This chapter examines the sexual behavior of pastors, priests, and ministers in the United States. Every church requires exemplary behavior and most of them require clergy to vow compliance at ordination. However, secret worlds were being opened and liberalized ethics were being espoused and some clergy declared a God-given right of “justice-love”, which means consensual sexual relationship outside of heterosexual marriage. This chapter discusses the many fractures of the ministry fault line over human sexuality including sexual abuse, promiscuity, and ordination of homosexuals.
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