Another Christian pastor. Another arrest for downloading graphic content involving children.
This time, it’s T. Elliott Welch, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Stanleyville (North Carolina), a father of four, Liberty University graduate, and an author (with his wife) of a Christmas book that’s all about how you can “focus your eyes on Christ.”
Welch says on the church’s website that he has been lead pastor at First Baptist since February 2020. Before that, he was an associate pastor and minister of students, serving in that position from September 2014 to January 2020.
They’ve also released a statement distancing themselves from Welch and saying they (obviously) don’t condone his behavior.
That’s to be expected, I guess, but it’s telling that this church has very little to say about the supposed crimes of one of their leaders while they have all kinds of words dedicated to trashing LGBTQ people on their website:
… God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman… Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God… To preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, must abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly…
We’d all be better off if they policed the harm caused by their own leaders instead of condemning the harmless actions of people they wish didn’t exist.