GOOD MORNING FRIENDS, AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING.

I'VE ALREADY HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH MANY OF YOU INDIVIDUALLY, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING I WANT TO DISCUSS WITH THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION THIS MORNING. I KNOW ALL OF YOU HAVE EITHER READ OR HEARD ABOUT THE RECENT ITEM IN THE NEWSPAPER CONCERNING ASSISTANT PASTOR O' REILY. THE FIRST THING I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR IS THAT BROTHER O' REILY HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF NOTHING. HE HAS BEEN ACCUSED AND HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE UNTIL SUCH TIME AS HE CAN FACE HIS ACCUSERS IN A COURT OF LAW. THAT IS WHERE BROTHER O' REILY STANDS IN THE EYES OF THE LAW.

HERE NOW IS WHERE HE STANDS IN THE EYES OF THIS CHURCH:

SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, BROTHER O' REILY CAME TO ME FOR GUIDANCE. HE TOLD ME HE WAS TROUBLED BY THINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING TO HIM THAT HE FELT HE HAD LITTLE, IF ANY, CONTROL OVER. HE TOLD ME HIS SOUL HAD BEEN INVADED BY DEMONS AND THAT HE NEEDED TO DRIVE THEM OUT. AS HE TOLD ME, "I WAS DEMON-POSSESSED. I WAS AT THE MERCY OF MY DEMONS' WHIMS. I WAS TRULY IN HELL". I SAID, "OH, REALLY? AND HE SAID, "NO, O' REILY." NATURALLY, I TOLD HIM I WOULD HELP IN ANY WAY I COULD.

AS WE SPOKE, IT BECAME CLEAR TO ME THAT BROTHER O' REILY HAD BEEN LEADING A TORTURED EXISTENCE. HIS DEMONS HAD TAKEN CONTROL OF HIS MIND AND HIS BIOLOGICAL IMPULSES. HE HAD UNNATURAL THOUGHTS AND DESIRES THAT HE COULD NOT PUSH ASIDE AND HE HAD BECOME CONSUMED BY A SERIES OF BIZARRE SEXUAL COMPULSIONS. HE WAS AT THE MERCY OF HIS DEMONS.



"Remember Brother O' Reily in your prayers
as he enters this critical junction in his life."

-Rev. G.P. Hatfield
Pastor
Church of the Enlightenment

(Picture of Assistant Pastor Jack O' Reily withheld at his request)
"I was demon-posessed. I was at the mercy
of my demons' whims. I was truly in hell."


-Rev. Jack O' Reily
Assistant Pastor
Church of the Enlightenment



THROUGH INTENSIVE COUNSELING AND MANY EMOTIONAL THERAPY SESSIONS I BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HELP BROTHER O' REILY. I WOULD NOT BE SO BOLD OR EGOTISTICAL AS TO SAY THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RESTORE HIM TO FULL SPIRITUAL HEALTH, BUT I CAN TELL YOU WITHOUT HESISTATION OR EQUIVOCATION THAT HE IS BETTER AND IS WELL ALONG ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY.

IN THE WEEKS THAT LIE AHEAD HE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT.

THE MEDIA HAS NOT BEEN KIND AND IS CERTAIN TO BECOME EVEN MORE VICIOUS. THE GOSSIPS AND RUMORMONGERS ARE ALREADY HARD AT WORK SPEWING THEIR VERBAL FILTH IN EVERY DIRECTION OF THE COMPASS. AND BECAUSE OF THE RELATIVELY YOUNG AGES OF SEVERAL OF BROTHER O' REILY'S ALLEGED "CONTACTS", THE JUDICIAL PROCESS IS MOVING FORWARD WITH FIRM RESOLVE AND IS NOT LIKELY TO OFFER ANY LENIENCY OR CONSIDERARTION OF BROTHER O' REILY'S TROUBLED STATE.

I WOULD URGE EACH OF YOU TO REMEMBER BROTHER O' REILY IN YOUR PRAYERS AS HE ENTERS THIS CRITICAL JUNCTION IN HIS LIFE.

REMEMBER, HERE AT THE CHURCH OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT, WE ARE INTERESTED IN REDEMPTION... NOT CONDEMNATION.

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