Janet Mefferd, host of a nationally syndicated radio show, said in a recent Facebook post how Savage's confession message and his protection from his lead pastor Chris Conlee, disgusted her.
"Such dodging, minimization and corporate PR (a stone prop? Really? Oh, yes, really!). They even had 'soft, longing' mood music playing as the lead Pastor, Chris Conlee, set the stage for it all. Way to manipulate the sheep and the situation, fellas," Mefferd wrote. "You certainly wouldn't want people actually thinking critically about the fact that Savage spun the sexual assault as a 'sexual incident.' Or the fact that Conlee said: 'We want to be unified, and we want to take the time for people to work through this, to heal in their own way.'"
"So the 'brokenness' must be broadened to everyone in the congregation in order to deflect attention from the predatory behavior of the one pastor who's on the hot seat? No, this is about what Savage did to Woodson. Period," Mefferd asserted.
Citing 1 Timothy 3, Mefferd continued to explain that Savage is now biblically disqualified from church leadership: "Based on the biblical qualifications that a pastor MUST be above reproach and have a good reputation with outsiders, Andy Savage is disqualified. It doesn't mean he cannot be forgiven or restored, but it does mean he's done as a pastor. And the stonewalling and enabling here is, quite frankly, disgusting."
"If Savage is truly repentant, for the sake of Christ and the reputation of His church, he would have stepped down," Mefferd concluded. "This congregation has a right to be morally outraged. The fact that they were manipulated into giving him a standing ovation makes me sick."