Oh, did I type that outloud?
Let me catch you up… In July of 2014, the wife of a Missouri state lobbyist for Christian, Biblical, homeschooling, pro-life, and family values – disappeared. Kerry Messer stated that he woke up at 4:00 am from the noisy storm, realizing that his wife was not in bed. According Mr. Messer, Lynn simply walked away from her bed in the middle of the night, in the midst of a raging storm… He would also like us to believe that this gun owning, suicidal woman – left her gun behind. According to Messer, she did not take her phone or her wedding ring or any personal items for that matter. In addition, Mr. Messer would like for the church to believe that Mrs. Messer simply decided to leave the house, the children, her Vacation Bible School commitment, and her grandchildren behind. (Read more here)
In addition to this bizarre line of distorted thinking by Kerry Messer – There was also the “friend,” Ms. Spring Thomas, who aided in the search effort – and has since become the girlfriend of Messer.
Unfortunately, the church has complied with Kerry Messer’s wishes. Not just the local congregation of First Baptist Church Festus, Chrystal City , but also he is still in the business of lobbying on behalf of Chrisitan issues. The pastor and members of First Baptist Church Festus have welcomed Kerry Messer, adulteress and suspected murder to continue in their fellowship – but they have honored him with distinction – as being the victim of circumstances and consequently exalted the alleged murder, and confirmed adulterous with a public memorial service scheduled for August 20, 2017 – A service that neither of the sons, nor Lynn Messer’s sisters or mother have been invited to…
Whereby I hope every single Christian in the area will show up and protest such a crude and disgraceful macabre. (If you can’t make it, you can call, email and write – see the bottom of the page).
Dr. Charles McClain, like so many large church leaders tend to attenuate the Gospel in their own desire to build their congregation’s numbers rather than confront sinners with the truth. I contend that when a church congregation gets so large that it is run by those with deep pockets – rather than that of sound biblical doctrine, that is when Satan devours.
And frankly, there is plenty of feasting at this all-you-can-eat buffet of sin.
Not only has Charles McClain, pastor of First Baptist Church of Festus, Crystal City, who spouts his “life verse” as being that of Joshua 1: 9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage: do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,” dropped the ball – but he may find it interesting that I find him nothing more than a coward. A wolf in shepherd’s clothing. Nothing more than a modern-day Judas- accepting money to murder the truth.
What’s more, Dr. McClain has elevated an abusive spouse (Kerry Messer) to the level of proverbial sainthood – complete with his own set of dedicated (and wealthy) disciples… he has even commandeered the passive actions taken against Kerry Messer – including the carefully worded dismissal of Kerry Messer all the way to the Missouri Baptist Convention to personally initiate and declare the salvation of this domestic terrorist’s reputation.
During the period of time whereby McClain was personally counseling Abram Messer, son of Lynn and Kerry Messer and member (at that time) of McClain’s church – Dr. McClain went to the Missouri Baptist Convention and met with officials with regards to Kerry’s Messer’s dilemma. When Abram met with Dr. John Yeats (MBC Executive Director) he stated that a leader must be above reproach and that his father, Kerry Messer was admonished and removed from the position he held as their spokesperson – never to enter his office…
But, that statement was not the one that got published.
It seems that Kerry Messer himself went to the MBC officials and blamed Abram. After a couple more changes, the official statement made by MBC was that Kerry Messer had to be let go because of budget constraints. (Yeats can be reached at: 800-736-6227, Ext. 300, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org).
After all. we certainly don’t want to tarnish that righteous reputation…
Bottom line is that Dr. McClain has been given the responsibility to shepherd the flock assigned to him and now he has blood on his hands – and those who continue to follow this false teacher, will also be held responsible – Including that of the MBC.
“If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand” (EZ 3:18).
After all, …. Leaders are to be “Above reproach.” (1 Tim. 3:2).
If you don’t want to believe that Messer murdered his wife, covered it up by burning an alleged suicide note – that NO ONE actually saw…. There is the moving of the body – only to have it suddenly “reappear” in an area previously scoured by law-enforcement and search and rescue teams – found, mind you, by Lynn’s own granddaughters… The confidential burial that not even the son’s were invited to…
Then what about the adultery?
In an interview published by CBS affiliate KMOX reporter Kevin Killeen, Kerry Messer admitted that he had “been involved in a relationship with a woman following his wife’s disappearance” but in the same sentence – declared that this relationship that happened “after” Lynn’s disappearance was somehow “sanctioned” by his wife, only hours before she went missing.
Does that even make the slightest bit of sense to anyone with a sound mind? Either Lynn knew about the affair before she died – or she didn’t because it didn’t happen until after she died …. Which is it Kerry?
“Less than 12 hours prior to all of this (the disappearance),” Kerry Messer said, “I found out that she (Lynn Messer) had actually addressed someone to say this is what I hope … this is what Kerry should do if something ever happens to me” (Killeen, 2016).
Abram Messer had this to say to the members of FBC Festus:
I would add two things to this in response to various comments I have read.
- I’ve heard people say for almost 3 years now that my father has not been charged with a crime yet so what can the church really do?
This is very problematic from a biblical standpoint. Go back and reread 1 Cor 5 and Mat 18. Then message me and point out to me where the Word says something about charges being filed. It’s not there. We have to stop confusing sin, with the term “crime”. Crime is sin, but legally not all sin is considered a crime. Is it a crime to cheat on your wife? Nope. Is it a sin? ABSOLUTELY. So we must stop thinking about our biblical responsibility in terms of man’s law, because it is about obedience to a higher law- Gods law… (Messer, A. 2017 Facebook Post).
The full appeal to the church to be obedient can be found at blog site: Give Me Chocolate – https://chocolateorelse.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/abram-messer-regarding-obedience/
Kerry Messer went on to justify his affair with Spring Thomas by stating that his wife, Lynn “planted the seeds…”
That must be why the church is so quick to forgive Kerry Messer – It was all Lynn’s fault…
Let’s just ignore the alleged murder and obvious affair for a moment…
What about honoring your wife? Leaders in the church are called to a high standard – One of those standards is to love, honor and respect your wife.
With Lynn’s history of depression, which became evident a decade before her death – she reported being severely depressed to the point of suicide – even contemplating suicide at one point – but shooting the barn cats instead.
But during a counseling session (not at FBC Festus – but at a different community church) Lynn was advised by the pastor doing the counseling that she needed help. He wanted to refer her to a Christian psychologist or psychiatrist for a more in-depth analysis…. but Kerry Messer blew a gasket and said “absolutely not.”
As a matter of fact, each time Lynn Messer would attempt to get the help she so desired, Messer went along, and sat right by her side during the counseling sessions…. a frustration she would later convey to her son, Abram.
Other abusive behaviors committed by Kerry Messer – but not addressed by McClain, MBC, or other church members, are on display for all to see – yet the church remains silent.
On face book, interviews with law enforcement, and comments made to search and rescue teams as well as family – Kerry has repeatedly and consistently demeaned, humiliated, and belittled his wife during their marriage, during her disappearance, and after her death – even going so far as to make the following statement during her disappearance:
“We know Lynn wasn’t abducted by sexual traffickers, she’s not winning any beauty pageants.”
Not only did Dr. McClain or any of the leadership at FBC fail to ever confront these issues – they flat out ignored them – and continue to ignore behaviors by Messer in this ongoing investigation that are grounds for church dismissal – even though these issues and more have been brought to their attention by Lynn’s own son’s…. they are continually dismissed.
And if that isn’t enough… there are those pesky sexual harassment allegations against Messer – by 2-3 women he worked with at the Capitol – of course that was justified by those who worked with Messer as being “just a joke… that’s how he was.”
As a matter of fact, Abram Messer was told by Dr. Charles McClain that this “issue” would not be brought before the church (as commanded in Scripture) nor would it be brought before the deacon body – stating “that’s not ever going to happen,” and that Abram should not speak about the investigation to anyone in the church. Further, this good Shepherd sent Abram Messer, a member of the congregation, mind you, an email telling him that he needed to seek counsel elsewhere.
A Few Good Men… ?
Well it seems that those who do want to confront this sinful pattern of behavior are being shut up and shut out.
Apparently, there are a few good men… well, a couple anyway who are trying to invoke some sense of church discipline. The pastor at Messer’s girlfriend, Spring Thompson’s church sat down with her for a meeting – but it didn’t go far. According to Abram Messer, Charles McClain and his band of righteous solders quickly shut that down stating that they didn’t follow the biblical doctrine of church discipline procedure…
Pot… Kettle… comes to mind.
And then there is the lone voice speaking up in the Missouri Baptist Convention, Executive Board Member, Mr. Jeremy Muniz (email: email@example.com) – who, according to Abram Messer, is the only one who has taken a stand against Kerry Messer.
It is important to note that Mr. Muniz is up for the election of the MBC President. Let us pray that he gets it.
Please protest the “memorial service” by contacting church officials. Pray for Lynn Messer’s son’s, sisters, and mother – who were never invited to this memorial.
First Baptist Church Festus, Staff Emails
Pastor Charles: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Carey: email@example.com
Pastor Aaron: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Ryan: email@example.com
107 N. Truman Blvd.
Crystal City, MO 63019
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Killeen, K. (2016). “New Clues: Missing St. Genevieve Woman Lynn Messer.” (CBS KMOX, July 7, 2016) Retrieved from http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2016/07/07/new-clues-missing-ste-genevieve-woman/