Christian author and preacher Max Lucado has warned both evangelical pastors and Catholic priests caught up in sex abuse that God has harsh words for them in the Bible.
Lucado, a best-selling author who preaches at Oak Hills Church in Texas, wrote in a Sunday op-ed for Fox News that the clergy scandals and deception that have recently been revealed “takes its toll on the heartiest of souls.”
“It is my desire to address the question many of us find ourselves facing at some point in life. When a leader lets me down, what do I do with the hurt?” he positioned.
“Even deeper, at risk is our faith in God; if not His existence, at least His goodness. How could God allow this to happen? To be clear (and we must strive to be clear), God has strong words for pastors who purvey pain upon His people,” he reminded.
He quoted from Ezekiel 34:2-10 in the Bible, where God condemns church leaders who have ruled with “harshness and cruelty” and have abandoned their flock.
“Though you were my shepherds, you didn’t search for my sheep when they were lost. You took care of yourselves and left the sheep to starve. … I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock,” the passage reads in the part.
“I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey.”
Lucado reflected that the words “could hardly be harsher,” and that God sets a high standard for His leaders.
The preacher mentioned the Pennsylvania grand jury report last week which found that over 300 Catholic priests in the state sexually abused over 1,000 children over decades as one example of priestly abuse.
“News of the grand jury report, on top of earlier reports going back years about members of the clergy using their positions to become sexual predators, brings us face to face with one life’s hardest questions: what do I do with a violated trust?” he wrote.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov