by Moody Adams “Once touted by Southern Baptist leaders as the nation's next great African-American preacher, Darrell Gilyard was arrested Jan. 14 for sending lewd text messages to underage girls,” reports the Associated Baptist Press.
This was the fifth time Gilyard, a great orator, has fallen through sexual sins. The case reveals that some churches are turning their back on the Bible and its standards.
The Bible demands a pastor has good behavior and a good reputation: "This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous,” (1 Timothy 3:1-7).
But five churches said, “No God. We will pick a pastor we want, whether he meets your standards or not,” just as the Israelites picked the morally flawed Aaron.
The Bible warned of men like Gilyard, but the churches ignored God’s warnings, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:1-9).
At his Jacksonville church, Gilyard's covetousness put him in one of Florida’s most expensive sub-divisions while creeping into house to engage in sins with silly women.
The Bible forbids us eating with a man who is called a “Christian Brother,” much less following him as the church leader: “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. … For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? … But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (I Cor. 5:11-13).
After he made up a striking testimony about sleeping under a bridge as a boy in Palatka, Florida, which was proven to be a lie, the Victory Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas said, “No we won’t put him away, we will make him our pastor.”
After he failed morally at the Victory Church, the Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, said, “No we won’t put him away; we will make him our pastor.”
After 25 women in the Dallas church publicly accused him of sexual misconduct and some of rape, the Shiloh Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, said, “No we won’t put him away, we will make him our pastor.”
After immorality at the Shiloh Church, the Hilltop Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma, said, “No we won’t put him away, we will make him our pastor.”
With more sexual problems at the Hilltop Church, the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida said, “No we won’t put him away; we will make him our pastor.”
Even after his wife put him away, the church said, “No we won’t put him away; we will have him as our pastor.”
During his 15 years as pastor in Jacksonville he built the church to a 7,000 member mega-church (it is said he got a commission for every new member he brought in). But despite his lies, his adultery and finally his preying on young girls, the church said, “No we won’t put him away; we will have him as our pastor.”
But on Jan. 14, Darrell Gilyard was arrested for sending lewd text messages to underage girls. The Jacksonville police have higher moral standards than Gilyard’s churches. They are going to “put him away.”