Dee Parsons of The Wartburg Watch has made a career of exposing “Patriarchal” churches whose overseers cover-up the presence of pedophiles who have molested children. However, Dee is okay with TWW’s E-Church pastor, Wade Burleson, who allows two convicted pedophiles to attend his church “incognito.” According to Burleson, members of his church are not made aware of the presence of these pedophiles in their midst; only the “paid and volunteer staff” of the church know of their identity and sex offenses.
Wade Burleson is the pastor of Emmanuel Enid Church, a Southern Baptist church in Enid, Oklahoma. Parents of the children who attend this church have no idea there are two convicted pedophiles who attend the church. Burleson assumes that if the staff members of the church know their identity, he has fulfilled his obligation to the church. But how is this cover-up any different than the cover-up of pedophilia by Sovereign Grace Ministries, which Dee Parsons of TWW abhors?
Burleson’s rationale is that "sin is sin" and the immoral desires of pedophiles are no worse than any other sexual desire or orientation—such as homosexuality and adultery. According to Burleson, child pornography and pedophilia are more serious only because they are illegal in the United States. Burleson leaves open the possibility that someday pedophilia will become legal in the USA, in which case it will not be a crime and therefore not more serious than homosexuality or adultery.
As a matter of fact, the legalization of pedophilia is a major objective of the LGBT agenda and is presently on a fast track. LGBT will soon become LGBTP, and Wade Burleson seems to know this! For more info on this most important matter, read: The Age of Aquarius and Barack Obama: Rider on the White Horse.
The following are selected excerpts from Wade Burleson’s blog post on pedophilia. Notice that except for a few comments, the entire discussion is about the "illegality" of pedophilia, as if being a crime alone makes it more serious than other sexual sins. The few posts copied below are not representative of the comments on Burleson's blog post, most of which seem to agree with Burleson.
“Loving the Homosexual, the Pedophiliac, the Adulterer, the Masturbator, and the Fornicator in Your Life (Which Includes You): The Power of Grace and Truth”
This week I have had a couple of outstanding conversations with people who were upset that I placed homosexuals, adulterers and pedophiliacs in the same category in something I recently wrote. "Pedophiliacs are different!" my friends said. "What they do is illegal! They use power and a desire for control to abuse an innocent child for personal gratification!"
What I had written that caused their offense was the following: "People may be born with a heart predisposed toward a desire to have sex with people of the same gender (homosexuality), just as people may be born with heart predisposed with a desire to have sex with other married people (adultery), or children (pedophilia), etc... Having the tendency (desire) to sin sexually is part of being a sinner. Finding freedom from acting out on that desire to sexually sin is part of being a Christian."
Notice that I was writing about desire when I wrote of the commonality of sexual sins. There is a difference in consequences when a person acts out on his sinful sexual desires, depending on the laws of the land and the opinion of culture at the particular time the sexual act is committed. My friends, both of whom I respect, are correct that there is a difference (in our day) between pedophilia behavior (illegal activity) and homosexual behavior, adulterous behavior, sexual behavior while single, or self-stimulation (all legal activities). But I remind you, pedophilia is only currently illegal. If you act out on your desires to have sex with children you will go to jail if caught. If you commit an act of homosexuality or adultery you will not go to jail - at least in our day. Laws do change, however. Throughout America's history there were state laws that made both homosexuality and adultery illegal, punishable with either jail time or death. But that's another subject. The point I was making in what I wrote was a simple one: The predisposition and desire to have a sexual relationship outside of a husband/wife relationship is a sin against God. And ALL of us are sinners.
An Illustration From Pedophilia
There are two men in our church that I mentor and disciple who are registered sexual offendors because of sexual activity with children. They spent their prison time. Everytime they set foot on our campus, they must report to me. Their pictures have been passed around to all our paid and volunteer staff. They are never allowed to be anywhere with children, and never will be.
BUT SOME SEXUAL SINS ARE ILLEGAL! THOSE ARE SEVERE SINS INDEED.
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Comments from readers
Do the parents of those who bring their children know that these two men are an active part of your church?
You have guidelines in place and some security measures established but do wonder because of the many comments on this subject (not just on this blog but others who written about sexual abuse) who speak as if the church at large needs to know.
Wade Burleson said...
No. We only make our campus workers aware and distribute name and picture. The police require them to register as "Sex Offendors" and there pictures, names and addresses have been placed in the newspaper. They are NEVER with children for any reason and are always with other adults while on campus. We do not feel it is necessary with all those restrictions to "announce" these men are attending our church, but we by no means are hiding it (as you can tell).
Southwestern Discomfort said...
The following are NOT crimes in most states (and in the few states where they may still be crimes, they're likely unconstitutional):
The one that IS a crime is:
And why is it a crime? Because the victim cannot consent, unlike all of the other sins in your list.
So, to be blunt, I strongly object to your lumping pedophilia, a crime, in with these other sexual sins. In fact, I think you make less of pedophilia by linking it in with these non-crimes.
Wade Burleson said...
I am not communicating very well it seems. There is a huge LEGAL difference between pedophilia and homsexuality. The former is a crime, the latter is not.
There is no difference in desires. Both are sins in the eyes of God.
Southwestern Discomfort said...
"I see what you did there." Apparently I am obviously not communicating very well either, because it's not clear to you that I find it abominable that you'd lump pedophilia, a CRIME punishable by years in prison, with homosexuality, fornication, adultery and masturbation, which you label as sins.
Let me repeat that: abominable. You're doing a bad thing here, Wade Burleson, and I am calling you out on it.
Pedophilia "desire for sex with children" is not a crime.
Pedophilic BEHAVIOR" is a crime, and is classified as child sexual abuse.
Your confusion over the difference between desire and behavior is quite evident to everyone but you.
Southwestern Discomfort said...
I actually DO know the difference between desire and behavior. To wit:
Jesus said that any man who looks with lust in his heart on a woman commits adultery.
I would say that if you're looking with lust upon a child, you're committing pedophilia, and what we do know about pedophiles is that they don't tend to keep their predilections undercover. They may not ACT on those predilections (by raping children) but they may do other illegal acts, such as collecting and viewing sexually oriented videos and pictures of minors.
And, I would note, the reason why pedophilia is a crime (and possession of videos/pictures is also a crime) is because children cannot legally consent to sexual contact.
My point, one that I keep reiterating over and over, is that pedophilia is different from the other sexual sins Wade Burleson is harping on here because these are acts between *consenting adults*. Children legally CANNOT consent to sexual conduct. And, if there is no consent to the act by one adult party, then it's sexual assault and can be charged as such.
(I'm old enough to remember when a marriage license was also consent to be sexual assault without remedy in law. In other words, one spouse could not deny sex to the other and the other could TAKE it. That's not the case any more in most states.)
I didn't spend three years in law school back in the 1980s for entirely nothing. And again, I will reiterate that it's wrong to lump pedophilia, a crime, in with these sins. Yet that's what Wade is doing here, he's lumping in something that pretty much everyone agrees is awful with acts that are not crimes. As I said, "I see what you're doing there."
You state: "No. We only make our campus workers aware and distribute name and picture. The police require them to register as "Sex Offendors" and there pictures, names and addresses have been placed in the newspaper. They are NEVER with children for any reason and are always with other adults while on campus. We do not feel it is necessary with all those restrictions to "announce" these men are attending our church, but we by no means are hiding it (as you can tell)."
Since what has happened in Florida...
...what are the possibilities of worse happening to your church if one of the men you watch choose to abuse a child in your church, off property, as a result of seeing them first on your campus?
You have stated you are the greatest advocate against child abuse (or something similar). I hope so. But, I do not see this being true when you have families with children where the discussion of these men and their desires have been acted out are not brought to them directly.
I would hate to see something happen: a child be abused, a life ruined, a church destroyed, a witness for Jesus damaged because you did not go as far with the information you do have as you could have.
I don't think a jury will agree that a mention on your blog is sufficient.
I want the best for you and would hate to see your name on Christa's web site. And then I could be off base and making much about nothing. It's only a child's life, maybe, right?
Rex Ray said...
I believe you made an excellent comment.
What if a family/victim didn’t read/remember the names and pictures in newspapers?
“I attend Wade Burleson’s church” would be enough to get his ‘foot in the door’.
Wade, don't let the word "philia" in "pedolphilia" confuse you. It isn't really about sexual desire or love for children at all. So to say "love is love" is, frankly, horse crap. That is not love, Wade. Raping children is not motivated by love of children.
I'm horrified that you would lump it in with adultery and masturbation.
It's not even about sex, Wade. It's not a "sexual desire" to want to rape children.
It is, like all rape, not as much about sexual desire as it is about using the mechanism of sex to control and dominate others.
The difference between pederasty and the others on your list is much, much more than the fact that it is illegal.
Pederasty is illegal for the same reason that RAPE is illegal. It is a crime because it has a victim. It is criminalized because it causes tangible, quantifiable damage to someone who had no choice, no agency, and no defense.
By calling pederasty "sexual sin" you are minimizing it. It isn't sexual sin. It is dominating sin. The desire being dealt with is not sexual desire. The desire is power and control.
You need to rethink your assertion here.http://www.wadeburleson.org/2012/05/loving-homosexual-pedophiliac-adulterer.html