I was interviewed by several journalists on the sad story of a theological institute in Jerusalem plagued by abuse.
This institute (ITFJ or IFTJ) was founded a dozen years ago by Jacques Elbaz, a missionary pastor from the French Assemblies of God, who used and abused his authority as “God’s anointed” and left dozens of students traumatized.
This affair raises the issue of authority and power in religion, often embodied in people who are considered mediators between humans and the divine: priests, prophets, pastors, shamans, diviners…
Here are some of the articles for which I was interviewed:
• Louis Fraysse, “Soupçons de dérive sectaire à Jérusalem”, Réforme 3864, 10 sept 2020, p. 2-3 (PDF).
• Clément Melki, “Un pasteur évangélique français en Israël accusé de ‘dérives sectaires’”, AFP, 11 sept 2020, cf. The Times of Israel, DNA, L’Orient-Le Jour, etc.
• Malo Tresca, “En Israël, un pasteur évangélique français accusé de ‘dérives sectaires’”, La Croix, 22 sept 2020, p. 19 (PDF).