The late Pastor/Minister Rev.Iain D.Campbell who died in January this year (he committed suicide) lived a double life, and the “holier than thou” mask he wore was a cover for the real Iain D.Campbell who has been unmasked as an adulterer.
After his death, his wife accused him of committing adultery with seven women!
His church, Point Free Church of Scotland on the isle of Lewis, conducted a thorough investigation into these serious allegations, and the investigation reinforced the claims that the Minister did commit adultery with three women in the church.
His widow has called on the church to put these women out of the church for adultery but this does not appear to have happened. The “discipline” meted out to these wicked adulteresses is nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
The Apostle Paul told the Corinthian church to “put away” a wicked immoral person from among them. The elders in Point Free Church of Scotland obviously pride themselves on having a more “caring” approach to the adulteresses in their midst. One wretch has been suspended from Communion for one year. Two other wretches were reprimanded (publicly or privately is unclear) and a fourth was exonerated.
Why do these church authorities downplay the seriousness of adultery when it was a death penalty offence in the Old Testament and is still illegal in 21 American states? It is a heinous sin and those three scarlet women should be put out of the church in disgrace and warned to repent of their wickedness.
By the way, if these scarlet women are married, their husbands have a Biblical right to divorce them.
The widow of the adulterous Minister was shunned by some of the congregation/locals who, it seems, would have preferred to keep the scandal quiet. In the book of Joshua in the Old Testament we read of Achan who took of the accursed thing (a Babylonish garment) which he was forbidden to do, just as the late Minister was forbidden to commit adultery but took of the “forbidden fruit” regardless. Achan’s sin was exposed and he died for it and the whole camp of Israel was troubled and militarily defeated all because of one man’s sin.
The “sin in the camp” in Point Free Church of Scotland has been exposed but the punishment does not fit the sin/crime.
Put these women out, Point Free Church, lest a little leaven leaven the whole lump.
We expect our Gospel preachers to be morally pure (as does the watching world) and when we hear that a Pastor/Minister is an adulterer, it is shocking, and such revelations give ammunition to God’s enemies to blaspheme and mock Christians who are seen as hypocrites of the highest order.
Adultery is very easy to avoid when one fears God, and the consequences of breaking His commandments. In the case of Iain D. Campbell, he preached against sin publicly whilst privately delighting in it.
Did he really think he would get away with breaking the seventh commandment multiple times? He knows better now!
Be sure your sin will find you out.