jeff carter has finally been sentenced. For what, you might ask? Well, chad told Madison Street Baptist Church that it was because he was "not living above reproach". chad said carter had done nothing criminal. Yet chad knew in July 2008 exactly what the police found out in November 2008 when they arrested carter, see here and here. Well apparently a judge and state attorney thought it was criminal.
The judgment against carter dated September 15, 2009 states that he “entered a plea of nolo contendere” and “that the defendant is hereby ADJUDICATED GUILTY of the crime Aggravated Assault With Intent To Commit A Felony – Statute Number 784.021 1b.”
It also states, “Now, therefore, it is ordered and adjudged that imposition of sentence is hereby withheld and that you be placed on Probation for a period of Five (5) years with sex offender conditions under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, subject to Florida law.”
chad everson, jarrod everson, and jeff summers knew what carter did long before he was arrested for it; however they continually told the victim’s mother that she must forgive because carter had repented. She was terrified he would victimize another young girl and felt that more had to be done, but chad and his crew steadfastly refused to do anything. chad had stated from the pulpit at Madison Street that he had a previous staff member that had been accused of inappropriate conduct with a child. carter was a previous staff member prior to Madison Street and so was summers.
Trinity, you are in direct violation of Matthew 18 by allowing him to continue his destructive ways in the name of a Holy God. You are providing him the means to destroy more lives.
chad has been rebuked privately and publicly and members of the body are to withhold intimate fellowship through the process and procedure of group disapproval and social ostracism. Clearly, the offender knows that his action has dishonored the Lord and has caused a rupture in the harmony of the body. The goal has always been restoration.
2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15
6) But we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined life and not according to the tradition they received from us.
14) But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note of him and do not associate closely with him, so that he may be ashamed.
15) Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
Unfortunately, here we are at the final stage.
“If there is still no response in repentance and obedience, the church is to apply the procedures of excommunication as directed in Matthew 18:17 (If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector.)”
Fellow Brothers & Sisters, my prayer is that you will reach out to this man and his family with the Gospel.