Pastor With Aids sleeping with members still in pulpit???

WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Will somebody please share with me a church reasoning to allow a pastor with Aids sleeping with members who  made a full confession and has been fired, still allowed in the pulpit to preach on Sunday’s?

Allegedly, the congregation voted Reverend Juan McFarland out of their pulpit on Sunday, October 5, 2014, yet he refuses to leave the pulpit and actually preached on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  Chile Pleeze, those leaders need to call Pookie-n-them on his behind. (IJS)

Here are the details  including his confession, release and refusal to step down:

 

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) –

WSFA 12 News confirmed with church leaders, including the now former pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Juan Demetrius McFarland himself, that McFarland confessed from the pulpit a few Sundays ago that he had full blown AIDS and had slept with church members without revealing he had AIDS.

Shocked and stunned, church members contacted the 12 NEWS DEFENDERS and reaction is coming in from the congregation that is still in disbelief.

McFarland didn’t hold back when he revealed to worshipers at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on Sept. 14, that he contracted HIV in 2003 and discovered in 2008 he had AIDS.

“The church was very accepting of Reverend McFarland and was willing to help him in any way possible,” a church member, who wanted to remain unnamed, explained.

Once the pastor, with 23 years of leadership, started revealing more and more on the following Sundays, members and leaders say they realized he had crossed the line.

In a resolution read aloud at the church, leaders shared, and Pastor McFarland confirmed to WSFA 12 News, that he admitted to drug use and mishandling of church funds. And there was what members say was the ultimate shocker, described by church deacon Nathan Williams Jr.

“He concealed from the church that he had knowingly engaged in adultery in the church building with female members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church while knowingly having AIDS,” Williams said.

McFarland was removed as church pastor on Oct. 5. Still, church members say some congregation members are afraid to come forward and many others are concerned.

“Who does this to people, and you are the leader? Who does this?” another unnamed church member asked.

“I know a young lady who is a member of the church who says she has slept with him and that she didn’t want this to go public, and she running out now trying to find out if there is anything wrong with her,” the member explained. “And my heart goes out to her because she’s been a wonderful church member, and then for something like this to happen. The fact that he didn’t tell them at all. That’s a crime in itself.”

The unnamed church member went on, “And I’m hoping by doing this interview that she will see that she can come and talk to someone and her name or whatever will not be revealed. And maybe she can have some peace by coming forward and not the shame that goes along with it.”

Deacon Williams says he’s been a member of the church for 70 years, and this is the biggest scandal the church has ever experienced.

“He confessed to the entire membership and then to the City of Montgomery, because as soon as he got done confessing, it went all over Montgomery anyway,” Williams said. “So it’s nothing we [are] making up. It’s coming out of his mouth.”

Fast forward a few weeks later to October 12, 2014:

As reported by the Alabama Advisor

Amid heated controversy that has spread worldwide and a vote among church leaders to oust him from his church, Pastor Juan McFarland led Sunday morning’s worship service at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery.

A fervent congregation of around 50, taking up a fraction of the pews, sang loudly and encouraged McFarland throughout his sermon. Though the choir loft behind him was empty, the pastor appeared to be full of the spirit.

On Wednesday, retired Shiloh deacon Nathan Williams Jr. said McFarland had admitted in a September church service that he was HIV positive. He followed that, said Williams, with more stunning confessions, including that he was diagnosed with AIDS in 2008, had sexual interactions with church members, took illegal drugs and misused church funds.

After the debacle, church leaders voted 80-2 to oust McFarland from the church. The news made national headlines and network news broadcasts.

For some visitors to the church on Sunday, greeted with smiles from church members in the lobby, the sight of McFarland at the pulpit came as a surprise.

McFarland, who has been Shiloh’s pastor for 24 years, referenced biblical stories of the power of prayer and God’s ability to provide sudden healing, themes that reflect his own dilemma. He focused on the story in the book of Matthew, in which a faithful centurion calls upon Jesus to heal his servant, who is dying of leprosy.

“…his servant was healed that same hour,” McFarland said. “Jesus did it suddenly.” From out in the congregation, a male voice called out, “Preach it, reverend!”

“Sometimes the worst times in our lives is when we have a midnight situation, and we are in a midnight situation,” McFarland told churchgoers. “When you pray, you’ve got to forgive. You can’t go down on your knees hating somebody, or wishing something bad will happen to somebody.”

He recounted the story in the book of Luke of the woman who, when she pushed her way through a crowd to touch Jesus’ garment, was suddenly healed of her illness.

“Press your way through the crowd. Pass your way through the naysayers,” McFarland said.

Annette Russell, the church’s missionary president, spoke to the congregation about the chaos that had enveloped the church since the media became aware of McFarland’s confessions.

“I have been praying for a calmness, that these people can come to their senses so we can praise the Lord,” Russell said, in tears. “I prayed to God, ‘Send us some faithful folks,’ and he did it today.

“He’s a man of God, but he’s a human being,” she said of McFarland. “It’s not that we condone what our pastor has done, but we need to have compassion. We’re not supposed to assassinate our brothers and sisters. We’re not supposed to judge. We do our business at Shiloh. It didn’t have to be expressed in the papers or on television.”

A looming reality

Since being voted out, McFarland has retained the keys to the church building and control over the church’s finances, according to Nathan Williams Jr.

The sign in front of Shiloh, the modern building that represents a congregation formed in 1919, still lists his name as pastor.

Throughout his time in the media spotlight, McFarland has declined interviews with the press, both national and local.

Julian McPhillips, one of the lawyers representing the church, said a lawsuit against McFarland will likely be filed Monday.

“Not only did they authorize us to pursue this in court, but they paid us to do so,” said McPhillips, who with his law partner worked on the case over the weekend. McPhillips was surprised to learn that McFarland was still leading services at the church.

“He is a bit of a strong-willed guy,” said McPhillips, who on Friday met with major elders of the church. “He’s refusing to face the reality of what the congregation has voted.”

Near the end of Sunday morning’s sermon, McFarland broke out in song. He stepped down into the aisles, where congregants, some of them in tears, embraced him and shook his hand. All the while, he sang, “The Lord My God Is Sovereign.”

My thoughts on this subject is way too long to include in this article, click here to get the Church Lady take on Rev. Juan McFarland