- Lawsuit alleges sex abuse at Concord Church
- Former Danbury youth pastor accepts deal, to be sentenced November 2nd
- Youth Pastor suspected of preying on North Bay girl
- Former youth pastor arrest for theft
- Youth pastor sentenced for sexual assault
If you hang out in Churchland you’ll almost never hear of evil in the church. We cover it up with elder approved statements, letters, forced resignations, cheesy happy, clappy worship songs, smiling sermons, and a heavy dose of denial.
I didn’t have to search very hard for those headlines above. All I did was search the term “youth pastor” on Google News; these were on the first page of results.
Evil exists everywhere, of course. Just because people are Christians doesn’t mean they are absent of sin in their lives. But it boils my blood that the profession I love leads headlines with evil instead of the good that we do.
My point isn’t that youth pastors are evil. Far from it. My point is that we can’t live in denial that there is evil.
People in your ministry deal with real evil every day. There is real evil in your life. There are people who are out to destroy you. There are forces at work through the tides of relationships that can elevate or destroy you. There are real temptations and moments of failure which can lead your life into horrible directions.
Life is full of temptresses and tempests.
And we need deliverance from this evil every day. And we need to lead people in a way that seeks deliverance from evil, real evil in their lives.
Because at the end of the day– living a happy, clappy, smiley, existence of denial may just be enabling evil.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.