5 Lessons I Learned from a Pastor’s Betrayal (Part 2)

In March of 2014 I experienced a significant betrayal by a man who befriended me, infiltrated my church and stole my identity. This series of posts is a reflection on what the Lord has taught me through this heartbreaking experience. You can read the first post here.

POLICE_CAR8645 It is the nature of children & criminals to believe that their sins will not be found out. However, God has a much different take on things, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). While criminals like Jack & Jenny are convinced that they will never be held to account for their crimes, the truth is that one way or another everyone reaps what they sow.

As we were going through the discipline process with Jack it became clear that we had a responsibility to notify the Sheriff’s Department and ask for their help. This resulted in many long conversations with deputies, detectives, lawyers, etc. (at one point Jack and his wife were questioned at the church by a deputy).

Financial fraud is an exceedingly difficult crime to investigate. It requires multiple warrants, the cooperation of scores of financial institutions and an acutely sharp mind to follow the money and obtain all of the necessary documentation. God was gracious enough to provide a detective for our case who was able to do all of that and then some. Unfortunately, by the time he was able to obtain an arrest warrant Jack and his wife had fled town and were nowhere to be found.

This lead to months of waiting, praying and wondering if Jack would ever be brought to justice for his crimes. On August 2nd we received word that Jack had been picked up by the police in another county. More than that, we also learned that that county had built their own case (independent of our case) against Jack and against his wife (she was also charged) for fraud, forgery and elder abuse. The story was such big news that the local media in that county had run newspaper articles, blog posts and reports on the evening news.

Today, Jack is sitting in a prison cell waiting for his first hearing. My prayer is that he is learning the truth of Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” One way or another everyone reaps what they sow. It may not always happen in this life, but the justice of God will not be thwarted. God will not be mocked. When a man sows seeds of destruction, he will one day reap the consequences.

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September 01 2014 06:00 am | Betrayed

One Response to “5 Lessons I Learned from a Pastor’s Betrayal (Part 2)”

  1. Karen Hodges on 02 Sep 2014 at 7:51 am #

    When it was brought to the attention of the church I instantly knew who it was because he had more than one facebook account. I unknowingly had both. One was distinctively not like the other, and yet the resemblance of the photos and stories of the two were unmistakable. I then already had the facebook image in my mind with the strange dual personality, and the fascination with Marilyn Monroe, when once again it was brought up in church.