Montgomery Pastor Refuses To Step Down After Adultery, AIDS Confession
Last week, we told you the disturbing story of Juan McFarland. In case you missed it, he’s the Alabama pastor who confessed to having intercourse inside of the church with several women from his congregation. Sadly, he failed to inform those women that he has been living with AIDS since 2008. Naturally, members at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church were outraged by the confession, which he made from the pulpit. He also confessed to substance abuse and mishandling church funds.
On October 5, McFarland was voted out of the ministry, 80-1. So you can imagine how shocked members were when they showed up for church last Sunday and he was sitting up in the pulpit ready to deliver a sermon on “divine healing.” According to WSFA, the troubled pastor says that he will not be stepping down. As a result, several deacons from the ministry have filed a lawsuit against him.
“The majority of the members were shocked. There were only about 50 people there. But why show up to a church you have been voted out of? A lot of members are intimidated. He has run that church like a dictator over the years,” said Julian McPhillips, attorney for the deacons.
One deacon says that McFarland and a second defendant, who has been identified as Marc Anthoni Peacock, changed the locks on the church and took away access to the church’s bank accounts. Peacock also allegedly told the Board of Deacons that they would use “castle law” (meaning he would shoot them) if they came to the church.
The Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention Moderators Division, which presides over 1,100 churches statewide, is also calling for McFarland’s resignation.
“It is only the church that can kick him out. The association, the president or whatever can’t kick him out because it’s an agreement with churches on their own accord that we make association, that we work together. We can only voice our opinion and only share what we feel is right,” said Cleveland McFarland Jr., president of the ASMBCD. “But see the church supersedes everything and everybody. I say the church is the Supreme Court. The church decides what she wants to do, when she wants to do it and how she wants to do it. We all ought to be governed by the word of God, the Bible and if it goes against it the Word then as far as we are concerned it’s not spiritual and it’s illegal.”
“How do we help him? Because he needs help and as Christians that’s what we want to do. We also want to help the church because they are going through a lot of pain and turmoil,” he added. (Note: Cleveland McFarland and Juan McFarland are not related.)
Still, McFarland has not been charged with any crimes. It’s unclear whether or not the women he slept with contracted the HIV virus.