International Award Winning Christian Blogger Condemns N.Y. Church Beatings


Katy,Texas)- The “Matriarch” of New Life Christian Church in New Hartford outside of Utica, New York has been jailed following the beatings of two boys aged 17 & 19. The beatings included 9 people in total and lasted all night. The boys were reportedly beaten for wanting to leave the church. One of the boys have died from the injuries sustained that night.

On hearing of the incident Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, founder of FaithInspires.Org and Scriggler.Com Author of the Month for October 2016 released the following statement,

“ I have no independent knowledge of this incident. However what has been alleged is disturbing to me. And it should be disturbing to anyone in church leadership ! I want to be as clear as possible, beating someone is not acceptable as a means of membership retention. Beating someone is not acceptable as a means of church discipline. Beating someone is not acceptable as a method of persuasion in any part of ministry practice. The church is not some sort of street gang where once you have been “jumped in” you must be “jumped out.” What these 9 church leaders in New York are accused of reminds me more of the “Sharia Law” kind of discipline most of us Christians find abhorrent, than anything found in the teachings of our beloved savior Jesus Christ. My prayers remain with the families of the teens involved and the members of the church where this happened.”

Crutchfield’s blog FaithInspires.Org is read in nearly every nation of the world. It is currently ranked 33rd out of 965 member blogs by the Fellowship of Christian Bloggers. He also serves as a Christian Growth and Healing Expert at SelfGrowth.Com, one of the world’s leading self-help websites. He won both Article of the Month and Author of the Month Awards in Scriggler.com’s monthly competition in October 2016. He has been seen in ChristianHeadlines. Com, Google News and other sites & publications.

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About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, ChristianHeadlines.com etc.

Posted on December 7, 2016, in Founder's Public Statements, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is a cult not a church. This is cult behavior not Christian behavior. Where were the parents while this was going on? Were they aware of it? If so they are as guilty as the ones involved. This is reminiscent of the darker side of Church History. The Scripture never gives even a hint of approving this kind of behavior. There were certain conditions in the Torah in which this might have been done but not to the extent these people went, 40 lashes. We are not under the Torah now so that would not be applicable. What we need to do is to pray for the people in that church, that the Lord would show them the ways in which they need to change. The problem is most cult leaders are in it for the money not the welfare of the members. Keep up the good work, שלום

  2. Definitely not something that can be tolerated by those of us in Christian Leadership no matter what you call it. That’s why I decided to speak out. From the reports I have seen I’m not sure where the parents were. However their older sister was convicted and is now serving prison time for being one of the nine people taking part, so the family could not have been completely clueless. My fear is there is more of this going on than we realize.

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