I do not post often, but do read, and would like to comment.
First of all, let our words in our posts always be seasoned with grace, whatever ďsideĒ we are on. Inflaming language and name calling only hurts and alienates.
Rom 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Secondly, ignoring or justifying (or even worse, accusing members of lying that share they have encountered) sexually molestation in the House of Prayer by bishops or clergy, is incomprehensible to me.
Arguments as ďIt happens in a lot of churchesĒ may be true, but does that clear us? When we stand before the throne of God, will we say the same, that others sinned just like us, and will that save us from hell? No, only repentance will.
Saying these things happened long ago, were before our time, or we donít know about them (letís research then), will not clear us either.
Another reason given to justify the behavior of the bishops is that ďThey were weak.Ē They were only human. Will we use the same justification for the sexual offenders that are arrested on a daily basis, and have them go free. No, they serve time and will have to be registered by law for the rest of their lives. And that is the worldís law! How much more will God surely not hold innocent those who do this in His house. How can Godís blessing rest on a place where these and other things took place. These things have to be acknowledged, brought to light and repented of.
Please, read with me the following Scripture, spoken to Jeremiah. About Godís House and Godís People.
Jer 7:1-15 "The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Stand in the gate of the LORD'S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.
For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:
Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;
And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not;
Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh."
We cannot ignore this. God destroyed His House in Shiloh, and tells Jeremiah He will do it again here. Do we think He would not do this to the House of Prayer (or any other church that practices unrighteousness)? Any unrighteousness done in Godís House (even in order to be able to give money to the House of God), lying, stealing, cheating others, not honoring our neighbor or our neighborís wife and family, or give credit and worship that only belongs to God, incurs Godís wrath, and we are a part of it.