In Toledo Ohio, two men, allegedly involved in sex trafficking were arrested by the FBI.
One of the men arrested happens to be the pastor of Abundant Life Ministries.
Should the allegation prove to be true, there is nothing “Abundant” in his ministry except sin.
For the young ladies trapped in their illicit web of ministerial deceit, they were probably relieved.
It’s one thing for the allegations to be shared by church members but when the authorities report the incident, depending upon how they will defend themselves in court, there is little chance of these allegations to go away.
Until then, as they say, “Innocent, until proven guilty in a court of law.”
Paul shared a word in Ephesians 5:3.
“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;”
The word “named” also means “mentioned.”
Back in the day, the 70’s and 80’s, growing up as a new believer, certain local churches were “mentioned” as places of homosexual activity. In NYC, particularly Brooklyn NY, there would be several Baptist churches harboring practicing homosexuals as minister of music.
Or in other places, heterosexual activity with unmarried and married people in the local church would take place.
It’s one thing to mention true activity, but it is another thing to spread salacious accusations lacking evidence. The latter must be addressed so as not to slander the righteous. But when sin is mentioned in the house of what is to be a true worship of God, there must be a courageous act to deal swiftly with the activity.
Otherwise, it is not a house of worship of the Lord. It is a house of whoredom and homosexuality.
No different than a brothel.
In the OT, that’s what took place.
Many scholars try to write off the literal action of harlotry as just a spiritual description of the activities of the house of Israel. And to a degree this is true. But ask yourself a question.
What made idol worship so attractive to Israel?
What compelled them to leave the living God to serve dead gods?
Also, one of the gods that Israel would worship would be Molech.
It would be in the valley of Hinnom, which was located south west of Jerusalem, and would be used as the city’s incinerator, that children would be burned in the fire.
Where did the children come from?
As whoredom would be committed, the women would get pregnant from their promiscuity and they would sacrifice them at the altar of Molech. At the end of Solomon’s reign, Solomon would worship Molech. With 1000 women he had, is it no wonder? Solomon was a whoremonger and a murderer, with the women that he had in bed, they too would be whores and murderers.
This would be called out of womb abortion.
This area where child sacrifice would take place, would also be called the valley of Tophet. It would be there that they would beat the drums as they pass children through the fire to make the worship of this god tolerable. Drowning out the cries of the child in excruciating pain of the flames. Both Tophet and Hinnom would be types of Gehennah, descriptive of the realm of the unrighteous departed spirits.
Why the mention of these things? What’s the relevance?
Professed female believers today would commit sexual immorality with pastors and music ministers, and some of them, 49% of female believers would profess faith in Christ.
A true believer would never do these things but they do happen.
Today, believers are caught in the whirlwind of fornication and adultery that fuels abortion.
There is no question in my mind that some of those young girls that were trafficked by these temple pimps got pregnant and were forced to get an abortion and go back to work.
We know this is happening but we are unwilling to admit it, face it, and destroy it.
The sexual immorality that is plaguing the local church is still in full swing.
But this isn’t the real church.
The real church would never have a mention of fornication, uncleanness, or covetousness among them.
In many circles, deacons would commit adultery and never be disciplined, and thrown off the deacon board. The women in the church would never be chastised and disciplined. They would come to church as if no sin were committed.
There was no fear of God before their eyes. They wouldn’t be afraid to walk in the house of the Lord. For their protection, sometimes the Lord would remove His presence. Or His presence would be there in judgment as saint after saint, after taking communion, would get weak, sick, and or die before their time.
In most places, it may seem like the Lord is in the house with people operating in emotion out of their soul, but there would be no real repentance. No change of mind because a “sentence” wasn’t executed speedily (see Ecclesiastes 8:11-13).
When a person doesn’t get caught the first time, they erroneously calculate that the chances of them getting caught are slim, if they play the game right.
Sadly, folk do not believe that they were caught before they were born (see Psalm 90:8, 139:1-18). But many of them act like the Lord is blind and that He is not among us and can’t see what people are doing (see Ezekiel 8:12).
If the allegations prove to be true, God caught them before they were born. They were given space to repent and didn’t take the offer. Instead, the FBI caught them and now they face serious jail time. For the rest of their lives, if convicted in a court of law, they would have to register as sex offenders if they ever get out.
But worse, if they do not repent, they will experience their part with the transgressors.
Some of you reading this may have been given a final warning.
Take advantage. Because when the music stops, you do not want to be without a chair to sit in.
You’ve been warned.
The news report from Toledo OH could be read here