Some time ago I befriended a man who was accused of child molestation, just accused, never convicted or even arrested. Eventually I was able to lead him to the Lord and he has recently become active in my church. His heart for service to the Master seems genuine and he has become someone I can rely upon when certain things need to be accomplished. The challenge I am facing is this. His presence in the church has upset many of the “old guard” members. Two families have already left and more are threatening, unless I ask this man to leave the church. Rumors are rampant in the community and are causing even more strife amongst the church members. I truly don’t wish to see further division because of this mans presence. However, I am very reluctant to ask him to leave and thereby become a tool for Satan’s design myself. I can see fruit in him and I am concerned how he might react, how this might influence his walk with Christ. So far he has done nothing to deserve the peoples ire, short of being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. BTW, another man was eventually convicted and imprisoned for the crime my man was originally accused of. Has anyone out there ever dealt with this type of situtation before? Can you offer some godly counsel to this embattled pastor?