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Another Take on Paul Cain

May 16, 2008

I found this article on Charisma’s website today and thought it interesting. Below is a quote from Stephen Strader, the pastor of Ignited Church.

[05.13.08] Paul Cain stirred controversy last week when he made comments before thousands of worshippers in Lakeland, Fla., that seemed to deny his past moral failings.

The prominent 78-year-old prophetic minister told a crowd at a revival meeting in Lakeland that “allegations” and rumors circulating about him were not true.

The comments made many wonder whether, in alluding to his past, Cain was withdrawing his confession from three years ago, when he publicly acknowledged his failings involving alcoholism and homosexuality.

But a senior spokesperson affiliated with what’s dubbed the Florida Outpouring told Charisma that Cain was not denying his sins, but instead was attempting to refute any perception that he had not repented of them.

“It was unfortunate that Paul said something [May 4] that has now been misunderstood,” said Stephen Strader, senior pastor at Ignited Church, a converted storefront on the north side of Lakeland that traveling evangelist Todd Bentley quickly outgrew after revival broke out on April 2.

“Initial reaction to Cain’s statements caused many to believe he was denying [his past sin],” Strader said. “But Paul was referring to the rumors that he had not been restored and had not gone through a restoration process. It was just totally misunderstood.”

Paul’s website has this currently posted:

“The allegations that Paul was referring to on Sunday in Florida as being untrue were simply allegations that he was un-repentant. Paul has repented of any wrongdoing publicly and has been fully forgiven and restored.”

Now, Paul Cain is 78 years old. I have been listening to him since 1989 and he has indeed had a habit of misstatements, even back then. He did make a statement about having been celibate, which is not included in these statements, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that he used it in the sense of never having been with a woman, which is true.

I rather feel I owe Paul Cain a public apology. I in no way want to kick a brother when he is trying to make things right, and I promise I am the last person in the world to make the judgment that this sin or that sin puts someone beyond the grace of God to heal and restore. I have concerns about some things I heard, but Paul honestly appears to be trying. His is a hard road – it is hard to make a comeback from such a hard and public fall – and I do not want to make it harder.

The Charisma article also said:

Strader told Charisma Cain had a stroke shortly after the incident last week, but is reportedly stable and recovering.

I am truly sorry to hear that and I wish Paul the very best as he recovers from this.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2008 5:59 pm

    Apparently part of the controversy if one reads the perspective of Joyner/Bickle/Deere (the team that tactfully alerted the Body to these allegations) is that Paul originally agreed to be “restored” via a ministry in Minnesota, but didn’t complete the process there – instead he was “restored” by a group on the West Coast. Since Joyner/Bickle/Deere were not familiar with that ministry, they could not vouch for the integrity of the process. Read more here –

    I suppose it is a difficult case of whom you believe more. I have great respect for Paul Cain and appreciated seeing him in person a couple times.

  2. rahabsplace permalink*
    May 16, 2008 8:39 pm

    You are correct. The three you mention gave that as their reason – they cannot vouch for the process.

    At the same time, I don’t want to be guilty of bashing someone without cause. Paul is struggling through a difficult time and I do not want to add to that.

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