The New Jersey-based, anti-gay pastor who ordered his congregation to avoid Facebook because it was a "portal to infidelity" had a three- and four-way relationship with his wife, a male church aide, and sometimes the church aide's wife too, reports the Asbury Park Press. The Rev. Cedric Miller didn't need Facebook for his own extra-marital hookups but is still warning his congregation against using the social networking app.
Miller, during his approximately 50-minute Sunday service at the Living Word Christian Fellowship Church, again exhorted church leaders to get off Facebook, the Internet-based social network, asserting that it could lead to re-connections with romantic relationships from their past that would erode and eventually destroy their present marriage. The approximately 300 member congregation showed strong support for Miller, coming to the foot of the pulpit several time to hold hands, recite prayers and in unison shouted "Amen'' and "Praise Jesus.''
Dressed in a dark blue suit with bright red tie and matching handkerchief, Miller downplayed a Asbury Park Press story published earlier in the week about a sexual affair with his wife and a church assistant, saying it was old news that church leaders and most congregants already knew about. Instead Miller apologized for what he said was a foolish transgression from his past that he had paid for had been forgiven. Miller also offered to gladly step down as senior minister if the church leaders deemed he was unfit to serve as their spiritual leader.
The revelations emerged in depositions and testimony in a 2003 criminal case against the same male church aide. The threeways and fourgies often took place "during Bible study" and "after church", according to reports.