Doug

Jefferson City, TN

#21 Oct 10, 2010
Why don't you talk to him yourself?

What is being done and said on here is wrong too.

Once you get the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to get the speck out of your brother's eye.
Just Think

United States

#22 Oct 10, 2010
I am pretty sure it's a sin to go around spreading gossip, whether it's true or not. If this man did this, than God will judge him and punish him. God understands that we are all human and we will make mistakes. If we didn't make mistakes or sin, we would be perfect just like God. We should strive not to sin, but it's going to happen and all we can do is ask God for his mercy and forgiveness.
Alex

Jefferson City, TN

#23 Oct 10, 2010
I saw this on here and new this man by teh name of his church (Mill Spring Batist church).
There must be lots of perfict people in Jeff City since so many can throw rocks at this man.
i was in jail with him and he took time to talk to me like i was a person. He said stuff about God and his salvation more than I saw in anybody else I ever met and i went to church many years before i give up on it.
I am glad his church did not decide to throw him out. and I will go to here him preach sometime becasue he really cared about me. if you people knew this guy you wuldn't say this stuff. He is a good man and I think he cares about other peple. he for sure cared about me.
I dont say things well but i hope you get the point.
my name is Alex
Higher Price

Dandridge, TN

#24 Oct 11, 2010
He will pay a higher price for his prideful ways. For hiding his transgressions. For preaching against sin when he was trapped in sin (yes we all sin, but the bible makes it clear that we are to ask for forgivness and confess to others. This he did not do.)

Pastor, you are making the Christians leaders of today look to better than the lost word. You are doing more harm to the Kingdom than Satan could ever do!
Indeed

Dandridge, TN

#25 Oct 12, 2010
Well said!
Higher Price wrote:
He will pay a higher price for his prideful ways. For hiding his transgressions. For preaching against sin when he was trapped in sin (yes we all sin, but the bible makes it clear that we are to ask for forgivness and confess to others. This he did not do.)
Pastor, you are making the Christians leaders of today look to better than the lost word. You are doing more harm to the Kingdom than Satan could ever do!
Saved by Grace

Powell, TN

#26 Oct 12, 2010
We ask forgiveness and confess to God. He is our judge and thankfully not you.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For HE will abundatly pardon.
Isaiah 55:7
cooke

Bowling Green, KY

#27 Oct 12, 2010
Horrible of people to spread these malicious rumors. Whether true or not. Everyone experiences extremely hard times and God understand and forgives. You should support someone when they are going through the loss of a family member. He's a good man. And, a wonderful pastor. Shame on you.
not a wonderful pastor

Dandridge, TN

#28 Oct 13, 2010
When he hid his sin from his church, he was also hiding it from God. He needs to step down for a time and allow himself and his church to heal. He can be restored...but there is a process for it. He not only sinned against God, he also violated the doctrine of his church and of the SBC. Sure would be hard to preach against drinking when you hid that you had (or have) a problem, all the other sins that he has preached about over the last year he must have thought were worse than his own sins...not in God's eyes!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#29 Oct 13, 2010
God knows his heart. It is no one's job to judge. He is a man of God and he is supported by so many people in the community and in the church. Keep your opinions of him to yourself. God will not allow anyone to destroy this wonderful man. Let God be the judge.
Judge by the fruits

New Market, TN

#30 Oct 13, 2010
I am sure he produces good fruit, but he has a few branches that need to be pruned! He made the poor choices that make him look bad in the eyes of others. His crime (even though hid for awhile) is public knowledge which means we have to right to discuss it. Oh and God will judge him, he will pay a high price for his transgressions and for his prideful ways!!!!!!!!! His pride and refusing to step down for a time has already led to people (lay and appointed) leaders to leave the church, the fall out will continue. He has proven untrustworthy through his deception! He lacks a shepards heart
My opinion

Knoxville, TN

#31 Oct 14, 2010
Rusty hid nothing from God. He also knows the forgiveness of God, and the bible says that when you are forgiven it is as far as the east is from the west. Rusty also knows that the fallout including all the gossip in the community and on this forum is a part of the price one pays for sin. Even after forgiveness, sin has consequences. He knows this. Pride (for trying to keep it a secret)? No. Shame? Fear? Of course. And he wouldn't be human if he hadn't of hoped it would not have been found (even tho all things are found). Why he doesn't step down now?
He is a sinner preaching to a church of sinners in a world of sinners. And if his church wanted him to step down, then they have had ample opportunity to vote him out and he would have stepped down. That, too, would have been a consequence. But that hasn't happened so....mayhap God is in the process of restoration as we speak. Would he have confessed to the community if he hadn't have been found? Knowing Rusty, yes.
God knows Rusty isn't perfect, but he was willing to die for him anyway.
And for those of you who write that Rusty is held to a higher standard because he is a preacher,look at Alex's post
****I saw this on here and new this man by teh name of his church (Mill Spring Batist church).
There must be lots of perfict people in Jeff City since so many can throw rocks at this man.
i was in jail with him and he took time to talk to me like i was a person. He said stuff about God and his salvation more than I saw in anybody else I ever met and i went to church many years before i give up on it.
I am glad his church did not decide to throw him out. and I will go to here him preach sometime becasue he really cared about me. if you people knew this guy you wuldn't say this stuff. He is a good man and I think he cares about other peple. he for sure cared about me.
I dont say things well but i hope you get the point.
my name is Alex *******
Even in jail, God used Rusty to reach out to someone who may have been unreachable in other circumstances may not have been reachable.Who are we to say what circumstance that God uses for his Glory.
SHAME on most all of you, and look to your own lives for the sin you have because God will hold ALL of us to a high standard, and it isn't any of "our" job to judge and punish or point out to God that Rusty has done something. "We" are not his sin police. Only God. Let Him deal with it...He will be suprisingly more loving and forgiving than anyone on here.
rusty worshipper

Dandridge, TN

#32 Oct 14, 2010
He would not have confessed had he not found out. If he would have been a moral man, he would have fessed up when it first happened!
Golden Rule

Knoxville, TN

#33 Oct 14, 2010
The Pastor maybe sick with the illness called alcoholism. If he is alcoholic, then he deserves compassion as you would give any sick friend or neighbor.

Alcoholism is like the disease of cancer, you don't ask for it to happen to you. It is a terminal disease ending in death if not treated. If the Pastor is sick, treat him as a sick person. Treat him as you would want to be treated if you were sick. You know, the Golden Rule.

If he has done wrong by man's law, he should have consequences, alcoholism is not a defense. Yet, man's law does not supersede God's Golden Rule. God reserves the right of final judgement to Himself and man's law in this country is innocent to proven guilty by the State.
Matthew

Shelbyville, TN

#34 Oct 14, 2010
We evaluate others with a Godlike justice, but we want them to evaluate us with a Godlike compassion."
-- Sydney J. Harris
Linda

Shelbyville, TN

#35 Oct 14, 2010
Of all the spirits, I believe the spirit of judging is the worst, and it has had the rule of me, I cannot tell you how dreadfully and how long... This, I find has more hindered my progress in love and gentleness than all things else. I never knew what the words, "Judge not that ye be not judged," meant before; now they seem to me some of the most awful, necessary, and beautiful in the whole Word of God.

F. D. Maurice, letter to his mother.

Since: Oct 10

Shelbyville, TN

#36 Oct 14, 2010
Let me start by saying I'm an agnostic as well as a preacher's kid. My father believed in the church and took me there as long as he could.

As a teenager, I rebelled big-time, started drinking, and eventually got arrested. My father was heartbroken and tried to support me but his church was relentless in their determination to oust him. They said horrible things to and about him.

I wish he would have quit (and I begged him to) but he tried to hang on. Eventually it all became too much for him and he killed himself.

I can bet that this blog was started by someone in this guy's church. i can also bet that the negative comments, for the most part, are coming from people inside this church (or those who have once been affiliated with this church).

I ONLY HAVE ONE WORD TO SAY TO THIS PREACHER--QUIT!!!!!! It's not worth it!!!!!

I wish my dad would have quit. The gossip and slander of church members coupled with my father's commitment to 'the gospel' led to his destruction.

One of the main reasons I do not believe in God is because of the attitudes of people who claim to know God. I'm not alone. Ghandi gave an honest look at Christianity but he rejected it for the same reasons I reject it. He said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

To use a word familiar to the church crowd on here, I say, "AMEN"
My opinion

Knoxville, TN

#37 Oct 14, 2010
The same people on here that are judging,flinging words, and generally being morally accusatory would be the same ones in the crowd standing in front of Pontius Pilate calling for the release of Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus. Are all of you free of sin? Have you not broken at least one of the commandments? Have none of you lied? Lusted? Hatred in your heart? Yes, you've murdered Rusty many times over in these posts and in the community. I'm not sure how much of the post of Sterlinghero I agree with above me, but I did agree with his quote of Ghandi.."I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." And anyone on this forum who stands up in church this next Sunday or bows his head in prayer tonight, let him/her remember that God knows his thoughts, and that these things said here and spread in the community will be remembered and lets hope He will be more forgiving that you all!
Saved by Grace

Powell, TN

#38 Oct 14, 2010
AMEN! to My Opinion
Saved by Grace

Powell, TN

#39 Oct 14, 2010
Your judgemental ways is what causes people like Sterling Hero to turn away from Christ. Not someone who has fallen and been forgiven. By the way,I assume those who are being judgemental get up in front of your church and confess your sins every Sunday morning. After all, we ALL SIN. No? Not surprising. Nobody needs to confess their sins to me. I can't save anybody only Christ can. The only reason you want someone to confess their sin to you is so you can gossip about what someone else is doing. Just like now.

Since: Oct 10

Shelbyville, TN

#40 Oct 14, 2010
I only want to say something to this preacher but anybody else can read what I write for what its worth.

I'll say it again--the person who started this "discussion" was or is a member of the church where you preach, as are most of the people who posted. The church is full of this BS and that's why I'm over it and you should be over it too.

I don't know you, preacher, but if I could say one thing to you it would be--QUIT! IT'S NOT WORTH IT!!

I watched my father pour his life out for the people in his church. He gave up more than anyone will ever know--and for what?? A bunch of egotistical, holier than thou's (like most of teh people posting here) who literally ran my father into the ground.

Preacher, you can be sure these people will do the same thing to YOU!! They don't give a DAMN about you or they wouldn't be posting this CRAP here.

Church is NOTHING but politics with a religious face on it--nothing more and the proof is right here for the world to read.

I will say it again, preacher, most most, if not all, of the people posting here are or were affiliated with your church in the past. This is the kind of crap you get for everything you've done. I'm telling you--IT'S NOT WORTH IT.

QUIT, WHILE YOU'RE AHEAD.

They will never give up until they ruin you and they are the proof, pure and simple, that Christianity is a farce!

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