In a story as old as time, a pastor who has been disqualified from the ministry for gross sexual sins has restored himself and has started a new church barely a year after his fall from grace. This action follows in the trend of Christian ministers rebooting after a short stint in the proverbial doghouse then returning to the acclaim and open arms of gullible Christians without actually repenting of what they did.
We saw this recently with John Crist who was accused of harassing and manipulating young women, “sexting” multiple partners at the same time, committing adultery and fornication, and bribing women with tickets to his shows in exchange for sexual favors. After he was caught and exposed, his apology more or less amounted to the Christian version of “I’m sorry if you were offended by what I did.”
Rather than get handed over to Satan by their congregations for the destruction of their flesh, these men under the judgment of God use this time in Satan’s embrace to feed their flesh and plot ways in which they can make it manifest, maturing it rather than seeing it mortified. Once the 6 months or 9 months or 12 months is up, they find refuge in the arms of stupid Christians who are too spiritually blind to see their unregenerate, vomit-inducing fruit.
This is the case with “Pastor” Sam Boyd, former senior pastor of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. Boyd was given a holy rebuke and fired from the pastorate in September 2019 for committing fornication and adultery with several with different women in the congregation over a period of years, following the death of his wife of 41 years in 2017. These incidences go back to 2016, but very well may go back further.
The women he has “inappropriate relationships” with are women over whom he was in a position of authority and power. Rather than shepherding his flock, this predatory pastor wanted to see what was under their wool, giving a whole new meaning to the term “getting fleeced.” As a result, the scriptures are clear that his actions have left him permanently disqualified from pastoral ministry, showing himself to be what might graciously be called a “two-fold son of hell.”
But because he can get away with it, Boyd announced barely a year after these shameful events, that he is starting up a new church, writing on his Facebook wall:
There is of no course no mention of the reasons why he’s starting up a new church, or why he left the old one, or the fact that he’s likely still under church discipline, or should still be if biblical protocols were properly practiced.
There’s no mention of the fact that the manner in which he’s starting a church is highly unbiblical, having not been sent as part of a biblical church plant, but rather just conceiving his own dirty, decrepit weed out of the imagination of his mind.
Rather, his website is silent on all those details which are excruciatingly relevant, but he does mention that for this new church, which is no longer associated with the SBC like his previous one was, will be “non-denominational” – and that he wants to “emphasize Biblical priorities and minimize structure and process.” I’m sure he does.
This news, however, was met with great fanfare, a cacophony of joy and effusive praise from his friends and potential parishioners on Facebook, the lot which has been screenshotted here, who are eager for Boyd to get back in the pulpit.
These actions by Boyd and those supporting him have brought reproach on the name of Christ. Anyone who thinks this man should be pastoring a church is out of their mind and need to get down on their knees and repent of such foolish, unbiblical thinking.
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