[Vision2020] An open letter to the elders of Christ Church regarding Steven Sitler

Rosemary Huskey donaldrose at cpcinternet.com
Wed Mar 2 21:09:01 PST 2011

I have sent the letter below  to Doug Wilson, pastor of Christ Church.  I
have also notified him that I will post on V2020 any of the ugly remarks and
threats I receive from various and sundry anonymous toadies allied with the
Kirk.  It will be just another way to bring a little light into the


An open letter to the Elders of Christ Church, Moscow Idaho


Greetings  to Christ Church Elders Dale Courtney, Dr. John Grauke, Matt
Gray, Ed Iverson, Mike Lawyer, Csaba Leidenfrost, Ben Merkle, Jim Nance,
John Sawyer, Wes Struble, Matt Whitling, and Gordon Wilson, and Pastor Doug


According to the Christ Church constitution
<http://www.christkirk.com/christchurch/constitution.htm> :  "Under Christ,
the authority of the local church is the board of elders or presbyters in
session. The elders are collectively responsible for ruling/shepherding [the
flock]." How does this spiritual responsibility square with the wedding bans
announced repeatedly in recent church bulletin
<http://www.christkirk.com/documents/Samuel1.pdf>  [s] concerning the June
11, 2011 marriage of former New Saint Andrews student and convicted
pedophile, Steven Sitler <http://www.tomandrodna.com/CR_2005_02027/> ?  The
publishing of the marriage bans strongly suggests that this union has
received the approval and support of the elders, and most especially your
pastor, Doug Wilson.  It also serves as a cruel example of your willingness
to brush aside and minimize the pain this man has caused in your faith
community.  What a squalid illustration of petty, tin-pot ecclesiastic power
run amok.

How does this engagement meet your own biblical courtship standards?  Did
Miss Travis' father interview and approve of Steven Sitler as a worthy
choice for his daughter?  Does he fully understand Steven Sitler's long
history of dozens upon dozens of  pedophilic attacks? Have you shared your
intimate knowledge of Steven Sitler's transgression with her home church
pastor?  If not, why not? Perhaps one of you is acting in loco parentis for
her - is this how you guard and protect her as a father?  In truth, don't
all of you represent her spiritual fathers?  Who among you would permit
Steven Sitler unsupervised, unlimited, parental control over your children
or grandchildren?  Which of you would allow/bless the union of your daughter
or granddaughter to Steven Sitler?  By what standard do your protect your
daughters and granddaughters, but not the daughters of other men? Who among
you is defending/urging this marriage, and why is he doing so? 

It is to be hoped that none of you have been told that marriage is the
prescription for curing pedophilia - it's not.  It is to be hoped that none
of you have been told or believe that psychiatric therapy, or prescription
drugs prevent pedophilic behavior - they don't.  It should be abundantly
clear to you that repentance  (even if sincere) does not cancel out or erase
the offense.   How will you know what harm might occur to children born from
this marriage?   Do you consider Steven Sitler's (potential) children so
disposable that you can easily abrogate your responsibility for the any
future acts of pedophilia he might commit in the comfort and convenience of
his own living room? 

What parallels can be drawn between Matthew
<http://bible.cc/matthew/27-24.htm> 24:27 and your own tacit acquiescence to
this marriage?  "When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that
rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the
multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to

Mrs. Nancy Wilson has written on the duty of a wife to respect her husband
<http://www.feminagirls.com/2008/07/06/stick-to-your-duties/#more-262> .
You probably remember that it began "Women want to be led. Of course, we
don't always act like it. In fact, sometimes we resist it like crazy. But
despite all this, God has created woman to be led by her husband, and He has
created in the woman the desire for strong male leadership." Where and to
what to you imagine Steve Sitler will lead his wife?


Because you profess the doctrine of scriptural inerrancy, how do you think
Matthew 18:5 applies to your public approval of this marriage?  "But whoso
shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better
for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were
drowned in the depth of the sea."  Do you feel righteous and manly when you
look into the innocent eyes of your own children and grandchildren and
pretend to be a godly man who defends the innocent?  Your acquiescence in
this abomination is cowardly and despicable.  Shame, shame, shame on all of


Rose Huskey





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