Pastor Don Logan of Eternal Church, Ft Mill, SC, Who Spent Time in Prison for Assaulting a Teen Female, Is Finally Raising Eyebrows.

“We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.” –C. S. Lewis


I saw a problem with Don Logan, but Logan’s associate pastors and BFFs did not.

Sometimes, I get discouraged that what I believe to be newsworthy does not seem to get coverage in the media. That was the case with this post {Update 5.30.24} Don Logan, Pastor of Eternal Church, SC, Is a Convicted Felon For Sexual Misconduct With a Minor. The Elders Say He Is “Above Reproach.” I Disagree.

Logan was sentenced to 3 years as a guest of the Indiana prison system for a criminal felony that involved sexual misconduct with a teen 14-16 years old. I stress. He did spend time in prison. What shocked me the most was being told by the Executive Pastor, Chad Hollowell, that the actions that led to his imprisonment were not “serious” because there is a “wide spectrum of these things.” Whatever that means…So, some pastor in SC is now an expert who knows more than the folks who imprisoned him in Indiana? This response is deserving of a red flag.

I spoke with Chad Hollowell, the Executive Pastor of Eternal Church. I give him kudos for taking my call. Here is what he told me.

  • The leaders do not feel that sexual sin with a minor permanently disqualifies Logan from the pulpit.
  • The leaders examined his life over the past 20 years and believes he is above reproach.
  • They believe he is of proven character.
  • His story is an example of the grace of God.
  • He said he could not share with me the details of Logan’s conviction becasue that is his story to tell.
  • He said his actions which lead to his prison sentence were not “serious” since there is a wide spectrum in this “sort of thing.”
  • He believes the congregation was told about his criminal background when Logan was hired but was a bit vague on the extent of knowledge in the membership.(I suspect it is not widespread.)

After reading this excerpt from a letter from a “nonperpetual leader,” it appeared that not everyone knew about Logan’s past.

I wasn’t aware of his story, but because we have perpetual Elders, there wasn’t a need for me to know. The original 8 elders (minus 1 who has passed away) are still leading our church today. It is a personal story of the humbling, redemptive work Christ did in his life, which has required discernment by Don in when and how to share it, always with the concern that it be used to show God’s faithfulness and redemption to others.

However, the following made me realize that this elder, making an excuse for having a pastor who has the hots for a young teen, is clueless. Imagine thinking that a man who has the hots for a teen is safeguarding himself by simply applying the “Billy Graham rule” by never meeting privately with a female will “solve” the problem. Have these guys ever heard of paraphilias? It is not normal for an adult to molest a teen. Have they ever done serious reading, or is it all about “discerning what God is saying?” Do they think God ever speaks through the talented people who research these issues at the NIH? Perhaps this post will help them to “discern” the problem.

Since this event 27 years ago, Don has taken careful steps to safeguard himself including disclosure with elders and pastors on staff and never meeting privately with a female.Others, including his wife, have confirmed all of this as well.

Imagine the surprise of church members when they found out he went to prison.

Church, ask why your elders (perpetual or otherwise) didn’t let you know. Who’s running the ship over there?

I was thrilled when the Fort Mill Sun wrote the following article. Local Family Shocked to Discover Their Pastor is on Sex Offender Registry. It appears that some church members are not quite so accepting of Logan as an acceptable choice for a pastor. They are out of there.

Mrs. Cummings found her lead pastor on the list of registered sex offenders in York County, with the website listing his offense as a 1997 conviction in Indiana for sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.

Now, Cory and Dana Cummings and their four children are searching for a new church and warning the public that Eternal Church has not been transparent enough about Pastor Don’s past.

Is Eternal Church really a light on the hill, or do they hide under a bushel?

Do you remember the Bible verses about being a light on the hill? Matthew 14-16 NIV.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

The elders and pastor are not so sure they want to be a light to the world. They refused to speak to the press. Imagine the missed opportunity to display their faith…

For their part, the church elders indicated that they are aware of his past. They declined to speak on the record in the past five days or make the pastor available, asking for additional time to provide an interview.

Is it normal for an adult male to have a sexual interest in young teens? Isn’t acting on that impulse also a crime?

But they applied “Christianese” to email their members.

A church email said Pastor Don recently shared a message “about how the Lord interrupted his life during a season of sinfulness many years ago and how God used that time to capture his heart and transform him.”

What doesn’t that email speak about? It says nothing about the problem of an adult man who has the “hots” for a young girl. This is not normal. Most men, when they want to sin, do so with a consenting adult. Most men don’t wish to have sexual contact with a young teen. This has nothing to do with “interrupting a season of sinfulness,” folks. It might be wise to address the possibility that the pastor has a paraphilia, which should be addressed. Has he received serious counseling for this possibility? Perhaps he believes his actions, which caused him to be imprisoned, indicate normal behavior for an adult man.

This wasn’t just a “season of sinfulness.” It was also a crime punishable by imprisonment and should never be glossed over. He is on the sex offender registry, and that should be serious enough for everyone.

The church is entering a period of discernment, which may be Christianese for “Let’s ease the membership into this since we are not going to let him go.”

Christian Leaders wrote South Carolina Pastor Revealed To Be Registered Sex Offender; Elders Say They Knew.

In a follow-up email, church members were told that the church had entered “a discernment period which has involved prayer, quiet reflection, consulting Scripture, open dialogue as a church family, processing as individuals and in groups, and discussion among elders, pastors, and staff.”

I had to smile at the following statement. Has the die been cast? Has the result been prospectively decided?

Although the “discernment period” is “ongoing,” Logan is continuing to fill Eternal Church’s pulpit. He can be seen preaching at the church as recently as Sunday, June 30.

Church Leaders looked for a response but didn’t get it from this church, which would probably claim it wants to be a light on the hill for the Charlotte/Ft Mills area.

ChurchLeaders has reached out to Eternal Church for comment and will update this article in the event of a response

What does Biblical restoration mean?

When I spoke with the Executive pastor, I told him that when the young pastor assaulted that teen, the pastor wanted sexual contact more than his pastor credentials. He gave them up that day. Read the Bible. Here’s how the process goes.

  • The person who does something this grievous should be first excommunicated from the church.
  • If he shows continued remorse and repentance, he can be restored to the Body of Christ, not the pulpit. They seem to leapfrog over this step.
  • Then, if he continues, he is restored to communion.

Those are the steps for all who commit grievous sins. There isn’t one of going back to the pulpit. The pastor now becomes a member of the pewsitters club.

Let me tell you about a pastor who I love and respect. He committed adultery, and the woman sued the church. He stepped down and then had a time when he met with all of the church members so they could express their anger and frustration at his actions directly to his face. He then entered a time of church discipline after repenting. He would appear at church each week, sit in the congregation, and take notes on all the sermons. Over an extended period, he began to be asked to pastor other churches. He refused. He said that he did not belong back in the pulpit. Instead, he teaches small classes within his original church. I have attended it many times, and much of what I think comes directly from his teaching. His humility is challenging.

He was a pastor who did it well. He knew he should give it up, but Don Logan won’t. It is fascinating how people use the Bible to justify their wants. I think “someone” once said that remembering old sins is from Satan and the demons. I beg to differ. Remembering one’s crimes is one way to recognize and avoid repeating them.

Finally,

I do not believe that any pastor who violated his vows in order to assault an underage teen female should be serving as a pastor in any church. There are other beautiful options. For example, he could always minister in prisons or halfway houses with adults. He could be a light on the hill in many organizations, but it takes a whole load of humility.


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Pastor Don Logan of Eternal Church, Ft Mill, SC, Who Spent Time in Prison for Assaulting a Teen Female, Is Finally Raising Eyebrows. — 181 Comments

  1. I have been conversing with an elder at Eternal Church whom I consider a good friend whom I have known for over 30 years. He was not involved in the calling of Don Logan. Clearly the elders believe that Don Logan is now a man of great character. But Logan’s character NOW has no bearing to the issue at hand.

    I left this message on Eternal’s Facebook Page:

    “To the elders of Eternal Church: I know you love your pastor and believe that he is a “changed man” since his child sexual misconduct conviction for which he pled guilty in 1997. I urge you to seek the counsel of those outside your nondenominational church. Perhaps speak to those at Westminster PCA Rock Hill. You have violated 1 Tim 3:7 by installing one who clearly does not have a good reputation. Consider the timing of the exposing of Pastor Don’s crime. We are now in the Post-Gateway era. The elders at Gateway claim ignorance of the nature of Robert Morris abuse of Cindy Clemishire. How much worse in the public’s view is knowingly hiring a convicted child abusing pastor? The next steps need to be repentance, the removal of Logan, rebuking of those in the congregation who are attacking the whistleblower, and a time of mourning for what has transpired.”

    I believe that what happens between now and Sunday 9:00 am will have effects that go far beyond this local church. I urge the elders to come off of their island and seek the wise counsel of the greater Body of Christ. All who read this please pray.

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  2. “Don has taken careful steps to safeguard himself including disclosure with elders and pastors on staff and never meeting privately with a female.”

    It’s not reassuring to think that, if he were ever alone with a “female,” he would, of course, try to have sex with her or grope her or whatever. A person who can’t go through life interacting normally with people of both sexes is not a person who has been transformed.

    “Safeguard himself” is also interesting language, as if someone is threatening him – those dangerous “females”? – rather than his being a threat to others.

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  3. “The leaders do not feel that sexual sin with a minor permanently disqualifies Logan from the pulpit.”

    Do church “leaders” realize how dangerous this position is! I sure hope they don’t have any influence on other churches on how to behave as a Board of Elders. They will find no examples in the New Testament to back their view; they will find no passages of Scripture regarding pastors restored to the pulpit after abusing a child … but, they will find Jesus’ warning about such transgression.

    How many pastors/staff with undetected sins/crimes of this nature across America now take comfort in their unBiblical stand? If child sexual abuse is not a permanent disqualifier from Christian ministry, what is?! Forgive the abuser if he repents? Certainly. Restore him to ministry? Absolutely not! There are other places for the truly repentant to serve in the Body of Christ … but, in this case, under close supervision. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God … but child abuse by a church leader should not be thrown into the sin-leveling bucket, in my humble but accurate opinion.

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  4. “He said his actions which lead to his prison sentence were not “serious” since there is a wide spectrum in this “sort of thing.””

    I bet every parent across America who trust church leaders would agree with him (not). The judicial system certainly considered it “serious” at the time. What kind of church leader would talk about such sin as “this sort of thing”?! What other sorts of things would they excuse? How wide is the spectrum at Eternal Church?

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  5. Dale Rudiger,

    Thank you for writing that comment on Eternal’s Facebook page. It was very well said. Will they listen? They have a problem. They made a mistake that is evident to just about everyone outside of the situation. That means they have to change their thought process to do the right thing. So many people will not do so, believing it is an admission of guilt. Yet we are Christians, and we are all flawed. It is a testament to our faith when we can say we have screwed up.

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  6. Can God change a person even with a paraphilia? Of course He can. Miracles are just that, God doing the impossible.

    Should a person who believes God has changed them still avoid the situations that could lead to a fall? Of course they should, and should never be ridiculed with questions like “Why if God has changed you?” One can trust God and still be wise.

    But all that said, their previous actions forever disqualify them from the ministry. Not from being saved, being in fellowship with Jesus, or spending eternity with God in bliss.

    But their actions have permanently put the clergy role out of reach, and they have permanently become the person no one is going to trust.

    God forgives. God sometimes does cleanse hearts perfectly. Consequences still apply.

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  7. I also directly contacted the church from their website via Pastor Logan’s email. Hope you don’t mind me calling TWW “small.” Perhaps others can make their concerns known as well via their website.

    Subject: Praying for you to do the right thing

    I am so sad at what has transpired at Eternal Church. One of the problems of a nondenominational church is the dangers inherent in a lack of accountability of a small number of elders. The leadership of Eternal Church needs to seek guidance from the larger Body of Christ.

    I see God’s providence at work in this situation. Eternal leaves the PCA and loses accountability. You move to SC, one of the most strict states when it comes to sex offender registration. A clergy abuse victim who starts attending Eternal stumbles upon your past conviction on a Baptist Accountability website. This results in your needing to register as a sex offender. Then this fact is published on a small Christian victim advocate blog. Then this same blog breaks the news of the issue at Gateway with Robert Morris. This gives the small blog national attention. And now we are at a crossroads.

    Don, you are apparently loved by your elders and many in the congregation. But you and the elders have sinned by violating 1 Tim. 3:7, which requires an elder to have a good reputation with outsiders, the last and most important qualification. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: “When a leader in the church has a bad reputation in the community, it often brings irreparable damage to the local congregation and indeed to the entire cause of Christ.”

    At a minimum, to avoid further damage, the elders need to admit fault this Sunday and repent. You also need to resign and leave pastoral ministry. The members of the congregation who have attacked the whistleblowers need to be publicly rebuked.

    I plead with you, as a fellow Christian, that you take these steps for the good of Christ’s bride. If you love our Savior you will not continue to bring shame upon Him, upon Eternal Church, upon the church at large, and upon yourself and your family. You and Eternal have fallen into disgrace and a snare of the devil.

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  8. Max: “The leaders do not feel that sexual sin with a minor permanently disqualifies Logan from the pulpit.”

    Do church “leaders” realize how dangerous this position is! I sure hope they don’t have any influence on other churches on how to behave as a Board of Elders. They will find no examples in the New Testament to back their view; they will find no passages of Scripture regarding pastors restored to the pulpit after abusing a child … but, they will find Jesus’ warning about such transgression.

    For this reason, all the elders should be replaced. They are not fit to be elders with this view. Basically, the view is minor girls are not as important as male elders. They are the white washed tombs!

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  9. Bridget: For this reason, all the elders should be replaced. They are not fit to be elders with this view. Basically, the view is minor girls are not as important as male elders. They are the white washed tombs!

    Well stated; great observation.

    No minors (children) in the church need “take one for the team” so pastor predator pervert can stay in power.

    Church adults (the paying pew peons) should know that God in no way needs the services of pastor predator perverts.

    God never calls predator perverts to be pastors.

    Walk away. With wallet.

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  10. Cynthia W.: It’s not reassuring to think that, if he were ever alone with a “female,” he would, of course, try to have sex with her or grope her or whatever. A person who can’t go through life interacting normally with people of both sexes is not a person who has been transformed

    Awesome point. When I worked in the phaatmaceutical industry, I had to meet with my male and female bosses, travel with my coworkers and take male clients out to dinner. It was exected that I do this and I enjoyed my ability to speak with both men and women as needed/

    Cynthia W.: “Safeguard himself” is also interesting language, as if someone is threatening him – those dangerous “females”? – rather than his being a threat to others.

    I’m sure they didn’t mean this to sound like it does. It appears to be blaming the female for his problems instead of his unusual interest in young teen females.

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  11. I noticed that on Eternal Church’s website, they have a section called “Eternal’s Four Coordinates.”

    Each coordinate is preceded by a cross pointing in a different direction.

    The first coordinate (“truth”) is preceded by an upside-down cross, the emblem used by satanists.

    A mistake, or a covert indication of the leadership’s proclivities?

    https://eternalchurch.net/about-us

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  12. linda: their actions have permanently put the clergy role out of reach, and they have permanently become the person no one is going to trust

    I don’t understand why a group of elders don’t get this! Child sex abuse by a church leader is permanent disqualification from the sacred office of pastor. To have a registered sex offender on church staff is a stumbling block for members of the church and community. The elders failed the church with this decision.

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  13. nmgirl: I hope many of the girls and young women in this church start looking back at their interactions with this perv. Hopefully they will see things in a new light.

    “We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.” –C. S. Lewis

    Some also have the illusion that a grown man preacher violating a child is just another slip-up sin like any other. No.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. What we know:

    1. It’s sin. Yes, but that’s only the beginning.
    2. It’s a felony crime. It requires s*x offender registration because it is a criminal abnormality that keeps on producing more victims.
    3. It’s a psychological disorder, hence the offender registration.
    4. It’s not normal, hence the offender registration requirement.
    5. Normal people don’t do this.
    6. Normal people don’t even think this way, don’t fantasize this, don’t entertain this via computer. Ever. Even the idea makes a normal person sick.
    7. To the normal person, even the thought of any grown-*ss adult going after any child for s*x is not only disgusting, disturbing, and just plain wrong, it is cringeworthy HORRIFYING and TERRIFYING. Sheer terror. NOT “playing around” or “hanky-panky” or “an organic moment” or “the kid was after me” or “the kid came on to me” or “the kid was flirtatious” or “the kid asked for / wanted it”. Normal people NEVER EVER think this way or talk this way.

    Church, STOP THE HORROR FILM perpetrated by an illusion happening right in your own places among your own people.

    A grown man preacher who has violated a minor is NOT normal. This is far beyond sin. Repentance with restitution (like Zacchaeus, the fruit of repentance) never addresses the sheer abnormality of this horrible psycho dysfunction. FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood’s research reveals that underlying fantasies always precede s*xual deviancy. There’s more to this behavior than what we see. Treating pedophilia as any other “sin” is a gross and highly uninformed mistake, IOW, delusional.

    Church, stop throwing 2-bit cheap grace shallow theology at a major psycho dysfunctional abnormal condition that is dangerous and damaging to the targeted vulnerable victims.

    Stop the illusion. Open up eyes to see reality.

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  14. I’m a parent from the Charlotte metro community, and my question is: How can the elders defend Don’s failure to register as a sex offender, as required by law, in the state of South Carolina for the 9 years he’s lived here? They have deemed their Pastor Don “restored to ministry” – so does that mean they are of the belief that their “discernment” trumps the requirements of the law?

    While I’m hopeful that the Elders of Eternal wake up and do the right thing here, I also hope that the State of South Carolina cracks down on him for illegally living in their state without registering. A quick google search reveals that failure to register has heavy consequences, from fines to more jail time.

    It appears that the Elders of Eternal are not equipped to protect their congregants from predators. I would also suggest that they are woefully uneducated about the extreme extent of harm sexual abuse crimes cause the victims. I would never allow my family to attend a church that has such blatant disrespect for the safety of their community.

    I saw on the local article linked on Facebook someone mentioned that one of the Elders is also a Fort Mill elementary school principal. If that is true, I’m even more disturbed by this group of “leaders” and their complete lack of wisdom as it pertains to Pastor Don Logan serving in a position of authority. Yuck.

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  15. Max: I don’t understand why a group of elders don’t get this!Child sex abuse by a church leader is permanent disqualification from the sacred office of pastor.To have a registered sex offender on church staff is a stumbling block for members of the church and community.The elders failed the church with this decision.

    Well said.

    A repentant person is forgiven by Jesus, with the punishment paid in full by Jesus’ Blood.

    However, that doesn’t mean that the forgiven person automatically gets to move on with their life as if nothing as happened, with no earthly consequences.

    Being a Christian minister means being responsible for people’s spiritual health. It’s a sensitive calling, a calling with a very high degree of responsibility.

    Not everyone is qualified to be a minister. Just because someone feels the desire to be a pastor or minister doesn’t automatically mean that they are qualified, and doesn’t automatically mean that God has called them to the ministry.

    Being a Christian leader should require a high standard of, and a strong personal reputation for, morality, integrity, and ethics.

    Certain crimes make a person disqualified from Christian ministry for life.

    One of those crimes is sexual abuse.

    While a person who genuinely repents of even the worst and most heinous crimes is forgiven by Jesus and washed clean by Jesus’ Blood, that doesn’t mean that every line of employment is still open to the forgiven sinner.

    If a convicted sex offender applies to be a police officer, their application will be rejected.

    If a convicted sex offender applies to be a school teacher, their application will be rejected.

    Even if they are sincerely repentant and a changed person, there are still earthly consequences for their actions.

    The right of children and other vulnerable people to be safe is a much higher priority than the “right” of a convicted sex offender to hold a certain job.

    The children, women, and other vulnerable people have a right to be safe.

    The convicted sex offender DOESN’T have right to be a police officer, or a teacher, or a Christian pastor.

    If the convicted sex offender was truly and sincerely repentant, he would understand this, and would not seek to serve as a Christian minister. Rather, a truly and sincerely repentant sex offender would seek to serve Jesus in other ways.

    This case reminds me of a previous case I read about on this website, where a convicted sex offender, upon being released from prison, immediately showed up at a megachurch and sought to work in the children’s ministry. That is NOT the behavior of a sincerely repentant person.

    A sincerely repentant person recognizes that their actions have consequences. For the most severe and heinous crimes, these consequences may be lifelong, such as being barred from certain forms of employment.

    In Heaven where there is no evil, these restrictions won’t exist.

    But here on earth, these restrictions on convicted sex offenders are needed to keep children, women, and other vulnerable people safe. Their safety is the highest priority.

    The “right” of convicted sex offenders to hold certain forms of employment is NOT a priority.

    Don Logan should do the right thing and resign from the pastorship. The elders that knew about his history but chose to hire him anyway should also resign, or be removed from office by the congregation along with Logan.

    As I said above, being a Christian minister should be a solemn, serious, and dignified profession, requiring ministers to have a reputation for strong morality, integrity, and ethics.

    Someone with a felony conviction for sexual abuse does NOT meet that standard.

    While there have always been problems with predators infiltrating the ministry (after all, we live in a fallen world), I feel that in many ways, the attention-seeking, jeans-and-sneakers-wearing dudebros have cheapened the concept of the terms “pastor”, “reverend”, “minister”, etc.

    These days there are churches with 25 year-old pastors (fresh out of Calvinist seminaries) and elders in their twenties, all eager to establish tin-pot empires in their churches and lord it over the lowly parishioners.

    There was a time when Christian leaders were expected to be solemn, serious, and dignified.

    Nowadays any clownish grifter such as Robert Morris or Mike Bickle or John MacArthur can set themselves up as a “pastor”, with no oversight or accountability.

    To be sure, as I mentioned above, there have always been problems with sex predators in ministry. I recently read that the deceased prominent Anglican bishop George Bell was exposed as a pedophile.

    I am certainly NOT claiming that everything used to be perfect in the past.

    Everyone knows how the Catholic Church, the Church of England, the Southern Baptist Convention, etc have been sweeping sexual abuse under the carpet and covering it up for a very long time.

    Having said that, I do think the celebrity dudebro pastor in jeans and sneakers phenomenon of the past 40 years or so has cheapened the idea of what a Christian leader should look like.

    We have gone from an era of serious people preaching serious sermons, to the current era where Mark Driscoll and Ed Young Junior rant at the pulpit, engage in cringeworthy publicity stunts, curry favor with the rich and powerful, and hawk “bestselling” gimmicky books which often contain bad advice.

    I don’t know whether this is simply an American phenomenon or whether it is present in other countries too.

    But I think that American Christianity needs to stop trying to be “cool” and “hip”, and start trying to emulate Jesus Christ and follow Jesus’ Teachings.

    And Jesus Christ is extremely clear that the safety and wellbeing of children, women, and vulnerable people is of utmost importance.

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  16. Ava Aaronson:

    Church, stop throwing 2-bit cheap grace shallow theology at a major psycho dysfunctional abnormal condition that is dangerous and damaging to the targeted vulnerable victims.

    Stop the illusion. Open up eyes to see reality.

    Very well said.

    The “oh, the pedophile pastor is forgiven, everything is fine, time to move on” mentality is not only dangerous, it is insulting to the victims.

    It makes light of the horrors that the victims were subjected to, and basically sends the message to the victims that “what happened to you isn’t a big deal, get over it.”

    In addition to protecting children from abuse, it should be a very high priority for the victims to feel that they are loved and cared about, and that the abuse they suffered is not being taken lightly or callously dismissed.

    Allowing sex offenders to be Christian ministers sends the wrong message to the victims, and makes them feel like the Christian community doesn’t care about them.

    It sends the message that it’s more important for the lofty pastor to be able to move on with his life and continue business as usual, than it is for the victims to receive justice.

    Even worse, it is likely to make victims incorrectly believe that since the Christian community doesn’t care about the victims, Jesus doesn’t care about them either.

    Of course that is TOTALLY and UTTERLY FALSE. Jesus absolutely loves and cares about the victims. Jesus would trade places with the victims in an instant, and suffer all the pain and trauma they suffer in their place. Jesus is above all a God who loves and cares for the downtrodden and mistreated.

    The tendency of the earthly Christian church to minimize and trivialize sexual abuse and cover it up is a grievous sin against God, because it is likely to lead the victims to incorrectly think that God doesn’t care about them, and thus walk away from God.

    I pray that all victims of sex abuse by “Christian” leaders will understand that these evil men (and the evil men who cover up their crimes) are NOT true Christians and do NOT represent Jesus Christ.

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  17. Max: Child sex abuse by a church leader is permanent disqualification from the sacred office of pastor.To have a registered sex offender on church staff is a stumbling block for members of the church and community.

    I wonder if the elders realize how bad it makes their church look?

    Do they really want to be known as “the church with a pedophile pastor”?

    Do they realize how bad this makes Christianity look to the general non-Christian public?

    It makes Christian churches look like institutions that don’t care about children’s safety and women’s safety.

    It makes Christian churches look like places where horrific crimes are excused, downplayed, and trivialized.

    Do we as Christians want to send the message to non-Christians that secular schools, police departments, hospitals, etc, take better care to vet their staff than Christian churches?

    It makes Christians look insensitive and uncaring toward victims of sexual abuse.

    It’s absolutely mind-boggling that the elders thought it was a good idea to hire this guy as pastor.

    They must live in some sort of bizarre bubble where they are totally out of touch with how the world works.

    It reminds me of the defenders of Robert Morris who have been attacking the victim and claiming (without evidence) that Morris is a changed man, and that he should be able to move forward and continue being pastor of Gateway.

    What planet are these people even living on???

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  18. anonmom: I saw on the local article linked on Facebook someone mentioned that one of the Elders is also a Fort Mill elementary school principal. If that is true, I’m even more disturbed by this group of “leaders” and their complete lack of wisdom as it pertains to Pastor Don Logan serving in a position of authority.

    Thank you for this information. Also, I hope people will continue to speak out against this foolishness on the part of the Eternal Church leadership.

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  19. dee,

    From what I’ve gathered through the years here at TWW, most of the stuff you expose, sex abuse, and just church abuse in general , seems to be confined to big EVA (evangelicalism), and independent church bodies run by autocrats.
    So far as I’ve heard and read, the protestant mainlines (Lutheran, Baptist, etc.) don’t suffer from this malaise like big EVA and the independents do.
    That’s not to say it doesn’t exist in the smaller outfits, but still, it would appear that it’s nowhere near what happens in big EVA.

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  20. “He said his actions which lead to his prison sentence were not “serious” since there is a wide spectrum in this “sort of thing.””
    Max,

    Their statement is beyond me.
    A grown man sexually abusing a teenage girl is not serious??? …..
    Something is seriously wrong with these elders!
    They all need to take a hike. I

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  21. Commenter23,

    “Allowing sex offenders to be Christian ministers sends the wrong message to the victims, and makes them feel like the Christian community doesn’t care about them.”
    +++++++++++++++

    i reckon at any given place at any given time, there are more sexual assault victims present than there are offenders.

    it must be absolutely horrifying for sexual assault victims in a church to have to regularly associate with and look at and listen to an offender as a pastor / leader.

    to knowingly install a pastor who is/was a sexual offender is an unconscionable thing for a church to do.

    or just plain stupid and lacking awareness in ridiculous proportion.

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  22. “The leaders examined his life over the past 20 years and believes he is above reproach”

    “Don has faithfully shared this event with every employer before being hired.”

    Don Logan’s employment history is shrouded in mystery. His Linked In profile has no information from the date he graduated with a BS from Cincinnati Bible College in 1989 until his job with Mission Frontiers starting August 2008. What was his job history from 1989 to 2008? Where was he working when he committed a sex felony against a 14 year old girl? Did he have any pastoral experience from 1989 to his conviction in 1997? Where did he work from his release from prison until 2008? Surely the permanent elders who hired him as their pastor can supply these details. Supposedly he agreed to relinquish his ministerial credentials in 1997. Where was he working as a minister? When did he start in ministry?

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  23. Commenter23: Just because someone feels the desire to be a pastor or minister doesn’t automatically mean that they are qualified, and doesn’t automatically mean that God has called them to the ministry.

    Exactly. “Going” into ministry as a career is a world of difference from being “called” into ministry. Those who sit under pastors who “prepared” for ministry vs. those with pastors “anointed” for ministry usually results in followers who are not instructed in the full counsel of God, who are not discerning enough to detect truth from error.

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  24. Commenter23: secular schools, police departments, hospitals, etc, take better care to vet their staff than Christian churches

    Indeed. Churches need to get over the trust factor … that a “pastor” can surely be trusted – after all, he is a pastor! Just take a walk back through years of TWW articles on countless churches which made that mistake, with scores of victims who were abuse by pastors they trusted and subsequently re-victimized by elders who defended them!

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  25. anonmom: I saw on the local article linked on Facebook someone mentioned that one of the Elders is also a Fort Mill elementary school principal.

    Amazing. I’m sure that principal wouldn’t allow a registered sex offender to teach in his school. Do students under his care at school attend Eternal Church? Do their parents know this?

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  26. I attended the 9 am service. They dismissed the middle and high school students due to adult content. Pastor Don will not be preaching until September because of the stress he has been dealing with. The elders apologized for not preparing better for the day that Don’s conviction would be revealed (not for calling a child sex offender to lead the church).

    Two ovations, no weeping or gnashing of teeth.

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  27. Dale Rudiger: they demonized the Internet and social media

    So did Robert Morris:

    “I have to say this, um, I’m really concerned about how much time people spend on the Internet. I’m extremely concerned about it. Extremely concerned about it; here’s one thing, just even the blogs that mention Christian leaders, and I’m one of ‘em. Praise the Lord, I’ve made the Satan, Satan’s hit list now you know …”

    The world knows now why Mr. Morris didn’t want his congregation reading Christian watchblogs! Same thing may be going on at Eternal Church … church leaders have been exposed for making a really bad staff decision and they don’t like all the coverage, it reflects on their leadership.

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  28. Dale Rudiger,

    Dale is just a liberal who attended the liberal woke university of Rochester. The service is posted online buddy you don’t need to lie about what you sat in. Why would you drive over 30 min away from charlotte to go to church. You’re a planted woke liberal trying to destroy any church you don’t agree fully with. Don’t go back to that church if you have such a problem. Such a hypocrite.

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  29. Smith smith,

    We know about Dale. So you are one of the elders? Or the church pastor with a predator pedophile record, hopefully now lawfully registered as a sex offender?

    Here’s a mom from the area with high hopes for the church elders to wake up and prioritize children in an institution that engages and serves families:

    anonmom: I’m a parent from the Charlotte metro community, and my question is: How can the elders defend Don’s failure to register as a sex offender, as required by law, in the state of South Carolina for the 9 years he’s lived here? They have deemed their Pastor Don “restored to ministry” – so does that mean they are of the belief that their “discernment” trumps the requirements of the law?

    While I’m hopeful that the Elders of Eternal wake up and do the right thing here, I also hope that the State of South Carolina cracks down on him for illegally living in their state without registering. A quick google search reveals that failure to register has heavy consequences, from fines to more jail time.

    It appears that the Elders of Eternal are not equipped to protect their congregants from predators. I would also suggest that they are woefully uneducated about the extreme extent of harm sexual abuse crimes cause the victims. I would never allow my family to attend a church that has such blatant disrespect for the safety of their community.

    Churches that want to employ and pay registered sex offenders as their pastors apparently have every right to do so in our freedom of religion society, lawfully, hopefully openly. There are employments that are prohibited: teaching, counseling, medicine, law enforcement. With good reason (scientific fact, for example Roy Hazelwood’s and Andrew Denney’s research).

    Faith and science work together harmoniously, as God is the Creator (revealed faith truth) of the Universe (observable science truth).

    Thank God He offers salvation to all. Thank God He never calls predatory pedophile sex offenders as pastors. Even the fields of education, medicine, counseling, and law enforcement know this, which is the kind of educated woke that we need in our communities for the safety of children, the safety of all.

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  30. Ava Aaronson:
    Smith smith,

    We know about Dale. So you are one of the elders? Or the church pastor with a predator pedophile record, hopefully now lawfully registered as a sex offender?

    Here’s a mom from the area with high hopes for the church elders to wake up and prioritize children in an institution that engages and serves families:

    Churches that want to employ and pay registered sex offenders as their pastors apparently have every right to do so in our freedom of religion society, lawfully, hopefully openly. There are employments that are prohibited: teaching, counseling, medicine, law enforcement. With good reason (scientific fact, for example Roy Hazelwood’s and Andrew Denney’s research).

    Faith and science work together harmoniously, as God is the Creator (revealed faith truth) of the Universe (observable science truth).

    Thank God He offers salvation to all. Thank God He never calls predatory pedophile sex offenders as pastors. Even the fields of education, medicine, counseling, and law enforcement know this, which is the kind of educated woke that we need in our communities for the safety of children, the safety of all.

    No I am actually not a member at all. I follow Dee’s post making sure online bullying and false information isn’t being given( as dale just did).

    Ava Aaronson:
    Smith smith,

    We know about Dale. So you are one of the elders? Or the church pastor with a predator pedophile record, hopefully now lawfully registered as a sex offender?

    Here’s a mom from the area with high hopes for the church elders to wake up and prioritize children in an institution that engages and serves families:

    Churches that want to employ and pay registered sex offenders as their pastors apparently have every right to do so in our freedom of religion society, lawfully, hopefully openly. There are employments that are prohibited: teaching, counseling, medicine, law enforcement. With good reason (scientific fact, for example Roy Hazelwood’s and Andrew Denney’s research).

    Faith and science work together harmoniously, as God is the Creator (revealed faith truth) of the Universe (observable science truth).

    Thank God He offers salvation to all. Thank God He never calls predatory pedophile sex offenders as pastors. Even the fields of education, medicine, counseling, and law enforcement know this, which is the kind of educated woke that we need in our communities for the safety of children, the safety of all.

    Actually no I am not a member of this church. I have been reading all of Dee post about diff things and diff churches. I feel like there are so many people that lie and bully and say false things with out having any facts. Their are many people in the Bible that were sinners and God still used them as leaders. King David ? Dale you might “know” lied about what he said he said. So I feel it is right to call out liars on this page as well. Stop being one side and online bullies. There are Only one sided opinions on this page so you all feel powerful yet satan has a great hold of this page.

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  31. Ava Aaronson,
    Hmm very strange my comment was taken down? Because I called out lying ? I called out misinformation? This is controlled by dee. Well what I said was I am not a member. I was told some time ago about Dee and what she calls her “work” but I guess her work is taking down post that don’t agree to hers. This website would be more trustworthy if they called out the lies and bullying but it doesn’t. So I felt like I needed to call out the lying of Dale and all the online bullying. One day you will come face to face with the Lord and he is the one who will judge you.

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  32. Smith smith,
    Anyone who objects to having a convicted sex abuser (who fails to register on a sex offender list, as required by law) lead a church is a woke liberal (what ever that is )….???

    So, I assume you would consider it to be an honor to have a convicted felon sexual abuser leading your church??? How many other types of convicted crimainal felons would would grant positions of spiritual power and leadership to, teaching and guiding our next generation…….. embezzlers, arsonists, drug dealers, murderers….???

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  33. Smith smith,

    Your post probably just took time to be approved if you are a new commenter. Read the rules before coming on here to simply try to belittle someone you disagree with on politics it seems. Dale doesn’t seem to have broken the law while you and your church hired and support a sexual abuser as your leader. Is being of a liberal mind worse than supporting a convicted child sex abuser?

    Stop with the liberal and woke nonsense. It seems you need to become woke in a few areas yourself if you want to understand abusers and their victims.

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  34. Smith smith,

    I am in fact a Rochester Yellowjacket, class of ’78 (BA Economics) and ’79 (MBA Public Accounting). Ran Track and Cross Country for five years.

    I stayed for both services. I had a chance encounter after the first service with Josh, the Pastor of Families. We chit chatted and I mentioned that I was there to get an eyewitness report. I mentioned TWW and he said that the “press” shouldn’t be at the worship service, and advised me to go to the media section of the church website to get information. He said I was not to “interview” anyone, and that the church was “private property” — a little concerning to me, since we were about five feet from three police officers 🙁

    So I waited around for the second service. At the end of the service we were asked to form into small groups to pray. I awkwardly did this with a couple in the first service and was the only one to pray. I prayed that the elders would repent of their hiring and covering for a child sex offender. Then I prayed for Julie Sale who has been blamed for bringing this abomination into the light.

    At the end of the second service when it came to prayer time, I politely declined once and then a second time when another man tapped me on the shoulder. This led to a 45 minute discussion with a member.

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  35. Smith smith:
    Dale Rudiger,

    Dale is just a liberal who attended the liberal woke university of Rochester. The service is posted online buddy you don’t need to lie about what you sat in. Why would you drive over 30 min away from charlotte to go to church. You’re a planted woke liberal trying to destroy any church you don’t agree fully with. Don’t go back to that church if you have such a problem. Such a hypocrite.

    One of my best friends in college was a running buddy we called “Smitty.” He went to graduate school at Chapel Hill and is responsible for me ending up transferring from frigid Rochester to sunny NC. When I first read your comment I thought maybe Smitty somehow noticed this blog and was giving me a tongue-in-cheek ribbing. Now Smitty IS woke! He is a professor of Sociology in California. I visited him back in ’84 and helped him put up Mondale posters.

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  36. Smith smith: One day you will come face to face with the Lord and he is the one who will judge you.

    That is true. In the meantime, Christians are called to judge those within the church while they live on this earth:

    “What business is it of mine to judge outsiders (non-believers)? Do you not judge those who are within the church [to protect the church as the situation requires]?” (1 Corinthians 5:12 AMP)

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  37. Smith smith: trying to destroy any church you don’t agree fully with. Don’t go back to that church if you have such a problem. Such a hypocrite.

    I assume you saw the sermon, Smith smith? If so, you would have seen the passage about the body being made up of many members. These folks are my spiritual brothers and sisters. Also, a good friend is an elder at the church. In my 45 minute discussion after the second service I was asked if I was trying to hurt the church. I gave the example of a person going to a doctor with a skin infection. The elders at this church are my family. They have sinned grievously. This festering boil that has now been exposed needs to be lanced for healing to occur. Julie Sale, TWW and many others who love the church are willing to stand for truth on behalf of our extended church family.

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  38. Smith smith: Because I called out lying ?

    Calling out lying or misinformation about Christian Leaders’ credentials (what leaders tell or fail to tell about themselves) is a regular occurrence at TWW:

    Ravi Zacharias
    Robert Morris
    Don Logan
    Mark Booker

    … to name a few.

    There’s a reason some Christian Leaders want to ghost each “calling out.” It’s in their best interest. But not knowing the truth about leaders sure doesn’t help the rest of us.

    We can choose to have a predatory pedophile as our pastor, sure. In any case, it’s good to know, and then make an informed choice.

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  39. Bridget: Smith smith,

    Your post probably just took time to be approved if you are a new commenter.

    And a lot of New Commenters come out of the woodwork like Flying Monkeys doing a drive-by.
    Never to be seen before, never to be heard from again.
    Only screaming and denouncing the whistleblowers like Pastor Pedo’s good little lapdogs.
    Happens every time a ManaGAWD comes under Scrutiny instead of Flattery.

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  40. Headless Unicorn Guy: Happens every time a ManaGAWD comes under Scrutiny instead of Flattery.

    Every ManaGAWD has his ManaGAUZE to bandage over, dress up, and provide cover as the truth comes out. It’s dirty work, though, as the wound festers, the infection spreads and grows, all the while pumping toxins throughout the body.

    The word bully was mentioned above. It seems truth is a bully to the cover-ups and misinformation.

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  41. Muff Potter:
    dee,

    From what I’ve gathered through the years here at TWW, most of the stuff you expose, sex abuse, and just church abuse in general , seems to be confined to big EVA (evangelicalism), and independent church bodies run by autocrats.
    So far as I’ve heard and read, the protestant mainlines (Lutheran, Baptist, etc.) don’t suffer from this malaise like big EVA and the independents do.
    That’s not to say it doesn’t exist in the smaller outfits, but still, it would appear that it’s nowhere near what happens in big EVA.

    Unfortunately the problem of sexual abuse is not limited to evangelical churches.

    Wherever an institution prioritizes its own selfish interests and its own success over the safety and wellbeing of tis members, that creates an environment where evil thrives.

    The Roman Catholic Church has been exposed over the past 25 years or so as having a huge problem with sexual abuse of children.

    And as I mentioned in my post above, the Church of England has recently been experiencing this sort of exposure as well. For decades, the Church of England swept the abuse of children under the carpet, and now the truth is finally coming out. In 2015, Bishop Peter Ball, a friend of Prince Charles, was convicted of pedophilia. The prominent Anglican Bishop George Bell was also exposed as a pedophile. In some cases these offenders had previously been questioned by the police, but they were never arrested due to their status. For example, Anglican Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, upon being interviewed by police, downplayed his abuse of little boys as “just pinching their bottoms.” Of course, it’s very common for pedophiles to narcissistically try to gaslight the victims into believing that they (the victims) are wrong for “making a big deal” out of being abused. Huddleston was unfortunately never prosecuted, after the Director of Public Prosecutions declined to press charges.

    The evangelical Protestant churches liked to claim that they were more transparent and thus free from the plague of sexual abuse. However, as the cases of people such as Robert Morris, Mike Bickle, and many others have revealed, the opposite is true. Instead of being immune from sexual abuse, evangelical churches are often plagued by it, in large part because these churches tend to be independent standalone institutions where the Big Boss pastor rules the roost, with no accountability or oversight. Combine that with the obsession that many evangelical churches have for controlling their members, along with the insatiable lust for wealth and fame and power that most megachurch pastors have, and it results in the situation that corporate evangelical Christianity Inc is in today, where sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, and other horrific behavior is rife.

    It does seem like certain denominations in the USA (Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc) seem to be less affected by the plague of sexual abuse that has been exposed in other denominations and in evangelical churches.

    I am not sure why that is. Maybe the Lutherans, Presbyterians, etc have more transparency and better accountability mechanisms in place? Are these denominations vetting their clergy more carefully? Do these denominations tend to be humbler and more open, and less likely to cover things up? Or are these denominations less enticing to pedophiles and other predators for some reason? Or maybe some combination of these factors? I don’t know.

    It’s also possible that those denominations have sexual abuse problems just like other denominations, but the scandal has not yet been exposed.

    Prior to around 2000 or 2005, the widespread abuse of children within the Catholic Church was not widely known among the public, because the Catholic leaders had been able to cover it up.

    It’s possible that the denominations which have so far not been revealed to have a big sexual abuse problem, simply have been able to cover it up, and the truth has not yet come to light.

    It’s also possible that these denominations are doing something different, which has made it more difficult for pedophiles to infiltrate their churches.

    It’s a very interesting question, and one that merits investigation.

    IF certain denominations such as the Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, etc are doing something different that has prevented sexual abuse from being pervasive in their churches, then it would be useful for other denominations to learn from it.

    As far as I know, the Eastern Orthodox denominations have not had many sexual abuse scandals either. Maybe they are doing something different to prevent it, that evangelical churches, the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, etc can learn from.

    Or maybe the Eastern Orthodox churches have been able to cover it up so far? Or maybe there have been scandals but I am just not aware of them.

    I don’t know, but it’s a very interesting question.

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  42. I saw these two polar opposites comments on the Fort Mill Sun article. The elders have sided with the first one, and say that those with the second opinion “need healing”:

    1) Pastor Don has acknowledged his past mistakes and sins, and through turning away from them, God has healed his heart and soul. Now, he maintains a genuine relationship with God. Everyone has a history of sin or failure; not many can claim they don’t. When a pastor can relate to others’ struggles because they have faced their own deep challenges and have overcome them, they can deliver messages that truly resonate and heal hearts. I will stand by Pastor Don and his family, and reject the lack of forgiveness some people feel. It’s often rooted in ego and inexperience with their own sins and failures. Thank you, Pastor Don, for heeding God’s call and sharing His word so effectively.

    2) I’m shocked by this whole situation. We have been attending and were considering joining. This is not a person who was unaware of God, went to jail and then became a Christian. He used his position to take sexual advantage of a minor. This should permanently disqualify him from having access to children or anyone vulnerable. Yes the Bible and God calls us to forgive and not judge. So let him attend church and find a career where he can’t use his position to take advantage of someone again. They hid this from the voting members when he was hired, they minimized it today in the message to the church and they are not even considering the victim in all of this. His crime is not victimless, the same as if a teacher did this they would no longer be teaching. This type of abuse is done in the dark so the church elders cannot be certain of anything regarding his ongoing actions. Thank God there are brave people coming forward sharing this information.

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  43. Headless Unicorn Guy:
    Only screaming and denouncing the whistleblowers like Pastor Pedo’s good little lapdogs.
    Happens every time a ManaGAWD comes under Scrutiny instead of Flattery.

    I have seen this in the comments on other Christian websites too.

    Whenever a famous pastor is exposed as a predator, a bunch of creeps emerge from the woodwork to defend him.

    These creepy commenters have been attacking Cindy (the victim of Robert Morris), claiming that “it’s been 30 years, she needs to get over it” and “she’s making the church look bad” and “Morris is just human, he’s not perfect, he made a mistake” and similar repulsive pedophile apologist arguments.

    I don’t know whether these commenters are the offending pastors themselves, or other pedophiles who feel the need to defend their fellow pedophiles, or people who sympathize with pedophiles.

    But it’s truly disgusting and repulsive.

    And it’s horrifying that there are people who think that pedophilia and rape are not a big deal.

    There are some sick people out there.

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  44. Dale Rudiger: Julie Sale, TWW and many others who love the church are willing to stand for truth on behalf of our extended church family.

    It continues to amaze me how many churchgoers don’t realize that there is only one Church … it’s called the Body of Christ. Not every church is ‘the’ Church, not every christian is Christian … but embedded in every church are genuine Christians who grieve when these things happen. And when these things happen in the extended church family, those “willing to stand for truth” throughout the Body of Christ should speak into the error in an attempt to protect God’s design for His Church to be pure and holy. We simply cannot continue to lower the standard for church leadership.

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  45. Dale Rudiger:
    I attended the 9 am service. They dismissed the middle and high school students due to adult content. Pastor Don will not be preaching until September because of the stress he has been dealing with. The elders apologized for not preparing better for the day that Don’s conviction would be revealed (not for calling a child sex offender to lead the church).

    The arrogance and lack of repentance is breath-taking.

    These elders reveal their dishonest and lack of integrity by saying that they wish they had prepared for the day that Logan’s conviction would be revealed.

    So they don’t regret hiring the pedophile to lead the church, and they don’t regret concealing it from the congregation. They only regret not preparing to manage the fallout after the truth was revealed to everyone by outsiders.

    The elders obviously made an intentional decision to conceal from their congregants that the pastor, the leader of the church, is a convicted pedophile.

    It took outsiders to reveal this fact to the church members, who still wouldn’t know that their pastor is a sex offender if they elders had their way.

    I wonder how the church members feel about this. How do the fathers and mothers feel, knowing that their elders have been concealing the pastor’s pedophilia conviction the whole time he has been leading their church?

    Personally I would be livid at the elders.

    The elders had better hope that Logan hasn’t abused anyone at the church after they hired him and concealed his conviction from the congregation. Because if he has, they will probably be civilly (if not criminally) liable.

    I would also like to point out that the name “Eternal Church” seems pompous, pretentious, and blasphemous.

    Only the Body of Christ is the Eternal Church, with Jesus Christ as Pastor.

    Calling themselves “eternal church” reeks of arrogance. The Eternal Church is in Heaven, not in Fort Mill South Carolina.

    In other news, this article just hit the local press: https://www.fortmillsun.com/2024/07/07/fort-mill-pastor-taking-time-to-rest-after-sex-offense-revelation/

    It seems that Logan needs some time to rest after the stress of the past few days.

    Logan and his wife released the following statement: “We are taking time to heal and seek emotional restoration and peace while we discern if we can bear the cost of continued ministry for me, my family and the church.”

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  46. Smith smith:
    Dale Rudiger,

    Dale is just a liberal who attended the liberal woke university of Rochester.

    Oh no! Not the University of Rochester! Anything but that! [Eye roll]

    How is where he went to college in any way relevant?

    What a bizarre insult: “He attended the University of Rochester! Don’t take him seriously!”

    Is that the best you can do to distract from the issue at hand?

    Smith smith:
    Ava Aaronson,
    One day you will come face to face with the Lord and he is the one who will judge you.

    Everyone should be aware that this is a typical gaslighting tactic used by abusers and manipulators who claim to be “Christian.”

    I have seen this countless times online.

    The manipulator tries to intimidate those with whom he disagrees, by saying or implying the threat: “God is going to send you to hell”.

    It’s very clearly an attempt to gaslight and frighten God-fearing Christians into supporting whatever the manipulator says. After all, no God-fearing person wants to be sent to hell, so the manipulator hopes that by threatening “God will send you to hell”, people will be intimidated.

    It’s textbook gaslighting, and it’s very common in online Christian forums.

    On another forum, one guy even told me that God gave him the power to strike people down, and that God will kill me (!) because I disagreed with him on a theological issue.

    Don’t let these manipulators intimidate or frighten you from standing up for what’s right.

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  47. Sorry for posting so many comments today, but I just had to comment on this gem from one of the elders at eternal church:

    “I have a hard time with these societal Scarlet letters that people put on (them.) It breaks my heart that the laws in this state are such that Don had go and register with the State of South Carolina. I hate it. I don’t like what it was done to his family, I don’t like the way it has hurt my brother and sister, and to see it used against them,” he said. “This has always been fully adjudicated in the legal system, it was in public record. It was Don’s story to share. …”

    https://www.fortmillsun.com/2024/07/07/fort-mill-pastor-taking-time-to-rest-after-sex-offense-revelation/

    That’s an actual quote from one of the elders, named Lorne James. It “breaks his heart” that South Carolina has a sex offender registry. He “hates it” that there is a sex offender registry in South Carolina, and he clearly wishes it didn’t exist. Lorne is angry that the sex offender registration requirement has caused “hurt” to the sex offender and his family.

    And notice that he says “it was Don’s story to share.”

    Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable.

    Notice that he didn’t say a single word about the 14 year-old victim that Logan raped, and the hurt that she has had to suffer every day of her life ever since he raped her.

    Nope, he’s only concerned about the pedophile’s feelings. Lorne James says that he “hates” the sex offender registry, because it has caused pain to the rapist. Lorne James wishes that South Carolina didn’t have sex offender registration laws. He says he “hates” these laws, because they cause “hurt” to the sex offenders.

    And Lorne James says that the sex offense is “Don’s story to share.”

    Um, no Lorne James, you callous insensitive monster.

    The story is the VICTIM’s story to share. And it’s the story to share for anyone and everyone who is concerned about the safety of the children at your church, which obviously is not something you are concerned about.

    It is absolutely shocking and scandalous that an individual with these pro-pedophile views is the elder of a church.

    Lorne James openly says that he “hates” the sex offender registry, because it causes “hurt” to the sex offenders.

    Absolutely disgusting.

    Readers might be interested to know that Lorne James is the owner of a water damage restoration business called “James Restoration”, which services the Fort Mill and greater Charlotte area.

    I will not include a link to his business website here, because I don’t know whether it is against the rules.

    But it can be found easily by Googling.

    I strongly encourage anyone in the Fort Mill/Charlotte area who cares about children to BOYCOTT Lorne James’ restoration business, unless you like having your water damage repaired by a guy who openly sympathizes with pedophiles and wants to abolish the sex offender registry.

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  48. Former Boston Girl: Just a thought. Nothing scientific to back it up. Could it be that the mainline denominations (ELCA, UCC, PCUSA, UMC) welcome women clergy and elders? I know women offend but those that don’t might be less tolerant of child abuse in their churches.

    Interesting.

    Andrew Denney’s research is revealing the demographics of clergy sexual abuse. Most abusers are adult men, in a broad age range. Victims are by and large women and girls, with some minor boys.

    The more we have women’s voices at the Communion table, the more exposure and prevention, obviously. That table, as instituted by Jesus, is round with level chairs. There’s neither a podium, nor a throne, nor an altar. The floor is level, and the chairs are nondescript, identical.

    The watchbloggers are predominantly women, hence, “Daughters of Stan.” (Stan must be a great guy to have such noble daughters.)

    However, here at TWW, at least, are regular guy commentors, stalwart and well-spoken: Muff, Max, Jeffrey Chalmers, HUG, Wade, etc. If I’ve left you out, please respond to this comment and add your name, all in, like these other guys. Good company, one and all.

    Dee, you bring together a crowd of wonderful people that “get it.” God bless. ❤

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  49. Ava Aaronson: However, here at TWW, at least, are regular guy commentors, stalwart and well-spoken: Muff, Max, Jeffrey Chalmers, HUG, Wade, etc. If I’ve left you out, please respond to this comment and add your name, all in, like these other guys. Good company, one and all.

    And Dale, obviously. Good work on this case. The Body of Christ needs more of this type of follow-up.

    People can choose to hire and mingle with whatever types of pastors and elders they prefer in freedom. Freedom of information promotes wise, informed choices. The more intel, the better tne chances of making excellent choices with the most long lasting positive results.

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  50. The first speaker said that some of the sheep have asked the elders four questions:

    1) Was trust broken?
    2) Can trust be restored?
    3) Is Pastor Don qualified to continue preaching?
    4) Are the elders qualified to continue to lead?

    He said that there was not enough time to answer these questions. But then they proceeded to answer each one.

    Yes, trust was broken. They apologized to the church for not being “proactive” in convincing the church and the world that hiring a convicted child sex offender is not bad but rather a testimony of God’s grace.

    Yes, trust can be restored by “leaning in to Jesus and the gospel” (the congregation responded wit hearty amens)

    Yes, Pastor Don is qualified to continue preaching: “First, in multiple occasions we have affirmed the Lord’s call ten years ago to be the teaching pastor of Eternal and have affirmed that continued call on his life.” And they gave him PTO into at least September.

    Yes, the elders are qualified to lead. All the wicked naysayers are wrong; they don’t understand grace. Those who disagree need spiritual healing. We will not continue to respond to queries like “an endless game of whack-a-mole.”

    Not to be outdone, the second speaker confirmed that the hiring of the sex offender and his continued ministry was done without voting or input from the members. But this was okay because it is the elders job to lead. Then he does exquisite sin leveling (looking back 25 years who wouldn’t have dirty laundry). He uses church growth as confirmation of their decision to hire. He then blame shifts by attacking social media and Satan. In an excited voice he decides to bind Satan from hurting the congregation in the future. And then, incredibly, he says to those members who question them, “I can’t drag people along where they don’t want to go.”

    Re-listening to the unbridled hubris of today’s performance is heart wrenching.

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  51. Is a church in the USA a private enterprise with a public community presence?

    Does the pastor ask everyone, the public, for money, for his personal paycheck?

    Is this same pastor transparent about his use of his collections of money? Do donors have a right to know?

    Are the attendees dealing with felons in leadership? Do attendees even know who they are dealing with? Do they have a right to know?

    Public figures (such as pastors), and the people who put them in place (elders), at least in theory, have a responsibility to the public.

    There are specific laws directed to situations of being a public figure.

    “In the United States, public figures must prove ‘actual malice’ to win a defamation lawsuit based on slander or libel (spoken or written defamation). This means that the person who made the statement either knew it was false or acted with reckless disregard for the truth. Public figures must also show that they suffered a direct monetary loss as a result of the [false] statement.

    “The Supreme Court ruled that this higher burden of proof is required by the First Amendment to ensure uninhibited debate on public issues. Private figures, on the other hand, only need to prove that the information was incorrect [false] and caused harm.”

    I believe Dee knows more about these laws than the rest of us. And she has legal counsel for TWW.

    In these cases of predatory pedophile pastors, there is no misinformation. They have public records and they are public figures.

    The question is: What do the donors know? Are they able to make informed decisions, for donating, for participating, for getting family members involved?

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  52. Dale Rudiger,

    If you know these elder’s names, perhaps you should try looking back 25 years on them to find out if they are also closet convicted felons.
    Their statements defending their pastor-criminal felon while nary a word for his victim certainly makes me wonder.

    They are standing strong for a felony child sexual abuser —— surely some of them have daughters and/or granddaughters. Do they have that little concern for the safety of their own families?

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  53. Dale Rudiger:
    The first speaker said that some of the sheep have asked the elders four questions:

    1) Was trust broken?
    2) Can trust be restored?
    3) Is Pastor Don qualified to continue preaching?
    4) Are the elders qualified to continue to lead?

    He said that there was not enough time to answer these questions. But then they proceeded to answer each one.

    Yes, trust was broken. They apologized to the church for not being “proactive” in convincing the church and the world that hiring a convicted child sex offender is not bad but rather a testimony of God’s grace.

    Yes, trust can be restored by “leaning in to Jesus and the gospel” (the congregation responded wit hearty amens)

    Yes, Pastor Don is qualified to continue preaching: “First, in multiple occasions we have affirmed the Lord’s call ten years ago to be the teaching pastor of Eternal and have affirmed that continued call on his life.” And they gave him PTO into at least September.

    Yes, the elders are qualified to lead. All the wicked naysayers are wrong; they don’t understand grace. Those who disagree need spiritual healing. We will not continue to respond to queries like “an endless game of whack-a-mole.”

    Not to be outdone, the second speaker confirmed that the hiring of the sex offender and his continued ministry was done without voting or input from the members. But this was okay because it is the elders job to lead. Then he does exquisite sin leveling (looking back 25 years who wouldn’t have dirty laundry). He uses church growth as confirmation of their decision to hire. He then blame shifts by attacking social media and Satan. In an excited voice he decides to bind Satan from hurting the congregation in the future. And then, incredibly, he says to those members who question them, “I can’t drag people along where they don’t want to go.”

    Re-listening to the unbridled hubris of today’s performance is heart wrenching.

    Dale Rudiger:

    I just visited the Eternal website and clicked on “most recent sermon.” I got the message “Uh oh something went wrong. Looks like what you’re looking for floated away.” Glad I took my tape recorder.

    I listened to the 11AM service and I took a lot of notes. So many, I realized I need to respond to the sermon. My guess is that some folks from the church are now aware of TWW and my response may get back to the elders.

    The elders tried but still failed to addresss the underlying problems.I appreciate their apology but I heard nothing about anyone stepping down due to this egregious omission of Logan’s felony. However, they are worried enough that they told him to take a break with pay until 9/1. They are sufficiently worried that they told him to hide out and let the dust settle. Their train took a little detour and it look like the Book of Samuels will not suffic.e

    They are going for the “gospel.” And as they say in the princess bride: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

    I have so many posts backed up and I need to get to them but I need to respond.

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  54. Dale Rudiger: the hiring of the sex offender and his continued ministry was done without voting or input from the members. But this was okay because it is the elders job to lead

    Herein lies the problem with elder-rule polity. Congregational governance is the Biblical model. “Brothers and sisters, select men who have a good reputation for this duty” (Acts 6:3). The congregation selected church leaders; they examined candidates to see if they had a “good report”.

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  55. Nancy2(aka Kevlar): If you know these elder’s names, perhaps you should try looking back 25 years on them to find out if they are also closet convicted felons.
    Their statements defending their pastor-criminal felon while nary a word for his victim certainly makes me wonder.

    They are standing strong for a felony child sexual abuser —— surely some of them have daughters and/or granddaughters. Do they have that little concern for the safety of their own families?

    Or, they’ve been groomed. It’s how cults work. The nicest people are groomed into crucifying Jesus while setting Barabbas free. Nothing new about that.

    Way before Christ, they built a golden calf and danced around it while Moses met with God Himself at Mount Sinai. Even earlier, a whole family of brothers sold the youngest into slavery. And before that, there was a group that built a Tower called Babel. On and on, the groups or mobs applauding evil with standing ovation.

    One day, the Ark or the rescue will be obedience to God’s voice, not the mob. A remnant will listen to and follow Jesus. A remnant. Be ready.

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  56. Dale Rudiger: All the wicked naysayers are wrong; they don’t understand grace. Those who disagree need spiritual healing.

    Here we go again. Church leaders attempting to deflect the responsibility for their mess onto those who are trying to help. Those who comment regularly on TWW not only understand grace, they also understand disgrace and deception. Spiritual healing is indeed needed here, but the elders are too close to the situation to realize that they are the ones in need of that remedy. Of course, they must be right in their eyes because they got a standing ovation today.

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  57. “Dawn Harrington said her family had been attending Eternal and were considering joining. She said Pastor Don is not a person who was unaware of God, went to jail and then became a Christian.

    “He used his position to take sexual advantage of a minor. This should permanently disqualify him from having access to children or anyone vulnerable,” Harrington said. “Yes the Bible and God calls us to forgive and not judge. So let him attend church and find a career where he can’t use his position to take advantage of someone again. They hid this from the voting members when he was hired, they minimized it today in the message to the church and they are not even considering the victim in all of this.””

    https://www.fortmillsun.com/2024/07/07/fort-mill-pastor-taking-time-to-rest-after-sex-offense-revelation/

    Mrs. Harrington speaks exactly to the concern of those who comment regularly on TWW. We’ve seen this situation many times before. Church leaders run to the side of the abuser, with little to no mention of the victim, and only a “trust us” defense as to why the congregation was not adequately informed. Forgive Mr. Logan if he has genuinely repented? Certainly. Restore him to ministry? Absolutely not. Child sex abuse should permanently disqualify a man from Christian ministry. There are other places to serve in the Body of Christ.

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  58. I just got caught up on all of this, and the most disgusting, dare I say depraved, is the elder hating the public listing of sex offenders…….
    Sacrifice our children because these “ men of God” can determine who is “healed” of being a pedo??? The reason for these lists is so parents, and good citizens to protect our kids!!!!
    Ahhhhhh

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  59. From Dee’s post:

    “I do not believe that any pastor who violated his vows in order to assault an underage teen female should be serving as a pastor in any church.”

    I agree. So do all experts and researchers in the fields of education, social work, counseling, medicine, and law enforcement.

    We do not walk into church but park our brains and all fields of research at the door.

    Faith never defies reason. The sex offender registries are based on research.

    If people in charge, such as church elders and Christian parents, risk the innocence of vulnerable targets (children) to support predatory pedophile pastors, good luck when you get sued for negligence from victims.

    Apparently, a church can legally hire a registered offender predator pedophile as pastor. They can also be sued for damages. In all other fields with access to minors, a predatory pedophile loses their professional license forever and they are denied access.

    These churches with predator pedophile pastors are completely indifferent to research and child welfare in education, medicine, counseling, social work, and law enforcement. See y’all in Court.

    Anyone on a Board knows that when the org or institution goes awry, board members can be individually and personally sued.

    We are post Weinstein, Epstein, Cosby, and Matt Lauer, as well as Hybels, Bickle, Morris, RZ, and a host of others, including priests, pastors, missionaries and youth workers.

    Jeff Anderson and Associates skillfully represents victims. Church Elders and parents can be indifferent to the law, but the law will find them.

    Hiring and supporting a predatory pedophile pastor makes the supporters complicit, not just some day in Heaven, but also some day in a Court of law. Good luck with that. With sex offender registries in place, there are no excuses, none of this, “but we didn’t know any better.”

    Yes, we do know better.

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  60. Ava Aaronson: Hiring and supporting a predatory pedophile pastor makes the supporters complicit, not just some day in Heaven, but also some day in a Court of law. Good luck with that. With sex offender registries in place, there are no excuses, none of this, “but we didn’t know any better.”

    Yes, we do know better.

    Apparently, the insurance companies know better than to support a registered sex offender predatory pedophile pastor, too:

    “More than two years after former teaching pastor Bruxy Cavey resigned from one of Canada’s largest megachurches amid allegations of sexual misconduct, The Meeting House has temporarily paused operations because no insurance company wants to cover its abuse liability or employment practices liability insurance.”

    The Meeting House is no longer meeting. Their buildings stand empty. Dropped by their insurance.

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  61. Jeffrey Chalmers: the elder hating the public listing of sex offenders…….

    The list is a public service, which apparently this removed from reality Dear Elder doesn’t get.

    The insurance companies don’t hate it. Neither do the lawyers.

    Whatever happens now, that elder is complicit, as a matter of public record.

    That elder is also a fool. As are all the others supporting the predator pedophile pastor, on record.

    When the insurance companies drop the church, and victims’ lawyers go after them, there’s nowhere to hide.

    On the other hand, if they come to their senses about what they’ve signed up for, their liability, and switch gears, they can forever thank Dee, the Daughters of Stan, and TWW for saving their hides.

    “You’re welcome.”

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  62. Former Boston Girl:
    Commenter23,

    Just a thought. Nothing scientific to back it up. Could it be that the mainline denominations (ELCA, UCC, PCUSA, UMC) welcome women clergy and elders? I know women offend but those that don’t might be less tolerant of child abuse in their churches.

    That is a very good point. Women are also much more likely to have been victims of sexual assault themselves, so as you point out women are more likely to take a hard line on sexual abuse, rather than sweeping it under the carpet because the offender is “one of the good old boys.”

    As a man (and also a survivor of sexual abuse), I think a lot of men have a hard time relating to sexual abuse victims and often tend to be more likely to trivialize sexual assault, since they have never been victimized themselves.

    I think men in general need to be more compassionate, sympathetic, and caring towards victims of sexual abuse.

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  63. My conclusion after sitting through two services and re-listening to the first service: The unqualified elders and much of the congregation have been taken in by an accomplished actor who is gifted at holding his breath underwater.

    Don Logan was on staff with Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church as “Coordinator of Worship Media and Website” before moving to the mission field in 2008. Using the Wayback Machine, I was able to find his bio. Here are two snippets. (Apparently he met his future wife in 1997 – the year he was convicted for the sex felony. Heather was around 21).

    Don Logan
    Name: Don (Slugger) Logan
    Spouse’s Name: Heather (Slugs Me) Logan. I met Heather at the ripe old age of 30 and she was looking for a cute old man.

    Something interesting about me that most people don’t know: I have had leads in many musicals and plays in high school, college, and adulthood. I also used to be a world-ranked synchronized swimmer

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  64. Commenter23,

    ““I have a hard time with these societal Scarlet letters that people put on (them.) It breaks my heart that the laws in this state are such that Don had go and register with the State of South Carolina. I hate it. I don’t like what it was done to his family, I don’t like the way it has hurt my brother and sister, and to see it used against them,””
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    the lack of awareness is staggering.

    but not surprising.

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  65. An edited version of the second service is again posted at the Eternal website. There is a Freudian slip at 47:50. “He (Don) was always AFRAID to share it (details surrounding his sex crime) at times and places of his choosing). He meant to say FREE.

    God’s way for the truth to come out!

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  66. Another Freudian slip at 53:20. “We (the elders) didn’t take FULL responsibility – I’m sorry, we did not FULFILL our responsibility to be watchers over the flock in allowing this situation to become a distraction and disruption to the congregation.”

    We are still waiting for them to take responsibility for purposefully hiring a child sex offender.

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  67. Dale Rudiger: The unqualified elders and much of the congregation have been taken in by an accomplished actor who is gifted at holding his breath underwater.

    IOW, groomed.

    The bio you note is what those who hired the actor predator pedophile, and the donors paying for the actor predator pedophile, should have also noted. The 9-5 wage earner supporters built the actor predator pedophile a nice church building, their facilities look nice.

    However, despite all the acting and grooming, insurance companies and lawyers don’t mess around. The insurance companies won’t back a church run by an actor registered sex offender predatory pedophile. Lawyers won’t hesitate to jump in and get involved.

    The truth is out, as well it should be, on behalf of the vulnerable. Unfortunately, that one elder has clearly stated that he hates the truth, the sex offender registry.

    Boundaries are the only way to prevent violations of the innocent vulnerable. One boundary should be to NEVER hire a registered sex offender as a pastor. Science proves that is a bad idea.

    Too bad that elder hates science. He probably wouldn’t jump off a cliff, gravity. But he hired and backs a registered sex offender predatory pedophile as his pastor. Behavioral science proves that is dangerous for the targets of sex offender predatory pedophiles. A church is target rich for these offenders and a pastor has more access than anyone else in the organization.

    The actor predator offender knows exactly what he is doing.

    Of course, it also means the elder can be sued. There’s a reason the sex offender registries are put in place as a public service.

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  68. I tuned in on YouTube – The 9 am service was the most egregious example of emotional manipulation I’ve ever witnessed. I was sick to my stomach with each new sentence coming out of Lorne’s mouth. These elders are out of control and have NO humility. From his outright admission that he resents (he actually used the word “hate”) the laws in place for sex offenders, “societal scarlet letter”, to using the church’s growth during Covid as a reason why Don shouldn’t be questioned, to belittling anyone who might disagree by condescendingly saying that people shouldn’t be looking into Don’s past, “it was supposed to be a beautiful story of redemption.” He went so far as to blame the congregation/community interested in this matter and vocalizing concern for being a stumbling block to furthering the gospel at Eternal – his quote was “I hate the cruelty of this world.” I just about puked! (As if it’s the congregants fault there’s stress at the church right now- Not Don’s crime that he hid… /smh)

    I witnessed institutional spiritual and psychological abuse & manipulation straight from the pulpit yesterday. . Gaslighting, Reversing Victim and Offender, Infantalizing and talking down to the congregants, minimizing Don’s crime and painting it as a “beautiful story of redemption” — ummmm what?? – He wasn’t “lost” when he committed this abuse – he was already in ministry, a 30 year old ADULT, who used his position in ministry to abuse and hurt a 14 year old – a CHILD.

    The service was just abhorrent. My heart grieves that this church just doesn’t get it, and people are essentially being told they are of the devil just for questioning a Pedo.

    My speculation, and it’s only a speculation, I have zero evidence to back this up – but my haunch is that there’s probably a spirit of blame (in the Elders’ hearts) toward the young female victim in this crime. I could imagine “jezebel spirit” or “temptress” type comments leading them to minimize Don’s crime in their own minds, thinking of her as a woman and not a child. Many of these church leaders have blamed women for men’s sexual sins for decades.

    A 2 month paid vacation is just a slap in the congregation/community’s face. The rest of us non-rapists are working our butts off to put food on the table, and Don gets two months PTO to “rest” because he’s had a week of negative press, resulting from HIS ACTION of hiding the extent of his criminal past from his congregants and his state.

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  69. momanon,

    Excellent assessment of a complete DARVO service.

    “We should have seen this coming…”

    The baptist accountability link was discovered and brought to the elders’ attention in September of 2023. These fellas had 9 months to do the right thing. They had 9 months to be honest. They saw it coming but hoped they could keep it buried. Logan had 9 months to groom the congregation for this day they hoped would never come.

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  70. momanon: The 9 am service was the most egregious example of emotional manipulation I’ve ever witnessed … institutional spiritual and psychological abuse & manipulation straight from the pulpit yesterday … Gaslighting, Reversing Victim and Offender, Infantilizing and talking down to the congregants, minimizing Don’s crime … people are essentially being told they are of the devil just for questioning a Pedo

    These are symptoms of church leaders refusing to take responsibility for a bad decision. We’ve seen it before on TWW. Such leaders will often resort to controlling the congregation by manipulation, intimidation, and domination when things go south. There’s much more amiss at Eternal Church than the elders hiding Mr. Logan’s past from church members; there’s an overall leadership problem there.

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  71. Commenter23,
    ““I have a hard time with these societal Scarlet letters that people put on (them.) It breaks my heart that the laws in this state are such that Don had go and register with the State of South Carolina. I hate it. I don’t like what it was done to his family, I don’t like the way it has hurt my brother and sister, and to see it used against them,””
    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    the lack of awareness is staggering

    Maybe they just don’t give a hoot who this guy hurts as long as he tickles their ears.
    They defend and praise this felon as though rape and abuse are ‘victimless crimes’.

    elastigirl,

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  72. Max,

    Too late. The cat is out of the bag. Pastor Don’s victim statement made it clear that he does not want to suffer any more “persecution.” Whether they want to or not, they will soon be in pastor search mode. They lost significant membership when Skip McMillan left. I assume that will happen again when Logan leaves.

    Just a few miles up the road from Fort Mill is Jim and Tammy Bakker crumbling tower. Jerry Falwell couldn’t save it. I wonder if Eternal’s bank that holds the mortgage will be on the hook? The church is way back in a residential neighborhood. It took about ten church signs for me to wi to get there yesterday.

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  73. This adult raped a child and the people at the Church are concerned for HIS family?
    Max,

    Max,

    Max:
    “It breaks my heart that the laws in this state are such that Don had go and register with the State of South Carolina. I hate it.”(Elder Lorne James, Eternal Church)

    The Bible calls that “lawlessness” … it should not be endorsed by a church leader.

    He should be banned permanently from ever being near children including his own.
    What about the young teenage girl who has to live the rest of her life as a rape victim?
    What about her feelings of low self esteem from being raped by an adult.
    To the so called elders of this Church you also need to step down.
    What if this man raped your daughter or granddaughters would that be ok also?
    Yes, God forgives but this guys was never ever called by our almighty to be a “ preacher”
    This is just sicking on so many levels.
    It’s not ok you bunch of idiots.
    Please step down as an elder of the Church.
    You have no business being on the pastoral selection committee.

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  74. Maybe someone can find out who is insurer for the church? And perhaps send them an email….

    Same for the bank that holds the morgage.

    While we are at, maybe some can do a deep dive on the various criminal and sex offender registries of the elders at the church, starting with Lorne James.

    why does my gut tell me there are other leaders at that church with skeletons in the closet and it is case of mutually assured destruction and a Mexican standoff with “Pastor” Logan, if they decide to throw him under the bus.

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  75. Nancy2(aka Kevlar),

    i think it’s a math thing…

    difficulty putting 2 and 2 together. but then it gets harder – they have to notice that there was an effect. it is called “4”.

    but it gets harder still – they then have to understand that “4” had some causes (there was a cause, and there was another cause).

    and amazingly enough, they both can be described as 2!

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  77. Commenter23: “I have a hard time with these societal Scarlet letters that people put on (them.)

    The Scarlet Letter for today is a story of clergy abuse. And the person that Eternal Church has shamed and abused in the place of their pastor is none other than the whistleblower whom God allowed to uncover this abomination. There is a vile Facebook post that blames the whistleblower for persecuting their church. It was given the “heart symbol” expressing love, agreement and support for the post by about 28 people including several elders of the church. Going down the list, one cannot help but notice the name Jacob Collins.

    Jacob Collins is the pastor who led the “family meeting” to discuss the church scandal yesterday. He is the one who said that their were those in the church who were hurt by the church and were asking the tough questions. I can only see him now as another hypocrite who is more than willing to throw under the bus those who disagree with the company line. I don’t believe anything he said.

    The persecutors of the whistleblower are abusers of the worst kind.

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  78. Dale Rudiger: There is a vile Facebook post that blames the whistleblower for persecuting their church. It was given the “heart symbol” expressing love, agreement and support for the post by about 28 people including several elders of the church. Going down the list, one cannot help but notice the name Jacob Collins … the pastor who led the “family meeting” to discuss the church scandal yesterday.

    Good Lord! Where did they find these “elders”?! Sound like an immature crew running the place! “Heart symbols” to agree that the whistleblower (watchman) is a villian for calling out sin in the camp is high school stuff. They need to repent, but I doubt that will happen.

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  79. Max: “Heart symbols” to agree that the whistleblower (watchman) is a villain for calling out sin in the camp is high school stuff.

    Max,
    There are a lot of alleged adults out there who have Never Left High School.
    And Will Never Leave High School.
    And they will Never, Ever let the rest of us leave Their High School.

    A lot of Arrested Development cases out there, both outside and inside the church.

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  80. SC Girl: Thank you! Not familiar with DARVO. I’ll look it up.

    O – The leaders of Eternal Church are the OFFENDERS. They hired a convicted sex offender to be their pastor without even telling the congregation.

    D- They DENY and excuse any wrongdoing.

    A – The church ATTACKS the one who comes forward speaking the truth to the ones in authority, in this case the whistleblower.

    V – Eternal Church leadership VICTIMIZES the whistleblower.

    R – Thus the offender and the victim are REVERSED. Eternal Church turns the heroine into the offender.

    Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender. DARVO. This is especially heinous when it occurs within a group that the victim is a part of and that group turns against the individual.

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  81. Dale Rudiger: O – The leaders of Eternal Church are the OFFENDERS. They hired a convicted sex offender to be their pastor without even telling the congregation.

    D- They DENY and excuse any wrongdoing.

    A – The church ATTACKS the one who comes forward speaking the truth to the ones in authority, in this case the whistleblower.

    V – Eternal Church leadership VICTIMIZES the whistleblower.

    R – Thus the offender and the victim are REVERSED. Eternal Church turns the heroine into the offender.

    Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender. DARVO. This is especially heinous when it occurs within a group that the victim is a part of and that group turns against the individual.

    Sounds like a the MO of a certain former POTUS…

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  82. momanon:
    people are essentially being told they are of the devil just for questioning a Pedo.

    It reminds me of how the pharisees had the nerve to accuse Jesus of being possessed by an evil spirit when He pointed out the pharisees’ wickedness and hypocrisy.

    The forces of evil always try to paint themselves as the victims.

    It’s very common for pedophiles to downplay their abuse of victims, and accuse the victims of “making a big deal of nothing.”

    When confronted, evil tries to falsely portray itself as righteous and falsely portray those who oppose evil as unrighteous.

    Just as the pharisees did when they accused Jesus of being possessed by an evil spirit.

    God says woe to those who call good as evil and evil as good.

    The DARVO manipulators and gaslighters will receive the punishment they deserve when God judges them.

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  83. Max: Yeah, I know several in my area.It’s a sad state of affairs when they end up on the Board of Elders at a church!

    Chads holding court at the Kewl Kids Table. Forever.

    Not much difference between them and the Utah Mormon Wifey who wrote that wish-fulfillent, Twilight.

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  84. Dale Rudiger: This Facebook post is perhaps the most shameful, hurtful and misinformed thing I have seen a group Christians do in my life. Look up DARVO. The treatment of the whistleblower is the very definition of DARVO.

    https://www.facebook.com/100072644170800/posts/493540789744056/?mibextid=rS40aB7S9Ucbxw6v

    Brian Brenner is (according to his Linkedin profile) the owner of a real estate and construction business in Fort Mill SC called “Original Design Builders LLC.”

    I will not post the link here since I don’t know whether it’s against the rules.

    But it can be found easily by Googling.

    The “Original Design Builders” website says: “we are shaping the future through our values.”

    I wonder what values those are.

    People living in the Fort Mill SC area may want to consider Brian Brenner’s views before doing business with his “Original Design Builders LLC.”

    The same applies to Lorne James’ “James Restoration” water damage repair business. I doubt the residents of the Fort Mill/Charlotte region want their water damage repaired by a guy who wants to abolish the sex offender registry because it causes “hurt” to pedophiles.

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  85. Kathy K:
    This adult rapeda child and the people at the Church are concerned for HIS family?
    Max,

    Max,

    He should be banned permanently from ever being near children including his own.
    What about the young teenage girl who has to live the rest of her life as a rape victim?
    What about her feelings of low self esteem from being raped by an adult.
    To the so called elders of this Church you also need to step down.
    What if this man raped your daughter or granddaughters would that be ok also?
    Yes, God forgives but this guys was never ever called by our almighty to be a “ preacher”
    This is just sicking on so many levels.
    It’s not ok you bunch of idiots.
    Please step down as an elder of the Church.
    You have no business being on the pastoral selection committee.

    Very well said, Kathy K!

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  86. Commenter23: God says woe to those who call good as evil and evil as good.

    IMO, Eternal Church elders don’t realize that the mission of TWW is a good thing. Dee and regular commenters are concerned about the level of abuse in the American church and speak into it to inform and warn the Body of Christ. There are good intentions expressed here, not evil.

    However, I’m sure Dee sees a lot of comments from folks who are uniformed, misinformed, willingly ignorant, or wicked in heart … but she goes through the daily grind to sort through them all as she moderates the content on TWW, always staying on mission. Much of the American church has strayed off course; it can only be corrected if real-deal believers throw up red flags, speak into error, call out the bad boys, and pray.

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  87. Headless Unicorn Guy: Not much difference between them and the Utah Mormon Wifey who wrote that wish-fulfillent, Twilight.

    The Mormons have a social cohesion and a tribal ethos that I have yet to see in fundagelicalism. In their world, it’s not all about ME, it’s about the tribe in real and tangible ways. They stockpile food and other necessities to ensure a good shot at survival after a catastrophe. I admire their work ethic and social network.

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  88. Muff Potter:
    So far as I know, the Mormons are the only religious group that has suffered egregious persecution in America.

    Those who disagreed with the Mass Bay Colony who had to leave to create Rhode Island and other states may dispute with that. And religious extremism is found also in Mormonism. Just ask the victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Of course it was denied by the LDS church for decades (they set up an Indian tribe as the fall guy for that) until the truth came out in the late 20th century.

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  89. I’ve only read this far in the comments….I’ve yet to read the new post and its comments. 🙂

    Commenter23: Sorry for posting so many comments today, but I just had to comment on this gem from one of the elders at eternal church:

    No need to apologize, Commenter23. 🙂 I enjoy reading your comments 🙂 ….and this one is another gem. 🙂

    And like many other TWW commenters, you highlight — and comment on — things that others might have unintentionally overlooked. 🙂

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  90. I’ve only read this far in the comments….I’ve yet to read the new post and its comments. 🙂

    Dale Rudiger: I just visited the Eternal website and clicked on “most recent sermon.” I got the message “Uh oh something went wrong. Looks like what you’re looking for floated away.” Glad I took my tape recorder.

    At least, Dale Rudiger, we have your earlier comment(s). 🙂 And they’re WAY better than the sermon! 🙂 …and its highly unlikely your comments will “float away”. 🙂

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  91. This session has been a disaster since they particularlized in the PCA, then left, then let the pastor at the time carry the burden all by himself until he burnt out and left, then were so desperate to get a new leader that they hid this from the congregation. Always wishy washy, no conviction. Their knee jerk response is too blame the victim , blame the reporters, and apologize only for not getting ahead of it. They should all resign.

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  92. Nancy2(aka Kevlar):
    Smith smith,
    Anyone who objects to having a convicted sex abuser (who fails to register on a sex offender list, as required by law) lead a church is a woke liberal (what ever that is )….???

    So, I assume you would consider it to be an honor to have a convicted felon sexual abuser leading your church??? How many other types of convicted crimainal felons would would grant positions of spiritual power and leadership to, teaching and guiding our next generation…….. embezzlers, arsonists, drug dealers, murderers….???

    About half of the Bible was written by murderers: Moses, David, Paul.

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  93. Ed. Note: Don Logan is a man with most likely a paraphilia. It is not normal for a grown man to seek a 14 y.o. to fulfill his sexual perversions. If he has a paraphilia, he is still possibly afflicted by the related problems, one of which is likely reoffend. But maybe you do not know about things like this? Most people on this blog are far more versed in the Scripture than many. The people who are concerned are well versed in both Scripture and in the understanding of sex abuse. I don’t know you, but serious misconduct with a teen is not a mistake. A mistake is wearing one blue sock and one black sock. Please learn your categories. It is a choice that is clearly spelled out by Scripture. It is a sin and a crime and may even be a paraphilia with the possibility of reoffense, which means that kids are at risk. Finally, if you think that you are at risk of making the “mistake” of sexually harming a child, you need help.

    nmgirl,

    First of all referring to Don as a Perv is so very wrong! Did he do wrong, absolutely. That was almost 30 yrs ago and he did his time for his wrongdoing. Don is a good man with compassion in his heart and yes he did a horrific crime, but, again , he did his time. I would much rather sit and listen to him preach than some others in the church. He speaks from the depths of his heart. Those of you that are casting stones are obviously not well versed in the Bible yourselves. You need to stop throwing stones within your own glass houses! Right now Don and his family need prayers, not to be judged as so many of you are doing. Guess you people have never made mistakes in your life huh?

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  94. Muff Potter: So far as I know, the Mormons are the only religious group that has suffered egregious persecution in America.

    Besides various Christian denominations that others mentioned (and BTW I would add the Roman Catholics to that group), there were also the Native American religions. Jews and Muslims have also suffered though not quite to the extent of the Mormons (see for instance Grant’s General Order No. 11, issued in late 1862 and overturned by Lincoln, expelling all Jews from areas under Grant’s control).

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  95. Kay,

    I will add this. Your comment is an example of the teaching you have received from Don Logan. I feel bad for you and many others. It is possible that you were taught in this manner so that you would ignore the broader Scriptural implications of Logan’s history. “Mistake” is downgrading egregious sin, crime, and possible paraphilia. You are not the first to express your understanding of such weighty matters as a “mere mistake.” I plan to look into the teaching that leads to a comment like this. Please rethink your paradigm if you haven’t already been brainwashed.

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  96. dee: “mere mistake”

    ‘mistake’: an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong

    ‘sin’: an offense against religious or moral law

    ‘crime’: an action that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law

    Mere mistakes are a world of difference from sins that are crimes.

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  97. Kay: I would much rather sit and listen to him preach than some others in the church

    Kay, I’m a long-time participant on The Wartburg Watch. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard “I know he’s done some bad things, but he sure can preach!” The focus needs to be on “he’s done some bad things” (bad things to a child) rather than an ability to preach. With a touch of charisma, a gift of gab, and working knowledge of the Bible, anyone (anyone!) can preach. We deal often on TWW with the anyones who could preach who were also abusers of one sort or another.

    I’m sorry that you are walking through this awful mess at your church. It could have all been avoided if the elders had done the right thing years ago.

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  98. dee: I plan to look into the teaching that leads to a comment like this. Please rethink your paradigm if you haven’t already been brainwashed.

    I’ll wager that this ‘teaching’ derives from the usual canards ‘manufactured’ from Scripture.
    With no appeal to reason, common sense, or perhaps most importantly, the law of the land.

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