James 3:1 “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”
Since the middle of January, there have been three cases of religious leaders committing sins that have captured my attention. The world is in a stage that is abhorrent to most rational, God-fearing people. We ask others for prayers whether it’s for a loved one or for ourselves. We go to Church and listen to the word of the Bible spoken through our religious leaders.
We look up to these leaders as wise, respectable, and caring. All are trained to be masters of the Spoken Word and to use language skillfully to mold minds. But what happens when they are sinners? Not the type of sin that we all are capable of, but sin that is absolutely self-serving and disgusting?
- Adultery– Pastor Simmons from Tallahassee, Florida was caught pant-less having sex with another man’s wife. He ran out the door and hid behind a fence, naked, while the angry husband threatened to kill him. The police defused the situation. This pastor has a video onYouTube talking to his congregation. What stands out is his smooth talking and arrogance as he says the people on the outside will attack the ones that you love (meaning himself), and the congregation was applauding. He also makes reference that he knows that God has forgiven him. Has he? Is it a presumptuous decision based on the teaching that God is All-Forgiving and nothing else? Source: Fox News
- $8,000 Theft of Electricity– Bishop William Marshall, Pastor at a Church in Bridgeport, CT failed to pay a bill relating to the electricity used to power a barbershop he ran. Even after disconnection of service to the meter was made, a conscious effort was made to reconnect the meter and not report it. Maybe he should consider giving sermons and haircuts while in jail. Source: Fox News
- Child Porn & Drugs Vicar Christopher King, of St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church in NY, was charged with having child porn on his electronic devices. Drugs were also recovered from his church residence. For those that say Pizzagate doesn’t exist, I ask why not? If some our religious leaders are so desperate and willing to exploit children, why not others? Source: Fox News
In all three of these recent cases, these leaders will have it in their minds they are forgivable by God. They apparently have forgotten James 3:1.
Maybe we need to hold our leaders to a higher standard also as God does; maybe then they will think twice about the responsible positions they hold.
An interesting read on this subject is Billy Graham’s opinion piece “God Does not Coddle Those Who Break His Commandments.”