It's true what they say, “When it rains, it pours,” and it seems like the storm has finally come for religious leaders. From allegations of Catholic priests having sex with young boys, Bishop Eddie Long allegedly doing the same, and many others being accused of pimping their congregation and robbing them blind; they're all walking in the rain.
In an even more disturbing case, Papua New Guinea's infamous 'Black Jesus' is the latest to be thrown under the bus, and found guilty for allegedly raping young 'flower girls' who belonged to his “cult like” sect. His sentencing is scheduled for later this month.
Lutheran pastor Steven Tari, known as Black Jesus to his massive following, made international news when captured and arrested in March 2007 after eluding police for more than a year by moving from village to village or hiding in remote mountain camps in the Transgogol area of Madang province, on PNG's northeast coast.
As part of his 'culture ministry' Tari preached the young girls were to be 'married' to him as it was God's prophecy. He admitted to sexually penetrating the young women, but denied it was done without consent.
“What I did … is under and in line with my religion. It was religious and was not wrong,” he said.
Let us pray.