The preacher who made headlines for calling Facebook a sin will be taking a 90-day leave of absence from his job at the Living Word Christian Fellowship Church in Neptune, New Jersey.
This development, reported by the Associated Press, follows the revelation that Reverend Cedric Miller had a three-way sexual relationship a decade ago. He’d previously offered to resign.
Earlier this month, Miller had asked 50 church officials to get rid of their Facebook accounts because the social network was a sin that enabled adultery to take place.
Miller had based this commandment on consultations with 20 married couples who were having problems stemming from one spouse connecting with an ex on Facebook.
He had previously suggested that married members of his congregation share their passwords on the social network with one another. There was never any explanation as to why or how that tactic would ever dispel jealousy rather than increase it.
Once it became known that Miller had dalliances of his own, he changed his tune on Facebook. The threeway he had with his wife and a young male church assistant predated the social network, occurring in 2003.
One can only speculate about the extent to which Miller’s personal life influenced his preaching against Facebook. The preacher hasn’t been speaking to the media since he suggested leaving the post — a good call by the church.
The church’s board of elders had reached an agreement on the 90 day leave of absence after a vote preceded by consultation with other pastors in the area.
Readers, what do you think of the church’s decision on the preacher who’d called Facebook a sin?