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Jacksonville Church Hires Registered Sex Offender as Pastor, Bans Children from Service
Miami New Times ^ | February 21, 2012 | Kyle Munzenrieder

Posted on 02/27/2012 12:01:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The Lord may be forgiving. Sex offender laws? Not so much.

A Baptist church in Jacksonville has hired a registered sex offender as its new pastor, but because a court has ruled the he's not allowed to have "unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old," the church has decided to ban kids from its Sunday services.

Back in 2009, Darrell Gilyard pleaded guilty to charges of lewd conduct and lewd molestation according to News4Jax.com. At the time Gilyard was a pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church. His victims were female members of his congregation under 18. He molested one 15-year-old girl and sent a lewd text message to another.

Gilyward was released from jail on December 28 and began preaching at the Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in late January.

As part of his three-year probation, Gilyard cannot have any unsupervised contact with children. However, even any supervised contact must be OK'd by a therapist. He must also enroll in a sex offender therapy program before supervised contact is allowed. Gilyard says he's enrolled in such a program, and his attorneys have filed a motion seeking to clarify the terms of his probation and to allow children in the church while he's at the pulpit according to Jacksonville.com.

In the meantime, the church has decided to ban all children from Sunday service.

"Somehow I will prove that life isn't over when one has committed a crime for which he receives this heinous label," Gilyard told a Jacksonville.com reporter through text message. "You don't have to languish on the fringes of society."

Oddly, Gilyard's arrival at the church has caused a spike in attendance. Before Gilyard joined the church about 10 members came to service. Now the numbers are between 150 and 200.


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: florida; pedophiles; scandal; sexoffenders
What?!
1 posted on 02/27/2012 12:02:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So they are punishing the children to accomodate someone who isn’t biblically qualified to be a Pastor in the first place? Some “church”!


2 posted on 02/27/2012 12:04:41 PM PST by circlecity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this one of those John Semmens satire pieces ?


3 posted on 02/27/2012 12:06:48 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s the point of a church without kids under 18-yrs-old?


4 posted on 02/27/2012 12:08:08 PM PST by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is one of those assemblies where savage wolves have entered and led them after him. If they are believers, at all.


5 posted on 02/27/2012 12:09:02 PM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bunch of weirdos calling themselves a Baptist church in order to cash in on the tax exempt status.


6 posted on 02/27/2012 12:09:05 PM PST by WestwardHo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oddly, Gilyard's arrival at the church has caused a spike in attendance. Before Gilyard joined the church about 10 members came to service. Now the numbers are between 150 and 200.

But no children. Insanity. Pure insanity. There's no decency or common sense anymore.


7 posted on 02/27/2012 12:12:08 PM PST by Cinnamontea
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To: WestwardHo

If that’s the case real Baptists should do whatever they can to shut the church down.


8 posted on 02/27/2012 12:13:40 PM PST by utherdoul
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope this church loses all of its members over this crap


9 posted on 02/27/2012 12:16:39 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Suffer the little children to come unto me... it would be better if a millstone were hung around his neck and cast in the sea.


10 posted on 02/27/2012 12:18:19 PM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: utherdoul

If that’s the case real Baptists should do whatever they can to shut the church down.

Just because the building looks like a church, and has a church sign out front, does not make it a church. Behind those doors anything could be going on....
Probably needs to be investigated for criminal behavior.


11 posted on 02/27/2012 12:18:36 PM PST by WestwardHo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

i live on a sailboat anchored in Jax and this is the first i heard of this (no tv)

so that’s what it takes to get people to church...perverts in the pulpit

goodbye America...it was nice while it lasted


12 posted on 02/27/2012 12:19:37 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Church Bans Children from Service
From another source ...I'm thinking the kids are the lucky ones.
13 posted on 02/27/2012 12:24:13 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I predict the ‘pastor’ will express shock and surprise when the church sees a rapid decline in membership in the near future...


14 posted on 02/27/2012 12:25:06 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m wondering what he will be meaning when he will say to treat each other nicely, or tend the other cheek, for that matter. Mary Magdalene was not stoned, but she still had to accept being divorced.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 12:27:09 PM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Lord could forgive Hitler, if he repented. So this guy could be forgiven by the Lord, and even by the church.

But he should never again be a pastor. Just like the fellow that runs off with the organist, or cavorts with a deacon’s wife, his witness is no longer effective, and he should find another career.


16 posted on 02/27/2012 12:32:48 PM PST by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: WayneS
OOPS! I guess I should have read the whole article before posting.

"Oddly, Gilyard's arrival at the church has caused a spike in attendance. Before Gilyard joined the church about 10 members came to service. Now the numbers are between 150 and 200."

That's certainly hard for me to comprehend, but maybe all the perverts in the area were just waiting for a pastor they were 'comfortable' with...

17 posted on 02/27/2012 12:35:34 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Darrell Gilyard

I don't know if he's any relation to Clarence Gilyard.

18 posted on 02/27/2012 12:35:58 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: GeronL
I hope this church loses all of its members over this crap

Huh? Went from 10 members to almost 200 since they hired him.

Something sounds fishy from this report.

19 posted on 02/27/2012 12:43:46 PM PST by houeto (Mitt Romney - A Whiter Shade of FAIL)
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To: houeto

I think attendance spiked-
Because:

1. He has invited fellow sex perverts
2. It may be a scam church (doing illegal things)
3. local Satanists think it is cool-
4. Alot of people hate children

please feel free to add-
Really I thought this was from the ONION!


20 posted on 02/27/2012 12:50:01 PM PST by mj1234
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WTH is wrong with that church? Do the elders not find a moral conflict with installing him as Pastor?


22 posted on 02/27/2012 1:05:49 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has he repented of his sins?

The article isn’t clear on that point, but if he has, then I find the attitude of freepers here puzzling.

Since when is repentance not part of Christianity? Since when is forgiveness not part of Christianity? Since when is putting your past life behind you and returning to the narrow path not part of Christianity?

The article is fuzzy on whether he has repented, but for the sake of argument let’s say he has (a fairly safe assumption, since the church has hired him). What would you have the the church do in that circumstance? Say “We know God has forgiven you, but we won’t,” or “God may give you a second chance, but we won’t”?


23 posted on 02/27/2012 1:06:07 PM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney will right-size the economy--just like he did your job when he bought your company)
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To: Brookhaven

You can forgive someone without making him your pastor.


24 posted on 02/27/2012 1:21:28 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

“You can forgive someone without making him your pastor.”

Unless you also hire Bernie Madoff as the church treasurer at the same time.

/sarc

Repentance & forgiveness do not require that wisdom & common sense be thrown out.


25 posted on 02/27/2012 2:32:58 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Brookhaven
God May Forgive, But I Won't

26 posted on 02/27/2012 2:34:02 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Key omission: God May Forgive You, But I Won't
27 posted on 02/27/2012 3:02:38 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: houeto

That does sound like its made up.

Maybe a FReeper will look into it deeper.


28 posted on 02/27/2012 3:03:20 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: houeto

Oh.. its a “black” church. This ain’t going nowhere.

I see they still have a Youth and Young Adult Pastor

Gilyard doesn’t seem to be mentioned on this site:

http://smbcjax.com/AboutUs/Staff.aspx


29 posted on 02/27/2012 3:09:23 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Brookhaven

Look to 1st Timothy for requirements for Elder .


30 posted on 02/27/2012 4:52:37 PM PST by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: Brookhaven
"Has he repented of his sins? The article isn’t clear on that point, but if he has, then I find the attitude of freepers here puzzling."

We are not talking about his salvation, which is what repentence deals with, but whether he is qualified to be a Pastor. If you read 1 Timothy chapter 3 you will see that he is clearly not qualified to be a Pastor - no matter how repentent he is.

31 posted on 02/29/2012 1:36:05 AM PST by circlecity
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