Why Are Christ Professers So Foolish?

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):

  1. 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.
  2. Sober-minded – The m an was apparently so taken up with sex, he was interested in a minor.
  3. Gentle – I won’t even go there, at all.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

7 Responses to “Why Are Christ Professers So Foolish?”

  1. Cop Says:

    You nailed it Melvin,

    You either have ZERO discernment or your church is extremely hard up for someone to preach ANYTHING to them.

    Shouldn’t he be in a couseling program or mantory rehab? The man should never be close to the pulpit it is totally beyond me that a church would…………

    You know what? Never mind

    Just make sure the doors to the childrens Bible study room are closed and locked.

  2. ceb1984 Says:

    I knew the name sounded familiar.

    http://stopbaptistpredators.org/scandals/gilyard_and_patterson.html

    As an SBC guy this bugs me. But to their credit, the local association told the church they weren’t going to be part of them again.

  3. gnp22 Says:

    I recall Darrell Gilyard being a guest speaker on Jerry Falwell’s broadcast many, many years ago (late 80’s?, early 90’s?–somewhere around in there). He gave a testimony of homelessness and not finding and meeting his father until he was very ill in the hospital. This was distributed on video by the Old Time Gospel Hour when it was being televised. I still have the video somewhere in my collection. This was a surprise to discover while web browsing and disappointing to read, see, and hear.

    (MN: I remember that. My wife and I were very impressed. I guess he has become a lesson on the need to examine ourselves daily. Assuming he is saved, he took a bad turn at some point in his life. If he’s not saved, then people need to admit that his behavior is not consistent with salvation and move on. And I truly am sorry about the disappointment. If you read this site, you will be disappointed. It deals with humans who have flaws and are a bit more public than the rest of us. But also humans who take advantage of the sheeple and often give Christ a black eye with the rest of the world. )

  4. blackapologist Says:

    Hey Melvin:

    I think you have the wrong church. Gilyard was pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL, when he was convicted and sent to jail, not Tabernacle church. I agree with you that he should not be pastoring…especially given the fact that he is forever a registered sex offender. What church would be proud to tell folks: “our pastor is a good speaker….oh, but he likes little girls and is a registered sex offender?” Its good to see that your site is back up! I have missed it my friend.

    Blessings,

    BT

    (MN: You are correct my friend. He was simply being defended by the…uh… church members at Tabernacle. I really hate it when I miss little details like that. The goal is to get it right 100 percent of the time. )

  5. Michael Paul Says:

    I’m a new christian and I love this site, so much good information and true gospel teaching. I have a question regarding this particular story, i know that child molestation is a serious issue but doesn’t the bible speak of restoring a brother who has sinned or who has been caught in a fault? I don’t know exactly where but i have heard it read. How do we not know that the pastor has learned that he was wrong, and repented and that God has forgiven him. Does it mean God can not use him in anyway at all because he sinned..if that’s the case none of us would qualify?? And I work in probation, Sex offender registry is only a max of 10yrs not forever. I don’t want to seem like i’m supporting sin, but i thought the message of the gospel was grace and love and forgiveness from our sins and the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

    • Anton Says:

      1 Tim 3
      The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer[a] must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,[b] sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

      If you pay attention to verses 2, 3, and 7; you will see that this man cannot serve as pastor. I think its pretty cut and dried considering the charges levied against him. If he is truly repentant, there are other ways he can serve the church, but his conduct has disqualified him for the office of elder/pastor/bishop.

  6. jay Says:

    This man is evil!!!!! Point blank, this is not the first time that he has had problems with sexual deviance. In the early 90’s I was a member of a church that he pastored in Plano, Texas. The name of the church was Victory Outreach, Gilyard was involved in a sex scandal in which he was having affairs with member’s of the church that he was supposed to have been “counseling”. When confronted with the allegations he refused to admit wrong doing, and was either fired or resigned from his post. He is a sexual predator who has a long history of misleading his congregation for his own deviant needs. We as a people need to be steadfast and unmovable when it comes to protecting our church and it’s members. Checking backgrounds, the whole 9.

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