“If they are not preaching against sin, it is because they are guilty of it!”
The modern-day, lawless gospel that is being promulgated and tolerated by congregationalists across this country is astounding to say the least. Look to the fruit of these false converts. It is the cause of the moral decay and decadence that is being witnessed by all (Proverbs 28:4-5).
Furthermore, look to the hirelings that are tolerated in the pulpits and what it is that they do not preach. Herein lies the revelation as to why the issues of sin prevail throughout the land today (Jude 3-4), which is a lack of Christianity (Matthew 7:23)!
Al.com reported: “Alabama evangelist Acton Bowen sentenced to 1,008 years in sex abuse cases.”
As if to suggest that he would live to be that old. Instead of upholding God’s statutes as to how to deal with criminals, the system of indulgence, known as the correctional institutions in this country, creates a system which encourages crime ($64 billion a year) rather than discourages crime (Romans 4:15). The justice system is backwards on so many levels (Isaiah 59).
Alabama evangelist Paul Acton Bowen was sentenced Friday to 1,008 years in prison- the maximum on all counts – for his guilty pleas to sexually abusing a half dozen teenagers.
In addition, he was ordered to pay $840,000 in fines for all counts, also the maximum.
Bowen, 39, entered guilty pleas earlier this month in Etowah County to 28 counts of sexual abuse involving six male victims between the ages of 13 and 16. The charges included enticing a child for a sexual act, sodomy, traveling to meet a child for a sexual act and sexual abuse.
Circuit Judge Debra Jones presided over the case after several Etowah County judges recused themselves. Bowen’s ex-wife is the daughter of an Etowah County judge.
Moments before being sentenced, Bowen, standing in shackles, looked out on a packed courtroom and apologized in a trembling voice, both to his own family and the victims, for years of sexual abuse. “The shame and guilt I feel is overwhelming and has been for a long time,” he said. “My heart was never wanting to hurt anybody but my mind was not well.”
Family members and victims wept as Jones slowly read out the maximum sentence and fine on every count. Each sentence is to run consecutively – rather than concurrent.
Bowen still faces trial in Jefferson County on three felony charges of traveling to meet a child for sex, enticing a child for a sexual act and sodomy. Trial is set on those charges for April 20, 2020. If Bowen ever should be released from jail on his Etowah County convictions – which prosecutors said was unlikely – he would be considered a “sexually violent predator,” which means he would face a 10-year probationary period.
As you can see, there is no fear of God or the consequences (Proverbs 16:6), which should explain why he committed the crimes in the first place. Who is to blame? First, the offender and secondly, the system and people that tolerate it (Amos 5:15).
Conclusion: Scripture is very clear in the matter. It tells us: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).
In other words, “If they are not preaching against sin, it is because they are guilty of it!”
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