What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 5; Matthew 21; Isaiah 29; Psalm 80; Ezra 5; Exodus 40
Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is not a hope filled dialogue. Quite frankly he’s dealing with some extremely difficult issues that have surfaced within the congregation. Sexual immorality is at the top of the list. Paul speaks forgiveness in nearly everything. But in this matter he demands expulsion.
In the past 20 years we’ve seen a real problem in the church bubble to the surface. Sexual exploitation and misconduct by clergy and church leadership. The church seems to have been caught flat-footed by the problem.
This morning I opened my Facebook feed and staring right at me was the arrest of a Pastor in a neighboring community for being involved in a child sex exploitation ring.
I think we’re past the point of sugar coating things on this issue. Any clergy member who is engaged in sexual misconduct must be removed from the pulpit and not allowed to return.
I understand that this is harsh, but the damage to souls that is occurring must be dealt with.
I believe that people can change and that there is forgiveness for all sins. However, as David found out, there also must be a consequence for the severest of sins. A person who has abused the trust and harmed the most innocent and weakest, physically, among us should never be allowed back in a pulpit. Period.