Never ceases to amaze Chuckles how people who have never met, spoken to, or even corresponded with Tina Anderson come to conclusions such as she is some weak minded person who was influenced to go through a grueling testimony against her rapist because she is bitter. Or better yet, were under some spell of other bitter people to go through the investigation, and be willing to testify against her rapist in court which caused the loss of her job teaching music at International Baptist College in Arizona, her long time friends, was forced out of her church, and more, because she told the truth when contacted by Concord Police about what happened to her fourteen years before.
Received the following email this morning from someone who claims to be a ‘man of God’ but is too yellow to sign his name.
Chuckles Travels or CP Traveler,
My wife stumbled across Chuckles Travels a few days ago. I was on the road, preaching and leading people to Jesus, while you sit behind a keyboard blaming good men like Chuck Phelps and others for the bitterness in your own hearts. No, doubt Dr. Phelps made mistakes. Dr. Phelps has been very humble, as he cried in my presence last fall, pouring out his hurt for both the Willis family and for Mrs. Anderson. Tina is not a 15 year old girl. Her memories have no doubt been influenced by bitter, angry people like Jocelyn Zichterman and perhaps you, whoever you are.
God’s word warns about bitterness defiling others.
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; Hebrews 12:15
Tina was happy, serving the Lord, teaching at a good, solid fundamental Baptist college, until bitter people poisoned her and her husband with their own bitterness.
First of all these people who have full blown bitterness are in serious trouble. This is not my opinion, it is God’s. Bitterness is a root! A root is a source. Where does the roots dwell? Under the surface of the soil. Can everybody see it’s root system? No, because it’s hidden under the soil or surface. The same is true with bitterness in a person’s soul. It is a hidden element that lies under the surface, and out of it springs up anger and other negative emotions against others and against the circumstances around us. People who have a root of bitterness find it easy to get upset over things that other’s are doing around them. It’s like a brewing fountain that lies beneath the surface, waiting to fuel something that is on the surface.
Countless women who are raped develop awful bitter spirits that affect and infect people around them. No one doubts that these women were hurt. It’s not because they were raped, but because they allowed the trauma to get to them, they nurse the bitterness for years. Many women are in bondage today because they became bitter under the surface about what was done to them years ago, and then refuse to forgive. Jocelyn Z is one of those women. The Devil loves bitterness and unforgiveness, and it’s a wide open door for them to move right in on a person and develop many spiritual, mental and even physical problems.
Bitterness, anger and lack of forgiveness doesn’t have to take over a woman’s life, only because she was raped years ago. I know women who have been raped, and they are kind and gentle and loving people.
I read the entry, “It Happens to Boys too.” My heart hurts for Mrs. Bicknell and her two sons. It is unfortunate she and it appears they have turned to Worldly counsel instead of leaning on their Savior. Jim Berg wisely teaches, it seemed that boys who are molested by older men and forgave the molester and forgot about it right away, walked away without picking up unclean homosexual abominations, and tend to not turn to alcohol and drugs to lesson the pain. Those who allowed the trauma to make them bitter instead of better and instead walked away from Godly counsel were very likely to end up with homosexual relationships and the bondages of depression, drugs, alcohol and even the ultimate rebellion against The Creator, suicide. How the Devil begins to gain access into a person’s life through rape and abuse is the root of bitterness which eventually becomes a giant tree. Root out all bitterness when it is small, and the person will go on to serve their Savior, with joy and happiness no matter what terrible situations they faced in their past.
We will be praying for the Anderson family that they realize the bitter people are coming between them and the LORD. Will pray for Jocelyn Zichterman and the others like her who have let the root become a giant oak repent, and realize the damage they are all doing.
In Jesus Name,