Creation Fest Founder Harry Thomas's Arrest For Child Molestation Shows The Christian Church Is Allowing Leaders To Sin

Creation Fest Founder Harry Thomas's Arrest For Child Molestation Shows The Christian Church Is Allowing Leaders To Sin

As we enter 2018, I pray that the American Churches strive to grow closer to God and allow the holy spirit to take over services and ministries.
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On December 9, 2017, " Christianity Today" reported, Harry L Thomas has been “indefinitely suspended” from the ministry and his church following his arrest on charges of child molestation. The child molestation charges brought against Thomas were connected to accusations that he was sexually assaulting four children between 1999 and 2015.

Thomas was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault and four counts of endangering the welfare of children, according to the Burlington County, New Jersey Prosecutor's office.

According to "Relevant Magazine," Thomas' former ministry released a statement saying, "It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that the Elders and Trustees of Come Alive New Testament Church have decided to indefinitely suspend Pastor Harry Thomas from all leadership positions with the church, festival, and all associated ministries.

This was determined, by leadership, to be the proper course of action at this time until there can be a full investigation. It is requested that all pray for the parties involved and refrain from speculation regarding the circumstances."

With the above news story in mind, there are not enough Christian Churches holding leadership accountable.

In the Bible, we are taught to live like Christ (1 John 2:6). We are not living like Christ when we are doing the things that we want to do and still wallowing in sin.

We must trust and believe that if you are a true believer in Christ, you are free from sin (Romans 6:18). A lot of leaders in the church may be in the leadership positions for the wrong reasons, but that is just in my opinion.

The American Church does not realize how lucky they have it when we are free to spread the gospel and minister to whoever wants to listen, compared to other parts of the country where worshiping God must be secretive, and if you are caught worshiping God, you are either thrown into jail or killed.

I believe that when you are really called to serve God, you are going to strive to please him in any way you can (Eph. 5:8-11), especially in a leadership role. As a leader of a church, you are guiding poor, lost souls to Christ, and you are called to live according to what you preach, as you will be judged more harshly (James 3:1).

Therefore, we must be careful not to rush into leadership in the church or pray to be cleansed before delivering sermons or ministering.

I am not saying that Thomas did not pray for cleansing before taking on a nationwide ministry of music, and it is not my place to judge, and the devil does have a way of attacking you, I am just using his story as an example of how much the church tends to sweep things under the rug.

The article mentioned that the charges were unrelated to the ministry, so in some cases had “nothing” to do with his teaching, but you cannot have one foot in the church and one foot out, as I mentioned earlier that you should strive to please God in all that you do.

As Christians, we have to listen to the holy spirit when making leadership positions, and the holy spirit will reveal all truth to those who listen and trust it (John 14:26).

As we enter 2018, I pray that the American Churches strive to grow closer to God and allow the holy spirit to take over services and ministries. With the Godly order, we will have more churches sold out for Christ and more people desiring to know him.

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Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Leaning on God and not myself.

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I started pulling out of my driveway on Monday. It seemed like a normal Monday and I was rushing to work (as usual). I then found out about a close family friend's death as I tried to get out of my driveway blocked by police cars. I got past them and finally reached the end of the driveway.

Then it struck me.

I stopped breathing. I became light-headed. I felt as if I could not go on. Why would all this hurt happen to me?

I had lost four people in five weeks and I was hurting more than ever before.

Why God? I shouted this question in my car on the way to and from work. I cried and cried and cried.

God does not always give us a why. But He does give us a promise. A promise to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

I began searching for solutions to my hurt... guys, friends, sports, busyness. I could not escape this hurt because I was missing out on the One who is the Ultimate Healer and the Ultimate Void Filler.

I decided to open my heart to those in my Christian community and I found these amazing lyrics from the son, "Though You Slay Me," by Shane & Shane:

Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still, I will worship
Sing a song to the one
who's all I need

Our hurt is never an excuse to ignore God. It is an opportunity to pursue God.

I do not need other things in this world to fill voids, I need God. I need Him every single second of the day. He is teaching me a lot during this season of hurt in my life: I should be thanking Him for the growth that I am experiencing in my life and thanking Him for the opportunity to love others hurting well.

If you are feeling the way I have been lately, I urge you to rest in the truth that you are by no means alone in your struggles. You must reach out to people in the church and ask for prayer and help. You must focus on what God is doing in your life as a result of the hurt you are feeling. I believe that God uses the people who feel most unusable to transform lives. God uses our hurt for His glory because He is a God who deserves all glory. How can you bring God glory in your life?

I wanted to conclude with this challenge: let your "whys" turn into your "thank yous" and your emptiness turn into the fullness that can only be found in God.

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