Rev. Jermaine Simmons Sr., pastor of Jacob Chapel Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida, caught having sex with his parishioner’s wife, said he won’t quit pulpit because God has forgiven him .
The 37-year-old pastor made the statement to the congregants on the pulpit the Sunday after he fled naked having sex with a 34-year old church member Claynisha Stephens at her matrimonial home. Simmons was caught by the woman’s husband, Benjamin Stephens having sex on their daughter’s bed.The pastor ran for his dear life naked when Benjamin attempted to kill him by reaching for a gun from their bedroom. The couple are members of Jacob Chapel Baptist Church.
According to police investigation,Simmons came to the Stephens’ house to discuss business and charity with her and had sex during the meeting.During the intercourse, her son’s school tried to get her to come and pick him , but could not.When she did not answer her call, the father was contacted and he picked the boy.On his arrival at home , he saw his wife having sex with their pastor.
But few days after the shameful incident, Simmons told the church he was not going to resign because he had received forgiveness from God and his wife had demonstrated support.
Said Simmons to the congregants, “What I want from God I’ve already received it and that’s his forgiveness. What I am asking of our members is something I may or may not get and that is your prayers. And I’m asking for your forgiveness.
“I was reminded that I can’t run through this. And I got somebody who said, and I believe her, that she’s gonna walk with me,”
“I’m hurting because I have hurt you. I’m talking to Jacob Chapel. Can’t speak for people on the outside because I’m not Tallahassee’s pastor. I’m not Florida’s pastor. I’m not the world’s pastor. I’m Jacob Chapel’s pastor. It hurts me that you have to defend my actions because when you love somebody you want to fight for ’em. You want to defend them, but let me be very clear, you cannot defend sin,” he said.
“And I preach to you each and every Sunday, you don’t get defensive or try to justify sin. This ain’t about nobody else but me. The world doesn’t operate like we operate and so you will be attacked for loving me. They may be some folk here today in this room, who came to see what was going to happen,” he continued while pointing out that “my baby brother is here … I have to keep him from shooting people. Cause he ain’t always saved yet. Gotta talk him down, ‘what you want me to do?’ … I don’t want you to do nothing.”
“If I stop preaching, if I stop doing what the Lord called me to do over this, it presupposes that I was qualified to do it in the first place. If I quit, if I walk away over this, it presupposes that I deserved to preach last Sunday when there was no scandal. I was wretch [inaudible] I’m a work in progress now but what the Lord allows. We will move forward,” he said.
Simmons statements to his parishioners has drawn a lot criticisms in the social media as some believe he should first step down.
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