The Paulks know a lot about god. They know a lot about sex as well. In fact, the two seem to be intertwined at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church, a megachurch in Atlanta that at one time boasted 10,000 members, 23 pastors, a college, two schools, and a worldwide ministry. According to the Associated Press, several sex scandals involving Archbishop Earl Paulk and his brother, Don, have resulted in the membership falling to 1500 and their ministry and schools (and college) all shut down.
The troubles at Chapel Hill Harvester Church began when a member sued Don Paulk, one of the church’s founders, and the church, claiming that she had been pressured into a sexual relationship. Several women did the same (and claimed being pressured to have sex with several church members and leaders), but they all dropped the lawsuit when the church brought a libel countger-lawsuit against them.
Archbishop Earl Paulk, who is 80, was sued by a former church employee who claimed that he manipulated her into having a sexual relationship, that her only path to salvation was by having sex with him. After 14 years (ending in 2003), this employee decided sex with Paulk was getting her no closer to heaven. Adding to the scandal, Paulk admitted to the affair in front of his congregation in January.
During testimony, Earl Paulk stated that he had only had sex with one woman (this employee) other than his wife. Believing the archbishop may have perjured himself, the Cobb County D.A. and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ordered paternity tests all around.
And it turns out that D. E. Paulk, the 36-year-old new leader of the church (he took on the lead role last year) and Earl Paulk’s nephew, really isn’t Don Paulk’s son after all. It seems that brother Earl did a little more than covet his brother’s wife. D. E. is Earl’s son.
So it seems that Earl Paulk did commit perjury. Among other things.
So what’s a poor megachurch to do? Who knows? D. E. Paulk has talked about restructuring the post-scandal church. Dorie Turner of Associated Press quoted D. E. Paulk: “It was a necessary evil to bring us back to a God-consciousness.”
Yeah. Praise the lord…
How about calling it what it is: A bunch of randy church leaders abusing their authority and sexually manipulating gullible and insecure women who trusted them? Besides that, D. E. Paulk’s father had sex with with his dad’s wife — and he is living proof.
Lots of false witnessing going on there.
Apparently these people think the Ten Commandments are part of those “rules that are made to be broken.” Hypocritical doesn’t even begin to cover the wrongs done here…
Note: This article was originally published in November 2007.
Associated Press via FoxNews.com