Category Archives: Sexual Ethics

Thom Rainer: Warning Signs of Ministerial Affairs

The experts say that something like 30% of Christian pastors and ministers will, at some point in their careers, succumb to sexual temptation. It’s a shocking figure, but I think it’s about right. I have many friends in the ministry … Continue reading

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Legal Conclusions from Licking Baptist Church, Part 3

An element of the Licking Baptist Church case that’s not been commented on in the media is the significance of 1 Corinthians 6 on such disputes – (1Co 6:1-8 ESV)  When one of you has a grievance against another, does … Continue reading

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Legal Conclusions from Licking Baptist Church, Part 2

As we considered in the last post, after the girls raped or molested by the associate pastor of the Licking Baptist Church were disfellowshipped by the church, the pastor pled guilty and served seven years in prison. The girls, when … Continue reading

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Legal Conclusions from Licking Baptist Church, Part 1

Licking Baptist Church is a small congregation in Hebron, Ohio, founded in 1807. It has no website that I can find.  And some terrible things happened there. As one blogger explains, In 2005, Pastor Lonnie “Joe” Aleshire Jr. admitted to … Continue reading

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Ministers Guilty of Sexual Sin: Lessons from Penn State Etc.

This is longer than usual but very important. I’m an elder and I’m a lawyer. I counsel churches about all sorts of things, in both capacities. And sexual sin by a leader — a minister or even an elder — … Continue reading

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Ministers Guilty of Sexual Sin: Christian Chronicle Editorial

From the January 2011 edition of the Christian Chronicle – The automatic reaction of some is to attribute the recent cases [of sex between a minister and a teen] to young, single ministers. In the cases referenced, though, the ministers … Continue reading

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Ministers Guilty of Sexual Sin: The Three-Strike Pastor

Insightful article from MondayMorningInsight about a pastor caught on film spending countless hours at a strip club – This guy had absolutely no accountability, it seems.  He took off for hours from the church; and when the reporters called the … Continue reading

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Ministers Guilty of Sexual Sin: Not Just Friends

A reader asked about being alone in the building with the female church secretary, on those days that he is the only minister on duty. I’m not sure I have the answer, but before even attempting an answer, I need … Continue reading

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Ministers Guilty of Sexual Sin: Further Thoughts from the Comments

I love the blogging format, because I get these great questions that force me to dig deeper or explain myself better. This follows up my earlier post Ministers Guilty of Sexual Sin: Advice from a Minister. The complete questions I’m … Continue reading

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Ministers Guilty of Sexual Sin: Advice from a Minister

Excellent advice from Vince Antonucci, a Las Vegas church planter and author of I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt. There has been a lot of talk and blogging about a well-known pastor who confessed … Continue reading

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