Friday, May 29, 2015

Pedophilia and Sexual Molestation Within Christianity: the failure of leadership


Futher details of the pedophila actions of Jordan Roots at Matt Chandler's church include the following:

This is an example of the way the leaders of The Village Church have repeatedly minimized Jordan’s issues and the nature of his “confession.” I learned that Jordan was viewing child pornography on December 16 after almost three weeks of digging. It had become increasingly clear to me over the previous several months that something was off, but I had no reason to believe that Jordan was capable of lying about something of this magnitude. On Thanksgiving I caught him in an unrelated lie, and I sensed immediately that there was more he was hiding and lying about. I pressed him, and he eventually began what I am calling his "pseudoconfession". He confessed he had masturbated and had accessed nude pictures (of adults) online a handful of times since we had arrived overseas. I felt strongly that there was more to the story and continued to press, but he assured me that there was nothing else.

This began almost three weeks of "pseudorepentance" during which Jordan gave the same "confession" to SIM leadership and The Village Church leadership. He spoke of how relieved he was that the truth was now out and even reported rededicating his life to Jesus at a retreat that weekend. Everyone involved believed in his honesty and repentance, and I so desperately wanted to myself. But I felt a strong conviction that I should keep asking questions, and I did. I persisted in asking questions almost every day over the course of the next three weeks, and on December 16th Jordan's reaction to a question I asked revealed that there was indeed much more to the story. He tried to avoid talking any further that night, but I pressed until he agreed to "tell me the whole story".

That night he admitted to almost ten years of child pornography use that began while he was in college and continued throughout his seminary studies into our dating and engagement. He said that he preferred prepubescent girls ages four and older but that he had seen child pornography involving infants and teenagers as well. He described images and videos he had used in disturbingly graphic detail. He also admitted he had returned to accessing nude pictures of children during our time overseas. When I asked whether his behavior had extended to children he knew in real life, he admitted to having masturbated to thoughts of children in his care. He also described two occasions on which he had been "tempted to molest" children but claimed to have chosen not to.

~Karen Hinkely's response to TVC's public statements, via Keep Watch


TVC elders take back church discipline of Karen Hinkley, wife of pedophile Jordan Roots, stating:

The latest communique to “covenant members” at The Village Church defended the membership policy but said in this case the elders “unfortunately allowed our practice to unnecessarily lead us rather than us leading our practice with patience, gentleness and compassion.”
“In receiving more information and considering the way we’ve ministered to Karen specifically, we believe that we owe her an apology,” the letter said.  The elders will move forward with releasing her from membership and will continue their commitment to support her financially through August, the letter said.
End quote.

Yes they sure do owe her a huge apology and should step down themselves. Clearly they jumped the gun on the wife in hopes to contain her public revelation of her pedophile husband. 

Between the pedophile sodomy that went on at CJ Mahaney's church, the molestation of siblings twelve years ago by Josh Duggar, and the pedophile at Matt Chandler's church (and the church there is disciplining the wife who is a victim of her husband's pedophilia via adultery), the common thread continues to be a failure in leadership. All three churches/ families have been under an overbearing view of unbiblical submission. In all three cases, it seems that the victims were the least of the leaders' concerns. Instead their main focus was a fake unity, a cover up of the heinous crime, and a demand to forgive and move on without serious consequences. In other words, it seems to me that the perpetrators have become the victims instead of the victims being the victims, and anyone who stands up and against such has become the problem. This is calling evil good, and good evil. It is also not true biblical shepherding of the sheep, especially the vulnerable. It is also not taking seriously the heinous nature of the crimes and sins, and the law is not being used to protect the sheep.

Such heinous sin reveals a systemic problem of leadership in many homes and churches, along with the lack of believing and then protecting the victims. Privatizing sin allows it to continue. God gave us the government to protect people from evil, not protect the evil doer!

Like the Roman Catholic Church and it's decades of covering up their pedophilia within leadership, these churches were not willing to report crimes to the authorities.

Rom 13:3  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
Rom 13:4  for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.

1 comment:

Darrel said...

Thank you for bringing this to light-I had no idea this was going on. The wickedness of these Nicolaitan style "church" leaders is straight from hell. Having had first-hand experience with such men twice in the past four years in two different goat barns (they call themselves a "church") this scenario is not new to me, nevertheless, it pains me to see it happen to anyone, especially those that were blind-sided with this like Karen. No doubt she is learning afresh the love, comfort, and perseverance of the Lord Jesus. Praying that she will stand firm and tall in the midst of these wicked false prophets.