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Crime Spree By Christian Preachers Continues Into 2018

Christian preachers tell us that if we want to be saved, we have to surrender to Jesus, and let him take control of our lives. Of course, Jesus never actually shows up himself, so in his absence, control by his assistants, the Christian preachers, will have to do.

So, what does it look like to be “saved by Jesus”? Too often, it looks like being a victim.

Way back at the end of September last year, I took notice of a crime spree sweeping the United States: Priests, reverends, pastors and preachers from Christian churches were committing crimes against the communities they “served” with an alarming regularity.

In the new year, the Christian crime spree continues.

Monsignor William Dombrow, a priest at the Villa St. Joseph in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been convicted of stealing more than half a million dollars from elderly members of his religious community. He spent the money on gambling sprees, and says that he only committed his crimes because of a gambling addiction. That excuse doesn’t explain his use of the stolen money to buy money for concert tickets, seats at the theater, meals at restaurants, and lavish overseas vacations for himself.

Gerald Hechenberger, a priest at the Holy Childhood Church in Mascoutah, Illinois, has been charged with 16 counts of dissemination and possession of child pornography showing children under the age of 13. He has also been charged with one count of possession of methamphetamines, an illegal drug. Hechenberger is also an associate pastor at St. Pancratius Parish in Fayetteville and St. Liborius Parish in St. Libory, Illinois. Back in 2011, Hechenberger was given a leave of absence from the St. John the Baptist Parish in Smithton, Illinois to address what were described as “legal challenges”, but the leadership of the parish concealed the nature of Hechenberg’s legal troubles from the community.

Larry Michael Berkley, pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Covington, Tennessee, was arrested after performing a funeral, on charges of rape and sexual battery of three children. Berkley is charged with giving his victims alcohol and showing them pornography before assaulting them. The preacher also took one of his victims to look at a dead body in a funeral parlor, and then revealed a stash of illegal drugs he kept hidden in one of the caskets there.

Reverend Jesse Claybon of the New Age Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri, has been arrested and charged with taking a young girl in his car to a Red Roof Inn and sexually assaulting her there.

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Cesar Lopez, pastor of Ministerios Soldados de Jesucristo church in Avoca, Arkansas has been found guilty of sexual assault against two young girls who were members of his church.

Eddie Hilburn, pastor at The Woodlands First Baptist Church in The Woodlands, Texas, has been convicted of attempting to buy a woman so that he could have sex with her. Hilburn is not just a sexual predator, but he’s cheap too – he was only willing to pay $80 for the woman. She turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Robert Litzinger and Cindy Litzinger, pastors of the Church of Life in California have been accused of groping female congregants and asking them to send sexual images of themselves in order to become good Christian women.

John Bishop, the former pastor of the Living Hope Church in Vancouver, Washington, has been arrested and charged with trying to smuggle 280 pounds of illegal drugs into the United States.

Luis Cruz, a youth pastor at the San Jose Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Fremont, California has been charged with sending sexual images of himself to a 13 year-old girl.

Jordan Baird, youth pastor at the Life Church in Manassass, Virginia, has been convicted on five counts of sexual assault against a child at the church. Baird’s father, the lead pastor at the church, is suspected of organizing other church leaders to protect him from prosecution and conviction. The church leadership directed the victim’s friends to turn against her.

A Gerardo Custodio, a minister at the Iglesia La Familia De Dios church in Ontario, California, where his father is the lead pastor, has been charged with sexually assaulting two children. Police believe that there are other victims.

4 thoughts on “Crime Spree By Christian Preachers Continues Into 2018”

  1. Cathy says:

    Dear Peregrin,

    Thank you for taking the time to research Christianity. To be fair, you are being one-sided.

    How about digging up the dirt on other religions. What crimes do so-called peaceful cultists commit? I’m sure we could find a lot of shocking stuff out there.

    I have had discussions with an atheist aquaintance of mine. I referred him to a book by Josh McDowell. A Skeptic’s Quest. He also liked to point out the genocide in the Old Testament such as was mentioned in another article on this site. I agree it is far from pleasant to read or imagine. Why did God allow it? I’m sure there are many opinions out there. I know God is just. He was wiping out the corrupt people groups. I know some of them had child sacrifices. I think it is also because if the women and children weren’t killed too, the idol worship, etc would continue. The Bible says we are supposed to worship God only. I know I don’t have all the answers. I do know, that you don’t want to believe in God or the Bible. That is why you are attacking Christianity. Why don’t you tear apart other faiths or religions? I challenge you to pray to the God in whom you don’t believe and ask Him to show himself to you. I know he is real. He gives me peace and I have had some rough times in my life. Watching my late husband die from cancer, my next husband have anger and emotional problems, etc.
    I will pray for you, Peregrin.

    1. Cathy says:

      Also, the various clergy you sited are not all evangelicals. Yes, some Christians are really sinful. They are no more perfect than secular people. Also, we don’t know if the baptist preacher was even a professing born-again Christian. He could have been playing the preacher part. His behavior was inexcusable. He definitely needed to be out of that pulpit.

    2. Peregrin Wood says:

      I will conjure magic spells for you, Cathy.

      This crime spree by Christian preachers I document in this series of articles, goes all the way from evangelical to catholic. It’s a matter of public record. These are cases written up in local news articles across the country, referring to official court proceedings – arrests, indictments, and convictions.

      So, if you believe that leaders of other religions and atheists also are having their own crime waves in the United States, I challenge you to go out and discover the proof.

      There’s an easy way to do so. Go to News.Google.Com and do key word searches of recent news. That’s where I discovered the cases I refer to here and in the other articles about the Christian leader crime spree.

      I have just gone to news.google.com and searched for – atheist leader arrest. No articles came up. Good luck finding any, much less something like the number of criminal acts by Christian priests, pastors, reverends, ministers, and preachers I’ve found.

      You can believe in what you like.

      What I don’t appreciate is Christians going around telling the rest of us that we’re morally inferior sinners, while they’ve got a profound moral rot in their own communities. They lecture others, trying to take away their freedoms, claiming to have a unique hold of virtue, and then they elect Donald Trump to the White House.

      Believing the Bible isn’t the point. It’s obviously an ancient piece of mythology. I don’t care about believing it any more than I care about believing in the Epic of Gilgamesh. What I care about is the hypocrisy and harm being caused by arrogant Christianity in the here and now.

      1. Cathy says:

        Hi Peregrin!
        No hatred or anything on my end. Hope you are having a great day. Here’s a nice story for you in between my reply which will be following soon.
        http://www.chickensoupz.com/newsletter/220452/the-best-kind-of-puzzle

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