The Waco Herald-Tribune reports:
A pastor resigned from a local church that has taken a vocal role in preventing human trafficking. The resignation came amid a prostitution investigation in December, and the pastor turned himself in to law enforcement on a prostitution charge today.
Edward Ignacio Espinosa, 41, was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor prostitution charge after he paid for sexual acts at a local massage parlor last year, according to an arrest affidavit. Espinosa was a community outreach pastor at Antioch Community Church when he told his supervisor Dec. 7 he had visited the business in October, Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert said.
“Once he confessed his sin, he was placed on administrative leave,” Seibert said. “We were doing our own investigation about the incident, and he later turned in his resignation to us.”
Houston’s OutSmart Magazine reports:
Antioch Community Church, a nondenominational evangelical congregation, made national headlines in 2016 related to senior pastor Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert’s anti-LGBTQ views. The church’s members reportedly include Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the reality TV show Fixer Upper.
Seibert opposes same-sex marriage and has endorsed the dangerous, discredited idea that gay people can change their sexual orientation. “Truth No. 1: Homosexuality is a sin. The lie: Homosexuality is not a sin,” Seibert said in a June 2015 sermon responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality.
Seibert added that “the statistics say that 90 percent of people who are in a full-blown homosexual lifestyle were abused in some way—physically, sexually, mentally.”
According to Siebert, young people sometimes become gay just from watching porn. As noted above, his church also runs an anti-human trafficking ministry called UnBound. Per the report at the first link, the prostitutes patronized by Pastor Espinosa are, you guessed it, immigrant Asian women whose every move was monitored on video by their captors. Arrested with Espinosa was a deputy from the local McLennan County Sheriff’s Office. (Tipped by JMG reader Scott)