Preacher Faces New Sex Scandal

Preacher Faces New Sex Scandal

There are 79 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Nov 19, 2007, titled Preacher Faces New Sex Scandal. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

DECATUR, Ga. -- The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta church is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions: He slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.

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Since: Sep 07

Atlanta, GA

#70 Nov 20, 2007
There are "bad eggs" everywhere you go...no matter what church you attend. I'm Catholic, and trust me...I hear the jokes all the time. I don't think all Catholic churches/priests are evil, just like I don't think all mega-churches are evil. You just have to believe what you believe no matter what happens. In the end, God is the judge AND the jury, so as long as you're living right, you have nothing to fear.

Is this story sick? YES. It doesn't destroy my faith, though, nor does it make me not want to be a Christian.
Again-Again

New York, NY

#71 Nov 20, 2007
When will people learn that these so called "Religeous Leaders" are only in it for themselves
The Hope of Survivors

Edison, NJ

#72 Nov 20, 2007
Bishop Earl Paulk's actions are inexcusable and a great offense to God and all those who desire to live truly Christ-like lives. That is, after all, what being a Christian is all about. After viewing a TV interview on CNN's web site with Pastor D.E. Paulk, I was shocked to hear that he, in essence, blames the congregations for these sins committed by spiritual leaders. God holds those in the role of spiritual authority to a higher standard (see James 3:1 for an example). May God help this hurting congregation to see truth and heal. For those who have been abused by a spiritual leader, there is help and hope for you at www.TheHopeOfSurvivors.com .
wheeljc

Decatur, GA

#73 Nov 20, 2007
Wonder if 'the Archbishop' will go on Trinity Broadcasting and ask the TV audience to send in 'pray for me''and forgive me' donations to allow him to continue his 'ministry'.--- AND SOME WILL!!
Mike

Springfield, VA

#74 Nov 20, 2007
I remember a bible scripture where it says the people do things in the dark but God will bring it to the light.

Deals especially with religious leaders.

One time member

Henderson, NV

#75 Nov 20, 2007
I attended this church for 7 years. I was truly blessed by the people in the Church. I have formed many friendships that I still have to this day. I never realized anything wierd was going on. But around the time we left something didnt seem right. I hope that Mona will be ok, and I am wondering if they will do a paternity test on her son?
Mike Levine

United States

#76 Nov 21, 2007
I think that most people are turned off by religion because the people who preach it, think and talk in terms of "good" and "bad". For example:

If I do this, I'm going to get punished by God. If I do the other thing, I'm going to get rewarded.

As Miceal Ledwith said:

"This is a really poor description that tries to map out a path in life for us to follow but with deplorable results. Because there really is no such thing as good or bad. We're judging things far too superficially that way."

"Does that mean you're in favor of sin and licentiousness and depravity? No. It simply means that you need to improve your expression and understanding of what you're dealing with here."

"There are things that I do, and I know they'll evolve me. There are other things that will not evolve me."

"But it's not good or bad. There's no God waiting to punish you because you did one or the other."
samuel Ntumba

Guangzhou, China

#77 Nov 21, 2007
there is and will always be GOOD and BAD. law enforcement is one example of such and God made it clear from Genesis to Revelation that there is these two forces but he advises us to make a choice on what he expect us to do. please do not mix your philosophies with the Hlly scriptures. the mess we are in today is a direct result of such actions.
samuel Ntumba

Guangzhou, China

#78 Nov 21, 2007
Great & spot on. Well done for Paul the apostle said:"...nothing can separate us from the love of our good Lord. I can go to bed now for this is just great.
Whitney - Atlanta wrote:
There are "bad eggs" everywhere you go...no matter what church you attend. I'm Catholic, and trust me...I hear the jokes all the time. I don't think all Catholic churches/priests are evil, just like I don't think all mega-churches are evil. You just have to believe what you believe no matter what happens. In the end, God is the judge AND the jury, so as long as you're living right, you have nothing to fear.
Is this story sick? YES. It doesn't destroy my faith, though, nor does it make me not want to be a Christian.
Jerry T

United States

#79 Nov 21, 2007
Having grown up in that church and having left in '81. I really feel sorry for the immediate family. When people put man before God, these are the consequences. I do, however, believe that these women had a choice in the matter and Paulk did not use the"Jedi Mind Trick" on them. As for any child that might have been harmed or sexually abused, he should charged as a Predator.
Ashley Polk

Hampton, GA

#80 Nov 21, 2007
I am a christian and I feel that, like in most cases, the members of this Church _probably_ let him do this.
They most likely knew his characteristics but they liked their small simple community and didn't want to rock the boat or give up on a 'good' thing.
Not questioning your leader only leads to corruption.
dtr

Miami, FL

#81 Nov 21, 2007
check www.thepaulkfiles.com for some details
littlecaesarii

Lawrenceville, GA

#82 Nov 24, 2007
Used God for his own gain. People follow the man not Faith. The Faithful need to look at what we have in our leadership and make sure Gods Word is what we follow not some man using God for his own gain. I put my Faith in He who made me and His Son who saved me, and the Holy Spirit for giving me the power to see error of bad teaching of the Good News.

I fall short of what God wants me to be. I blame no one but myself for my shortcomings.
Greg

United States

#83 Dec 12, 2007
Dawg Fan wrote:
It is no wonder so many people are turned off by Christianity with our leaders unable to lead by example. I understand that they are only human, but when they are tempted they should go into their prayer closet and ask for strength. They must understand that when they are leading a very blessed church, their actions are watched and scrutinized by everyone, especially the media. And they also need to think about the consequenses of their actions, not only during this life, but in the life after death. I personally am not perfect and would be unable to cast the first stone, but our leaders need to get themselves under control.
Following man huh? And expecting him to lead flawlessly? You need to read the Bible again. You cannot put your faith in man, because he is of the flesh, and flesh is weak. I'm not defending Paulk, I'm telling you that if you expect every church leader to live a flawless life of example, then you're gonna find it pretty empty where you go to church.

The prayer closet is for everyone, not just leaders. It's meant to be a "place" where you converse with God, privately, and where you make your peace with that conversation. Paulk will have more to consider than what we may say or think here.

Please don't place the burden of your salvation on the leadership of Paulk or any other minister. You will stand in judgement alone, Earl won't be there to hold your hand. You need to examine yourself as Christian and determine if you're beliefs are built on sand or rock. What I read above, sands are shifting dude.

Greg
C L S

Oklahoma City, OK

#84 Mar 26, 2008
What we don't understand is that preachers need to be saved too! Those who have listened to such preachers need to really examine what they are being taught. Blind leaders of the blind and those who blindly follow, they both will fall into the ditch. SAD VERY SAD!
janice seibert

Cincinnati, OH

#85 Apr 8, 2008
let me tell you.first of all that mona chic is cold, and did exactly what she wanted to do. if she would of read mher bible like all real christians do she would of known that salvation doesnt come by sleeping with your pastor, or anyone else. she slept with paulk because she wanred to.i guess she thinks everyone is stupid.she slept with the man for fourteen years and then slept with another minister because according to her paulk told her to. she slept with paulk because she wanted to.she also slept with the other so called minister because she wanted to. in regards to all the other women that say they slept with paulk they slept with him because they wanted to. in regards to him sleeping with his little granddaughter he should be in prison for that. and his stupidf wife knew what was going on but was to weak to leave him. she deserves what she gets. and dont use a person that says there a christian as an excuse not to be a christian.and thats exactly what it is an excuse.you dont put your eyes on any person, keep your eyes on Jesus Christ,he will never let you down.and then you will have no excuse, and no one to blame but yourself. we are responsible for our souls, not people.
Godfrey Ntale

Uganda

#86 Aug 10, 2010
As a believer this is so sad that the church has slip this far, l have one thing to say to the Body of Christ.Let us pull down every idolatry in the church the worship of money,greed,prosperity is want is selling us to our own destruction and let us worhip God and Him alone for He is a jealousy God He will not share His glory with anything else.
mega churches

Spring, TX

#87 Sep 26, 2010
I have to say this, the money is the churches money that he spent. When he opened With Im not a perfect man, that said it all. I will let the court decide. I think all these mega churches are just crazy, that gives the preachers to spend money without the people knowing where the money goes.while this is going on he should not preach. I go to a small church and all these mega churches have hurt the small churches. The small churches you know what the preacher is doing. This isn't the first mega church preacher too get caught. What preachers sends pictures like that to young man? It's hard not to judge this (man of god) when you see something like that. Step down, while you are waiting for your day in court.......
mega churches

Spring, TX

#88 Sep 26, 2010
Ashley Polk wrote:
I am a christian and I feel that, like in most cases, the members of this Church _probably_ let him do this.
They most likely knew his characteristics but they liked their small simple community and didn't want to rock the boat or give up on a 'good' thing.
Not questioning your leader only leads to corruption.
The church should know where the money is going. That is why they have a board meeting. Looks like his church turned a blind eye.

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