No, Answering for Pedophilia is not the same as Jesus’s Trial


Rodney sent this along earlier today… It starts with the pastor quoting the stories of Jesus where he did not answer his accusers. There is a lot of theology there, but not a refusal to answer for crimes.

Unlike the guy accused of molesting a child while on staff at Graham’s church.

Recently media have questioned why Graham’s church removed postings from its Facebook page inquiring about the church’s handling of a staff member reportedly dismissed in 1989 over suspicions of inappropriate sexual contact with a child.

The staff member, John Langworthy, went on to become longtime music minister of Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, Miss., before his recent arrest and conviction of sex crimes against children in Mississippi.

Pastor says let God judge accusers.

I guess I can understand a lot of things, but in any way combining pedophilia (which Jesus spoke heavily against — the milestone bit) and dodging questions about pedophilia is beyond me.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

3 thoughts on “No, Answering for Pedophilia is not the same as Jesus’s Trial

  1. I’m not sure who you are trying to defend here. It looks like you are taking the side of a troll who spammed a church’s Facebook page with accusations of wrongdoing nearly 25 years ago. If a crime was committed then, it should be a matter for the police, not for trial by Internet. I agree that the comparison with the trial of Jesus is very dubious. But surely the church has the right to keep a public silence about such accusations, where there are genuine issues of confidentiality as well as probably an ongoing police investigation.

  2. That’s mighty poor exegesis, pastor. Don’t know if you knew anything, but your whole silence like Jesus is not correct.

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