Christian comedian John Crist used his status to prey on women

Christian comedian John Crist used his status to prey on women November 7, 2019
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RELIGIOUS website Charisma News is truly pissed off with US comedian and YouTuber personality John Crist, above, for exploiting his ‘Christian reputation and platform to harass, manipulate and exploit young women over the last seven years.’

Pointing out that numerous credible allegations have been made against the serial sexual predator, the news outlet said in a lengthy report yesterday:

Though the allegations against Crist are not criminal, we believe they are newsworthy for three reasons. We believe pastors and leaders who book Crist at their ministry events need to know the person they’re signing. We believe leaders who make Christianity part of their public persona – whether or not they are formally in ministry – should held to a higher standard. And above all, we believe the body of Christ must police itself and has an obligation to protect the innocent and vulnerable among us.

The allegations include, but are not limited to, individually sexting multiple women … initiating sexual relationships with married women and women in committed relationships, offering show tickets in exchange for sexual favors and repeatedly calling these women late at night while drunk.

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In its damning and very explicit expose of Crist’s behaviour, Charisma quoted J Lee Grady, Director of The Mordecai Project – a ministry that confronts the abuse of women globally– as saying:

The church should not be looking the other way when a Christian leader is preying on women. When Jesus talked about wolves in sheep’s clothing, I’m sure He included sexual predators in that metaphor. This guy may be a comedian, but sexual harassment isn’t funny. This behavior needs to be challenged, and the victims need counseling and support.

After he was contacted by the Charisma investigative team, Crist issued a statement in which he said:

Over the past number of years, various women have accused me of behavior that has been hurtful to them. While I am not guilty of everything I’ve been accused of, I confess to being guilty of this – I have treated relationships with women far too casually, in some cases even recklessly. My behavior has been destructive and sinful. I’ve sinned against God, against women and the people who I love the most.

I have violated my own Christian beliefs, convictions and values, and have hurt many people in the process. I am sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused these women and will continue to seek their forgiveness. I have also hurt the name of Jesus and have sought His forgiveness.

Over several recent years, I have privately sought and received regular professional treatment for my sexual sin and addiction struggles. I’m committed to getting healing and freedom from my sin and have decided to cancel my remaining tour dates this year and to postpone all future commitments in order to devote all my time and energy on getting healthy spiritually, mentally and physically …

My entire career has been lived out on stage, and even though I’ve shared many of my life struggles with my audiences, I’ve lived in constant fear of the darkest parts of my life being exposed publicly. My greatest fear has been that those who have loved and supported me would hate me if they knew everything about me. I now humbly seek forgiveness and mercy and love – not just for me, but for those I’ve hurt along my path. I’m so sorry.

Charisma said that Crist has now cancelled the rest of his 2019 tours. He said in his apology:

Over several recent years, I have privately sought and received regular professional treatment for my sexual sin and addiction struggles. I’m committed to getting healing and freedom from my sin and have decided to cancel my remaining tour dates this year and to postpone all future commitments in order to devote all my time and energy on getting healthy spiritually, mentally and physically.

People, which picked up in the Charisma report, pointed out that Crist is the son of a pastor. It quoted from Crist’s website which says:

I grew up in the deep south, my dad is a pastor, and I was the third of eight homeschooled children. My first job was at Chick-fil-A. Coming from a background like that, how do you NOT write jokes?!

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  • Raging Bee

    “Addiction struggles?” Is he falling back on “addiction” to partly excuse his actions?

  • kaydenpat

    Wow. I’ve watched several of his YouTube clips and he always struck me as funny (if not a little corny). Wasn’t expecting this news.

  • I am really surprised that Charisma investigated and called this out. Usually they are more concerned with yoga or Halloween pumpkins opening up portals for demons to enter. I hope Crist gets actual professional help and not Christian sin counseling garbage.

  • 3vil5triker .

    I don’t know about this. While I find his behavior unethical and hypocritical, especially if he’s going to wear the mantle of being a Christian, I don’t think it qualifies as abusive or predatory. Touring comedian doesn’t exactly scream “position of power”.

    Its one thing if we were talking about his staff or women looking for guidance for getting into the show business. But show tickets? Its not like he’s dangling eternal salvation over their heads in exchange for sex. His show might be good but its not that good.

    And those poor women who were married or in committed relationships, what, they had no agency of their own? They’re trying to make this about one person when this is really an indictment of their entire culture as a whole.

    However, the one thing that does worry me about this that seems to have been overlooked is whether or not he was being safe. Was he using protection? Was he getting tested regularly? In the cases where he might have contracted an STD, did he inform his previous sexual partners? This is especially important when we’re talking about a community that places a great amount of stigma around anything related to sex.

    Because there are real consequences to his actions, and I’m not talking about sin; I honestly couldn’t care less about what goes on between him and his god.

  • Raging Bee

    He was accused of “exploiting his ‘Christian reputation and platform to harass, manipulate and exploit young women over the last seven years.’” So, maybe not criminal, and definitely not as bad as preying on or assaulting underage girls, but still creepy, unwanted, and not always consensual. Including the “repeatedly calling these women late at night while drunk” bit.

  • Raging Bee

    Following on to a comment that’s on hold: In fairness to Crist, we should note that there will be plenty of people in his circles who have incentives to emphasize the evil of his actions, in order to steer attention away from the actions of others, such as the married women who consented to have 69sex with him, and their husbands, both of whom have reputations to protect.

  • Brennan Schneider

    Glad they reported it as well. Get him out, get him help.
    – evangelical

  • 3vil5triker .

    “Sex” doesn’t seem to be a trigger word, at least not on this specific blog.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Of course he did.

  • mikespeir

    The good news is that Jesus will forgive him–and quickly. Within six months he’ll be all redeemed and back on tour again.

  • Geri Balistreri

    He seems like a very nice man.