Alabama congregation stunned when anti-gay minister confesses to molesting underage boy.

By |2019-07-06T05:08:43-08:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: News, Religion|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

I have a feeling that congregations all over Alabam would be stunned if their ministers were to suddenly be honest with them. 

Courtesy of Newsweek:

An anti-gay preacher has been arrested after confessing to his congregation that he had a sexual relationship with a young boy.

John Thomas Martin, lead pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Florence, Alabama, broke down in the pulpit while telling stunned churchgoers about his “affair” with an underage male. He admitted to abusing the boy on multiple occasions, both at his home and on trips. Martin also reportedly said he sent explicit text messages.

According to court documents, the victim claimed that on a camping trip to celebrate Martin’s son’s birthday, the pastor got into the victim’s tent and touched him. Another time, Martin assaulted him in a van while on an overnight trip out of state. Martin was also a school bus driver for Florence City Schools and allegedly showed the boy nude photos of himself with a towel draped over his body.

After confessing to his congregation, Martin checked himself into a psychiatric unit at North Alabama Medical Center and turned over two guns. According to the sheriff’s office, Martin had asked his wife to take his pistol earlier “because he had been holding it to his head and contemplating suicide.”

The victim’s name is being kept private but, according to the Lauderdale County sheriff, he was “in either 6th or 7th grade” the first time Martin sexually assaulted him.

Martin is being charged with four counts of sex abuse with a child younger than 16.

It is hard to put a positive spin on a story like this, but at least this guy admitted what he did without blaming the victim, Satan, or gay people. 

I don’t know if this guy was being blackmailed, was about to be outed, or simply had a crisis of conscience, but ultimately he did the right thing.

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 6, 2019 at 3:04 am

    but ultimately he did the right thing
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    Hardly if he is calling it an affair, it is child abuse.

  2. Anonymous July 6, 2019 at 3:15 am
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  3. $BM July 6, 2019 at 6:49 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/07/they-are-garbage-ivana-trumps-ex-husband-trashes-presidents-children-as-scum/

    “these people are all about money. They don’t have a heart. They are garbage.” like father, like son.
    “Don Jr. is an idiot. He’s a jerk,” “They are a piece of scum, aka shit. Before they say anything about me, I will wash their mouth out with soap! They are disgrace for human being.” “We are talking about kids who are so stupid, except Ivanka.” OK

  4. Yes and No July 6, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Wait and see how stunned the congregation will be when they die and see that salvation has never been reserved for believers, but is a reference of the involuted returning to the nondual. And that countless stories all around the planet as long as there has been life have animated this journey of evolution through its’ local version of the universal. And furthermore they will see how fucking ignorant it has always been to to put anything before nature. And that nature’s response to our arrogance that we are separate and above it had unnecessarily ended our own lives.

  5. aNOn July 6, 2019 at 8:33 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ulrich-zurkuhlen-germany-sexual-abuse-forgiveness_n_5d1fbb00e4b01b8347369e4b

    The retired, 79-year-old priest was apparently attempting to preach about the importance of forgiveness in Christianity, using examples from the Bible to insist that pedophile priests deserve to be forgiven, tOO. “Goodness and guilt are often combined with each other or stand side by side without touching.”

  6. Anonymous July 6, 2019 at 10:48 am

    My guess is that pastor Martin was about to be outed so he “confessed” (before his congregation) to beat the story that was coming, trying to present himself in a more sympathetic light by referring to his pedophilia as an affair.

    Also, I don’t believe he really intended to commit suicide, that was just another ploy for sympathy. Maybe he hopes to lessen his eventual punishment by checking himself into a psychiatric unit.

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