The Real Problem
Three years ago we helped publicize the harassment of James Duncan by Elephant Room participant Perry Noble.
Duncan had criticized Noble in print and that was responded to with quite the smear campaign from Noble’s NewSpring church.
Duncan sued Noble…and won… and the story is told at the link above.
I don’t know that we’ve ever spoken here of the massive First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana…the largest independent Baptist church in the country.
For decades it was pastored by the legendary Jack Hyles…legendary for his preaching gifts as well as his dictatorial style and sexual peccadilloes.
He was under a lot of heat when he suddenly died and passed the mantle to this fellow…
That is Jack Schaap and he’s awaiting sentencing for taking a minor over state lines for sexual purposes.
You can read more about the incredible sex crimes and scandals that have went on for decades at this church here.
So…here we have two legally proven examples of corrupt and abusive leadership in churches.
Now…here’s the real problem.
Both of these churches are still packed and “successful”.
So is every church we publicized for abuse and corruption.
Without backsides in the pews and money in the plate there is no megachurch…but despite all the evidence of corruption, these places prosper.
Because in America church is now just a consumer choice,not a sanctified corporate gathering of God’s people.
If you have a “bad experience” in a church and I don’t, then I feel free to continue choosing the business that suits me.
Most will gravitate to where the most people are, the same way they choose a nightclub or restaurant.
Because we don’t truly see ourselves as the integrated “Body of Christ” the only thing that matters is our personal gratification.
Because we have replaced the doctrines of the church with those of consumerism and capitalism, these leaders will prosper as long as they put out a good (entertaining) product.
The problems in the pews are far bigger than the ones in the pulpit..and until those are addressed no amount of blogging will change a thing.