For years I’ve remained fairly silent about the events I witnessed while a member at Christian Fellowship Church. I’ve only shared this story with a few close family members and friends and never as detailed as I am sharing it here. Part of the reason for my silence is, first of all, the thought of no one believing me and accusing me of being a heretic bent on wrecking an innocent ministry. The biggest reason for my silence would be my own participation in those events. This reason is probably only understood by those who have been victims of such sexual misconduct. In my case, even the use of the term “sexual misconduct” does not describe my experience. For lack of a better description, let me just say it was just plain nasty! I am sure the others who I have learned were victimized by this man will agree. On top of all that, there are yet many more who have been victimized by the ministry and others that may be still following that ministry unaware of what they’re really involved in. I write for us all.
I know now that it wasn’t coincidental that the first thing that Jesus said when asked about signs of the end was “Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matthew 24:4) Jesus said that many shall deceive many. He didn’t say that many shall try to deceive many. That means there are going to be MANY that are deceived. We all like to think that it’s not going to be me. Myself and many others thought the same thing and yet I followed and supported CFC for over 3 years, faithfully. What I’m trying to say is deception doesn’t come in a bright red box marked “trick” It comes disguised as a dedicated, on-fire, active ministry that gets darker the deeper you get into it. On the surface, everything appears perfect and everyone seems overjoyed. Your first few visits, you may not notice anything out of the ordinary. My advice, “look around, look around” and ask questions. Above all, compare everything you see, hear and feel with what is written in YOUR Bible. Be diligent in your OWN study of God’s word above and beyond what the church is feeding you (2 Timothy 2:15) Finally, talk to God constantly. Confess your faults and struggles to Him first and foremost. The Lord has a way of giving a true man of God the answers you need without you having to tell any man your personal confessions and only God can forgive you for any of your sins. That being said, let me begin my story and how I learned these things the hard way.
Bootcamp was an experience that sparked my communication with God. I was born and raised in the Church of God in Christ but until then, true heart-felt conversation with the Lord had not taken place. In bootcamp God was my only true friend. I didn’t know much about being saved then but I did know Romans 10:9 So I gave my life to the Lord while in bootcamp and then did the best I could to live saved amongst my “anything but saved” counterparts or “shipmates” as we called each other. We had an appointed chaplain who led us in prayer and supposedly provided spiritual guidance. He later lost his whole bootcamp savings (somewhere around $800) by purchasing the services of a prostitute who took off with his wallet. Then there was Sunday morning services which was more an excuse to get out of the stuffy barracks. The name of Jesus was pretty much taboo at these services because they had to cater to all religions, Christian, Catholic, Muslim, etc. so it was really just a lot of people making a lot of noise and trying to release tension. I was allowed a little pocket-sized New Testament Bible so I just read.
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