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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Pastor Thomas Wiggins was arrested last week after being charged with multiple sex crimes, including indecent liberties with a minor. Today was the first Sunday service at his church since the alleged crimes came to light.

Following the two-hour Sunday service at The Faith Temple Church of God in Christ both the congregation and officials of the church did not want to talk about the situation surrounding their pastor.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Wiggins was arrested last week for multiple sex offenses, including five counts of first degree sexual offense and five counts of indecent liberties with a minor. Investigators say the incidents date back to 1998.

One member of the church did tell us off camera that despite being bonded out of jail, Wiggins was not at church Sunday. The reasoning behind his absence is unknown.

We spoke with a friend of Wiggins on Wednesday.

“We were all in shock,” says Linwood Nesbitt. “We don’t know any of the details or specifics so we’re just holding everyone in prayer.”

In his first appearance in court last Wednesday the Assistant District Attorney told the judge that Wiggins confessed.

The A.D.A. did not tell us the details of the confession.

Despite the controversy, Wiggins is still listed as the pastor of The Faith Temple Church of God in Christ on their website and on the marquee outside the church. He is also still listed as the pastor of the Bolton Church of God and Christ in Columbus County.

Wiggins is due back in court December 15th.

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  • Bishop Do Right

    It’s my understanding that Pastor wiggins is taking the fall for not only himself but also other’s who are hoping he dosen’t bring up there name.Were are the preachers who were always by his side? Were are they now? what about the preachers who was sleeping with the underage girls in church? Word was one evenn got pregnant? That’s just the word on the streets(lol)It’s easy to point one man out, but what about the other who have done wrong too??????????

  • Guest20

    There is an old proverb that says, “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.”

    And remember, whoever gossips TO you will gossip ABOUT you.

  • Das Weibstück

    Or maybe he is ashamed? He should be ashamed, he needs an a$$ whooping.

  • SurfCityTom

    a condition of the bond is no association with jueveniles, regardless of circumstances, or being within a certain distance of jueveniles, even if they are in the company of their parents.

    Given the circumstances, the no-show is likely not a big deal.

  • Guest112212121

    Hey holy roller you need to relax a little. I think what this person has been accused of his sickening and he should be penalized to the fullest. But, I have read some of your postings over the last few days and you have some serious issues. What bones would fall out of your closet if opened?

  • repent

    Mr. Wiggins is not allowed to be around any children or the witnesses. Note the terms and conditions of Thomas Wiggins’s being released from jail, the JUDGE ORDERED! You will not be seeing Wiggins at church, daycares, playgrounds, carnivals and anywhere children maybe. The pastor has been charged!! Furthermore, he confessed. There is a video online Wiggins court hearing to back this up. There are three boys in this case, Wiggins willfully admitted to the charges on filed against him. You can go to the court house and pull the records. All this information is opened to the public. Ask the clerk at Hanover Court House to let you see the file. You can make copies then scan the files an upload to the internet. Don’t be scared to read Wiggins horrific acts of violence toward the children for yourself. Since he confessed, you might not get the details unless otherwise because Wiggins does not want the witnesses to tell all in a trial. Wiggins is going to accept the sentence the judge will render. For all that STILL remain a lover of this man, if you are not scared of the truth be in court on December 15th.

    Physical Address
    New Hanover Court House
    316 Princess St
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    call (910) 772-6600


  • KP

    Is there anyway you can get those documents online?

  • repent

    CNN) — The streets that were once choked with traffic are now bare. The church’s sprawling parking lot is half full. Inside the stylish sanctuary, ushers sway to choir music in front of empty seats.

    On a typical Sunday morning, New Birth Missionary Church in suburban Atlanta would be hopping. But on a recent Sunday, the sprawling church complex looked half-deserted and the mood seemed flat.

    Six months after a sex scandal involving New Birth’s senior pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, became public, the megachurch no longer packs them in. Yet there are loyalists, like C.D. Dixon, who have not joined the exodus.

    “I come back to the church even more now because the word is more powerful,” she said as she stood with a serene smile in the parking lot before a recent service.

    Last fall, four young men accused Long of using his spiritual authority to pressure them into sexual relationships, charges that Long has vehemently denied. On Thursday, lawyers for the four men released a statement saying only that “the matter has been resolved.”

    Belief Blog: Bishop Eddie Long settles with accusers

    For Dixon, though, the allegations only make Long’s sermons more powerful.

    “The cry from the bishop’s belly is more now. We’re not dealing with right or wrong. We’re dealing with God’s deliverance. I don’t know if that makes sense to you.”

    For some, it doesn’t. While most church scandals revolve around the conduct of a pastor, there’s another question lurking behind the headlines that onlookers often ask: Why do some people stick by their pastor even when everyone else in the church seems to be leaving?

    Building a firewall

    Some do it because they’ve placed a “spiritual firewall” around their pastor, and in their own mind, said Sue Thompson, a professional speaker who attended a church that disintegrated after a pastor’s extramarital affair was exposed.

    We were on the front page for all of the wrong reasons.

    –Janet Shan, on megachurch destroyed by pastor scandals.
    She said some parishioners cannot leave a pastor because they credit him or her with a life-changing event, such as inspiring them to overcome drug addiction or turning around a disastrous marriage.

    To accept such a pastor’s guilt, she said, would lead them to contemplate another possibility: Is my life-changing event just as fraudulent as the pastor who inspired it?

    “There is a suspension of common sense, a refusal to put two and two together,” Thompson said. “For a lot of people, this is the man who gave them the keys to a whole new way of living. They can’t separate the good they received from the man himself, so they feel it would be a betrayal to turn on him now.”

    When outsiders ratchet up criticism against an embattled pastor, members often go into battle mode, said Thompson, author of “The Prodigal Brother: Making Peace with Your Parents, Your Past, and the Wayward One in Your Family.”

    “They circle the wagons to protect their guy,” Thompson said. “They don’t want to see, and they don’t want to be made to see what ‘the world’ sees. They believe the world’s view is false, so they form the firewall.”

    Conditioned by the language of persecution

    Some parishioners can’t let go because of their reading of the Bible, a religion scholar said.

    The Bible is full of persecution stories: The Egyptian oppression of the Israelites, the persecution of Jesus. Some pastors who are frequent targets for criticism condition their followers to stick by them no matter what by invoking these stories, said Jonathan Walton, an assistant professor of religion at Harvard Divinity School in Massachusetts.

    Parishioners rallied around televangelist Jim Bakker for years before a scandal destroyed the pastor’s ministry.”Many of these churches are conditioned to be under scrutiny,” Walton said. “They view themselves as saints living in exile in the world. Nobody at the end of the day wants to be labeled Judas or, God forbid, Peter, the one who denied the faith at the moment of persecution.”

    The persecution mentality can take on another dimension when race is added to the mix, said Marla Frederick, author of “Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith.”

    African-American history is filled with examples of charismatic black religious figures — the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; Malcolm X; Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam — who were targeted by shadowy political forces trying to discredit them, Frederick said.

    “At the time, it was seen as a white racist society trying to dismantle a strong black organization,” Frederick said. “They didn’t like to see black men being successful. People felt like there were larger political forces at work.”

    ‘Watching a train wreck every Sunday morning’

    Sometimes, people stick by an embattled pastor for voyeuristic reasons — they like watching “train wrecks,” said one sociologist who has studied megachurches.

    Shayne Lee, a sociologist and co-author of “Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace,” said some parishioners see scandal as a spiritual spectacle. They view themselves as participants in a cosmic struggle.

    “When you have a spiritual world view that emphasizes the power of the Holy Spirit and you see all these dynamic tensions in church, it’s exciting to see the forces of evil and the power of God at work,” Lee said. “There’s a certain dynamism that’s attractive and keeps people coming back.”

    And then some parishioners won’t let preacher scandals drive them away because they say that the message they receive is more important than the vessel that delivers it.

    Thomas Kirkpatrick cited that rationale as he walked to New Birth for Sunday service. He shrugged at the allegations surrounding Long.

    Long publicly denied the sexual coercion claims, and compared himself to David fighting Goliath. The scandal’s impact on New Birth, though, may already be apparent. Attendance has dropped, staff is being laid off and Long recently announced that he would take a salary cut.

    A New Birth spokesman attributed the changes to a sour economy and said the declining attendance is the result of more people watching the church service online.

    None of this appeared to matter to Kirkpatrick. He said Long would have to answer to God, not him.

    “I don’t think Bishop Long can do anything worse than what Judas did, and God still loved him,” Kirkpatrick said.

    Kirkpatrick compared pastors to doctors.

    “There are people who we trust with our lives every day, like doctors, who do all sorts of things, but we don’t question them. This is our spiritual medicine. We come here to get what we need and then we leave.”

    When asked if there was anything that would cause him to stop attending New Birth, Kirkpatrick lowered his head and paused before he finally said:

    “The church would have to close.”

    Breaking through the firewall

    They believe the world’s view is false so they form a firewall.

    — Susan Thompson, Christian author, on parishioners who stick by scandal-plagued pastors no matter what
    Jim Bakker
    Janet Shan said she couldn’t wait that long at her former church. She wrote an online essay about the emotional whiplash she experienced when her church became engulfed in scandal.

    Shan was a regular attendee at Chapel Hill Harvester Church, an Atlanta megachurch whose pastor was caught in a sex scandal that involved several women. The church was eventually forced to sell its massive cathedral and close.

    When the media first reported the women’s accusations, the church’s pastor, Bishop Earl Paulk, denied allegations.

    He also invoked scripture.

    “He blamed it all on Satan,” said Shan, a freelance writer and editor of an online magazine, The Hinterland Gazette.

    Shan said she didn’t initially believe the accusations because she thought the women had ulterior motives. But as more accusations surfaced, she became suspicious.

    So did many in the congregation. She said the church pews started emptying “faster than someone yelling fire.” Those remaining began arguing among themselves. Church leaders vanished from the pulpit without explanation, she said.

    “People were devastated,” Shan said. “There was a feeling of defeat in the atmosphere. We were on the front page for all of the wrong reasons.”

    The allegations over Paulk’s sexual indiscretions made headlines for over a decade. One accuser said Paulk molested her when she was a child. That allegation ended in a civil suit that was settled out of court.

    During a deposition in another suit filed by a woman, Paulk said under oath that he had slept with only one woman outside of marriage. A court-ordered paternity test then revealed that he had also fathered a child with his brother’s wife.

    Paulk eventually pleaded guilty to lying under oath, and was fined $1,000 and placed on probation for 10 years. He died in 2009 at 81 from cancer.

    Shan left Paulk’s church, but like others who had abandoned churches rocked by scandal, it took time to recover.

    “I didn’t go to church for a year or two,” she said. “I’ve lowered my expectations for pastors.”

    Trying to persuade a parishioner to leave is difficult, though, said Thompson, the professional speaker who left her own embattled church.

    “It cannot be done by simply showing the person who still believes in the charlatan ‘the truth’ about him,” she said. “It can’t be done by ridiculing and dismissing the person’s faith in the man. It is done by sincere biblical discussions, talking about the red flags that everyone saw but many were ignoring.”

    Thompson said church members must ultimately learn two lessons: The message must be disconnected from the messenger, and “psychopaths and narcissists live in the church world, too.”

    Then again, that still might not be enough, she said.

    “For a lot of people, it will take catching the guy in the act — he runs off with church money, he goes to jail, he’s caught on film with a prostitute,” she said. “And even then, some are so fundamentally misinformed about concepts of forgiveness and judgment that they blindly go on supporting him.”

  • Destiny

    Say that Guest112212121!
    People kill me with their judemental, egotistical selves! It’s really SAD!
    I’m SURE “repent” has many skeletons in his/her closet…those are the ones who are quick to try and expose others!

  • Guest11221121

    You are a weirdo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • guesty

    You could just post the link to the story and not copy & paste the whole story on here.

  • Guest1122112

    Does his admission mean anything to you? Guess not


    hope you are there REPENT because I personally know Wiggins and the SINGLE ALLEGED VICTIM. As far as the other two…you and everyone else that has been beating down the man of God will find out that this never happened. If you know so much then exactly what did he confess too? He never confessed to the crime itself. His confession was to direct line of questioning that put him and the victim together in situations. Again lol be in court so with your map quest and information. I promise everyone else involved besides Wiggins will be going to jail.

  • Curious to know

    Curious to know, how can you say he is a man of God when he is taking liberties with minors and boys at that, this is in the bible that this is a sin yes he has the opportunity to repent but ask yourself if he would have never been caught would he have repented? My guess would be no, regardless of his innocent or guilt, what about the child who has to deal with this issue and people like you defending them. If he said he did it then so be it there is a consequence that he will have to face. It’s ok for you to have your feelings but don’t get so defensive when others voice their opinion. It is up to the judge know to decide if he is guilty. To the victim’s you did the right thing to tell it, don’t ever doubt yourself for choosing to save others from having to deal with this abuse.

  • Ms P

    I think it is a shame how supposedly christians takes up for and side with false prophets. You know that they are guilty but refused to acknowledge the truth. I see this so many times in the news. People worship man above God. The bible speaks of false prophets, therefore, they must exist. And one is quick to call a hireling or these uncalled, unanointed men, mens of God. What about the victims, what about their families. What a shameful disgrace our Christian family has been exemplifying. God is not please, and all they that has their part in dealing with deception will be judge accordingly by God. Repent!!!! Side with the word of God and his righteousness and not with the work of false men that claims to be send by God.

  • Be Forreal



    As I expressed before, everyone is concentrating on his admission that was presented on tv. But the tv says he is a no-show for Sunday Service. The Wednesday leading to the Sunday, everyone knew he was ordered not to be around children. So why would he show up to Sunday Service to go against what the judge ordered him not to do. The news, media, and outsiders giving their input, are adding too three sides of this story. Frankly no one knows what they are talking about. Just like the news and PEOPLE are making him not showing up for church more than what it should be, his confession is being blown out of this world. Again, once it all comes out, a lot of people will not be able to look Wiggins in the face because of the things they have said about him and this situation.

  • Guest11221

    Please pull your head out of the sand. I hope you make a posting when he is convicted. I would love to hear whay your excuse will be then


    How dumb do you have to be to see what I said lol. I know all three sides of the story. What I’m telling you is that he is not guilty. I will gladly post after its said and done. Pay attention there are “3” sides to this and I don’t mean alleged victims either. Its alot more to this than anyone would ever imagine as to why the alleged victim put Wiggins on a charge.

  • Ms P

    I agree, 110%. It is time to restored the intergrity and character of the Chrisitian faith. What is going on with these pastors that think that they can do what ever they please and still lead a flock? It’s because of the congregants that defends them. Are you people studying the word of God or not? There is no such thing as an adulterous, fornicating, pediphilous, homosexual pastor!

  • wisewoman757

    I have known Pastor Thomas for some years, even before moving to North Carolina. It’s very hard to believe these allegations that has been brought against him. We all know there are going to be supporters as well as oppossers. But the opposers must understand the spiritual power that Pastor Thomas possess. So it’s very hard to believe this type of negative behavior. At this point let’s just pray…..Pray for the Pastor, as he will have many followers to lead. Pray that the followers wont lose encouragement or faith in the word of God. Pray for the alleged victim that if this is true that he will be able to get emotional healing through the verdict. I am praying for a positive outcome but I do not support child molesters, rapists or child related offenders.

  • WCJ

    It’s my understanding that Pastor wiggins is just like all of humanity who has skeleton in there closets. We all have sinned and fell short of Gods glory. At this time we, as believers should show love and compassion for this man. Not condoning his action but acknowledging the fact that he is human and not perfect.

    When the Pharisees wanted to stone the woman who committed adultery,Jesus ask them, “He who have not sin, cast the first stone.”

    No one threw a stone because they all have sin. But what was more important is Jesus statement to the adulterer, the women. Jesus said “Daughter, your sin is forgiving, Sin no more.

    If this is the case with Pastor Wiggins, not saying it is, but if it is, then prayer and forgiveness for him should be in our heart along with love and compassion for all involved.

    May God Bless us all.


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