By Stephen D. Foster Jr. | 28 August 2015
Josh Duggar isn’t the only hypocritical “Christian” to be exposed by the Ashley Madison hack. It appears about 400 church leaders across the country have been revealed as hypocrites as well.
While reading Christian magazine RELEVANT, Patheos contributor JT Eberhard came across a piece of information predicting that hundreds of church leaders might resign their positions come Sunday because their names were found on Ashley Madison accounts.
As we all know, Ashley Madison is a website designed specifically so that married adults can find someone to cheat on their spouses with.
The Ashley Madison hack will have a serious effect on churches. According to Ed Stetzer, as many as 400 pastors, deacons, elders and church staff members may resign this Sunday after their names surfaced on the list of users revealed in the Ashley Madison hack.
Ed Stetzer is a Christian author and pastor who trained at the right-wing Liberty University.
In a post written for Christianity Today, Stetzer claims he based the number off of conversations he has had with several denominations since the Ashley Madison scandals began to snowball, calling the revelations an “embarrassment for the church.”
Based on my conversations with leaders from several denominations in the U.S. and Canada, I estimate that at least 400 church leaders (pastors, elders, staff, deacons, etc.) will be resigning Sunday. This is a significant moment of embarrassment for the church—and it should be. To be honest, the number of pastors and church leaders on Ashley Madison is much lower than the number of those looking to have an affair.
Stetzer does go on to caution that while their names may be on the list, it doesn’t mean they have actually committed adultery and pleaded with his readers to seek the truth before confronting anyone.
Indeed, truth and confirmation is very important before ruining the life of someone who may be innocent. Sadly, I don’t recall these “men of God,” especially those in right-wing circles, holding back their vitriol and false accusations against LGBT people in their holy war against same-sex marriage and adoption.
For years, many pastors and religious figures have compared gay people to pedophiles and have cited debunked studies to justify banning same-sex couples from adopting children who need love and a good home. Furthermore, conservative “Christians” have constantly claimed that same-sex marriage harms heterosexual marriages and will cause God to punish America in some way.
Rather than seek the truth themselves or urge their flock to seek the truth that none of these claims are accurate, these “holy men” chose to remain ignorant of those they were hating. And now that many are being revealed as total hypocrites who were the real threat to their own marriages all along, we’re being asked to refrain from calling them out until confirming the truth. Oh, and Stetzer is also urging forgiveness, which is something else I don’t recall any right-wing pastor or church official doing to make amends with the same-sex couples they demonized as sinners.
Apparently they don’t have to turn the other cheek, but for some reason the rest of us are expected to do so, which is why it is doubtful that many church leaders will actually fess up and resign their profitable positions of power.
Why resign when you can claim God forgives you and hope that your gullible congregation buys your pathetic excuse for an apology? Assuming they apologize at all. Because if no one calls them out, they can just get away with it and continue being hypocrites when by all rights they should be booted out of the church permanently.
Ashley Madison dump exposes political, religious leaders as users
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