Pastors go into Mooregasms to Defend Roy Moore

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Today was a fascinating day to catch up on events, particularly from the panty and pussy obsessed scion of the American Christian Right former Judge Roy Moore.

I have to tell you. At one time in my life and ministry I would have been both surprised and shocked to see so many allegedly Bible believing Christian pastors mount a defense of a man who by his own admission as an adult in his 30s sought out teenage girls. When one complained about his sexual advance he told her: “no one will believe you” because he was a prosecutor and she was just a girl. But then, that was the 1970s, no-one believed women who were assaulted, molested, or even raped. In a sense he was right, and even now, some 40 years later Moore has found that his most strident allies, apart from Fox News, are supposedly Conservative Christian clergy, including some fifty plus from his home state of Alabama who signed a letter defending him today.

Their reasoning was that he had stood up to liberals by illegally placing a massive monument with the Ten Commandments on it outside the Alabama Supreme Court when he was Chief Justice, and for which he was later removed from office, as well as his decision not to enforce, but even resist the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergfell v. Hodges regarding the right to same sex couples to marry. That act also brought his removal from office.

But undeterred, Moore calculated that under the conditions created by Donald Trump that he could win a Senate seat in Alabama during a special election. With the backing of Alabama Evangelicals and alt-Right scion Stephen Bannon defeated the man appointed to take the place of now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Luther Strange during the GOP primary, and now faces Democrat Doug Jones in the special election. Since the the Washington Post, in its tradition of solid investigative journalism tracked down women who had been the victims of Roy Moore’s unwanted advances. Their stories are so compelling that even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other Senators have said that they believe the victims and that Moore should withdraw from the race. George Will, who is factually one of the conservative columnists and commentators with any sense of decency and integrity said today that “Roy Moore is a disgrace and Doug Jones deserves to win.”

Needless to say, that did not deter these pastors from going into Mooregasms to defend Moore. In a letter issued by them which is also found on Moore’s website these men and women announced:

Pastor’s Letter

Dear friends and fellow Alabamians,

For decades, Roy Moore has been an immovable rock in the culture wars – a bold defender of the “little guy,” a just judge to those who came before his court, a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty. Judge Moore has stood in the gap for us, taken the brunt of the attack, and has done so with a rare, unconquerable resolve.

As a consequence of his unwavering faith in God and his immovable convictions for Biblical principles, he was ousted as Chief Justice in 2003. As a result, he continued his life pursuit by starting the Foundation for Moral Law, which litigates religious liberty cases around our Nation. After being re-elected again to Chief Justice in 2012, by an overwhelming majority, he took another round of persecution for our faith as he stood up for the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.

You can know a man by his enemies, and he’s made plenty – from the radical organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU to the liberal media and a handful of establishment politicians from Washington. He has friends too, a lot of them. They live all across this great State, work hard all week, and fill our pews on Sunday. They know him as a father, a grandfather, a man who loves God’s Word and knows much of it by heart, a man who cares for the people, a man who understands our Constitution in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, and a man who deeply loves America. It’s no wonder the Washington establishment has declared all-out war on his campaign.

We are ready to join the fight and send a bold message to Washington: dishonesty, fear of man, and immorality are an affront to our convictions and our Savior and we won’t put up with it any longer. We urge you to join us at the polls to cast your vote for Roy Moore.

In your service,

Dr. Tom Ford, III, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama

Pastor Stan Cooke, Kimberly Church of God, Kimberly, Alabama

Pastor Jonathan Rodgers, Dothan, Alabama

Pastor Joseph Smith, Pine Air Baptist Church, Grand Bay Alabama

Dr. David E. Gonnella, Pastor, Theodore, Alabama

Pastor Mike Allison, Madison, Alabama

Dr. Terry Batton, Christian Renewal and Development Ministries, Eufaula, Alabama

Pastors Tim and Elizabeth Hanson, Smiths Station, Alabama

Pastor Mark Liddle, Dominion Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Pastor Steve Sanders, Victory Baptist Church, Millbrook, Alabama

Dr. Richard Fox, retired Baptist pastor

Dr. Randy Cooper, Pastor, Warrior, Alabama

William Green, Minister, Fresh Anointing House of Worship, Montgomery, Alabama

Maurice McCaney, Victory Christian Fellowship Church, Florence, Alabama

Pastor Jamie Holcomb, Young’s Chapel, Piedmont, Alabama

Pastor Paul Elliott, Young’s Chapel, Piedmont, Alabama

Pastor Rodney Gilmore, Covenant Christian, Gadsden, Alabama

Pastor Mark Gidley, Faith Worship Center, Gadsden, Alabama

Pastor Bill Snow, Edgewood Church, Anniston, Alabama

Pastor Michael Yates, Webster’s Chapel, Gadsden, Alabama

Pastor Mark Holden, Webster’s Chapel, Gadsden, Alabama

Pastor Joshua Copeland, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Anniston, Alabama

Pastor Bruce Jenkins, Young’s Chapel, Piedmont, Alabama

Pastor Keith Bond, Young’s Chapel, Piedmont, Alabama

Pastor Jim Lester, Fannin Road Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama

Pastor Thad Endicott, Heritage Baptist Church, Opelika, Alabama

Bishop Fred and Tijuanna Adetunji, Fresh Anointing House of Worship, Montgomery, Alabama

Pastor David Floyd, Marvyn Parkway Baptist Church, Opelika, Alabama

Pastor Bruce Word, Freedom Church, Gadsden, Alabama

Pastor Paul Hubbard, Lakeview Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama

Rev. Carl Head, Lakeview Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama

Pastor Duwayne Bridges, Jr., Fairfax First Christian Church, Valley, Alabama

Rev. Edwin Roberts, Adams Street Church of Christ, Enterprise, Alabama

Pastor John McCrummen, Open Door Baptist Church, Enterprise, Alabama

Rev. Mickey Counts, Open Door Baptist Church, Enterprise, Alabama

Rev. Alex Pagen, Open Door Baptist Church, Enterprise, Alabama

Pastor Glenn Brock, Eufaula, Alabama

Rev. Tim Head, Montgomery, Alabama

Pastor/Elder Ted Phillips, Christ Church, Odenville, Alabama

Tim Yarbrough, Elder, Trinity Free Presbyterian, Trinity, Alabama

Pastor Myron Mooney, Trinity Free Presbyterian, Trinity, Alabama

Jerry Frank, Elder, Trinity Free Presbyterian, Trinity, Alabama

Pastor Jim Nelson, Church of the Living God, Moulton, Alabama

Pastor Earl Wise, Millbrook, Alabama

Rick and Beverly Simpson, Summit Holiness Church, Alabama

Pastor Lane Simmons and Margie Dale Simmons, First Assembly of God, Greenville Alabama

Rev. Charles Morris, Pastor Grace Way Fellowship, Evergreen Alabama

Dr. George Grant, Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church

Pastor David Whitney, Cornerstone Church

Dr. Peter and Roseann Waldron, St. Francis Anglican Church

Pastor Franklin and Mrs. Pamela Raddish, Capitol Hill Independent Baptist Ministries

Dr. Michael Peroutka, Institute on the Constitution

Reverend Bill Owens, Coalition of African American Pastors

**Church names are listed for identification purposes only

Honestly I hope that he and they continue fight it out so that they are discredited as representatives of Jesus Christ and I hope that Christians, especially Evangelicals finally get off this political train that is going to kill the church in the United States. I spent much of this afternoon reading the polling of George Barna (the leading Evangelical pollster) and the Pew Religion and Culture polls. The fact is that young people are fleeing the church and unbelievers are rejecting our message for a number of reasons, but most can be directly attributable to men like Roy Moore and his clergy enablers:

Hypocritical: Christians live lives that don’t match their stated beliefs;

Antihomosexual: Christians show contempt for gays and lesbians – “hating the sin and the sinner” as one respondent put it

Insincere: Christians are concerned only with collecting converts

Sheltered: Christians are anti-intellectual, boring, and out of touch with reality.

Too political: Christians are primarily motivated by a right-wing political agenda.

My friends, that survey was done over five years ago and there are many more from Barna and other pollsters that support it. Christians need to wake up and before it is too late discover what men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Niemoller did in the 1930s, sacrificing the Gospel for political power is always a losing proposition. As Niemoller wrote: “I hated the growing atheistic movement, which was fostered and promoted by the Social Democrats and the Communists. Their hostility toward the Church made me pin my hopes on Hitler for a while. I am paying for that mistake now; and not me alone, but thousands of other persons like me.” 

Bonhoeffer wrote:

“Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christian should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong.”

Will we ever learn? Honestly I don’t think so. Most pastors will continue to defend the indefensible as Moore’s supporters are, and they will only more strident if he loses, or if the Senate refuses to seat him. Sadly, they will continue to rake in money and find avenues to gain political power even as the church and Christ that they supposedly represent are rejected, not because of Jesus, or even the Bible, but because of them. If God is just, they will be held accountable for their actions. If he’s not, it doesn’t matter.

Honestly, I believe the the Crucified God is just and I will leave it at that.

Until tomorrow,

Peace,

Padre Steve+

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5 responses to “Pastors go into Mooregasms to Defend Roy Moore

  1. Pinky

    Just wow its so sad! Good blog you wrote.
    Let me start by saying I am not political at all and didn’t even vote. As a jpeg I saw with a Native American on it said what if I told you the left wing and the right wing both belong to the same bird.
    We have a culture of entitlement and anger in the US on both sides.
    I donate to an organization that is Christian against sexual abuse and the pastors who I invited to the page accused me of being unforgiving not even knowing me or my story.
    http://www.netgrace.org/
    It is just sickening to me. And it is not a political issue for me but a personal one. I dont know if you saw my profile picture on FB but it is about the me too campaign.
    It’s not just Catholics it is evangelicals too. Though I was raise din the Catholic church and my brother was molested by a priest and in turn raped me for years and then raped his daughter at age 2 and broke her legs and all of that lead me to not believe in God for years, I am NOT a protestant or Catholic, just a Christian. I want nothing to do with churchianity.
    This is my me too status which explains what I know about churches covering up sexual abuse.
    Me too.
    I usually NEVER post anything that says copy and paste -NEVER.
    I dont do chains.
    But this is not a chain. This is about me too.http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-41633857
    “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote me too as a status we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

    The reason I am doing this now (though most who have known me a long time know I was raped and even ran a rape support group for years ) I am doing it because some friends say it is so hard to do s o hard to admit.

    NO that’s not the hard part!

    The hard part is over and the shame goes to your abuser not you
    . Dont you dare allow anyone to shame you into silence.

    The reason I speak so freely about it is I didn’t do anything wrong! The shame does not belong with me and I refuse it from anyone trying to shame me into silence!
    Also admitting it is just the first step. It is an important step because many victims never tell anyone. But there is life beyond abuse and harassment! But you need to expose the evil! If women all told about Harvey Weinstein, he would not have gotten away with what he did for so long!
    (I almost worked for him but it was a 24/7 job so I was not interested.)

    For those who want to help a loved one who was sexually abused.
    A word of caution , if you have no experience do not attempt well meaning advice that can ruin them for ever opening up. Just listen.
    Most of all do not tell them to forgive, There are so many reasons for that,.
    First of all they will get the message you do not care and are trying to shut them up. Because people that care listen.
    Next , they need to understand God’s love for them too not just the abuser.
    It seems most have compassion for rapists and abusers but not the victims.

    Hardly anyone tells the abuser or rapists to say the are sorry or anything it’s all put on the victim to forgive.
    They need to experience compassion and love first.
    They need to heal.
    Abusers always hear God loves them, God forgives them but the victim needs to know that too.
    When someone has been forgiven by God they will eventually forgive.
    I am not saying it is not important but knowing God’s love and forgiveness for themselves is the most important thing.
    Many victims blame themselves too
    begin with!
    When you try to force them to forgive they think it is their fault!
    But you being insensitive to their feelings will only make matters worse and make them think nobody cares!
    Finally people do not heal by forgiving as much as almost everyone believers that!
    It is the other way around. They forgive because they are healed!

    If you are a pastor and very legalistic about victims insisting they forgive and telling the abuser how much God loves them and ignoring the victims ruined life in many cases, you should not on any level be talking to victims.
    You can listen you can pray but do not counsel!
    As a friend or family member honestly the most powerful thing you can do is pray. After that believe them.
    Society does a good job at victimizing the victim. They do it in court, in church and at every level of society.
    I am aware of a woman preacher who incesantly talks about her abuse and that she has forgiven. If so she would be so healed she would not need to talk about it incessantly. Forgiveness has become an idol to many and she does it to sell books!

    Every single abuse survivor has been called a liar. There are hardly any exceptions.
    Believing them is powerful for them. In many cases such as mine even with DNA proof there is such denial that it does not matter what evidence there is. If someone is committed to believing a lie they will no matter what proof you offer.
    They will even pay off judges to keep their fantasy of the perfect family going and spread rumors about you so everyone will think you are crazy and stay away from you.

    Dont try to force family members into counseling.
    The message you are sending is you don’t care about them and want to push them off on someone else.
    A support group is a good place to start.
    For those who want a free online support group feel free to inbox me. I am not going to post it in public because of stalkers who try to harass victims.
    Believing them will do more for them than you pontificating about forgiveness especially if you do not believe them. They will sense it.
    Abuse survivors you need to share your story. It is a part of healing!

    “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
    ― William Faulkner

    When you tell your story , you release the shame and stress!

    “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”
    ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

    Here are some Christian books to help you heal and also for those who want to help. (Do not attempt to help without first getting training) And there are no secular books about it that adequately offer true spiritual help!
    https://www.christianbook.com/bold-love-dan-allender/9780891097037/pd/97031

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/76403.The_Wounded_Heart

    In regards to politics and Christianity- I listen to Tim Keller and Joseph Prince both of whom never preach politics.
    “If we get our very identity, our sense of worth, from our political position, then politics is not really about, it is about US. Through our cause we are getting a self, our worth. That means we MUST despise and demonize the opposition. If we get our identity from our ethnicity or socioeconomic status, then we HAVE to feel superior to those of other classes and races. If you are profoundly proud of being an open-minded, tolerant soul, you will be extremely indignant toward people you think are bigots. If you are a very moral person, you will feel superior to people you think are licentious. And so on.”

  2. francese D Wilocox

    ” Good God almighty !! the south will rise again!!” and be knocked down again if necessary. The Civil War wasn’t enough ?….. they have to bastardize the word of God, to fit their twisted perspective in order to make their belief system ” fit ” in with what they perceive to be the ” word of God” ? sigh…. They are still fighting a war that they lost a hundred years ago….. some how their masculinity is challenged and they will diminish women in an effort to recapture some kind of masculinity with their hubris. They are rotting from the inside out
    .

  3. Reblogged this on aunt polly's rants and commented:
    This writer is a navy chaplain. I read his blog whenever he posts, which is almost on a daily basis. Always interesting & informative.

    I agree with everything he says here. & wow … that’s totally fabulous, naming those churches. Up north here, you know there’s some Catholics who are on board with that kind of stuff.

  4. Why they love him is very simple: Roy Moore hates LGBT people with the fury of a thousand white-hot suns. Evangelicals are deliberately attempting to redefine the central tenet of Christianity, not as having anything to do with Christ or his teachings, but as hating LGBT people. They seem to be having some success with this process of redefinition. If you hate LGBT people, the more publicly and spectacularly the better, this is the only qualification for being considered a Christian.

    So long as hate is the #1 value taught in churches, people will continue to flee them, as they should.

  5. May I offer some thoughts re: Evangelical Christian support of Mr. Moore?
    1. We all bear the shame and the glory of the Cross. When anyone in our Christian family fails, separates, sins, etc. we are hurt because we belong to the same body.
    2. Major characters of the Bible including the Lord were scorned, falsely accused, and even conspired against.
    3. The character witnesses of the Judge are equally valid as his accusers.

    Isaiah 8:11-13
    A Call to Fear God
    11For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, 12″You are not to say, It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it. 13″It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.…
    All who are accused in public opinion of a crime are innocent until proven guilty. I will cheer when Judge Moore goes to court, and then we can see that he or his accusers are brought to justice. Thanks for post!
    PS- Look up some info on Franken’s first election. The Swamp spent millions stealing Republican norm Coleman’s victory. How? They allegedly found 1,099 uncounted ballots in the trunk of a car?!? They were the votes of felons, but they counted them anyway and VIOLA; the Dems had his vote just in time to illegally pass Obamacare. That is Franken’s character, that is the story that needs to be told.
    Also, Franken was heavily enabled by George Soros and MN SOS mark Ritchie
    https://www.redstate.com/diary/republican_michigander/2010/04/21/dont-let-soros-and-the-secretary-of-state-project-take-over-your-state/

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