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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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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Use your spiritual gifts to further the kingdom of God.

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I watched a sermon Sunday morning, mostly because I overslept and couldn't make it to church, but God did something awesome through that. I clicked on a sermon, read the description, and thought well that sounds alright. It was no accident that I was hearing the words that were spoken, I truly believe God was speaking to me through that pastor.

Pastor Josh was speaking on a topic that we discuss a lot as Christians: purpose. He began with an anecdote about kids in school and how as they grow up they begin to believe less and less in their own abilities. Instead, "society trains the natural-born foolishness out of kids". It happens to all of us! We go from being imaginative children who think we can do anything and be anything to trying to fit into a mold that society came up with. Why do we do this? To fit in with everyone else. To feel like we belong. Then he dropped a truth bomb: "We are still struggling to feel significant".

Squeezing ourselves into society's mold doesn't fill us up with purpose or meaning, it isn't fueled by passion. Instead, it makes us the same as everyone else, nothing changes in our world as long as that is true.

Lots of people make the argument that Christianity is also a type of cookie cutter, which is partly true. We as Christians are modeling ourselves after Jesus and we have to believe and do certain things to accomplish that.

However, the cool thing is that God made us all uniquely. There are parts of me that look nothing like you! Josh summed it up nicely, "God equips you to use you like He made you". So, God wants to use those quirks you have to further His kingdom! You as a unique individual have a specific purpose, given to you by God. How crazy is that to think about?

It is perfectly okay that you are not the same as the person next to you. God didn't make you to fit into this perfect cookie cutter. Yes, we should get to know Jesus and grow to be like Him, however our unique gifts He has blessed us with allow our stories to vary from everyone else. That is beautiful!

Another truth bomb Josh dropped was, "The goal of Christianity is not uniformity, but unity". If we do not rise up together, nothing in this world will change. We must use our gifts and each other to help people see Jesus. That is our job. We cannot sit idly.

God can use you to do amazing things that you never imagined could be done. Will you trust Him enough to use you? As Josh said, "If you do what God made you to do, everything will change".

Click here to listen to the full sermon: http://immanuelhome.org/watch/sermons It is entitled: Reason For You: Special Forces

Verses to go along with this:

1 Peter 4: 10

Romans 12: 6-8

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