H/T: Julie Anne – SpritualSoundingBoard.com – 6/26/15
After you’ve read the article, be sure and read the comments by Steve Lata and Titus Benton. They’re at the bottom of the page.
Earlier this month, I shared a portion of a disturbing story about First Christian Church of Florissant (FCCF) and their pastor, Steve Wingfield. I found this case especially intriguing because of the similarities with my own former pastor’s failure to report child sex abuse and his lawsuit against me:
- Pastor Steve Wingfield and church leadership allegedly failed to respond to child known sex abuse allegations
- Convicted sex offender, Brandon Milburn, eventually plead guilty to seven counts of sodomy with two minors under the age of 12 and was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison.
- Pastor Steve Wingfield used the civil court system to file a defamation lawsuit in an attempt to control negative public communication by former church members.
- Pastor Wingfield published a lengthy explanation of why filing a lawsuit against former members was Biblically appropriate, despite the Bible’s clear teaching against it (1 Corinthians 6:1-8).
There’s much more to report, but you now have a quick glimpse of the upheaval occurring in this once largely attended church in Florissant, Missouri.
On June 21, 2015, an Open Letter was widely published and shared via the church website, read from the pulpit, published on the church’s Facebook page, Twitter, and sent by e-mail and snail mail. Apparently, they wanted to reach a very wide audience.