Benham Brothers defend Roy Moore on sexual misconduct allegations

The Benham brothers recently defended Judge Roy Moore against the controversial sexual misconduct allegations against him, saying Christians ought not to rush into condemning a person without first investigating and confirming the truth.

(REUTERS / Tami Chappell)Sebastian Gorka applauds as he campaigns for Roy Moore with his wife Kayla Moore (R) in Montgomery. September 24, 2017.

In an op-ed on World Net Daily a few days ago, Christian brothers Jason and David Benham gave their observations on the sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Moore. According to them, Christians should aim for restoration first, not condemnation, and ought to pray that the truth will surface for both the accused and the accusers.

The two then mentioned Galatians 6:1, which tells Christians to "restore that person gently" when someone is seen committing a sin, but they themselves should be careful so as not to fall into temptation as well. This is also similar to a story found in John 8 where Jesus sought the restoration of an adulterous woman who was about to be killed by an angry mob.

The Benham brothers also lamented Christians' quickness in making a fault public and distancing themselves from a person accused of sin. They noted that Matthew 18 instructs people to first confront a person in private a few times in a bid to restore them, bring the matter before the church if they refuse to repent, and make the issue public if they are still unrepentant.

An exception is applied, said the Benhams, if "a man has a pattern of preying on women despite being confronted in private." However, in Moore's case, the accusation from 1991 has not yet been established as legitimate, so the pattern of sin is not yet confirmed.

Meanwhile, Moore spoke at the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Alabama on Nov. 29 and claimed that the "liberals" were responsible for the accusations against him. He said the allegations were politically motivated because the people behind them did not want his conservative values, ABC News reported.

In light of Moore's case and those of the other men accused of sexual abuse, the Benham brothers urged everyone to take a look at their own lives and remember Ecclesiastes 7:20, which says no one is righteous. They also encouraged people to take advantage of this time to "renew their commitment" to purity and to live faithfully for God.