Doug Phillips Excommunicated From Boerne Christian Assembly

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Kirk Cameron and Doug Phillips.

By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator

Doug Phillips, the former president of Vision Forum and one of the leading advocates of Christian Patriarchy within the Christian Homeschool Movement, was publicly excommunicated today from his former church, Boerne Christian Assembly (BCA). In a statement released today on BCA’s website, BCA elders Jeff Horn and David Fry declared the following:

“After much prayer and careful deliberation, and having fully communicated to Doug Phillips his Biblical responsibilities and our concerns, regarding sins, arising out of his public confession, there has not been a response we deem satisfactory. Therefore, the Elders of Boerne Christian Assembly have moved to excommunicate Doug Phillips from the Body of Christ. In doing so, we have sought in good faith to follow diligently the process set forth by our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 18:15-17. This has been a process in which BCA has demonstrated great longsuffering and patience, has offered many and earnest appeals, and has sought much counsel from men of other churches.”

This statement comes several months after BCA revealed in July of this year that Doug Phillips had left Boerne Christian Assembly and had become a member of another Church “without a letter of transfer from Boerne Christian Assembly” — a requirement affirmed by Phillips himself while he was an elder at BCA. Phillips left after BCA “sought to exercise oversight and accountability” on account of allegations that Phillips had groomed and sexually assaulted a young woman.

You can read Boerne Christian Assembly’s full statement here (or archived as a PDF here).

** Update: The Phillips family has fired back against the BCA. In a statement posted on Doug Phillips’s wife’s Facebook page, Beall Phillips alleged that,

“Today, Boerne Christian Assembly, a church with no jurisdiction over any member of my family, and with about six remaining active member families which includes the three recently elected leaders, (some of whom are personally entangled in controversies and conflicts of interest related to a highly publicized lawsuit) has chosen to dismiss BCA’s historic principles of church government, ignore the Scriptures, and reject their duties to honor civil jurisdictions.”

Read the Phillips’s statement here as a PDF.

6 comments

  • Sadly, though, the Assembly will continue in a theology of the suppression of women in pretty much every way.

  • Wow. I didn’t think they were capable of this. I thought he’d had them in his pocket too long. Although what Jaycee Grey says is also true… nevertheless, I’m kind of impressed.

  • I guess my thought is.. so what?

    Maybe he’ll be prevented from succeeding in something like this again simply because of his notoriety. But, what if he had been less well known?

    There’d be nothing to stop him, once he joined another church.

  • Good for Lourdes for going to the law. Rather than trusting in some self-serving, self-policing religious figurehead to “protect” her.

    Actually, I think that was her original mistake.

  • Seems like too little too late.

  • Yeah, well, it’s always the children who suffer. I feel for them. As for Doug, I’m not supposed to rejoice in his misfortunes, but he sure deserves it.

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