The SBC Isn’t Alone In Sin: Kevin H.

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  1. greg says:

    Your comments are so right on the money. No one wants to look at the spiritual and sexual abuse inside the the body of Christ, as we are instructed in scripture to do. People are quick to label it “sin sniffing” and quote Jn 8:7. This is a total mis application of the verse. This is not sin sniffing but rather fruit inspection. If and when we fail as followers of Jesus to accomplish this inspection within the body of Christ the sin being committed, many times by the senior pastor of the fellowship such as Ben Courson and the whole sad and shameful debacle at Applegate Christian Fellowship, continues to grow. Many people end up getting severely hurt both emotionally and physically. This leaven then leavens the entire body if allowed to continue and does tremendous damage, not the least of which is the horrific witness it is to those who have not yet believed. Eph 5:11 is the correct verse to apply. This is however what we now see as the norm in the leadership of our churches….no accountability. Instead of servants in the pulpit, in many cases now we have “rock stars” in the pulpits doing whatever they need to do to move their agenda forward and at the same time leading many astray…God help us.

  2. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, greg. The leaven has indeed caused much damage.

  3. Em says:

    Lots of good food for ponders in this post! ! !
    I know I am old, but it seems that God has removed His hand of protection…… sigh
    God keep

  4. Linn says:

    An excellent article, Michael! One of the things that makes me loopy is how quick church members are to excuse sin in the church. The church I was in with the serial adulterer pastor that was finally ousted was often commented on by saying, “Yes, he shouldn’t have slept with those women, but he was such a good preacher!” He had an interesting oratorical preaching style, but he really had nothing to say, that’s why people kept leaving the church.

    My other pet peeve-I know people are needy but somewhere we need to teach members and teens that sleeping with, or any other kind of sex acts with leadership, is not okay. I know that people look for the weak to prey upon, but we need to teach the weak to be stronger. Obviously, if it’s a true physical assault, that is a different case. And churches should have rules about people, especially minors, being alone with leadership (ordained or laity).

    I work in a private (not Christian) school where a couple of sex assaults occurred with students. We hav enhanced training for staff, more windows to see into classmates, and clear protocols/consequences for certain actions. There is also a strong culture of “if something seems off, let someone know.” A culture that takes clergy abuse seriously will go a long way in preventing it. Since the enhanced protocols went into my place at my school ten years ago, we have not had a major incident.

    On a different, “it happened again” note, 14 children are dead in an elementary school in Uvalde, TX. My heart is breaking, again.

  5. Dread says:

    “Out of the gosple he tho wordes caughte,
    And this figure he added eek therto,
    That if gold ruste, what shal iren do?
    For if a preest be foul, on whom we truste,
    No wonder is a lewed man to ruste”

    He took these words from the gospel, and added this saying, that if gold rusts, what will iron do? If a priest whom we trust behaves badly, it should come as no surprise if ordinary men fall short as well.

    Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

  6. Kelly says:

    Linn, our children don’t need to be taught to be stronger. They need a safe place to be weak.

  7. Linn says:

    I wish that was the kind of world we lived in. I’m a child of the 60s, and even then (the “Wonder Years” not withstanding), stuff happened. My parents, mom in particular, did not teach me to fear people. They did teach me to question what seemed out of the ordinary or when an adult wanted to be alone with me for a reason that didn’t seem valid. I’ve always been thankful that my parents helped me face the world with some degree of common sense.

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