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We all fall for bad preachers regardless of race. Don’t you hear many Catholic priests are now in prisons for abusing alter boys. In fact through ages until 1994 you could never suspect or talk ill of a Catholic priests. Nobody would believe you anyway. We thought they were all next to God. Now I see them as regular people with Catholic biblical education.
We sometime allow ourselves to be lead by emotions instead of logic. We get caught up in what is being preached and we don’t want to believe that this individual that is teaching something ‘holy’ and giving so much insight could be Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde. In other words, how can someone teaching good, be bad?
This is not a game of letting yourself off the hook or mitigating the seriousness of the matter Mika Edmondson so courageously presents. This piece breaks open some very ugly wells everyone knows about but now either thought they were carefully clogged up. So all of a sudden everyone is conveniently hiding under the bed. And others having the audacity or shamelessness to go find excuses? What’s the matter? Introspection is difficult? No one from the outside world to blame this time so you can go on in the same ways? This is not about blame, folks. It is about clearing out the house. Not going to church and being cuddled to sleep by a blistering sermon of someone. Sermons are nice for five minutes. It is daily work to implement the Bible. That is what walking with God means. Not showing up in your Sunday apparel and think this is it.
God bless the Edmondsons of this world. Don’t try to find excuses. See what can be done in a self search and then as a community. That is what growing means. It involves sometimes also looking in and yes, maybe even being ashamed of what you see and then trying to train yourself not to do it or find ways how not to do it again. Which does not mean you can not love yourself at the same time. This is not about beating yourself up.
The word is not: excuse thyself, but act. As an individual as well as within a church community and in the world at large. That is if you really want to grow spiritually and really try to walk with God which is difficult enough for all of us.
Oh and ehm..how about this: what do you do once you stand in the Heavenly Tribunal? You think you can con God with excuses? Not even trying to admit to Him. Not to the public. Conferences should be held about this. Enjoy your Sunday.
There needs to be checks and balances in every church. We need to look at how were individuals that committed gross in bibical times delt with it and see if it is appropriate to do so today. What are alternative solutions? How can we protect congregation members and grow spiritually? We need to recognize that everyone has at least several flaws that we are managing. When we stop managing them, we cause problems in our own life or someone elses. Romans 3: 23-” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Take the rose colored glasses off and keep both eyes open.
Everything bad do not start with black !!Their are Preacher of other races that have committed some of the worst crimes against humanity . where were you and your comments then ? True I feel if a Preacher does any crime he should pay here because he will surely pay at his judgment . But if you continue to try destroying the black preacher. remember you also have a judgment coming.
No one said that everything that is black is bad. Preachers, no matter what race are human and sin like the rest of us. Romans 3: 23,” for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Since we all sin, there needs to be checks and balances in place. If a minister, no matter what race, uses his or her position to molest or take advantage of the sheep, it needs to be called out and dealt with. Luke 16:10,” One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” . We all have to be responsible for our actions. Some have left the faith because of matters not being dealt with appropriately.
All leaders are servants. The critical watershed point, of course, is whom are they serving. Are they serving themselves, or are they serving others.
Ministers are to encourage and spiritually build up the congregation, not tear it down and stumble people into feeling disillusioned about the church, God and the preacher. Sexual abuse has caused many to have counselling and treatment for years to get over it. They lose trust in the church and in the preachers and it takes many years to restore it if it ever happens at all. Mark 9: 42,” If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” There are quite a few people that feel that the church is full of hypocrites. Why would they think that? When I make the statements that I make, it is in reference to all churches, not just the black church.
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