Jack Schaap, pastor of a huge megachurch in Hammond, Indiana, came up with a novel excuse for why he had a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl: He was just so stressed out about donations going down at the church that he couldn’t help himself:
Jack Schaap, who pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Hammond in September to transporting a minor across state lines for sexual relations, says in his sentencing memorandum that the stress from his health and his church’s depleting finances led to him suffering from depression shortly before he started the month-long relationship with the girl, who turned 17 a week after it started. Donations to his mega-church, one of the largest in the country, were down, which meant the church had to lay off employees and Schaap was working up to 100 hours a week.
Part of that increased work included counseling students, one of whom was his victim, at First Baptist’s schools.
That’s the worst excuse since Newt Gingrich said he cheated on his first two wives because he just loved his country so much. By the way, 140 members of his church submitted letters to the court in his support, including his wife:
“We were known for our happy marriage, and it was not a hypocrisy; it was real,” Cindy Schaap, Jack Schaap’s wife, said in a letter.
You just keep telling yourself that.