People in church leadership roles, according to the scriptures, are to be honorable people who live up to honorable standards (Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17; Titus 1:5-9). However, in recent years reports have been increasing about leaders in evangelical & traditional Protestant churches whose goal seems to be using people for selfish, criminal purposes. I think several factors play into what’s going on–from seminaries who let anyone go through their courses without vetting them or teaching them properly to churchgoers who are willing to let sin go unchecked in their congregations (especially false doctrines) to people in the church who habitually view porn. If you are part of a congregation whose leaders strive to uphold godly standards, even if you don’t agree with all of their decisions, you should thank God for them and praise God if they are nothing like these guys:
—“Indianapolis pastor pleads guilty to producing 100 tons of drugs”: 45-yr-old Robert Jaynes, who shouldn’t even be called a pastor, was using Irvington Bible Baptist Church as a front for producing and distributing tons of synthetic marijuana. Other “church” members were helping him out with his illegal enterprise, including his brother-in-law and two ex-sheriff’s deputies. He has now admitted to his crimes.
—“Jackson Co. pastor charged with sex crimes involving 8-year-old”: In Alabama, 55-yr-old pervert Jeffrey Allen Elkins is being held in a jail cell since a grand jury has indicted him on seven criminal counts including “five counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of twelve and two counts of child enticement.” He sexually assaulted the 8-yr-old at his Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
—“Former youth pastor faces child porn charges”: 44-yr-old Scott D. Stockton of Tonawanda, New York, was arrested when an investigation by local authorities and the Dept. of Homeland Security found he was in possession of and was distributing child porn. He faces three criminal charges. According to this report, Stockton “is known in the area for pastoral work and youth mentoring through local schools and churches” and the company he owns boasts of 150 institutions that are his customers.
—“Church Youth Leader, Coach Arrested on Child-Molestation Charges in Santa Maria”: In California, 25-yr-old Daniel James Moreno was hauled in by police for repeated sexual abuse of a person under 14 years of age. Moreno is leader of a church youth group and coaches local youth sports. Police are now investigating to see if he has other victims that haven’t come forward yet.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 1 Cor. 5:11