Saturday, November 03, 2012

Another Supposed Christian Murderer

Compare the writings of John--
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5.11-12)
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3.15)
with those of the journalists of Click On Detroit:
Michigan pastor charged with killing fiancee's daughter to fulfill morbid fantasy 
Pastor John D. White accused of strangling woman, undressing body 
Published On: Nov 02 2012 11:10:45 AM EDT  Updated On: Nov 02 2012 02:59:24 PM EDT 

A central Michigan pastor, accused of beating and strangling a neighbor to fulfill a sexual fantasy, was engaged to the victim's mother.

Donna Houghton, a longtime member of Christ Community Fellowship, near Mount Pleasant, says John D. White knew his victim, Rebekah Gay, and regularly babysat her 3-year-old son while she worked.

White had been pastor of the 14-member church since 2009.

Houghton says White had planned to marry Gay's mother. He was arraigned Thursday on first-degree murder charges.

White told investigators he repeatedly struck Gay's head with a mallet then strangled her with a zip tie at her mobile home. White admitted he removed her clothes but does not remember if he abused the dead body to fulfill his fantasy.

White was released from prison in 2007 after nearly 12 years.

The state Corrections Department says White was denied parole several times while serving a sentence for manslaughter in the death of a Kalamazoo County woman.

In the early 1980s, White was accused of choking and stabbing a 17-year-old girl in Battle Creek.

Prisons spokesman Russ Marlan says White was sentenced to at least five years in prison but got probation after an appeal.
One of three things apparently must be true.  Either: a) the police have the wrong man; b) White was a pastor of a congregation of Christians who with or without fault accepted a false profession of faith from White; or c) the congregation at issue is not entirely composed of believers.  (A) seems unlikely given the attendant facts of the case.  (B) or (C) therefore seem more likely especially in considering previous blog posts, including Christian Atheism in Holland.  One could turn this issue into one of apologetics.  Instead I simply reiterate that it is time for the church to clean house to whatever extent is possible.

1 comment:

D.B. said...

It reminds me of James White's response to the misnomer of "gay Christian".