Pastor Randall “Danny” Russell Faces Additional Charges

Pastor Randall “Danny” Russell, pastor of the Acts II Church in Neosho, MO, has been charged with an additional six counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He already faced one count of statutory rape in the second degree, two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree, six counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree, one count of felony child abuse and two counts of child molestation in the first degree. He has pled innocent to the charges and is awaiting trial.

The new charges are based on photos allegedly found on his laptop confiscated by police while executing a search warrant during their investigation earlier this year.


3 Responses

  1. Domestic violence does matter. All abuse matters, not just “Christian Abuse”! Please don’t blame God. Remember, we have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Praise God we don’t always get what we deserve. We need to pray for our abusers, it the quickest way to defuse the firey darts of our enemy.

    In Christ,

  2. If you read my blog you will see that I definitely don’t blame God. I am not angry or bitter.

    And, yes, all abuse matters – there are a jillion and one other blogs out there addressing abuse in other venues outside the church. However, the fact that all abuse matters does not lessen the significance of abuse in the church. This blog is about abuse inside the Protestant church. There are not a jillion and one other blogs out there addressing abuse in the Protestant church – though the number is growing, fortunately.

    Systemic abuse as we are seeing in many churches at this time has to be addressed more broadly than in private prayers. And the Word says that the righteous are to stand for the afflicted and the oppressed.

    In fact, bringing freedom to the oppressed is central to the gospel message – salvation is about more than eternal destiny. That is what this entire blog is about.

    The church would like to say those of us who have experienced abuse need to just forgive and forget. God never says that though. Forgiveness does not require that we forget, or walk away. Forgiveness does not require that our abusers not be held accountable.

    The idea that Christian abuse victims should pray and forgive is merely a convenient excuse perpetuated by the church to avoid taking responsibility for walking out the Great Commission where it would be uncomfortable to do so.

    Jesus didn’t ask us to make convenient sacrifices. He gave His life to set people free. And the church is keeping people in bondage, whether by refusing to acknowledge and address clergy sex abuse or by refusing to acknowledge and address domestic violence. There are also a host of other issues connected with the root behind these.

    When dealing with these issues would require the church to make uncomfortable evaluations of long-loved church traditions which are in opposition to the Word they refuse to consider making that sacrifice. It is easier to tell abuse victims to just pray for their abusers and get over it.

    But God does not take such a light-hearted view of the matter. This was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah – pride, gluttony, idleness, and abandonment of the poor and needy (Ez. 16:49). It is not enough to pour dollars into far away lands while we oppress those inside our own pews. God sees right through that and is not for one minute deceived or impressed.

    If I didn’t speak out about the gross sin and negligence I see plainly all around me, I would be in sin. Real love does not enable another to continue in sin.

    I may not be able to stop it single-handedly, but I can do all I can – which at this point is to open my mouth and yell “fire!” when I’m seeing a whole lot of flames.

    — Danni

  3. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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