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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You're Never Alone When You Have God And Tacos

I'm sharing with you my struggles in the hopes they can help someone who's in a similar patch.
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"Wait, so you didn't grab tacos last night?"

"Haha, no. I decided not to go."

"Why?"

"I didn't want to go alone."

"You wouldn't be alone. You'd have God. And tacos!"

Little did my friend know, but that conversation became the rope that pulled me out of the deep funk I had been in for the past day. In fact, later that evening at the local Applebee's, I laughed and realized to my surprise that I had just laughed for the first time in 24 hours!

What got me? What was it that pushed me into this stink-hole anyway?

As I look back, I realize that this hole had been deepening for a while, beginning the middle of March. Then, the week after Spring Break, after desperately searching for a taco buddy, a thought entered my head.

"You are completely, and utterly alone."

Those words were the just the shove I needed to send me tumbling down.

You see, I don't mind being alone. In fact, sometimes I crave it! Despite being a non-stop chatterbox, I need my quiet space to recharge my energy! However, the feeling of isolation is different because even when I take time for myself, I know I'm not truly alone. On the other hand, the feeling of isolation sends the feeling that you're stuck in your loneliness.

To be honest, I had never felt this way so strongly before. It's a devastating feeling, a feeling that I wouldn't even wish on my worst enemies.

After almost a month, I'm joyful to say that I'm on the up-and-up! As I look back on the last four weeks, I can look back with clear vision and say that THOSE words were a thought bomb planted by Satan himself.

Satan is looking for any and every way possible to separate us and get us alone. Like a wolf separating a sheep from the rest of the herd, Satan knows that once he has us alone, we're much easier to prey upon.

As I've been fighting The Funk, I've watched in amazement how God has walked with me, step by step. Take the time I opened my Bible for the first time in months and read in my own handwriting on the cover page, "Through God's strength and grace, I am never alone." How about the time I was visiting a friend at her college and came across a poster which stated the power of fellowship when we're feeling lonely? These are just a few samples of the reminders God's been giving to me!

As I've been fighting The Funk, I've learned that my secret weapon is running after God and pursuing Him with no hold-back. Reading His word brings such peace in my life; it's a weapon I wish I had learned much earlier in my life!

One of my favorite verses during this trial has been Psalm 23:

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."

I was apprehensive to share my battle here. I was afraid of the comments I would get. "Oh Elyssa! I'm here for ya girrrrrrrrrrl!"

I'm not sharing this with you to gain sympathy. Rather, I'm sharing with you my struggles in the hopes they can help someone who's in a similar patch. As Christians, we should share both our joys and our struggles. By sharing our battles, we can learn and grow from one another!

On that note, if you're traveling through The Funk like I have been, know that this isn't the end, and that you're not alone in your alone-ness. We have tons of friends and loved ones who are holding us up, not to mention our Heavenly Father!

Now, grab your Bible, jump in your car, and go buy yourself a taco, because when we have God and tacos, we're never alone.

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A Letter To The Most Imporant Person In My Life

He is the Alpha and the Omega...
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To my healer and my protector,

You have been consistently by my side more than anyone else has. You have loved me unconditionally through all of my many mistakes. I am extremely grateful for it and I love you so much. I have made so many mistakes so far and 50% of them are only in your knowledge. Thank you for picking me up when I fall, no matter what I have done. I can not begin to thank you for your constant support and genuine care throughout my life so far.

Thank you for showering me with blessings each and every day. Thank you for showering me with blessings even though I don't deserve them. Before Christmas break ended, I was told some bad news and I was beyond upset. I prayed and prayed, a million times each day for you to fix it. A few weeks later, you blessed me and fixed it. You picked me up when I needed you the most. You knew what I was going through and how I felt. That was only one blessing. One blessing out of a million. Thank you for blessing me time and time again. Thank you.

Thank you for protecting me and my loved ones. Thank you for blessing us with another day of healthy living. No one is promised another day and their life can easily be taken away. I pray every night that my family, friends, and I wake up the next morning. You answer every single prayer so thank you.

Thank you for leading down the right path, Lord. Thank you for steering me clear of trouble and giving me constant advice. I can ask you for the most simple advice and you have some for me.

But most importantly, thank you for giving me the chance to know you. Thank you for giving me a spot in this world. Thank you for giving me the chance to make you proud, to make you happy. I'm so thankful to know you and have you in my chaotic life.

Thank you, Lord. I'm beyond blessed and thankful. I love you with every inch of my soul.

From,

Your Child


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