Christian comedian John Crist has admitted to “destructive and sinful” inappropriate sexual relationships, excessive drinking, and sex addiction, according to Charisma News.
This is the statement Crist provided the publication when its editors contacted him for comment on the extensive evidence they accumulated for their story (emphasis added in fourth graph):
“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.
“Those closest to me—my family, team and close friends—have known about this battle for some time, and now you do too. I’m ashamed of my behavior and I’m so sorry for hurting so many people. I don’t blame anyone but myself. I’m responsible for my actions and I’ve repented and am taking full ownership. I realize it will be difficult for some people to ever forgive me, and I accept that as a result of my bad decisions and actions.
“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.”
I’ve been blessed with sobriety since March 1, 1991. John Crist most likely has a really hard road ahead of him to get to that healing he seeks, spiritually and otherwise.
All of us should remember Romans 3:23 — “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” You. Me. Crist. Everybody. There but for the grace of God go all.
Paul also pointed to the solution to our sin problem, at Romans 7:24 — “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
And Romans 8:1 — “There is now no condemnation for those in Christ.”
I’d be glad to tell you more about this or to just be a listening friend if you are dealing with these kinds of challenges. Been there. Done that. So Let’s talk.