Married Preacher and Father of Four Uses Depression as Excuse or Diversion For Extra-Marital Affair He’s Having
This married guy, Greg Locke, works as a preacher. He has four kids with one wife. This article says he started having an affair with another woman and since he was found out, he’s been saying he has anxiety and depression.
I’ve not been able to ascertain if he’s saying the mental health conditions caused him to have the affair on his wife, or if he’s bringing it up now as a diversion, to get people to focus on the depression rather than the affair.
I used to have anxiety and depression too, and I can assure any reader of this blog post, that anxiety and depression does not cause one to sexually sin.
Sexual sin is a choice a person makes, it’s not something that inevitably happens to someone with anxiety or depression. It’s a choice, not an outcome of having depression or anxiety.
Let this story serve as a reminder that God does not demand perfection of a person before he sends them a spouse, and that married people are not more mature, godly, or ethical than single adults, which Christians and secular conservative think tanks often insist.
Do I have to even mention “equally yoked” at this point in time? You’re better off marrying a Non-Christian guy who isn’t going to cheat on you and blame it on anxiety and depression than marry a self professing Christian guy who will do that.
These Christian idiot husbands make pagans, Wiccans, Hindus, and New Agers look like better spouse material all the time.
by L. Blair
Popular and outspoken internet preacher and lead pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee Greg Locke has allegedly separated from his wife over mental illness and is reportedly courting another woman.
A (Link): Pulpit & Pen report said Locke, who shot to internet fame after he (Link): posted a video on Facebook on April 22, 2016, criticizing Target for its new policies on gender-neutral bathrooms, “literally put his wife, (Link): Melissa, on a bus and sent her away.”
The couple have four children, including two who were adopted.
The preacher later confirmed with the outlet that this happened two months ago but told his more than one million followers (Link): on Facebook that the report was “vicious.”
Sources from Locke’s church reportedly told Pulpit & Pen that he recently claimed that his wife was mentally ill and that they were getting a divorce. Many in the congregation, however, appeared unaware that Melissa was suffering from any illness.
“Locke then laid out ultimatums to the congregation, telling them that they had to walk with him in his ‘brokenness,'” the report said.
It was then quickly revealed that Locke was in a relationship with a woman identified as “Tai.”
“Tai was given a ministry position at the church shortly before this unfolded. Pulpit & Pen has seen text messages between Greg and others, acknowledging that he was indeed in a relationship with the woman, Tai. They have begun doing things together with their mutual families. We have also seen photos of the two together,” the report said.
While the Pulpit & Pen sources did not notice any signs of illness with Locke’s wife, Locke revealed in a discussion of depression and anxiety last Thursday that he struggled with both.
“I want to be real and authentic for just a moment. I tell our people all the time, fixed folks can’t help broke folks. So I’m trying to be extraordinarily real in every area of my life even from the stage and from these videos. I’m not gonna fake it until I make it and put on a Jimmy Carter smile,” he said before discussing what he said are “the two evil buzzwords in evangelical Christianity.”
“It is reality,” he said. “You read the Bible, there are people who suffered greatly, deeply, massively with depression and anxiety. Paul did, Elijah did, Moses did…
There was an update to this story:
Jan 12, 2018
Greg Locke, the popular and outspoken internet preacher and lead pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee, admitted Thursday that he is now divorced but said his marriage was not destroyed by adultery and implied that he wasn’t the one that initiated the divorce.
…The admission from Locke, who shot to internet fame after he posted a video on Facebook on April 22, 2016, criticizing Target for its new policies on gender-neutral bathrooms, comes after a Pulpit & Pen report claimed he “literally put his wife, Melissa, on a bus and sent her away.”
The report also alleged that he was engaged in a relationship with a female member of staff at his church. Locke and Melissa have four children, including two who were adopted.