Change the name from “Wight” to “Wilson”:
There were clear indicators in the Ancient Hope report that [Wilson] had serious problems with authority and with treating women with proper respect. . . . Looking back, [Wilson] was clearly a hypocrite, and hypocrites, in the nature of the case, cannot always be detected, but Christ Church leadership overlooked some of the clues for longer than they should have. . . In the end, [Wilson] proved to have a long-standing pattern of evading responsibility, manipulating, and deceiving. . . .1
Jamin Wight is a mirror refection of Douglas Wilson. He made him after his own image. Jamin Wight learned exactly what Doug Wilson taught him: disdain authority, treat women with disrespect; lead a hypocritical life; evade responsibility; manipulate; deceive; etc. Which of these does Mr. Wilson not embody?
And just as Jamin Wight reflects Douglas Wilson’s reprehensible behavior, so the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches reflects Douglas Wilson’s reprehensible behavior. Notice how they CREC Review Committee “never received an adequate explanation” for how the “Christ Church leadership” was unaware of the “Ancient Hope report.” Strange the number of things for which the CREC Review Committee did not receive satisfying answers (it’s almost as though they failed to contemplate that one person controlled the flow of information to everyone beneath him). But now the CREC repeats the cycle. Douglas Wilson did not want anyone to know the truth about his star pupil — just as the CREC Review Committee does not want anyone to know the truth about Douglas Wilson. So they make bad excuses for him: “We never received an adequate explanation for this oversight.” It wasn’t an oversight. He acted deliberately.
Douglas Wilson informed the entire Palouse that he “put a letter in his [Jamin Wight’s] file” and that “he has still disqualified himself from ministry”; we posted it here. Despite this, Douglas Wilson sent Jamin Wight on a missionary trip to Haiti. But the CREC Review Committee pretended that neither the letter nor the public statement ever happened because they could not plausibly justify Mr. Wilson’s behavior in light of these historical facts. So they covered up & deceived.
The Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches is a mirror reflection of Douglas Wilson. He made them after his own image.
1 Full text:
As we point out in our report to Christ Church, the Christ Church leadership should have been far more careful and rigorous in evaluating Wight’s character and fitness for ministry when he was enrolled in the Greyfriar’s program, and could have done so at a much earlier date. When Wight joined Trinity Reformed Church, it appears that the church leadership was not given a comprehensive picture of Wight’s deep character flaws. In particular, the scalding review he was given by the elders of Ancient Hope Church (Los Angeles, CA; now defunct) in the summer of 2003 seems to have been lost in the shuffle. This report was simply not given the attention it deserved, and not everyone who should have seen it was given access to it. There were clear indicators in the Ancient Hope report that Wight had serious problems with authority and with treating women with proper respect (resulting in a terminated internship), but this report did not seem to be widely known among Christ Church leadership, was not fully factored into his ongoing training at Greyfriars Hall (e.g., Mike Lawyer had no recollection of it), and it was not provided to the elders at Trinity Reformed Church after Wight transferred his membership. We never received an adequate explanation for this oversight. While Wight was required to make an apology to the elders at Ancient Hope, more should have been done to re-evaluate his fitness for ministry and his trustworthiness at that time. In our judgment, the terminated internship should have been considered grounds for terminating Wight’s ministerial training.
Looking back, Wight was clearly a hypocrite, and hypocrites, in the nature of the case, cannot always be detected, but Christ Church leadership overlooked some of the clues for longer than they should have, and Trinity Reformed Church’s elders do not seem to have inquired into the outcome of the California internship when Jamin came under their care. In the end, Wight proved to have a long-standing pattern of evading responsibility, manipulating, and deceiving. Wight was rightly dropped from the Greyfriars program when his abuse of Natalie Greenfield was brought to the attention of the Session, but had the internship evaluation been given more weight, he presumably would have been dropped sooner. (Presiding Ministers’ Report on the Wight Abuse Case, pages 10–11 )