This may be old news for some, but just in case. . . .
Jack Schaap, former pastor of mega-church First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana was recently fired for "committing a sin". Some articles say he admitted to having "an affair" with a 16-yr old (now 17 yrs old). I would normally label it as rape because she is a minor, but evidently the age of consent is 16 yrs old in Indiana. I've read reports that the FBI might be involved because of crossing state lines.
This church is large - with over 400 on staff and the church seats 15,000. There are lots of stories on the internet on this guy. Here are a couple:
Ok, so he got caught. Good. But were there warning signs that the people in his church ignored? Let's see. This is a video from a youth conference in 2010. This is what sent me through the roof after about just 8 seconds of the video - yes, a mere 8 seconds. Please, tell me I'm not the only one whose hair raised on end. This is a short video - slightly over 2 minutes long.
Why do kids need to know how to polish a shaft? Can you imagine what thoughts were going on in their head as they saw this man demonstrate this . . this . . polishing of the shaft? If you are tracking with me on this, then you can be sure teens were tracking, too. I wonder what his next teaching was? Who wants to fill in the blank? This "pastor", former leader of a mega-church, was highly respected - and supposed to care for souls?? Ick.
I have more questions. Why are those dudes behind the pastor wearing white coats? They look like they are dressed up as doctors. Why do they sit there and do nothing? Are they okay with this action/behavior?
Yea, I have a hunch there were signs that were missed long before this "affair" with the 16-yr old. You can be sure.
Thank you, David, for allowing me to vent. I obviously hadn't gotten over it when I first heard/saw about it. Ya'll help me so much around here :)