Anti-Facebook Pastor Offers to Resign

In a Jan. 17, 2010 photo, Pastor Cedric Miller, delivers the sermon during a service at Living Word Christian Fellowship in Neptune, N.J. Miller said 20 couples among the 1,100 members of his Living Word Christian Fellowship Church have run into marital trouble over the last six months after a spouse connected with an ex-flame over Facebook. Because of the problems, he is ordering about 50 married church officials to delete their accounts with the social networking site or resign from their leadership positions. (AP Photo/Asbury Park Press, Mary Frank)
AP Photo/Asbury Park Press
Facebook leads to infidelity, a New Jersey pastor has claimed. To prove his sincere belief in Facebook's evils, the pastor has even offered to step down over revelations of a past affair that involved a four-way sexual relationship with his minister wife, a male church assistant and the assistant's wife.

Pastor Cedric Miller, 48, gave his I-will-step-down sermon just days after the Asbury Park Press reported on Miller's 2003 testimony that his wife had an extramarital affair with a male church assistant. Miller also said he was present at many of those meetings and sometimes the assistant's wife was there.

"We had crossed the line many times...between the four of us," the pastor testified at the time. "It was just, I mean there was touching, there was crazy, it was as wrong as wrong could get. Yes."

Rev. Miller called the paper's printing of the testimony, "old news," but admitted that his behavior at the time was "foolish."

"For any pain that my past mistakes has caused you, I again ask for your forgiveness," the pastor said.

Miller, with his wife by his side, asked any church leaders who supported him to join them, and an estimated 100 parishioners walked on the stage.

He offered to step down as senior minister if church leaders found him unfit to serve. Miller said church elders will render a vote of "confidence" or "no confidence" in his ability to lead during a meeting Tuesday.

"Should the elders and leaders now deem me unfit for duty, I love the church enough to step down immediately," he said.

The pastor continued to call on church leaders to delete their Facebook accounts, claiming the social network site could lead to infidelity.