Almost every church that has a pastor caught in a sexual scandal, they conspire to cover it up so that the reputation of the church remains intact. It does no good. How many places of worship were successful in hiding what the pastor had done?
Luke 12:2 (NKJV) “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.“
In one house of worship, a pastor engaged in sexual immorality, and the church kept it hush hush. Just a few years later, the same pastor did it again, with different woman. Ultimately, he was judged by God for it.
When you cover it up once, and not deal with it the way the Lord directs it to be dealt with, it’s just a matter of time before it all comes to a head.
The effort is futile, yet they continue to try to keep it under wrap. The Lord isn’t pleased when we attempt to cover up what we know to be sin. It’s also possible that other sexual perverts are engaged in sin. That to expose one, exposes them all.
In one place, it’s rumored that many executives in the church staff engaged in sexual immorality. Sometimes, that’s why the cover up is made. To protect the sins of others.
Ezekiel 8:6-13 (NKJV) “Furthermore He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.”
So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall. Then He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall”; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door.
And He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there.” So I went in and saw, and there—every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls.
And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up.
Then He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.'”
Most contemporary houses of worship put on a great big Broadway show. The music is great. The main house lights are dimmed. Light shows are flashing with smoke. You feel that God is in the house, but something just isn’t right. You can’t put your finger on it, but something or rather, Someone is missing.
We’re so protective of what’s perceived to be a move of God but we can’t determine what’s the real problem. We’re so self deceived that behind the apparent success, is lewdness, and sin. When we’re spiritually callous and dense, combined with being filled with a substitute, like great music, it’s clear that something underhanded is happening.
Hebrews 4:11-13 (NKJV) “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
You see, when the children of Israel were about to enter the promised land, they couldn’t enter in because of unbelief. Make no mistake about it. But what’s at the root of all unbelief?
PLAIN AND SIMPLE. It wasn’t a matter of faith alone. It was a matter of disobedience. They refused to obey God.
In many places. Denominational and nondenominational, we truly don’t obey God the way that we should. As a result, we don’t believe that He’s watching us. Like in Ezekiel 8, we see that the leaders were involved in all sorts of wickedness.
So much so that they all said, He left.
How can God leave when He’s everywhere, sees everything, and knows everything?
But that’s the cavalier attitude. Because if we really believe that the Lord is here, would we do what we do? If we knew that the camera is on us 24/7/365, would we do what we do?
No. We wouldn’t.
That’s why some churches do not act on sexual immorality when a pastor is caught. We can’t lose the crowd. If we lose the crowd, we lose the money. Everything we’ve built this on would be gone.
Well, don’t engage in sexual sins and you won’t have to worry about it.
Then there’s such pastoral predation that a crime has been committed. A criminal prosecution is the least of your worries.
Hebrews 10:30-31 (NKJV) “For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
One person said that he would rather fall on the face of the sun than to fall into the hands of the living God. Why? Because when God repays, it’s in the full strength of His wrath.
Romans 3:18 (NKJV) “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
When there’s no fear of God before our eyes, it’s very easy to sin against Him. But when we’re aware of His wrath, the full strength of His wrath is what we want to avoid.
Just like in the courtroom, a convict is fearful of the sentence that comes from the judge.
Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 (NKJV) “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him.
But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.“
So when a leader instructs you to keep things “hush hush” because “love covers a multitude of sins,” when a crime has been committed, this Scripture is used to try to prevent the right thing from happening.
A crime has been committed and it must be punished.
If you choose to allow a pastor predator to remain in power, just remember….
WHEN THE FOX PROTECTS THE HEN HOUSE
Never mind the fox in a way, what about the hens that protect the fox?
A bad church and pastor reputation may not be repairable, no matter what.
Are you so protective of your “church” to allow a predator pastor to preach to you in hypocrisy?
When a church becomes a sexual prison, circumstances must change.
But the longer one waits, in some cases, statute of limitations may run out.
Highly unlikely when you factor in new laws convicting Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and the Epstein case, as well as other high profile cases.
Sound the alarm and don’t lie or bear false witness.
One of the 7 abominations and one of the 10 commandments is to not bear false witness.
CAGED IN CHURCH
Male intimidation. Male coercion. Male sexual abuse dominance.
Male threatens to harm you if you report true sexual abuse.
Male pastors using Scripture and his spiritual position to condemn you while he’s already condemned, criminally harming you.
Using it to keep you silent.
You quickly leave or stay because you can’t afford to move.
Thousands of women are caged in the churches they attend.
You can become un-caged when the courage comes to expose the sin of a sexual predator.
And church members that see it are complicit when they know what’s going on and refuse to say something.
Thousands of women can get the courage and stop the madness of caged in church.
Protecting a church and its predator is equally wrong.
The church predator must never have quarter.
Otherwise, if they know it’s going on, the whole house is guilty.
You get tired of hearing stories that people protect the church and pastor, but never protect the vulnerable.
Children that’s sexually abused too.
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
Ladies. I know it’s tough, but if any man, including your pastor, touch you inappropriately, text you inappropriately, speak to you inappropriately, go to a trusted female and talk about it.
Then, all of you bring it to the church.
If a crime has been committed, go to the police and fill out an under penalty of perjury affidavit, and report it.
Ladies, if you’re a liar, God will judge you.
If you’re telling the truth, God will judge the offending male and the court system will hold them accountable.
If a male pastor threatens you to keep silent about any sexual abuse that actually occurred, yes, it’s scary but it’ll only end when you report it.
Yes, if the abuse or inappropriate behavior is true, it will end his career, destroy his marriage, and destroy his life, but look at your life.
He had no business crossing the line in lust. He will bear his sin and penalty.
This must be addressed.
If a male isn’t afraid, it’s because he believes he got away with it.
Don’t lie about setting him up either because he refused to fall for your wicked ways. If you immoral women commit a crime, God will not spare you either.