An observation of Clayton Jennings

It appears that Clayton Jennings “ministry” may be at an end, at least for now.  With the way celebrity Christianity seems to work anyone can be “restored” back into ministry if they spend enough time in Purgatory.  If you haven’t been following what has been happening with Clayton Jennings, please read these articles here, here, and here,  written by JD Hall of Polemics Report, and these Polemics Report podcasts here and here.  Also read these accounts of victims of Clayton Jennings here and here.  This post is based on the work that had been already done by JD Hall.  This post is my observation as an outsider of the events that occurred.

It may seem that JD Hall was targeting this person like a laser bomb with the intent to destroy his alleged ministry.  Quite the contrary.  JD Hall was protecting the flock.  JD Hall was trying to extract a wolf who had managed to gain entrance into the sheep fold.  This could not continue to happen.  Clayton Jennings had to be exposed for who and what he really is, which is a sexual predator not above exploiting his position with had spiritual authority in order to take advantage of smitten young women.

Clayton Jennings grew up in the church in which his father was a pastor.  He certainly had the opportunity to learn the vernacular and how to appear to be so in love with Jesus.  He could put on the passionate Christian costume and speak the language that would give him a level of credibility, at least enough to allow him to build a ministry that was geared towards millennials.  He is a very good looking young man so that did not hurt his ability to attract his main target, young women looking for a man who seemed to love Jesus so much and a man who only cared about sharing Jesus.  It turned out to be a useful weapon for a prowling sexual predator, the wolf in the sheepfold.

Clayton Jennings wrote all types of poems and did spoken word pieces that talked about his battles with lust, depression and other struggles with the flesh.  They were vague expositions that appeared to show him as a vulnerable man, one who was able to express his weakness with such an available openness and an apparent reliability on Jesus to help.  That expressed vulnerability is what attracted the young women combined with his attractive appearance and charismatic personality.  He portrayed himself as the man that some women really want with the added twist of claiming to be a disciple of Christ which was especially attractive to young Christian women who are more likely to trust those in ministerial positions preaching Jesus.  They want to trust him more because of his ministry and want to believe that he is on the up-and-up.

All of these were props designed to lure the young women for sexual encounters in his home.  He would seduce them with his poems and with his spoken word blabberings that tugged on the part of a person that discards all thought and discernment:  emotions.  Clayton lasered in on the emotional center of his female targets that followed his ministry, attacking the most vulnerable part and the one that is most easily manipulated.   In doing this he displayed what is the most vulnerable part of most men, lusting after a woman for a sexual encounter.

He would lower their ability to resist his sexual approaches through alcohol (while not drinking any himself) and with his apparent spiritual training.  He would smooth talk them into believing that what they had done or were about to do were do was perfectly fine because they were going to be married.  It wasn’t a sin.  Add this kind of talk to alcohol and watching endless videos of his “sermons” and spoken word blatherings and he was on his way to breaking down the defenses of his victim.  And then he would pounce on them, figuratively and literally.  The victims resisted but due to his tactics they found themselves succumbing to him.

All of which was staged and meticulously planned so he could sin and the victims were just collateral damage to him, an acceptable loss to him in his quest of his ultimate goal: sex.

It is a sad state that Christianity has fallen into.  Weak teaching on the doctrine of total depravity and man’s fatal desire to satisfy his carnal flesh has eaten away at the mortar of the church.  Wolves sneak through the cracks so as to take advantage of the sheep.  We are fighting a war against the flesh with a sword wrapped in bubble wrap, if we are even withdrawing it from the scabbard at all.  How can the church hope to fare in a battle against the flesh if the church is so ill-equipped to mount a defense?  How can we be effective if we are given life lesson sermons with self-centered concerns which Jesus can coach us through?  How can we be effective when our level of maturity is not measured by our understanding of essential fundamental doctrines of Christianity but by how much we are volunteering to serve in our churches?  How can we trust our teachers when the effectiveness of their ministry is measured by how large of a crowd they can attract and not by how well the teachers exegete the scriptures which separate bone from marrow when exposited correctly?

Wolves creep in with false teaching with the purpose to deceive the elect and bring the elect with them into their sinful pursuits.  Satan’s tools of deception are not meant to fall useless against the outside of the walls of the church.  Satan’s attacks are meant to expose weaknesses and get inside the church.  The less the church leans on sound biblical teaching the more effective the subtle attacks of Satan are on the church.  This does not remove responsibility of those who commit sin against the flock or lead the church astray with false teaching.  It is simply a tactic of the Enemy.

Clayton Jennings is one such wolf who needs the blood of Christ to change him into a sheep.  He needs to be taught the gospel, seek real repentance and make restitution with his victims.  The victims do not need another stylized video with his face hidden.  They need an in person reconciliation done out of the spotlight.  He’s done enough grandstanding on the ministry circuit.  He doesn’t need to exploit these young women again for his own personal gain.  May God grant true repentance, a contrite and broken heart, humility, and forgiveness sought out of the contriteness and humility.  And may he remain anonymous so as not to be tempted again.

A written word for Clayton Jennings

A written word for Clayton Jennings

Spiritual malnutrition plagues the church

Starving sheep are out on a search

Here there anywhere for spiritual food

Caring little that it is somewhat crude

Wolves seeking to ravage and devour

Some to crush a young woman’s flower

The wolf is all pomp and primp

Playing the role of an abusive pimp

A narcissist who loves the glamour

With his mirrored image he is enamored

Using all his buttery speech and guile

Evil intent hidden behind a winsome smile

Lure them in with talk of marriage

Then dumps them in the waiting carriage

“Please be sure to take the pill”

As he hands her a $20 bill

 

She succumbs to his dogged persistence

She imbibes wine at his insistence

The woman, fooled by flattery, style and fame

Is left feeling dirty, worthless and full of shame

She becomes an emotional wreck

Tossed aside like an annoying insect

Turns to her pastor, a man of God

He says “Not sure that he’s a fraud

He is well spoken and well known

I’m not the one to have the whistle blown”

With nowhere to turn with her case

She remembers a man from cyberspace

 

She calls this man she doesn’t even know

Because she has nowhere else to go

He listens because no one else would

He prays for her as a disciple of Christ should

He wrote a blog to sound the alarm

Clayton said he would do no harm

To the warning pay no heed

Clayton assured there would be no need

To worry about him and his mission

All he was doing was Christ-like fishin’

 

The man relented took him off the block

Less than a year later Clayton ravaged the flock

More than one sheep fell to his charms

Abused and broken in his arms

The man calls out this man of prey

Clayton’s only mission was women to lay

Down with him in his bed on iniquity

So he could satisfy his sexual promiscuity

 

The articles are written Clayton exposed

Of all the women he disdainly disposed

Clayton shrugs it off as nothing to see

As he continues to tour with his ministry

The pressure on him continues to mount

As more victims are added to his count

He says he recently made good

To a woman from his childhood

They secretly went away and eloped

That changed nothing as he had hoped

 

He releases a Facebook post

About sins he claims to regret the most

Nothing about the women he abused

Nothing about how they were used

To satisfy a sexual sinful desire

To use them as women for hire

He postpones his upcoming agenda

Claiming he needs to be with his mentor

He makes a video of a Hollywood style

Decrying his past sins all the while

 

Clayton claims to having repented

Of all the sins he has lamented

He is on the path of restoration

Another caveat in his lamentation

Behind hat and shadow he cowered

His sycophants praise upon him showered

For being so forthright and strong

But only after he was shown in the wrong

Accusing the man of wanting him crucified

But no, the man wanted to admit he lied

To those women he left in tatters

But his restoration is what truly matters

 

The image in my head that stuck

Was that of Bug in Uncle Buck

The time comes for his true repentance

Not this fluff that lacks substance

Time to make restitution

With those who seek retribution

May his repentance bear true lasting fruit

And bring him to begin his pursuit

Of a life striving towards holiness

And not one full of celebrity emptiness

Fame brings pride

Which cannot in Christ abide

 

However the end of the story may come

Answers and confession are needed by some

He abused his place of spiritual authority

To feed his sin of perversity

For Clayton the time is now to never turn back

Confess his sins, repent, and fade to black