Everything Is Going Down, But The Word of God…Bishop Earl Paulk’s

Posted on April 28, 2010

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Everything Is Going Down, But The Word Of God…Contrary to popular belief it is very difficult for me to report on a number of issues and church and fallen church leaders is especially one topic that I find extremely difficult to write about for a number of reasons.  Due to Obnoxious being a social commentary that shapes and models public opinion and tell just like it “IS”.  Please be clear that I do not get any enjoyment out of reporting on fallen pastors and my humor might have been misinterpreted as jesting or making fun of the individual, which is not the case at all.  Many of these situations are so hurtful and mind blowing that if I can make you laugh as an attempt to soften the blow.  Additionally, I want you all that think it is so awful for a reporter, journalist, columnist, or any person in media to talk about a fallen church leader to think about all the people that leader has mislead, used, and abused before you pass judgment no the massagers

The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions:  He slept with his brother’s wife and father a child by her.  Members of Bishop Earl Paulk’s family stood at the pulpit of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church not long ago and revealed the secret exposed by a recent court-ordered paternity test.  The truth is this is not the first—or even the second—sex scandal to engulf Paulk, who seems to be as big of a freak as he was pastor, the independent, charismatic church.  But this time, he came close to being in trouble with the law for lying under oath about the affair.  Yes, the good bishop is a lied on the stand after swearing on the same Bible that he says he is called to preach from. 

The living proof of that lie is 34-year-old D.E. Paulk, who for years was known publicly as Earl Paulk’s nephew.  “I am so very sorry for the collateral damage it’s caused our family and the families hurt by the removing of the veil that hid our humanity and our sinfulness,” said D.E. Paulk, who received the mantel for head pastor a year and a half ago.  D.E. Paulk said he did not learn the secret of his parentage until the paternity test.  “I was disappointed, and I was surprised,” he said.  Earl Paulk, his brother, Don, and his sister-in-law, Clariece, did not return my calls for comment.  A judge ordered the test at the request of the Cobb County district attorney’s office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which was investigating Earl Paulk for perjury and false-swearing charges stemming from a lawsuit.  The bishop spoke in un-known tongues when he lied on the stand about is multiple affairs.   Paulk, his brother, and the church are being sued by former church employee Mona Brewer, who says Earl Paulk manipulated her into an affair from 1989 to 2003 by telling her it was her only path to salvation.  Earl Paulk admitted to the affair in front of the church last January.  In a 2006 deposition stemming from the lawsuit, the archbishop said under oath that the only woman be had ever had sex with outside of his marriage was Brewer.  But the paternity test said otherwise. 

Bishop Earl Paulk’s mug shoot!

Chargers were filed against Bishop Paulk and he was arrested, but later let go.  It seems that due to his age his attorney was able to convince the judge and District Attorney Pat Head to let to old freaky preach off.  The paternity test results should not come as a shock to the congregation due to the decade of sex scandals and lawsuits involving the Paulks.  “It was necessary evil to bring us back to a God-consciousness,” said the younger Paulk, explaining that the church had become too personality-driven and prone to pastor worship.  Well, this could be due to the leader of the large church was ruling the women with his penis, instead of with prayer.  The flashy megachurch began in 1960 with just a few dozen members in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta.  Now, it is in the suburbs on a 100-acre expanse, a collection of buildings surrounding a neo-Gothic Cathedral.  For years the church was at the forefront of many social movements—admitting black members in the 1960s, ordaining women and opening it doors to gays.  At its peak in the early 1990s, it claimed about 10,000 members and 24 pastors and was a media powerhouse.  By soliciting tithes of 10 percent from each member’s income, the church was able to build a Bible college, two schools, a worldwide TV ministry and a $12 million sanctuary the size of a fortress.  However, after all of the sex scandals and finding out the leader of the mega church was more like a freaky pimp than a pastor, today the membership is down to about 1,500 members, 18 pastors-most of them are volunteers, and the Bible college and TV ministry are a thing of the past.  The downward turn blamed largely on complaints about the sexual transgressions for the Paulks.  

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit has been more of a Cathedral of the ill-repute since 1992, a church member claimed she was pressured into a sexual relationship with Don Paulk.  Other women also claimed they had been coerced into sex with Earl Paulk and other members of the church’s administration.  The church counted with a $24 million libel suit against seven former church member and they knew the entire time that it was all true and the lawsuit was later dropped.  Jan Royston, who left the church in 1992, started an online support group for former members to discuss their crushed faith and hurt feelings.  “This is a cult. And you escape from a cult,” she said.  “We all escaped.”  These days Pimp Paulk has a much-reduced role at the cathedral, giving 10-minute lectures as part of Sunday morning worship each week.  Like he should get up and say anything at all.  Pimp Paulk is a disgrace to men that have devoted their lives to leading others to Christ.  Pimp Pualk had more in common with Hugh Hefner than with other men of God.  “My uncle is 100 percent guilty, but his accusers are guilty as well,” D.E. Paulk said, declining to talk further about the lawsuits.  Young Paulk is correct about the women being just as guilty, some of the women actually thought it was their godly duty to service their Bishop.  Pimp Earl Paulk’s lawyers argued he was too old to stand a court case, but he was not told to screw.

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