A funny thing came to light this week as the BJU/Chuck Phelps connections continue to mount–Phelps has often been invited to teach classes at the school. One screenshot, a search of the BJU database, is particularly striking…
To the long list of unsettling questions waiting to be answered, BJU must now add:
-Did Chuck Phelps train young ministerial students in how to handle abuse situations?
I wonder if he taught them to use Deuteronomy as a guide for counseling rape victims?
County Prosecutor Wayne Coull: Is it true that you read a verse in the Old Testament to Tina, a verse that said she would be stoned for being raped?
Phelps: I read her a verse in Deuteronomy, and this verse can be taken in context or out of context.
Coull: Read the verse.
Phelps: I don’t have a bible with me.
Coull: (grabs a bible from his briefcase, and walks towards Phelps). I have a bible. Here. Find the verse and read it to us.
Phelps: (fumbles around to find the verse).
Coull: I bookmarked the reference so you could find the verse it easier. Just flip open to the purple bookmark.
Phelps: Deuteronomy 22:23-24, “If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.”
Coull: Did you tell Tina she is lucky that she did not live in those days because she would have been stoned?
Phelps: We are ALL lucky to not live in those days. But I did not tell Tina that. I told her from this verse, it says if the damsel cries out…I told Tina, ‘Tina, we are here to help you…you can scream. We will help you. But she did not call out.
Quote taken from the trial of Ernie Willis, in which Chuck Phelps’ testimony proved disastrous for the defense. Source