While some church traditions focus specifically on the events of the last week of Jesus’ life, many of the liturgies symbolize larger themes that marked Jesus’ entire ministry.
John and Charica Daugherty, youth pastors at the Victory Christian Center megachurch in Tulsa, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor of waiting two weeks to report a rape crime, and were handed five-year deferred sentences and no jail time on Friday."We respect the judge's sentence and we look forward to helping other churches and organizations learn how to best protect their children and promptly report child abuse," the Daughertys said in a statement following the sentence.
"We hope these actions will help in the healing process of all who were affected."Special Judge Bill Hiddle explained that the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Senior Pastor Sharon Daugherty, who leads the 17,000-member congregation, did not carry as much blame for the incident as their three other co-workers who were sent to 30 days in jail last week on the same misdemeanor charges, The Associated Press reported.
Victory has stated that it understands the gravity of the allegations and last year suspended the employees "who we found to be aware of the allegation of rape.""Victory Christian Center has a written policy that requires any allegation of abuse to be reported by employees to the Department of Human Services, and internally within one hour to their department head and the director of human resources.
It appears that this policy was not followed by the employees initially involved, and the allegations were not reported as directed within the required time," Jarrod Kopp, senior account executive of Schnake Turnbo Frank, a public relations consultant hired to represent the church, previously shared in an email with The Christian Post.
Its origins are usually traced back to the 1730s with English Methodism, the Moravian Church (in particular the theology of its bishop Nicolaus Zinzendorf and his community at Herrnhut), and German Lutheran Pietism.
While all these phenomena contributed greatly, John Wesley and other early Methodists were at the root of sparking this new movement during the First Great Awakening.For many centuries slavery was perfectly acceptable to Christians.Christians had no doubt that it was divinely sanctioned, and they used a number of Old and New Testament quotations to prove their case.Today, Evangelicals are found across many Protestant branches, as well as in various denominations not subsumed to a specific branch.Among leaders and major figures of the Evangelical Protestant movement were John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Billy Graham, Harold John Ockenga, John Stott and Martyn Lloyd-Jones.Former Victory employee Chris Denman, 20, was arrested in July 2012 for raping a 13-year-old girl at the church's stairwell, and was also charged for molesting a 15-year-old girl in a separate crime.