Let The Children Come To Me: Updating The Kempner Scandal
“¶ And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”
(Mark 10:13–16 ESV)
“¶ “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,
but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
(Matthew 18:5–6 ESV)
As we begin a new week, I report on my perceptions of the situation at Beach Cities Calvary Chapel.
Disfellowshipped pastor Jim Kempner continues to resist leaving the office he forfeited two years ago when he solicited a prostitute.
The majority of the leadership of the church has left and is meeting in another location.
The sheep have been scattered.
There is a spirit of fear among many of those left and among some who have stayed…fear of reprisals from those keeping Kempner in control .
New board member and FBI agent Brian Frye is the man standing between righteousness and Kempner.
I have had numerous conversations with those who are still attending BCCC and with those who have left and the fear and hopelessness are palpable.
It is more than most can handle to stand up to a federal agent … and what a shame they believe they would have to in order to right this ship.
Throw in an aggressive attorney and the people are scared into submission.
How ironic that when I was a child the G-Men were my heroes…real life crusaders who walked the straight and narrow,upheld the law and kept us all safe from the bad guys.
The children at Prince of Peace school may grow up with an entirely different outlook on the FBI.
Even more ironic is that this scandal was discovered when Kempner refused to comply with the federal law that required him to submit his fingerprints to the Department of Justice before he could associate with the school children.
That’s great PR for the Bureau…
How can someone with the intelligence required to be a government agent be duped by someone with the most base of human motives and behaviors?
May God grant him the discernment and courage to do what is right and show a new generation of children the character and heart that made his agency legendary to mine.
We implore Mr. Frye to do what he must know is right and restore honor to his office and the church…or risk the loss that the Lord and community will exact of the same.
While Kempner is kept in control by a man whose profession has sworn him to integrity, the school languishes in turmoil.
The victims I am most concerned with are the children…the children who will bear the scars from wounds inflicted by men who care only for themselves.
In a very real way these children are being wrenched away from Jesus and torn away from teachers and administrators who love them and are educating them with His love and in His name.
They are being hindered by a man who failed to disclose his sin not only to those who sold him the school, but to those who helped him finance it.
That man has defaulted on his sacred obligations and is being assisted in his sin by men whose secular professions are supposed to engender and embody trust.
Our hearts should break and our souls weep over such an incredible defamation of the name of our God and the church of His Christ.
With true fear and trembling I read the scriptures I copied to begin this article…children are being hindered from Jesus and millstones are being fitted for the necks of those hindering.
I plead with them to repent and allow the children to come to Jesus and allow Him to gather the scattered and put them under a worthy undershepherd.