Solid Proof That PJ Smyth Has Known For Many Years That John Smyth Was Violently Abusing Boys Left in His Care

By | March 3, 2017

Hello Readers:

The following article provides concrete proof, by referencing a report created by a world-famous human rights lawyer and other credible sources, that for many years, Pastor PJ Smyth of Covenant Life Church has known that his father was violently abusing boys left in his care.

Please read it.

Thank you. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

 

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Jack

Janna,

CLC is soooo guilty of covering up of sexual abuse they deserve this guy if they don’t have the common sense to question his remarks. It kind of reminds me of when the Israelites made Saul King. They so desperately wanted someone to take over and tell them what to do. CLC wants someone to do the same. Someone to take over, fill the seats and the bank accounts. God will not be mocked!

Christian

I thank you for your reply. I am sorry you do not respect me. Perhaps a better understanding of my perspective would change the disrespect to perhaps disagreement.

According to all reports, John Smyth acted alone. He chose to commit brutal crimes of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. I hope he spends years in jail for it. I for one do not want PJ to suffer in any way for the crimes of his father. I do not want him to leave CLC, go back to Joburg, or lose all of his money and possesions in a lawsuit.

Why? I will tell you.
There is no evidence of any kind from any of the victims that PJ participated in any of these crimes. No one is saying that he did. His father acted alone, according to all I have read.

His father may have told him repeatedly that all of the reports are rubbish – that they are lies. Who knows, his father may have even threatened him in some way.

Out of understanding and compassion for PJ, it is reasonable for me to accept the possibility that no matter what he heard, read, was told, or saw, he could have found himself unable to believe that his own father would do what is claimed he did. With his father denying everything, his judgement could easily have been impaired. I think this is reasonable.

Perhaps he did consider doing something . But what? Report his own father to the police? What if he felt threatened/intimidated by his father and thought he would be in danger if he did so?

Out of compassion for PJ, it is reasonable for me to consider PJ an innocent bystander. Out of compassion for the victims, I pray for justice to be served by way of a long jail sentence for John Smyth.

There is a long list of responsible adults who were aware of all or part of what John Smyth did who should have done far more than hold meetings.

All of my comments on this blog focused only on the topic of JS and PJ.

Thank you for your willingness to dialog.

Christian,
As you have stated, nobody has stated that PJ Smyth participated with his father, John Smyth, in his well documented abuse of young men.

My concern, and the emphasis of my reporting has been PJ Smyth’s lack of truthfulness regarding what he knew and when he knew it. He has clearly lied in his communications about the situation. PJ Smyth does not meet the biblical requirements of eldership. The facts are out there for all to see, if CLC members choose to ignore or excuse his behavior, that’s on them. If they choose to retain him as their lead pastor I would not be surprised, but I would hope that potential new members who exercise due diligence and check up on a church and its leadership prior to committing to membership will be warned away.

As an aside, it stretches the limits of credibility to believe that PJ Smyth participated in several camps run by his father yet had no idea abuse was taking place. Did PJ think it normal to forbid the young men from wearing underwear? Did he think it was normal to have his father showering with the boys, skinny-dipping with the boys, observing the boys as they were jumping on a trampoline in the nude? Was he totally unaware of the beatings some boys endured that left marks one week after the camp?

5yearsinPDI

“Out of understanding and compassion for PJ, it is reasonable for me to accept the possibility that no matter what he heard, read, was told, or saw, he could have found himself unable to believe that his own father would do what is claimed he did. With his father denying everything, his judgement could easily have been impaired. I think this is reasonable.”

I think a person needs a great deal of exposure to the charismatic movement to grasp how true this is. When a minister is perceived to be “anointed”- that can include a dynamic teaching ministry, gifts of healing or “words of knowledge” or other manifestations of spiritual gifts ( whether true or counterfeit), a church growing in numbers, etc- it can be impossible for the guy in the pew to accept that God could be moving in a man accused of great scandalous sins. Their mind just cannot put together strong giftings and sordid sins. Therefore they reject the accusations.

Don Basham wrote a book on this years ago (1973) called True and False Prophets. Basham was in the Ft Laudersale 5 Shepherding movement, itself a conglomeration of bad teachings, but he was trying to warn the church about these Balaams who speak beautiful words to the covenant people and yet are in immorality. An excellent study. Anyway, it seems to be part of the trusting naive nature of Christians to listen to a Balaam and think he must be God’s anointed good guy in private as well as public. I used to be one of the naive pew sitters and it was a gut wrenching lesson to learn. I saw more than one truly “anointed” man ( scores of people led to the Lord, gifts of healing and verified prophecy) with a dynamic loving personality turn out to have a secret adulterous life.

I would assume with you that PJ did not believe it and rationalized it away. The capacity of humans to avoid pain and shame so much so that we hang onto false realities is pretty strong. I think we have all done it in life at some point.

But, Christian, the lies about the meeting in Z that he attended and got a report on- his memory loss- is just not credible. That he never believed the truth about his father is understandable and even typical. But the way he claims to forget the confrontation is not credible unless he has very serious psychological problems. Either way the man needs to be removed from the pastorate.

Great comment 5years. Much appreciated. Thanks.

“PJ did not believe it and rationalized it away” and “never believed the truth about his father.”

There is not a chance this happened with P.J. The evidence presented to him was clear, specific and overwhelming. Everyone believed it. No one disbelieved it. Why? Because it was documented in detail and concerned scores of boys. No one could deny its reality or veracity. Not even P.J. But your points are irrelevant. P.J. denied ALL knowledge of his father’s abuse in the UK and Zimbabwe. He never remotely suggested he knew about it but did not believe it.

Lea

>That he never believed the truth about his father is understandable and even typical. But the way he claims to forget the confrontation is not credible unless he has very serious psychological problems.

Exactly. I never believed it was possible, plausible. I totally forgot someone abused my father of this horrific stuff? Not plausible.

Christian

I have a question – and I am totally serious and out respect for you, Janna:

You say that Brent’s latest post regarding PJ Smyth is “solid, concrete proof”, than how would you describe the proof you present here on this blog regarding PJ?

Bill M

“I have a question”
I understand there are two intellectually honest tactics in debate, you can question errors or omissions in someones facts or logic. The “question” put forward was neither but was instead a poorly concealed dig at your credibility that betrayed the “totally serious and out respect” employed as an introduction. If someone speaks to me with such a level of deception, they immediately lose credibility.