 

I wonder why God allowed these foul actions to continue.  Perhaps it was because Samuel was too young to take on the responsibility.  Maybe Israel had become so degraded that Eli and his sons were the best that were available (eek!).

What is true is that God raised up a real man, Samuel, obedient, faithful, bold, and unafraid to confront evil, whether in Eli or later in King David.  

And the wheels of God's justice came around and crushed the evil ones.  I find that encouraging.  While I don't want the head honchos at TWI to drop down dead (I'd rather they repented the error of their ways and made amends), I do earnestly want to see justice.  They have had so many warnings.  I want these debauched, fake, leaders out of the way, gone forever, so that others can't be harmed.  It's time they too got their come-uppance.  

Meantime, let's seek out real men and women of God, whose words are trustworthy and whose actions and lifestyles line up genuinely with what God wants.

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I had a private message concerning this topic and I want to use an extract to highlight something else.  (I'm not telling you who PM'd me.  If that person wants to "out" themselves, that's their business.) 

I noticed while in High School a strong human dynamic that pops up in all human organizations and all ages:   the Captain of the Football team get his choice of the hot cheer leaders. ...  so many ministry leaders were like Football Captains and so many girls threw themselves at their feet, just like in High School and College. 

Just in case anyone had the idea that the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting were high school cheerleaders and "threw themselves" at Eli's sons, can I just remind them that Moses had, not that long before, firmly prohibited adultery.  (D'ya remember?  The ten commandments?)  Who's the "guardian" of those commandments?  Eli and his wicked sons.  Even if (and there is no such inference) such women had crept naked into the sons' beds, it was still the sons' responsibility to say NO! and not to abuse the women.  Eli knew, and half-heartedly rebuked his sons.

There were big OT penalties for illicit sexual activity.  It's clear those penalties were still in force (albeit laxly) in Jesus's time, and that's a long time later, centuries - over a millennium.  There are many admonitions in the epistles; Paul wrote about sexual matters several times.  And yet here we are.  Two millennia later.  Still dealing with clergy abuse of the women of the congregation.  It's not limited to TWI.  But it is - truly - the modus operandi for TWI.

If male clergy feel "tempted" by the women in their congregation, whose fault is that? No, it is not the women's!  It's the men's fault, and their weakness, if they cannot resist.  And they should do what it takes to remove themselves.  Never be alone with a woman not your wife (as Billy Graham is said to have insisted - so as to avoid any possible faint inference of impropriety).  And never, never, never hunt down vulnerable women to take advantage of them.

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If male clergy feel "tempted" by the women in their congregation, whose fault is that? No, it is not the women's!  It's the men's fault, and their weakness, if they cannot resist.  And they should do what it takes to remove themselves.  Never be alone with a woman not your wife (as Billy Graham is said to have insisted - so as to avoid any possible faint inference of impropriety).  And never, never, never hunt down vulnerable women to take advantage of them.

Amor fati

Here's where I embrace my fate of not having been one of the Captains of the Football Team in twi. I had no sexual conquests but I did engage in pre-marital sexual activity a time or twi during my time in thrall to the cult. Enough sexual activity to make me very thankful I was not one of the clergy or leader otherwise. I know I would have failed in some respects. Always believed it would have been improper for me to take advantage of (prey upon) women. But if they were to come on to me during that time of my life, I am self-aware enough to recognize it could have been a huge stumbling block for me.

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Just now, Rocky said:

Amor fati

Here's where I embrace my fate of not having been one of the Captains of the Football Team in twi. I had no sexual conquests but I did engage in pre-marital sexual activity a time or twi during my time in thrall to the cult. Enough sexual activity to make me very thankful I was not one of the clergy or leader otherwise. I know I would have failed in some respects. Always believed it would have been improper for me to take advantage of (prey upon) women. But if they were to come on to me during that time of my life, I am self-aware enough to recognize it could have been a huge stumbling block for me.

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and no, I am not the source of Twinky's private message quoted in her comment.

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1 hour ago, Rocky said:

and no, I am not the source of Twinky's private message quoted in her comment.

Thanks for confirming that, Rocky.  Others, bear in mind that, as well as regular posters here, there are lurkers who read and don't post.  I'm not going to tell.

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There will always be those stronger males who appear more attractive to the opposite sex (or their own sex...!) and some are not perhaps so attractive but their role in society is.  Clergy, doctors, etc, fall into this category.  Perhaps politicians, too.  Office bosses.  Do groupies still hang around pop groups?  Some are "alpha males" (and wannabe alpha males) who think it's a recognition of their physical beauty or power.

What would Jesus do?  He loved women!  Surrounded himself with them.  Boosted them up against the cultural norm that saw them as second-class citizens (or less).  Women followed him, tended him, helped fund his ministry, hung about devotedly with the band of followers and apostles.  But show me the report where Jesus abused women, or slept with any of them.  I missed that.  Or where other males in the company abused such women.  Other males in his company had wives, who may or may not have travelled with the band.  Jesus did not.  Was he asexual?  Unlikely.  He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  (Heb 4:15) Therefore, it's possible to resist sexual urges, throwing yourself at women, women who throw themselves at you, etc etc.

We all need (yes, really need) food.  In a foodstore, do you help yourself to what's available?  No!  You recognise that it must be paid for, otherwise it's theft.  You have the willpower to avoid pocketing that tasty-looking cake or chocolate bar or whatever.  You don't steal a bottle of beer - well, maybe, if you're an alcoholic  (=sick, ill) - you pay for it and consume appropriately.  You don't nick your neighbour's car and go joyriding in it (unless you want a spell behind bars).  You have the willpower to resist doing all these things.  So why nick your neighbour's wife, daughter, mother?  Do you really need to announce to the world how weak you are?  How very far from being the strong man you fancy yourself as?

Aha!  Here is the answer (1 Cor 7:1ff):

It is good to abstain from sexual relations.  2But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.  3The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife.  5Do not deprive each other, except by mutual consent and for a time, so you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again, so that Satan will not tempt you through your lack of self-control

Lack of self-control is acknowledged, but hey!  Here's the solution!

And males who consistently show their weakness and lack of self-control in this area should take themselves away from temptation.  Find another job.  Never be alone with a woman.  Wear a chastity belt.  Get themselves castrated.  Get psychological help/therapy.  Give up your power and ego trip.  Your problem - you do what it takes to fix it (developing willpower is a start).

 

(And yes, I write this as one who loves delicious cakes and fine chocolate.)  (I cope by avoiding cake shops and the choccy aisle.)

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2 hours ago, Rocky said:

Here's where I embrace my fate of not having been one of the Captains of the Football Team in twi. I had no sexual conquests but I did engage in pre-marital sexual activity a time or twi [two] during my time in thrall to the cult. Enough sexual activity to make me very thankful I was not one of the clergy or leader otherwise. I know I would have failed in some respects. Always believed it would have been improper for me to take advantage of (prey upon) women. But if they were to come on to me during that time of my life, I am self-aware enough to recognize it could have been a huge stumbling block for me.

Well done, Rocky.  Sounds like your activity was with equals, and not, from your quote, as an abuse of leadership power.  Self-awareness is a wonderful thing.

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Well done, Chocky.  I wish you many more years of happiness together.

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In case anyone somehow forgot, 

vpw himself is the originator of the phrase "all the women in the kingdom belong to the king."

vpw tried to justify King David's "affair" with Bath-sheba, where he showed interest in her, and one way or another, he got her to "consent."  Many people would argue that, with imbalances of power that extreme, consent is dubious at best. (If I say 'no', the monarch has me beheaded.)    Then David attempted to cover his having a kid with Bath-sheba by trying to get Uriah to leave the field of battle and fool around with his own wife.  Uriah was too principled.  So, David arranged for Uriah to die in battle, then took Bath-sheba for his wife.    When Nathan the prophet confronted David, he mentioned SPECIFICALLY what he was confronting him on- taking another man's wife. 

All of that having been said, vpw's supposed "expert" understanding and explanation started with him saying that , TECHNICALLY,  all the women in the kingdom belonged to the king.    No, the Bible forbade taking another's wife and so on, so there was no "TECHNICAL" exception for a King to take another man's wife.

But all of that said quite a bit about vpw's state of mind on the subject.

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It was interesting to see what vpw said about David, Nathan and Bathsheba.  vpw said that what David did to URIAH was wrong. He said that David's actions concerning adultery, forced sex with Bathsheba (he "TOOK HER" as the Bible says) (she had no literal ability to refuse him so any "consent" would be considered INVALID in any fair court-yet there was no mention of her consenting in any verse), and the murder or Uriah to cover his tracks was "OFF THE BALL."  In the Bible, the same was "DOING EVIL."    What vpw said David did to Bathsheba was "FOOLING AROUND".   The Bible said David "TOOK HER". vpw said he "FOOLED AROUND"- and he used the Nathan-David-Bathsheba incident as a specific example of "RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD."

 

vpw (Orange Book chapter 6:

"There are many examples of correction in the

Bible. Take David, for instance. David was off the

ball. He found beautiful Bathsheba and then had her

husband shot while in the front lines of battle so that

he, David, could have Bathsheba as his wife. A few

people knew about the sequence of events leading to

David’s marriage, but nobody had a right to say any-

thing because

David was king and every woman in the

kingdom was technically the property of the king or

belonged to the king."

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Someone may creatively reinterpret what vpw meant, but vpw was rather clear that "TECHNICALLY" didn't mean this was "de facto" and not "de jure" (illegal but he was able to do so because nobody had the power to stop him from breaking the law),  but that this was a LEGAL RIGHT of David's -  "NOBODY HAD A RIGHT TO SAY ANYTHING".  If David broke the law, then people had a LEGAL RIGHT to say so (to say nothing of the obligation to uphold the law.)    vpw considered the CITIZENS of Israel to be the SLAVES, the CHATTEL of the King- "every woman in the kingdom was technically the property of the king or belonged to the klng."   In case "belonged to the king" was unclear, he doubled down and said they were "PROPERTY".  

Now, someone can come along later and say that the clear words here- "belonged to" "property"  "nobody had a right" -  mean something completely different than what they say. Doesn't mean they're correct or that reality changes to match their wishes that the book had said something else.

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Cunning, isn't it.  As king, all citizens were subject to David. His to command.  But not owned by him.  Not belonging to him.  And that's all citizens - all the men, all the women, all the children.  

Here's another VPW aphorism:  "With rights comes responsibility." Well, David may have had rights to command - but he had commensurate responsibilities to exercise that right, or power, in a way that protected the people.  Not in a way that protected, first and foremost, himself.

Whether Bathsheba consented or not, what David did was a clear abuse of power.  He abused the woman at least once; he abused her husband repeatedly.  He also (and nobody has raised this) abused his army and his nation by this selfish act and the subsequent attempted cover-ups.  He treated Uriah with contempt, deceitfully trying several times to get Eliab to go to his wife, once after drinking and dining with him [think "salt covenant"], before finally arranging his killing.

Bathsheba was in no position to consent.  Surely she knew that adultery was wrong.  And also what the penalty for adultery was: stoning to death.  (Hands up anyone who thinks a one-night stand should lead to a particularly nasty form of execution.)  (Wot, no takers? :evilshades:)  Sexual intercourse without consent, both then and now, is called RAPE.

To cap it all, VPW claimed that "David was a man after God's own heart" and the clear implication is that this little foible could be overlooked because of the good, or wonderful, or [whatever] things David did.  ("It was only a one-off."  "It didn't mean anything."  "She threw herself at me."  And other blah blah excuses.)  Check it out:  God yelled at David (via Nathan) for the abuse.  He "utterly scorned the Lord."  God's own heart?  I don't think so. 

Deeply shamed, David repented and seriously humbled himself before the Lord.  And as far as we know, although he obviously loved having women around, he didn't rape any other women nor arrange for their husbands to be disposed of.  But he did not escape without penalty.  The illicit child died, despite David's pleading otherwise. 

Imagine Bathsheba's grief.  Her loving and loyal husband - dead.  Her baby - dead.  Her king and new husband - a rapist and murderer.  And next, imprisoned in a harem with lots of other, probably jealous, women.  

But David had repented, stayed repented, and it's only that that made him a man after God's heart.  

2 Samuel 11 RSV - David Commits Adultery with Bathsheba - Bible Gateway  Read the following chapter, too.

 

That should be the model for anyone, especially clergy indulging in adultery.  Once: perhaps forgiveable?  Twice: perhaps forgiveable, but to protect the congregation, remove such a person from any further temptation - protect the congregation, and the perpetrator himself, from his own weakness - take him away from any role where he might find himself in a position to commit further abuse.  Take him away!  Put him out!  

Hey!  That sounds very like mark and avoid!

1 Cor 5:11 :But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother [yes, even a "clergy brother"] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a verbal abuser, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

 

 

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Quite right, WW.  Mebbe that's why my optician sent me a reminder recently...!

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3 hours ago, Twinky said:

Cunning, isn't it.  As king, all citizens were subject to David. His to command.  But not owned by him.  Not belonging to him.  And that's all citizens - all the men, all the women, all the children.  

Technically, the concept of (and the word) citizen and citizenship didn't arise in common use until long after David's era. 

What we now consider citizens, then (I think) were considered "subjects." Perhaps nowadays in the UK, a person is (or can be) both a citizen and a subject. That said, semantically and rhetorically, your point is the same, if my understanding is even close to being correct.

Nevertheless, Wierwille wasn't a king, didn't have a kingdom lawfully, and I'm confident he could easily have been convicted of sexual offenses based on what we know of his history.

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In church we are looking at 1 Samuel.  I nearly fell off my chair when the reading was 1 Sam 3 and verse 13 hit me like ... well, I almost missed the rest of the reading.  Fortunately, I had a Bible in my hands to read as well as reading the screen.

Do look at all the variant readings for this verse.

1 Samuel 3:13 I told him that I would judge his house forever for the iniquity of which he knows, because his sons blasphemed God and he did not restrain them. (biblehub.com)

Eli's sons blasphemed God.  Made themselves vile.  Brought a curse upon themselves.  Did wickedly.  Were cursing God.  Sons "reviled the people" (Lamsa Bible).

The Strong's notes contain this:

blasphemed God
מְקַֽלְלִ֤ים (mə·qal·lîm)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7043: 1) to be slight, be swift, be trifling, be of little account, be light 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to be slight, be abated (of water) 1a2) to be swift 1a3) to be trifling, be of little account 1b) (Niphal) 1b1) to be swift, show oneself swift 1b2) to appear trifling, be too trifling, be insignificant 1b3) to be lightly esteemed 1c) (Piel) 1c1) to make despicable 1c2) to curse 1d) (Pual) to be cursed 1e) (Hiphil) 1e1) to make light, lighten 1e2) to treat with contempt, bring contempt or dishonour 1f) (Pilpel) 1f1) to shake 1f2) to whet 1g) (Hithpalel) to shake oneself, be moved to and fro

Various commentaries (click within the page above) refer to this in various less than lovely ways.  Gill's commentary calls them vile and contemptible.

 

The Bible reading in church was supposedly from NIV but it described Eli's sons as "CONTEMPTIBLE."  I can't find a version of NIV that says this, but I did find on the above page a note that said the Masoretic and the Septuagint versions use the word "contemptible."  You can see Strong's definition above.

Ugh!  Who could stand God saying they - because of their behaviour - were contemptible?  I shudder to think of it.  "Vile" - sounds horrible.  "Blasphemed" - brush it off.  (A bit common, what?  We hardly think of it these days)  But to have God think of one as "contemptible" - now that is scary.  Scare-ee.

 

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On 9/22/2022 at 10:19 PM, Twinky said:

He treated Uriah with contempt, deceitfully trying several times to get Eliab Uriah to go to his wife, once after drinking and dining with him [think "salt covenant"], before finally arranging his killing.

Correction to above post.  Can't edit it now.

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From the "Absent Christ" thread:

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you might think that VPW might have confessed his sins, he never changed his ways but continued raping women for years.  As also did his protege, LCM.

Thinking on this, and about Eli not reproving and stopping his sons from sleeping with the women at the entrance to the temple, I find myself thinking that VPW not only did not reprove LCM in his wandering habits - he actively encouraged it.  

 

Eli was a bad priest, a bad minister.  He only weakly told his sons not to mess about with the women.  I find myself wondering if he too had indulged in his younger days, basically taught his sons by his example, and therefore felt he couldn't reprove them.  (Of course, I might be libelling in saying this, but he's hardly going to sue me.)  It's not a sin that God laid at his door in this instance; who knows what went beforehand that isn't recorded?  One doesn't get to be a bad priest in one incident.

In later centuries, Jesus said this: (Matt 23:15) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

Does that just refer to pedantry over the law?  Or to other sins as well? - some of which are listed in Mt 23.

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Mind you, even good priests could have difficulties with their sons: 

1 Sam 8:1ff  When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.[a] The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

 

Dishonest gain.  Bribery (love of money!).  Perverted justice.  (But didn't, it appears, sexually abuse women.)

And that led directly to the appointment of the first king of Israel, one Saul (verses 4, 5), much against the wishes of Samuel himself, who clearly foresaw trouble.

 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.  They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[b] us, such as all the other nations have.”

We don't know what became of the sons, but they lost any part of the larger story - in which they too could have become great and as deeply revered as their father.

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And yet, when David appointed the temple and its various officers:

31These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the LORD after the ark rested there. 32They ministered with song before the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. And they performed their duties according to the regulations given them. 33These are the men who served, together with their sons.

From the Kohathites:

Heman the singer, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel, 34the son of Elkanah, the son of... [and his whole genealogy is listed]

So although we hear no more of Samuel's sons, at least one of his grandsons received grace to minister by singing in the temple.

Of Abijah there is no trace (uses of this name are in reference to other people).

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It's been an interesting perusal of 1 Samuel. 

I'm struck by how many times the young David, before his coronation, insisted on seeking counsel of the lord.  He would find a priest (with ephod) and ask (by Urim and Thummim) for an answer.  The answer, unsurprisingly, appears to follow what David proposed to do.  Did God put that desire on his heart, did God confirm a thought of David's, or is it post-fact editing?  

I think I'll continue and work through 2 Samuel.

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Weirwille did what many did.  Looking outside of TWI, in the same area of the country . . . something like TWI was bound to happen.

Write to the lawmakers of the State of Ohio.

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2 hours ago, Bolshevik said:

Weirwille did what many did.  Looking outside of TWI, in the same area of the country . . . something like TWI was bound to happen.

Write to the lawmakers of the State of Ohio.

Not sure the state legislature in Ohio could or would have done anything to mitigate the problem. But yeah, it was bound to happen.

Over the weekend (just passed), I watched the 2015 movie Spotlight three times. Something (some) legislatures have done and others (including citizens) still can do is eliminate clergy-penitent privilege. (Btw, THIS is a matter of law/legal discussion, NOT politics.)  Several US states have successfully eliminated it. In others, certain churches have thwarted movements to eliminate it by carrot or stick manipulation of only a handful of legislators.

It's application to the RC and Mormon churches would have substantial impact to mitigate risk of potential harm to children.

To twi, it would have been a bit murkier but helpful nevertheless, not limited to potential risk to minors.

Eliminating the privilege would require the confessor to report to law enforcement whenever s/he became aware of sexual assault and/or likelihood of assault in the future. And to testify in court when necessary to put such facts into evidence/record. In the RC church, an abusive priest goes to confession w/one of his colleagues hearing the confession. Because of the privilege, the one who heard the confession is prohibited from disclosure to law enforcement.

I'm confident readers here are aware of the pervasiveness of the problem in the RC church. Spotlight cited former priest and research psychologist Richard Sipe as estimating at the time of his research, 6 percent of all priests in the RC church act out in sexual ways with children. In Boston, during the time of the Spotlight investigation, that estimate was 90 priests. The Globe's investigative team identified 87 such priests.

There's NO question the social structure of twi enabled clergy and other leaders to "command" or otherwise elicit sexual compliance from (younger) adult married or unmarried women. There's no question that accountability via the internet made a difference.

And Bolshevik, I'm so sorry for how people in NK blamed you. Hopefully, that too has passed. 
 

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There's NO question the social structure of twi enabled clergy and other leaders to "command" or otherwise elicit sexual compliance from (younger) adult married or unmarried women. There's no question that accountability via the internet made a difference.

And Bolshevik, I'm so sorry for how people in NK blamed you. Hopefully, that too has passed. 
 

I'm unclear what accountability via the internet means.  Anyone can post anything to the internet.  And I doubt someone with LCM's reality feels the effects.

 

 

(events in Ohio recently were strong reminders of when I was much younger in a number of other states . . . which was a major factor for why I came to Ohio)

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