Pride goes before destruction,and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
I think there was a reason why our Wednesday evening services were not taped. The truth would have been undeniably exposed. Instead, we are left to deal with people like FB who say our problem is that we have an issue of authority with our former pastor and we are chronic complainers and grumblers.
Edwin Young, a pastor from Junction City, Kansas wasn't as smart as our former pastor as far as recording evidence. In this video (audio) clip, you get to hear obnoxious "preaching", shaming, belittling, trash-talking women, etc. A whole lot of anger rises up within me when I hear stuff like this.
Why do I post this? Because sometimes people get sucked into a church and their "normal" is really not normal at all. Sometimes it takes listening to something like this or reading another person's story - to have it one step removed - in order to make the connection. I think this is why Jesus told parables. His stories resonated better that way.
I have a hard time thinking that I allowed myself to remain under abusive teaching for two years (whoa - I just noticed my choice of words - "remain under" - wow - that sure slipped out - I was "under"?????? I'm going to stew on that for a bit. Is it okay to be under someone's teaching?) I don't know how someone could remain at a church like this. And what really irritates me is how the men seem to enjoy this kind of trash talk on women. Gang mentality? What would it be like for a wife to sit next to her husband while he's getting excited about trashing women? I know what I'd be thinking: "Oh, yes, honey, I've got some good supper for you when we get home." Can you say, "Kibbles and Bits"?
A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. Proverbs 16:27
It doesn't stop there. Evidently there is a history of abuse going on at that church. Edwin Young abruptly resigned and something fishy is going on with his son as reported here:
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The congregation at a Junction City church has been left stunned in light of an alleged sex scandal and police investigation.
Sources say Edwin Young, the former pastor at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church recently and abruptly resigned. This week, his son, 25-year-old Jordan Young, the church’s music minister, was arrested by Junction City Police on suspicion of sex crimes involving children. Those close to the church say he also works in the youth ministry.
He was taken into custody at the Junction City Police Department at 11:30 AM on Monday, August 13, 2012 for Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child, Attempted Criminal Sodomy and Solicitation of a Child.
But wait . . . . there's more. In this audio clip you get to hear the pastor call women "heifers" and men "oxen". Amazing theatrics here: yelling, nearly crying, carrying on so much that he can hardly catch his breath. Yea, the world is watching pastors like this.
Today is the 16th of the month and here are verses from Proverbs 16 that have much wisdom and could be applied to this situation.
Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5
Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly. Proverbs 16:22
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 16:25