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.