Pastoral 40 YEAR Coverup Scandal: Bishop Paul S. Morton

Another old news became new news.

Sometimes, folk do not understand that the Lord is serious about Luke 12:2 and Ephesians 5:11-14. It may have happened 40 years ago, but to deliberately keep it a secret for 40 years, leads many to believe that as long as no one knows about it, a person’s reputation is safe.

I’m never in agreement when it comes to laying out the laundry of ministers, however, the laundry was already out when the sin was committed. The thing that many will say, and it is expected, “Don’t judge or you will be judged.”

I’ve already been down this path and my sins of porn and masturbation are all out there for the world to see. Because the Lord delivered me, Matthew 7:2-5 now applies.

For all you “Don’t judge” people, you need to read the rest of what Jesus said in Matthew 7 and be very careful. If you are not willing to put your sins on the table on this level like many of us did, HOLD YOUR PEACE and walk away quickly.

Bishop Paul S. Morton acknowledged committing fornication and had a daughter out of wedlock. This occurred over 40 years ago.

On Obnoxious’ blog, I copied and pasted a response and said that we are to “put this to rest.”

I made an egregious error. I erred.

Let’s not put this to rest. Not so fast.

We can’t let this rest because the people of God need to see what we’ve been talking about that is prevalent in the Body of Christ.

It is evident that he kept this a secret in hopes that he would maintain his personal reputation. In an interview, he admitted it and that he made a mistake. However, as I have said before, there is a difference between a mistake and deliberate sin.

Obnoxioustv’s Blog apparently uncovered the information and essentially forced Bishop Morton to come clean about the issue. It is also clear that Bishop Morton ordained Eddie Long as a Bishop. In stunning fashion, Paul S. Morton openly rebuked Eddie Long and demanded that Eddie Long come clean. Requesting that Eddie Long return phone calls to answer for Eddie Long’s alleged sins with young boys went unanswered.

So we are seeing a constant pattern among ministers lacking integrity. Keep it covered and no one will know. Bring the sins of others to light but keep your sins hidden. Luke 12:2 is there for a reason.

On a video link provided by Obnoxioustv’s blog, Paul S. Morton confessed to the “mistake.” The thing that I will never understand is when it comes to the sins of others, why do preachers call it a sin but when it comes to the sins of spiritual leaders, why do we call it a mistake?

I guess in the infamous words of Creflo Dollar, “He had a train wreck.”

The trail of sexual immorality among ministers is long and getting longer.

We are seeing that the Lord is serious about Ephesians 5:26-27.

The clarion call to live sanctified lives is getting louder.

Isaiah 52:11 says,

Depart! Depart! Go out from there,

Touch no unclean thing;

Go out from the midst of her,

Be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.

A few years ago, I did say that more scandals are to come. The Lord is revealing the root cause of why LGBT is successful.

It was a two pronged effort.

One, wait for the ministers that lived holy and sanctified lives to leave the scene either by retirement or that they go home to be with the Lord, and two, let the Secret Sexual Sins of existing ministers bring themselves down.

EXMinistries by G. Craige Lewis and Tetaun Moffett uncovered in their Thieves In The Temple Series the type of “praise and worship” that is hot among many “churches.”

The “Partay” atmosphere of church is something of grave concern.

The two things that are prevalent in all scandals is the kind of music one listens to and the kind of sexual immorality that is coupled to certain music ministers.

Why is this connected?

Paul S. Morton has put out many praise and worship albums. While there is nothing to suspect in terms of sexual immorality and the music he and his ministry put out, yet, the secrecy of sexual sins in his life is seemingly connected to that which is supposed to be sacred. The devil doesn’t mind if we have a party atmosphere in church, so long as we never live lives of integrity, honesty, and holiness unto the Lord. It is one thing to commit sins before one is saved on this level. When a person gets saved, as far as the Lord is concerned, it is forgiven.

However, when it comes to the child out of wedlock that is unheard of until one is forced to share, the obviously deliberate secrecy is deception. It would be one thing to forget the unintentional oversight of mentioning the child, now over 40 years ago, but to deliberately hide the “mistake,” is the very thing that should not be hidden.

This means that all across America, there may be pastors with children and the people they minister to have no knowledge about it.

We must learn how to deliberately live in holiness instead of living deliberately in defiance of what the Lord said to us.

The sacredness of music is almost non existent because the sanctification and sanctity of the person is in question. The sound of the world is in the sound and heart of the church. So much so that we can’t distinguish between what is sacred and what is unholy.

We no longer know how to worship the Father “in spirit and in truth.”

We just know how to worship with our lips because our hearts are far from the Father. We worship from afar because we worship the sin that the Father is against. With ease, we lift our hands but with the same hands, we use them to sin against the Lord.

The music used to carry distinction, however, because people are in search of a new sound instead of looking to the Lord to refresh and revive us. We are found looking to the world to “help” us out.

When we look to the world to help us out, we carry into our house the thing that the Lord detests. We bring the perversion, the sins, the lusts of the flesh and mind. We bring the attitude of defiance against the Lord with us when we worship God.

Along with a new sound is the very thing that God sent His Son to die for. That is why the power of the gospel is of no effect. The very God we claim to worship is not being worshipped at all. The very thing that God hates is being worshipped.

It is like carrying the ark of the covenant in a new cart.

Notice what 2 Samuel 6:1-8 says,

Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.

So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark.

Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.

And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day.”

Mind you also that Paul S. Morton is a great singer and his assembly has a great praise and worship atmosphere.

Thanks be to God that the assembly of God is not living in the OT.

Today, the presence of the Lord is not among most of the saints. Through music, we have found a way to make a sound feel holy while the vessels playing or singing what was to be sacred remain incredibly and unapologetically compromised.

An unrepentant attitude has camped in the house of worship.

The party kind of music is reminiscent of the “rise up and play” attitude of the children of Israel when Moses went up Mt. Sinai to see the Lord. The people forced Aaron to make a golden calf and they rose up to play (see Exodus chapter 32).

From the time they left Egypt to the time they received the Ten Commandments, the Lord was teaching them not to go in the way of the nation they left.

For the 40 years that Paul S. Morton kept his Secret Sexual Sins a secret, he was allowed to minister. Living under the cover and cloak of darkness, his rise to prominence made him appear holy and righteous from the start. I know what this is when I was walking in hypocrisy in the sin of porn and masturbation.

We make ourselves out to be innocent when we were guilty all along. We failed to live holy lives before the Lord and the covers came off for Bishop Morton.

The sound of the Lord was getting closer and the Lord warned me. He said to me, “Come Clean. Or be exposed.”

One person said “if you expose it, you keep your job. If God exposes it, you lose your job.”

I know what Romans 11:29 says, “The gifts and callings of God are without repentance.” It means that God never revokes His gifts and callings. However, when it comes to ministers that sin, they are revoked.

Case in point. All you have to do is look at Saul. He sinned against God and God was sorry that He made him king. Look at Asa when he trusted in Syria to stop Israel. Asa died with disease in his feet. Look at Judas when he betrayed Jesus. Judas’ betrayal was so intense that he hated himself and hung himself. The Lord Jesus said that it would have been better if he had not been born.

All these men had their place removed and their gift revoked. Almost every preacher that sinned against God and continued in sin in defiance will experience the same thing. They will never operate in the anointing and grace they once enjoyed.

Even the ministry the Lord gave me is operating under a diminished capacity because I defied God. There is no way to regain that which the Lord initially gave because God never rewards those that defy His Word.

It is fool hearty to assume that the Lord gives more grace when you defied it.

It would be one thing to sin before you came into the kingdom and the Lord forgives you. It’s another thing to sin afterwards and assume that the Lord rewards it. The Lord would have to apologize to every one He’s judged.

What can we learn from this?

The place of secrets is not going to remain secret. It is best to leave it all on the table for all to see. For soon, it will come to light. Over our shoulder is the Lord and when we defy Him, we deliberately choose to hide the very thing that He detests.

It is to be noted that Paul S. Morton did the honorable thing. He provided child support, however, when you read his ministerial biography, there is no note of this child out of wedlock and the mother, who passed away of cancer. The neat nice package of our ministries is what we want people to see because any hint of sin will drive people away.

Come Clean! Or Be Exposed!

You can read more about it. Here is the link…..

http://obnoxioustv.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/obnoxious-exclusive-bishop-paul-sylvester-mortons-daughter-born-out-of-wedlock-discovered-close-to-40-years-paul-has-denied-his-daughter-all-her-life-read-legal-documentation-now-that-anetra/

And the follow up blog here…..

http://obnoxioustv.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/watch-bishop-paul-sylvester-morton-address-his-atlanta-congregation-about-the-daughter-he-has-denied-close-to-40-years-plus-read-a-fellow-bloggers-coverage-of-bishop-mortons-response/

Pastor Zachary Tims: The Autopsy Report

by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

In anticipation of the autopsy report of the late Dr. Zachary Tims, it is important that we focus on the fact that sometimes autopsies are inconclusive. Even after the toxicological tests returns, we may or may not know what really caused his death.

I am aware that the police through the media put out the “white powdery substance” found in his pocket. Most police patrol units and CSU (Crime Scene Units) have a kit to test for cocaine and heroin on the scene.

So we already know that the police may already know the actual substance. The million dollar question is that if the police already know what it is, did it enter his body and cause his death?

That’s what the toxicological tests may or may not conclude.

There’s always that possibility that it will be ruled a natural death.

Even if a certain “substance” is found on or near the decedent, any substance that is known to cause death may or may not be the true cause behind a person’s death.

What is so troubling is that no one seem to put the pieces together before his death.

No one traced the “needle trail.”

Or, perhaps, the trail was hidden so well that even if there were certain tell tale signs, we would ignore or intentionally suppress them. I find that when people do intentionally suppress the truth, they do it to cover a leader.

No one wants to uncover and disclose the truth of the trail because it would uncover another trail to places where certain people (high level, prominent, outspoken church leadership) do not want you to go.

What is the “needle trail?”

Again, it uncovers the dark side of the pulpit that we all know is going on.

Case in point.

According to Gay Christian Movement Watch (www.gcmwatch.com), COGIC Superintendent Joseph E. Hogan Jr. was recently selected to be Bishop over Central Georgia. He has a child out of wedlock and was arrested for being a deadbeat father.

In a separate incident, a well loved person in church leadership passed away. He was known in his church in the south to smoke, drink, and sleep with women. The pastor eulogized him as a person who did much good. “Let his good overshadow his bad.” Yet, he was divorced, had a child out of wedlock, and his girlfriends showed up at his home going service.

Sadly, pathetically, and hypocritically, we have no problem speaking well of people in ministerial leadership that are known to have committed Secret Sexual Sins at home goings but we have a problem not preaching about the true Biblical fact that fornicators, homosexuals (catamites), and adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil.

Only hypocrites judge.

Only those that expose sin (because the truth need to be told), do so to warn the rest of the hearers and seers that this is what happens when sin is left unchecked and undiscovered in the hearts and minds of believers and powerful leadership.

And even babes in Christ and the laity that know their God and their Bible will never call sin a “train wreck” to covertly cover the sins of a fallen minister.

The secret is only a secret when few know about it or are told about it.

The power of a secret is safe where few know about it or the few that do know do not talk about it.

Collaborators and conspirators do not want the truth to come back to them because it will reveal a bigger picture that something sinister of epic proportions is too much for the church to bear.

So they fight so hard to speak the good over a leader while intentionally overlooking what is bad at the same time. It’s never commendable to cover sin. It makes such a cover, a cover up. Sin can never be covered. There is only one thing to do about sin that God agrees with. Sin can only be washed away by the blood of Jesus. Covering sin or speaking good over a sinful leader is the way of co-conspirators. Cover a leader’s sin and my sin will not be discovered.

The anointing on a person’s life or their persona has a way of hiding even obvious signs of trouble.

No one really seen Dr. Tims’ death coming even after the fact of death. Sometimes certain people will act a certain way that may be key behavioral factors that are not ordinary.

Sometimes this is not a good way to determine that something is wrong because it is a fact that people will snap on a moment’s notice and go crazy. Then we are left trying to figure out what happened that led to an unthinkable incident.

Again, for preachers in particular, the “persona” and the “anointing” can cover dark happenings in a person’s true character.

It’s called “Undercover Christian Brother.”

The story of a book is never read or understood on the cover.

The story is always found inside the book.

Speculation is a failed attempt to understand the true meaning of what took place or to get into the mind of the deceased. After all is said and done, we conclude that we will never get at the heart of the matter. Speculation, therefore, becomes “hit or miss.”

More miss than hit.

It’s very easy to blame the dead on a number of things.

Which is why we must always recognize the obvious signs of pastors that are not so obvious to believers and even close associates.

Bishop Jakes tapped into something that was very telling that Dr. Tims was “unhappy.”

Folks, as much as you want to believe that even when a pastor has a lot of people, it is not all peaches and cream. But just because a person or a pastor is unhappy, it doesn’t mean that we now understand all that is going on in an unhappy person.

Behind the scenes, there are many pastors that are unhappy with life and ministry.

This is not a reflection on Pastor Tims. I know this to be true in almost every pastor and it is a reflection of my own life and ministry.

Early in my ministry, I began to experience “the ministerial mountain top blues.”

You’ve preached the best messages and people receive. Then you go home or back to your hotel.

It is there that the mind sometimes goes crazy.

No matter how much Word a preacher has in him, there is always that moment when the devil or even your own mind retreats into a place of seclusion and second guess the message.

Or the message was received but it wasn’t good enough.

Or it was good enough but you are still looking for something.

That something we are all looking for is accomplishment, affirmation, and acceptance. No one wants to be rejected. Sadly, we male preachers, or males as a whole are afraid of rejection and failure. Behind all of our strength we are susceptible to these two vulnerabilities that drive us to commit sin to achieve apart from God.

There is also the ferocious intensity to minister in such a way that completely obscure our past moral failures, or current involvement in Secret Sexual Sins that there is no flow of the Holy Spirit. Just a forceful push that looks like an out of control freight train going downgrade heading towards a turnout (curve), with no brakes.

Instead of resting in the Lord, it’s fast paced preaching as if you are running from something or someone. In essence, you are running from God.

The majority of ministers of the gospel will never tell you that what drives them is their ability to perform before people. It is a “form of worship” that we are not permitted to have but some of us search for it anyway. Even after a scandal, there is that one thing called “performance” that drives us to give us a false awareness that we are truly successful.

Sexuality is the highest form of physical pleasure. The use of drugs has been known to heighten sexual experiences as part of heightening the false sense of escaping reality. Candidly, false intimacy and the aftermath of male or female orgasm gives a person seeking for some measure of success, a deceptive means of achieving accomplishment.

Because of “fulfilling the desires of the flesh and mind” and “the pleasures of this world,” it is very difficult for many to go “cold turkey” on self gratification, commonly called masturbation.

Victory over masturbation is achieved by employing “moment by moment” sanctification which is the same discipline used by Jesus in Hebrews 4:14-16.

It’s called the “Sexual Discipline of Jesus.”

Just because the Bible is silent about masturbation, it doesn’t mean that you have permission to engage in the practice. Silence is never permission.

We pastors refuse to admit that we masturbate nor do we even discuss the reasons why we masturbate because it is embarrassing. In our secret and hidden lives, this is what males and females do to relieve sexual tension when we are alone to fulfill the lusts of our flesh and mind. And as a secondary reason, to acquiring some measure of self worth, accomplishment, self love, acceptance, and affirmation.

We violate Scripture by measuring ourselves by ourselves. It’s part of pride and arrogance, and it always lead to elitism, entitlement, empowerment, and expediency.

Even when it is assumed that we are actually helping people, sometimes we pastors can be so full of ourselves (egomaniac) that we believe the hype about ourselves. Like Paul, we always need to judge ourselves and we need that “thorn in the flesh” so we would not go beyond the limits of our measure.

Even behind our praise of God in front of people, if we are not careful, we will try to steal God’s praise in broad daylight.

As Paul said, “Knowledge puffs up.”

And when the hurts and wounds of a pastor is mixed with our emotions, coupled with great pulpit performances, and a desire to be received or worshipped, we get into trouble. As I have said before, humbleness of mind and humility will keep us from places of humiliation.

This is where pastors must recognize that this is the moment to find God for you and not for others. It is the moment to find a close friend to share your heart with and lay what’s in your heart bare.

Coming down from the mountain is the most vulnerable moment in a preacher’s life because of the lack of complete satisfaction.

When you are constantly pouring out of your life and ministry, the expending and dispensing of the Word and the anointing out of your life is for the people. It is not for you. It is there that you seek to put something back to fill the void.

If you are not getting ministry for “you,” it is very easy to fall into the traps of loneliness.

After most Sundays, I look to channel surfing to preaching that will feed me and minister to me. I particularly look to Fred Brothers. His ministry really has been found to be the thing that I need from the Lord at precisely the right moment. As Fred Price said, not everyone can minister to you. And you will not receive from everybody.

That’s good preaching.

Hotels are very lonely places unless your family is with you.

According to www.XXXChurch.com, the average time spent on porn is 12 minutes.

For the single and divorced pastors, it is a very lonely world. For single and divorced pastors, to be isolated from family is another spot of vulnerability. Without loving family support, it makes ministry all the more troubling and dangerous.

Too many “options.” Too many “distractions.” Too many “opportunities.”

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine, Pastor Roger Jamison ran into Bishop Eugene Tanniehill. “The Bishop,” a former death row inmate, was released from Angola Prison and we went down to Louisiana to visit with the Bishop.

This was just after I was delivered from porn and masturbation. I was in a hotel room away from my associates.

By myself.

I can’t tell you the number of times the flesh started to rise and the mind battles in that hotel room. But to fall back into Secret Sexual Sins of 13 years of porn, such a turn back from a great deliverance would be the greatest hypocrisy ever.

On the day that inmates were expecting visitation, there were many women that we waiting to get in. All these temptations surround a man every where. Preachers are not exempt.

But God was good. He kept me from turning on the television. He kept me from filing the “images” of the day in my mind to fuel the fire of “urges and impulses.” I knew what was waiting for me if I surfed the channels. I prayed, stayed in the Word, and called my wife regularly to ensure that I stay pure before God.

I’ve determined that loneliness is a “trigger mechanism” to commit Secret Sexual Sins.

If you fail to identify your trip wires and trigger mechanisms, you will never end the cycle of sexual addiction. You will continue the “ritual” and fulfill false intimacy or act out sexually to attain unattainable satisfaction. Seeking unattainable healing through false sexual satisfaction is never acquired or accomplished, but these drugs are released into the blood stream.

Testosterone, adrenaline, vasopressin, and dopamine.

I was acting as my own “pharmacist.”

When false intimacy by self sex takes place, the addict demands these chemicals, and it is what makes sexual addictions become “medicinal properties” to vainly attempt to heal deep seated wounds in the soul that only God could heal and make whole.

Males seek to masturbate because these feelings govern his refusal to approach God, to search after Him for true healing and intimacy. We want to do it ourselves for two reasons.

1. Sin’s pleasure.

2. Medicinal or pharmaceutical properties for self healing.

This is our disturbed way of autonomy.

That’s why self sex or masturbation leaves a bad feeling (violating the conscience) because you are violating the “one flesh” principle, thus, sinning against your own body, and against God. Sex in marriage between male and female is designed to be shared. Masturbation is selfishness.

When sex is done according to the “one flesh” principle, between husband and wife, these same chemicals produce positive effects of love and bonding to secure the marriage relationship. The conscience is clear.

Loneliness can only be satisfied in Jesus. Him alone!

Loneliness

Pastor Jamison shared this Scripture with me at our Come Clean Conference in 2009.

“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.” Proverbs 18:1

The Amplified Bible says it this way,

“He who willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment.”

More pastors run into trouble when there isn’t a close person to talk to about the “ups” and “downs” of ministry.

The prideful pastors will always find a way to break out against all wise and sound judgment. We walk the streets or drive in our cars lusting for flesh. We go back and fulfill our fantasies through false intimacy.

Then, after having our fill of false sex, we look to take it to the next level. We look for another live body on the level one of sexual addiction.

Not realizing that deep inside, there is a longing for true intimacy with God.

I was watching “Faith Of Our Fathers” or “Fathers Of The Faith.” They had a panel of 5 or 6 “senior” pastors sharing their secrets of 40 plus years of ministry apiece.

One pastor lamented over the fact that he wished that early in his ministry that he had a close pastor friend to bounce ideas off or to just share in his personal struggles in his life and ministry.

A pastor could have many people, many friends, but few close friends that is able to speak into his or her life. More often than not, many pastors close the doors to such personal ministry because, for men, we tend to believe we could fix our own lives.

We also want to keep our personal sins personal so we could stay in ministry. We try to “heal our own wounds” in sin when the Savior is waiting to help us. Even pastors need Jesus.

We know what is wrong with us. Even though we may know what is wrong with us, we do not know how to fix ourselves. We think we do, but we fool ourselves into thinking that there is nothing wrong. We pretend all is well, yet, we cry silent tears within.

Inside the heart of most pastors are wounds. Self inflicted or sheep inflicted that never get attended to. We bleed while we preach. We bleed while we minister to others. We bleed while we laugh. We bleed while we sin. We bleed while people watch.

Our false intimacy becomes a place of failed attempts to stop the bleeding. We refuse to believe our own preaching and find the Healer through safe associations with other pastors. We can’t share, or we refuse to open up our hearts because we have this false understanding that we are all right.

We can’t let the people see and know how much we hurt.

Sin deceived us into thinking that sexual ritualistic activities is the only way to bring healing to ourselves.

No lie could be more deceptive than this.

How are you going to heal yourself by hurting yourself?

And then when it is detected that somebody can see our hurt, we refuse their prayers, their comfort, their counsel, their ministry to us. We run from the very thing that God sends to help us heal.

It’s like asking a heart surgeon to do heart surgery on himself, without anesthesia.

If you are a lonely pastor, it is time to furl the superman cape.

It is time to find a close friend to share your heart with. Life and ministry is not designed for the pastor that goes it alone. You’ve sat in that office crying to God for companionship. You’ve gone home looking for someone to help you understand the process of the “ministerial mountain top blues.” Only to fall into various Secret Sexual Sins or other common sins to heal a desperately lonely heart.

It takes courage to find a friend in Jesus that understands what you are going through.

Pick up the phone and call someone. Or when that friend calls to see how you are doing, do not do what I have done. Never return that call. Leave it on voice mail. Or worse. Cut them off forever.

Physician, it’s time to get healed.

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