Trust me when I tell you,when a young minister or older for that matter violates children,the whole church is wiped out for months over it.There is such shame and torment over that sin.The minister is usually let go,some have been arrested.The family of the victims often leave that church.Wayside Baptist Church (Miami, Florida): Church members chartered a bus to go to the jail to show support for their youth minister before his sentencing on sex crimes against numerous teen church boys. Apparently they had no problem forgiving the molesting minister --“after all, he had repented.” The boy who brought the minister’s serial sex abuse to light said what was nearly as damaging as the abuse was the fact that even after the abuse was exposed and admitted, the church made more of an effort to forgive and support the abuser than to heal the abused.
I t is quite obvious that sex scandals tear who church communities apart.Several years ago the senior pastor's son-in-law of a particular church in my city made sexual advances toward a girl in his church.He was the youth pastor,and supposedly he was never found to have actually had sex with any girl in that church outside of his wife.But that scandal tore that church to shreds.The Senior Pastor took a sabbatical for a year,a visiting pastor took over his pulpit. The son-in-law actually was arrested and of course he is no longer with his wife.
Just recently it is known that the senior pastor has returned to his pulpit.The church lost half of its congregation,and he struggles with trying to stay afloat.The media showed little mercy,and while the scandal was in its peak time,every day for several weeks one could read about or hear about that church and its sin. Sex scandals more than anything else destroys churches with a severity unmatched by even political scandals of the same.