ZOMBIESNTHECHURCH, an interesting site, has posted an article on a pastor by the name of Daryl Gilyard (sp?). Nothing unusual about that. However, the brouhaha that has been generated over the pastor/teacher is of some interest. As I ask in the posting title: Why are people who profess to be Christians so incredibly foolish? Take a look at the following video. But gird your loins. Unbridled cluelessness is flying about and could hit you.
More specifically, why do people who claim to read their bibles seem to be incapable of exercising even the most basic of discernment?
Darrell Gilyard, the former pastor of Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church (TMBC), went to jail for three years. While he was the pastor of TMBC he molested at least one child. I don’t know if the child was a family member of a church member. I’m not at all convinced this little detail is essential to the story.
Please note – it wasn’t rumored that Mr. Gilyard molested a child. He was simply accused of molesting a child. Mr. Gilyard was convicted of the crime and was the state’s guest for three years as punishment. And if you listen to Mr. Doofus who talks about people throwing stones, and Mrs. Doofus who admonishes protesters objecting to Mr. Gilyard’s return to read their bibles, they believe he is guilty of the crime as well.
So riddle me this Batman: How many different reasons can we find for why Mr. Gilyard should not be a pastor, visiting pastor, a teacher, or hold any other office within the church?
Should we go for the low-hanging fruit (i.e. the easy ones) first? Sure. Why not?
Reason #1: Scripture says a pastor/elder should be (1 Tim 3:2-7):
- Above reproach – do you know who is at the bottom of the pecking order in prison? That’s right! The child molester. Even in prison, this man was not above reproach. Even in prison.
- Sober-minded – The m an was apparently so taken up with sex, he was interested in a minor.
- Gentle – I won’t even go there, at all.
- Well thought of by outsiders – Do I really have to expand on this? Even the Panthers didn’t think what was going on was right.
- Falling into disgrace – can you fall into much more disgrace than molesting children and having your name added to the local sex offenders registry.
So just from 1 Tim 2-7 it should be clear to even the Christian of AVERAGE intelligence and minimum maturity, that Mr. Gilyard has disqualified himself from further service as an elder/pastor.
But Melvin! But Melvin! Didn’t you just post and article about God redeeming the harlot and a bunch of unsavory types? Yes I did, as far as that goes.
But notice what Scripture says: Paul disciplined himself so that he would not be disqualified (1 Cor 9:27). The word translated disqualified apparently mean a lot more than “messed up and need to be forgiven.” It actually goes to the idea of not being of anymore use for a particular purpose, to be worthless, to be defiled.
It can’t be that hard to figure out. I mean, goodness gracious, even Malik of the Panthers has figured this out. Why would you want to bring back a man who molested a child to teach in your church? Do you think they have experience in suffering the little children? Granted Malik’s reasons maybe a little bit different than the congregations, but do you see how badly these people are doing? Do you think maybe, just maybe they are bringing disgrace to the church? Are they not bringing reproach to the church? Malik probably doesn’t know the difference between this jack-legged church and the real deal. He likely has lumped all churches into the exact same pot.
So not only have the church members done themselves a disservice, they have made Christ look really stupid to the rest of the world. At this point, there is no opportunity to present the Gospel to the Panthers or to much of anyone else in the city. There is no opportunity to present it to the news casters. Granted none of them are likely interested to begin with, but TMBC seems to have done a stellar job of making the task of evangelizing even more difficult for the churches that do actually have a clue.