Global megachurch leader Enoch Adeboye cites the fall of Robert Morris as a cautionary tale

Global megachurch leader Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who serves as the general overseer of Nigeria's Redeemed Christian Church of God, recently warned members of his flock to “flee youthful lust” while referring to the collapse of the ministry of Gateway Church founder Robert Morris. allegations of child sexual abuse he made in the 1980s as a cautionary tale.

“The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:22, flee from youthful lust. When it comes to sexual temptation, don't fight, run,” said Adeboye, who is the global general overseer of churches in his ministry, including in Africa, Europe and North America, in a recent sermon shared on YouTube.

“Remember, a few years ago, when they accused a man of God of rape? I told my children, I said, I don't believe he committed rape. … He did something, no doubt about it, but that he did it by force? [No.],” he argued.

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Adeboye then explained how he warned his own children, especially the boys, to be vigilant when it comes to sexual temptation.

“I warned my children, especially the boys, I said if the devil comes against you, tell the devil to get lost. When you see a girl smiling at you, run because you can't win the fight. … Some of you say, Dad, what do you say? Are you saying you're running away [sex]? I say [run] quick Without your anointing? Does your anointing turn your body to stone?” he asked before a point to Samson's story.

“Samson was anointed. Alone he killed 1,000 soldiers. A woman finished him,” Adeboye stated.

“I hope the boys are listening. Do you see that woman smiling at you everywhere you go? She is there smiling and she is not your wife. Run!” said the megachurch.

“And for you girls, when you see this boy who comes and starts saying, when I look at you, where have you been all my life? It looks like the sun just came out. He calls you sunshine. When he [is] finish[ed] with you, you won't even know the difference between sunshine and sunset. You can laugh, take my word for it,” he insisted.

Adeboye noted that even at the age of 82, he knows he still cannot be too careful when it comes to sexual temptation.

“Someone said: 'Are you saying that even at your age you still run?' Faster than before,” he said.

“Why? Because the closer you get to the end point, the more careful you have to be. Write that down. I'm not kidding. Can anyone still be interested [in] an 82-year-old man?” he asked.

“Not interested in you for you,” he said, explaining how the devil works. “He is interested in you so that he can finish all the great work that God has done through you.”

And with that comment, he alluded to the allegations against Morris without naming him.

“Didn't you read the paper that a man committed an offense or something about 42 years ago and now his ministry is over,” he said.

“Anyone who tells you everything you've done is hidden, it's hidden until the wind starts blowing,” Adeboye explained. “Don't say daddy didn't tell you. i told you [the] Bible says [s] run away from youthful lust. run away He didn't ask you to stay and say that grace will suffice. There is no grace for what God says you must run from. Maybe grace to run.”

Last month, Cindy Clemishire, 54, reported that Morris began sexually abusing her on Christmas Day in 1982, when she was just 12 years old. She says the abuse went on for four and a half years before he was discovered. But he was later allowed to return to ministry.

When questioned about the allegations by The Christian Post, Morris only admitted to being involved in “inappropriate sexual conduct with a young lady” more than 35 years ago, and said he repented and was restored to ministry.

Clemishire insisted to CP, however, that she was no virgin when Morris abused her.

“I was 12 years old. I was a little girl. A very innocent little girl. And they brought him into our home. He and his wife, Debbie, and their little boy, Josh, trusted and preached at the church that my dad helped start and then began preparing us all to do what took me decades to wrap my brain around as an adult,” she said.

“It went on for many years. He says there was no sexual intercourse, but he did touch every part of my body and put his fingers inside me, which I understand now is considered a form of rape by instrument. I was an innocent 12-year-old girl who knew nothing about sexual behavior.”

Gateway Church is now conducting an independent review of the allegations years after Clemishire said she first contacted Morris through her Gateway email seeking restitution.

“The leadership at Gateway received actual notice of this crime in 2005 when I sent an email directly to Robert Morris' email address. A former Gateway senior, Tom Lane, received and responded to my email, acknowledging that the sexual abuse began on the 25 of December. , 1982, when I was 12 years old,” Clemishire said in a statement previously released by her attorney Boz Tchividjian.

“Again in 2007, my attorney at the time Gentner Drummond (the current Attorney General of Oklahoma) sent a letter to Robert Morris in hopes that he would help reimburse me for the thousands of dollars I spent in counsel as a result of this abuse. His attorney also acknowledged the dates and then tried to blame me for the abuse,” she claimed. “At least, both the Gateway pastor and at least one elder had specific notice that I was sexually abused starting when I was 12. Gateway had the information but deliberately decided to embrace the false story that Robert Morris wanted to believe.”


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