*Seems pastors are continually showing us that they are just ordinary people after all.
Never mind the fact that they stand in the pulpit every Sunday preaching down to us “sinners” – usually in that “holier-than-thou” tone. Telling us to Live right. Act right. Be right so that we will go to heaven when we die.
Come to find out, some of them are not living right. Acting right; Being right. Wonder where they’ll go once they leave here.
Take Chicago pastor & gospel singer Charles Jenkins, you may remember him. Several weeks back a photo appeared online that showed him brushing his teeth, full monty…naked. Once the curtains got pulled back, we found out he was having an adulterous affair, an 8-year-long relationship, with a married woman (he’s married too!)
Once the photo came out, the pastor did too – admitting to the affair, asking his wife for forgiveness, and appearing in front of his congregation hoping they would take pity on his poor soul because, after all, he’s only human.
Thing is, now that all is out in the open, pastor Jenkins has thrown something else into the mix. If he’s going down, he’s not going down alone.
According to a blog post published by Rae Lewis-Thornton, a former member of Fellowship Chicago, Jenkins confessed to everything with his wife by his side. In a plea to the church he said, “he had already asked his wife for forgiveness and was now appealing to the church” to do the same.
The blog was also where he first named the woman he was having the affair with, Mrs. Mundi Griffin, a Chicago businesswoman who he claimed was now extorting him.
Mrs. Griffin calls pastor Jenkins a “liar” and told him via a text message, “for you to fabricate a story to defend your reputation and publicize it is irresponsible and disgusting. I have kept our affair a secret even beyond my departure. But you elect to wrongfully defame me across your pulpit.”
Mrs. Griffin had been married for a year when she began her affair with the pastor. She worked for Fellowship Chicago (then known as Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church) and was paid a salary of $106,000. Jenkins allegedly fired two other church officials in order to hire Griffin so that he could pay her the six-figure salary. Although Griffin, who joined the church in 2004, left the church after five years, she said the affair continued for three years after that.
Thornton knew Mrs. Griffin personally and interviewed her about the affair. Griffin told her that the pastor said he was going to leave his wife for her. But Griffin said that their affair had “ended on peaceful terms” and that “There was nothing to talk about publicly.”
When the picture of Charles Jenkins appeared on the Obnoxious Blog a few weeks ago, Griffin received a series of text messages from Jenkins in which he accused her of releasing the photo, said he “wanted it to end,” and asked “what will it take to end this.”
Check out the texts between pastor and Griffin, and read the full interview by Rae Lewis-Thornton at BlackChristianNews.com