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Jacksonville Church Hires Registered Sex Offender as Pastor, Bans Children from Service

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The Lord may be forgiving. Sex offender laws? Not so much.

A Baptist church in Jacksonville has hired a registered sex offender as its new pastor, but because a court has ruled the he's not allowed to have "unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old," the church has decided to ban kids from its Sunday services.

Back in 2009, Darrell Gilyard pleaded guilty to charges of lewd conduct and lewd molestation according to News4Jax.com. At the time Gilyard was a pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church. His victims were female members of his congregation under 18. He molested one 15-year-old girl and sent a lewd text message to another.

Gilyward was released from jail on December 28 and began preaching at the Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in late January.

As part of his three-year probation, Gilyard cannot have any unsupervised contact with children. However, even any supervised contact must be OK'd by a therapist. He must also enroll in a sex offender therapy program before supervised contact is allowed. Gilyard says he's enrolled in such a program, and his attorneys have filed a motion seeking to clarify the terms of his probation and to allow children in the church while he's at the pulpit according to Jacksonville.com.

In the meantime, the church has decided to ban all children from Sunday service.

"Somehow I will prove that life isn't over when one has committed a crime for which he receives this heinous label," Gilyard told a Jacksonville.com reporter through text message. "You don't have to languish on the fringes of society."

Oddly, Gilyard's arrival at the church has caused a spike in attendance. Before Gilyard joined the church about 10 members came to service. Now the numbers are between 150 and 200.

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solo112200
solo112200

How the fuck can ppl attend the place of worship knowing that this sick twisted filthy nasty bastard is standing in the pulpit!!!! Children to hear the word just as well as adults but they cant attend because the pastor is lusting over them. The members that voted him as pastor are just as fucked up as this nasty bastard!! If u attend may as well drop your kids off at his house for him to babysit!! Dumb ignorant stupid confused muthafuckaz!!!!!!

Servant_of_YAH
Servant_of_YAH

Anybody saying this pastor should be allowed to preach again is a HYPOCRITE and is NOT following the almighty God. **1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be BLAMELESS, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of GOOD BEAVIOUR, given to hospitality, apt to teach** How can anybody say that they love YAH but will go against what His word says to keep a man in a position? And I dare anyone to use the good ole "you can't judge nobody" because I will give you a much better understanding of Matthew 7. I'm tired of people playing with my Father's word instead of living it! The nasty pastor can be forgiven but he needs to sit his behind down somewhere. Get out of the pulpit! I don't care how "inspirational" his sermons are. That goes for any pastor. The problem is people put the pastor before God. That's why we are a nation of people led astray. SMH!

Elderglo1
Elderglo1

I think this is the saddest and most dangerous example of how adults who violate children can get by with the collaboration of other adults. He should not be a leader of any kind especially in a congregation of believers. To keep young persons from church is anti Christ who said that they (children) ..of such are The Kingdom of Heaven. To allow any place to be unsafe for children ,for me is unsafe for anyone. The crime is an opportunistic power imposition. I could not as a parent ,a health professional or a committed Christian listen to this man.As a therapist listening in a professional setting could work. From what is reported ,He may be effective in a setting where the behavior he exhibited can be used as a lesson of what not to do but this requires an honest self perception and subsequent confrontation. 

ms.hill
ms.hill

THIS IS A SHAME BEFORE GOD.

Kbtaxconsulting
Kbtaxconsulting

I'm wondering where do the children go and how do they get the word about Jesus on Sundays? Do they go to another house of God to hear the preached word? I don't know why people think that children and teens don't need the word of God. And so basically the church won't grow much because the youth department is where church growth comes from.

Bishophbj
Bishophbj

Even thou he's forgiven. He should not be allowed to pastor. Adam and Eve sinned was given grace by God but they still couldn't go back to the Garden!

Minister Susan Moody
Minister Susan Moody

We teach our kids not to talk to strangers.Tell us if someone touch them where they shouldn't !In the church we teach sex before marriage is a sin.You see evil did not sneak into the church you all let him in.Who gonna protect the kids.

Sister Barbara
Sister Barbara

I wonder if the Pastor can say before he accepted the  offer ' I fasted and Prayed '                     I wonder what going to happen to the Youth AND THE  Children of the Church .                                                                           Sister Barbara/ Orlando

Pamela_foster03
Pamela_foster03

I think their justification is a little backwards......the church should be first place to protect and encourage kids. Pull the pastor from pulpit and bring the kids back.

Ravenda Dallah
Ravenda Dallah

Basically these folks told all their kids it's ok to have a pervert run the Church but they can't come worship while he's there. Why couldn't they let him do it on a Wednesday evening for "adults who can;t keep their flesh under control class?" Kids can still come on Sunday. Just be sure he isn't teaching the adults how to get away with touching the little kids on their private parts and still keep your job (which is exactly what he is doing)

Jessie Granger
Jessie Granger

id anyone notice he labeled this "label" as Heinous rather than his crime? It was a heinous crime dumbshit! The label is just!

Ed334pi
Ed334pi

Jesus said suffer not the little children to come into me, but more they are banned because they pastor can't keep his flesh under subjection?!!! He should've waited before Trying to pastor anybody, especially when its turning children away!!! #DONE...

Xantxco51
Xantxco51

"Somehow I will prove that life isn't over when one has committed a crime for which he receives this heinous label," Gilyard told a Jacksonville.com reporter through text message. "You don't have to languish on the fringes of society." lewd conduct and lewd molestation; his victim is a 15 year old girl, and he sent a lewd text message to another..      He should have his balls chopped off. 

Was all his perverse reasoning in the name of "god"?   so it's okay to molest underage girls, but it's not okay for the catholics to molest underage boys?  this man should lose his job, and shouldn't be allowed to be around ANY children.  or just chop off his balls.

Jayjay22
Jayjay22

this is flippin crazy who and there rite mind would want a chomo out on the streets let alone in a church he hurt gods kids not your kids he needs shot between the legs and left to bleed to death if you thinks its ok for a chomo to take away a childs rite in church u should get help urself thats just plain sick

Tiffany
Tiffany

This is not of God at all such a mess and God is not pleased at all the spirit of God is not in this church at all! Wow God is not pleased woe to the church!

Toure
Toure

God is imaginary...

juli_bean85
juli_bean85

This is disgusting. These particular church goers are fools. And this "pastor" does not deserve all this positive attention.

equinoxranch
equinoxranch

I love this story. I really do. It is so wonderfully, pure, unadulterated negro.

joewest666
joewest666

I seriously thought this was a joke when I saw the link on another site but I guess not.

Damn you black people are dumb.

I bet this moon cricket muh diks the entire congregation.

Franchecalewis
Franchecalewis

You stupid people. There goes your one way ticket to hell for banning your preious angelsfrom church because of some damn crimial and a child molested children at that.  .

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

The children were only coming to that church because he brought them there. The church was nearly dead before he came. And you are a hypocrite. You claim to be a Christian, but you do not forgive. You assume he has not learned his lesson regarding his past crimes. You are either a mind reader or an alarmist. 

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

Would you explain how? Jesus came to save the sinners...not the righteous.

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

The church he is at was dead before he came. And there are churches on pretty much every corner in this country. I am sure they'll find some place to worship. Especially since they weren't going to that church before he came there.

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

Actually, you should teach your children not to trust their family members and close family friends. That's because the majority of children who are molested are done so by family and friends.  A child being molested by a stranger, while it does happen, is very rare. And most new sex crimes are committed by non registered sex offenders.So if you want to be reactionary, that is what you need to teach them.  

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

So, are you assuming that he is preaching about sex on the pulpit? From what I understand, he is considered one of the most inspirational preachers this country has. His career goes back decades. He was once a co pastor of Jerry Falwell. So it is doubtful that he is preaching anything that would be considered inappropriate. Also, in the eyes of God, we are all evil and full of sin. And God sees no sin greater than another. Don't get me wrong, he is being selfish by trying to get around the terms of his release, and I am not a supporter of him. But lets keep our heads here and stop being a bunch of self righteous hypocrites.

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

There were no youth and children of the church before he came. The church was almost dead. He brought people to the church.

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

His victims were not little kids. They were teenagers. He was charged with having sexual contact with one of them:. A fully developed 15 year old teenager. I do think this guy is selfish and should step down, but to assume that his victims were little kids without any evidence to support that, is wrong of you. Being a registered sex offender does not automatically make you a pedophile.

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

If you got arrested and convicted of stealing, would it be just to call you a thief for the rest of your life? 

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

Okay does anyone else realize there are churches on every street corner of this country? And before this man came to that church, it had very little attendance.

Ed334pi
Ed334pi

*Suffer not the little children to come unto me...

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

You talk like someone who has done time. So what did you do? Let's talk about that for awhile.....convict!

Badtastic
Badtastic

But I already have an imaginary friend.......

Gailjack
Gailjack

People like you are and I say are very stupid .

Elderglo1
Elderglo1

 Your mirror is lying to you. You are what you say. All of this trash is in your brain and in your mouth. Nothing you have published here applies to anyone except you.

Tashabilities
Tashabilities

The catholic church has been doing it for years, and that shit is majority white. Shut the fuck up, racist.

Glenshelia
Glenshelia

Not all black people are dumb you got some white people dumb as hell also

Gailjack
Gailjack

Anyone with sin cast the first stone .

Badtastic
Badtastic

Aww man...i was really counting on getting that one way ticket to hell. Too bad it just went somehwere

Bigjack33147
Bigjack33147

wow you started off good then you dropped the ball through judgement which will get you a oneway ticket to hell........ijs.

SouthernYankee
SouthernYankee

@Micah Allen  Being forgiven and still having to deal with consequences are two different things. If you don't believe that, I have a good book for you to read.


Acidsweet
Acidsweet

HE. IS. A. CHILD. MOLESTER. God may forgive, but that doesn't mean that parents should ignore his history of violating CHILDREN. What kind of sick and disgusting logic are you trying to employ here, apologizing for a child molester?

filthedesign
filthedesign

Are you suggesting that abusing your position of power and molesting a teenager is not as bad as molesting a "little kid"?????? 

joewest666
joewest666

Now, now let's watch the anger issues there darkie.

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

Actually, the main religion in Africa is catholic. You were saying....?

Jessie Granger
Jessie Granger

I would be very happy to stone him, just give me a time and a date and I'll be there with a boulder. Actually if there is a God, I'm guessing the entire congregation will be struck dead before we get there. Because it's obvious that another child molester just hired his friend. A normal human being would not let a child molester control a church. Just saying....

beyondtheblackstump
beyondtheblackstump

@Acidsweet  and you're a stone - thrower... What have you done in your life? Ever steal a candy bar or other small trinket from a store as a child? THIEF! You're a thief for life. Ever insult someone? Verbal abuse! You are an abuser! Can you get where this is going...? Not apologizing for anyone - but being REASONABLE in thinking that a 15 year old is not a "child" in the sense that they are as defenseless as a 5 year old, and that a one time offense can not be adequately atoned for.

Micah Allen
Micah Allen

So what do you think? If some one wants to give a registered sex offender a chance to change, that must mean he's a sex offender too? People like you are why this country is so messed up. We have a constitution that is suppose to protect everyone. But you seem to think it does not apply to those who have done things in the past you don't like.God help us if someone in your family get's convicted of a terrible crime. You'll have to stone that person too so you can prove you stand by you convictions.

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