Youth Pastor Arrested for Soliciting Sex with Children

Sexual Abuse and Internet Pornography is a rampant plague of evil that is interwoven throughout all of society.  

The damage to the soul caused by sexual abuse and internet pornography if left unaddressed may incapacitate survivors for life 

Fear of exposure produces silence in survivors of sexual sin;   toxic shame silences the culture.  The perception is, no problem exists.

I am presenting this week at the Coalition of Prison Evangelists on the Nature, Prevalence, and Damage of childhood sexual abuse.  On my way from the airport to the convention center a breaking news story came on the radio several times.  50 men and 1 woman were arrested today in a sting operation here  in Orange County, FL.  Each one arrested responded in person to an advertisement on the Internet for sex with children.  The announcer emphasized in each report that one of the men was Michael David Lee, a youth pastor from Eastland Baptist Church.

50 men and one church is only the tip of the iceberg.  They were the only ones caught.  I can’t even venture a guess at the actual number of children being victimized.  As Jillian and I prepare to secure a home for survivors to travel the road to healing, I am daily perplexed by the blind eyes.  Wake up church.  Wake up schools.  Wake up communities.  Pass me off as an overly passionate crazed fanatic.  This disease is destroying millions.  I will pray for listening ears, and open hearts and courage to face the truth.

About Bill Harbeck

Founder and Director of Holding on to Hope Ministries. A non-profit work that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse unveil their past and begin the healing process. Author of the book Shattered; One Man's Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse
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