Sundays with Stassi: Forbidden LOVE — The Preacher Man pt. 2

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He called right after that meeting. He was nice. He was caring. He seemed to genuinely be concerned about my interests in ministry and where to place me. That conversation was completely innocent…but then it happened…he called again. It was about a week later and I was out of town on work-related business. He said he was just checking on me. He wanted to pray with me, so we started talking about me. —-Why did I move? What made me choose this church? Where do I work? Do I love my job? How much experience do I have serving in youth ministry?— We talked about a lot and I was comfortable sharing my story with him. After all, I was used to a youth pastor who was personable and easy to talk to whenever I needed to share. But this was different. There was something about his voice that mesmerized me. His deep voice whispered scripture as he spoke Life into my life. It made me uneasy. It just didn’t feel right. So I told him, but he assured me that it was ok. He said it was ok to have those feelings and that he would help me work through it. My spidey senses were tingling, that gut feeling just wasn’t convinced that was right, but he was the man of God so I listened…
Week after week, day after day we talked. He laid out a 90-day plan to help me rehab from the dissolution of my 6 year relationship and to remain strong in my celibate life. It made so much sense so I was completely blinded from the hidden agenda. It started with 30 days of not communicating with male friends, well except for him of course, but then again he was my pastor not my friend…and then it happened again…it took a turn towards the unexpected when he deemed it necessary to pray over my home. Of course I wanted an annointed blessing  over my home, where I slept, where I ate, where I relaxed each day. So he came by with the Holy oil and prayed over every room in my apartment. And then he came back again and again, at first to pray, but it turned into our time together. His time to offer me a release in every sense of the word, and my time to offer him a listening ear. And the forbidden love was birthed in sin…

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