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DCF confirms investigation into local church leader

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The Department of Children and Families confirms that they are investigating a leader at a local church.

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NCPastor - 11/2/2009 11:17 AM
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The minister would step down on his own volition if he had one ounce of integrity left. As for forgiveness, offer it, give it but consequences for wrong behavior must be accepted. NC Pastor

bread22 - 10/31/2009 9:19 PM
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We must all keep in mind, regardless of title or position in the church, we are ALL held accountable for our actions. Pastor, deacon, choir director, usher, etc. We are taught that from the christian perspective and being Christ-Like, we are to forgive. Unfortunately its hard to forget something of this nature when the person is still serving in that capacity. The family still, as well as the congregation, looking him in the face each Sunday and Wednesday. The proper action would be for him to resign from the post as pastor. The congregation as a whole, must forgive, but it is not wise, membership, financially, or spiritually wise for him to remain in that position. Yes, Jesus was crucified as well. So in this case this pastor will need to take a "crucifixion" so to say, by means of resigning. Unfortunately, when the person remains in pastoralship position it causes friction amongst the members. Prime example, New Bethlehem. We are all held accountable by the law and are not above any laws, neither spiritually, moroally, or human laws. Do whats right, is all I am saying, and not get caught up in judging one another, b/c true we all have sin and come short. But we repent and move on. In some cases, positions need to be surrendered in order to move.

GaLady2 - 10/31/2009 7:39 PM
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I was commenting on the responsibility of the church in regards to forgiveness. Not from a legal perspective. If he is charged with a crime and found guilty, then he has to serve his time in prison like anyone else, Christian or not. He should be forgiven by the church but no longer hold his position. That does not mean that I think he should be forgiven legally or given leniency in any way.

dougl stackman - 10/31/2009 3:13 PM
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what a sick s.o.b. using his position of trust for his own sick ends. if found guilty he should be treated like any other pervert, preditor. let him preach for 20 years in prison. he shouldn,t be around adults or children. he should be removed from society. i don't care if he's a preacher or a banker. he's not normal. good christian my ass! dragester1

SNAPBaptist - 10/31/2009 11:11 AM
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Thanks to Action News for covering this story so that people in the community can be warned and so that parents can talk with their kids. I hope that anyone with any information about this church leader, or any other church leader, will take that information to police.

JessW - 10/31/2009 10:32 AM
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Hawkeye, you said that God chose this man to lead that church. The leader of the church is the pastor, so am I to infer that the pastor is offending party?

ohgoodgrief - 10/30/2009 9:47 PM
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Forgive? Yes! Forget? No!!! Keep him away from minor children and out of a place of authority or leadership in ANY church. Isn't it a sad day in America when our children cannot even feel safe at church?

jazzmom - 10/30/2009 9:06 PM
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This leader,pastor or whatever he is, can be forgiven but should be removed from his leadership position. Isn't Gilyard in jail for doing the same thing? People, wake up!

Hawkeye4 - 10/30/2009 8:24 PM
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I think people need to get their story straight. The leader never made a statement that he asked for sex. The member who stated that has not been to the church in quite some time, and is only going by hearsay. God chose this man to lead that church, and it was God that made him stay, even with voting twice. This needs to be put to rest, there is no story here.

GaLady2 - 10/30/2009 6:56 PM
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The correct biblical response for the church would be to forgive him if he repents, but they cannot allow him access to any children. He should be removed from his position and not allowed to function in any church leadership position again. He should never be allowed any position in the church that would put him in any contact with children or underage adolescents. Included with repentance should be asking the church and his victim for forgiveness. God forgives, but it is harder for us humans to forgive in cases like this. It is a shame that people commit such acts, especially in churches. It brings a reproach upon the name of Christ and upon the church. We should all pray for this church to be able to recover and go on. Just watch out for the perverts. It is getting harder and harder to trust anyone.
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