The Linquist Letter and Potters Field: Part 1
The “Open Letter To Mike Rozell” has so many important implications that it will take more than one article to examine them all.
While the words that Craig Linquist wrote were deadly to the Rozell’s desire to continue in ministry, they were life giving and affirming to those who were allegedly damaged by Potters Field.
He affirmed them and lent his considerable credibility to all the stories you read from the “Potters Field Survivors”.
Too many still did not believe the young people nor the reports about the Rozell’s on this site and other media.
Now, they have no choice but to deal with the facts about this “ministry”.
Mike and Pam Rozell have offered no response, nor any repentance to these charges, instead they hide behind legal counsel and wait for the storm to pass.
“The line of PFM and Ignite casualties over the 20 years is long and the stories sordid, and the cause lies at your doorstep. Amazingly, you are emboldened to re-start the sponsorship ministry, write a reassuring and glowing letter to all your supporters, and even try and woo Ignite students back to work in your restaurant that you now are in the process of restarting, attempting to lie to convince them that it was you who was misrepresented, and that it is everyone else who is wrong. All the while failing to even acknowledge the hurt you caused, and that what you did was wrong. At no point in your letter do you mention the failings of what was one of the most important parts of the ministry, and at no point in the letter, or any other communication that I have seen to your supporters since, do you, or the board, (same thing) own up to any of the wrongs you have done in the past, nor the hurt you have caused many of the interns who have passed through your program. Still no repentance!”
The stories were true, the young people honest, and thus, the Rozell’s are utterly, biblically, disqualified from Christian ministry.
Without the public exposure of these sins, righteousness and justice would have been lost.
Don McClure, Rob McCoy, and Craig Linquist, along with the courageous former interns who spoke first and loudest…have blessed the church by their actions.
What have we learned?
Listen to victims of spiritual abuse.
Investigate their charges.
Publicly affirm them when they are speaking truth.
Publicly disqualify wolves.
Protect the sheep and ban the wolves.