When Celebrity Pastors Let Us Down
What a rude awakening to know that your pastor or priest was not a holy man after all. We are all sinners needing a Savior; there are none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10-12). See also Isa 53:6. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, Everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Man will fail us, but not Jesus who is Ever Faithful and is the Good Shepherd and our Coming King!
Over the past several years, victims of sexual assault within the church have been paying attention to the cultural force that is the #MeToo movement, and more and more of them have felt emboldened to speak up about their experiences with sexual assault by church leaders. As a result, what once was hidden has been brought to light. Perpetrators are being exposed, and victims are being vindicated. The #MeToo movement is alive and well in the evangelical church, where it has been rebranded as #ChurchToo.
Recently, Bill Hybels has been under fire regarding the repeated sexual assault of a former employee of his church. Hybels, the founder of Willow Creek Community Church, Willow Creek Association, and Global Leadership Summit, now joins an ever-expanding list of famous evangelical pastors who have had their ministry careers derailed because of sexual assault incidents coming to light (see
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