A former celebrity pastor mired in scandal and recently caught in a web of lies suddenly demands privacy, surprising thousands of his social media followers and book-buyers. “He would tweet selfies and really deep, resonating quips twenty-five times a day, receiving thousands of retweets and favorites. He would name-drop famous people and humble-brag about how many inspirational books he was selling. He clamored for churches all across the US to stream his conferences during worship services. Now, out of nowhere, when people are accusing him of spiritual abuse and adultery, he asks for privacy,” said Toni Bruxworth of Florida. “I’m really confused.”
The pastor, who once encouraged magazines like Christianity Today and Relevant to write stories about him, his ministry, and his workout habits, now finds it “unbecoming” and “unfair” to report on the misdeeds that disqualify him for further Christian work. Once a happy recipient of attention, this celebrity pastor is now actively working to silence the blogosphere. “He used to love it when he was the center of attention,” recalled Byron Rose of Alabama. “But now that people are reporting on his rampant hypocrisy and sexual deviance, he wants out of the limelight. My world is upside-down.”
We at The Daily Cherub hope to get the bottom of this remarkable, 180-degree change of ministry philosophy. When we do, we’ll let you know.