Alabama Governor, Staffer ‘No Longer Members’ of Church After Admitting to Explicit Calls

BentleyMONTGOMERY, Ala. — The governor of Alabama and a female staffer are no longer members of the First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa following the release of audio footage in which the governor engaged in sexually-charged talk with the woman that suggested they had been physical with each other.

While it is unknown exactly when the church fellowship was ended or under what circumstances, Senior Pastor Gil McKee told Christian News Network on Friday, “While church discipline is a church family matter, both Governor Robert Bentley and Mrs. Rebekah Mason are no longer members of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa.”

“I continue to pray for each of them,” he added.

Bentley held a news conference earlier this week where he admitted to making “inappropriate comments” to Senior Political Adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason, who is married with three children, but denied that he had been involved in a physical relationship with the staffer. Audio footage of one of the telephone discussions suggests otherwise.

“I love you. I love to talk to you,” the governor says to Mason. “Baby, let me tell you what we’re going to have to start doing, we’re going to have to start locking the door. If we are going to do what we did the other day, we are going to have to start locking the door.”

Christian News Network has opted not to publish the more graphic content of Bentley’s phone calls.

The audio had been recorded by Dianne Bentley, the governor’s former wife, who divorced him last year after capturing Bentley speaking in such manner on the phone with Mason. She had suspected an affair and left her telephone recording in the room so she could hear his conversations with the staffer.

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“I made a mistake,” Bentley said during a press conference on Wednesday. “Two years ago I made a mistake. … I have apologized many times to my family. I have apologized to the family of Mrs. Mason. I would now like to apologize to the people of Alabama. I ask them to forgive me.”

“I’ve been told about the possibility of tapes for two years,” he stated.

One reporter asked Bentley if he was in love with Mason, to which he replied, “I love many members of my staff, in fact, all the members of my staff. Do I love some more than others? Absolutely.”

When asked if Mason had ever asked him to cease his remarks, he said no, but also asserted that there was “no sexual activity.” Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Director Spencer Collier doesn’t believe Bentley, and has accused him of using state resources in having an affair. Mason has accused Collier of “gender bias.”

State Auditor Jim Zeigler has now filed a report with the Alabama Ethics Commission, which will conduct a formal investigation into the matter.

“The governor continues to disgrace the state of Alabama, and in my official capacity as state auditor, I am required to report these suspected violations,” he told reporters. “It is clear that he is misleading the people of the state about the nature of his relationship, but it is also clear that Ms. Mason is required to either be classified as a public official, or file as a lobbyist, in her capacity as an adviser who is paid by an outside source.”

As Bentley made his remarks on Wednesday, he stood at a podium with a plaque that read, “May the person speaking here be ever mindful of the oath they have taken to serve God and his people with honor and integrity.”

He has refused to resign despite calls for him to step down in light of the revelations.

Bentley had at one time been a Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, as well as a deacon. As previously reported, his pastor was at odds with him last year after he asserted that he would follow a court ruling on same-sex “marriage” despite his personal beliefs against it.

“My encouragement to him two weeks ago was to not only get on board with Judge [Roy] Moore, but to instruct him as our governor to tell our probate judges not to abide by this one federal judge,” McKee told Christian News Network last February. “And obviously he had not taken that counsel at that time from me or anybody else.”

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  • Sheesh. Another one bites the dust.

  • Sheri

    Good for them. A church without moral standards is no church at all.

    • acontraryview

      What about repentance and forgiveness?

    • Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

      In this case, it sounds as if they ran away from the light when the tiniest sliver of their deeds became known. This is not a sensible response.

    • Susan Harrison

      I keep looking through my New Testament for all the times Christ kicked out sinners. May be my bible is wrong, but it sure seems he went out of his way to reach out to sinners and go after the lost sheep.

      • Carl

        Perhaps you missed Matthew 18:15-20 and 1 Corinthians 5 among many others? Jesus loves sinners, that is the reason He died for them. But for what purpose did He die for sinners? So sinners would repent and turn away from sin. If you do not repent (and you profess to be a Christian and member of a Bible-believing church) especially for overt willful sinning, even after being patiently dealt with privately and by the church, Jesus and Paul said that the unrepentant member be disfellowshipped/separated from the church. In the words of Jesus “let him (unrepentant church member) be to you (church) as a Gentile and a tax collector” (Matt. 18:20) and of Paul “Purge the evil person (unrepentant member) from among you (church)” (1 Cor 5:13).

  • Prince Bowaa

    Most of your church members are screwing around

    • Really? What church do you go to? Or I’m guessing you don’t. What makes you think MOST of them are running around?

      • Prince Bowaa

        I quit my church because the pastor was screwing the wife of the pianist

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Good church to quit.

          • Prince Bowaa

            ..and the pianist is in jail for messing around with 13-year-old boys.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Citation, please.

          • And this is even worse. That’s where she needs to be.

          • Susan Harrison

            Bowaa, I won’t use the word prince because a true prince is courteous and honest. Please state the accurate documentation for that ugly statement.

          • Susan Harrison

            you blame the church when it is one man who has sinned? Good grief.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            That one man was the pastor. You are right, though: dump the pastor, keep the church, if it is Biblical. Thanks for the reminder. (I think that Prince was probably making it up, since he provided no citation.) God bless!

        • That’s horrible Prince. It’s sad when the leaders cannot lead. Is he still there?

          • Prince Bowaa

            The shameless pastor is still there. He rides in a Benz and lives in a $1.4million home, while most of the congregation live in $100,000 homes

      • James Dunham

        Statistically more than 50% of couples have one or more partners cheat at some point in the relationship. This includes ALL of society including the members of WHATEVER church you are a member of.

        Men and Women are cheating at equal rates as well.

        70% of married women will cheat statistically, 72% of married men will.

        You really think a church goer is any more ‘pure’ in this area??? Stats show a very different picture. Sometimes I wonder how you folks are able to hold your fantasy reality together.

        Statistically it IS VERY LIKELY ‘most’ (meaning 51% or more) church members at ANY Church are screwing around on their partners, or have in the past.

    • Susan Harrison

      How do you know this?

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    He is a disgrace to Jesus Christ/God.
    Will he still be saved from hell in the day of the Lord JC after he dies or leaves this earth.?

    • Susan Harrison

      Wow disqus. If he, and I presume you mean the governor, is a “disgrace to Jesus Christ,” then we are all in big trouble. How can people who believe in the NT be so incredibly steel hearted? Let him/her who is without sin cast the first stone. I’m glad you folks aren’t God.

      • Carl

        I am assuming that the proper process of church discipline as mandated by Christ and Paul in Matthew 18:15-20 and 1 Corinthians 5, respectively (and other Bible passages on the issue) was undertaken and that the governor and Ms. Mason were unrepentant so they have been removed from the fellowship since their non-repentance is not consistent to their christian profession.

      • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

        REV.22: (NKJV) =

        Jesus Testifies to the Churches

        12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”[f]

        14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,[g] that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But[h] outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

  • Peggs Macalpin

    shoot this lying piece of shit period until he is dead all from ala. will be arrested if they dare pull into any of my shops or the 300 im affiliated with and you cars will be taken by the cops in short the average cost will be $8000.00 enjoy assholes because i am

  • Bezukhov

    Will there be a public stoning?

  • acontraryview

    His church doesn’t seem very big on seeking repentance and being forgiven.

  • acontraryview

    Geez. It’s becoming so hard to tell who is REALLY a Christian and who is not.

    • calduncan

      Can’t find anyone to play with you?

      • acontraryview

        Gosh no. I have lots of playmates. But thanks for your concern.

        • calduncan

          You’re just one more bored lonely diseased ccksucker. No wonder you creeps commit suicide.

          • acontraryview

            Actually I’m none of those nor have I committed suicide.

    • SSGT_Randolph

      I propose some sort of federal identification that identifies “true” Christians.

      • Susan Harrison

        Yeah, let’s build a wall around all bad Christians and non-believers; let’s police those damn folks, make ’em sign a loyalty pledge. Oh for the real living of Christ the Good Shepherd.

    • Susan Harrison

      Good point: I know quite a few atheists who are the gems of life: first to get out to help those in distress; ready to provide genuine moral support; honest and true. So–just wearing the name Christian doesn’t cut it. You can say words all you want as to who you believe in, but by the living God, let me see it. Be doers of the word, not hearers or speakers only. Nor does anyone have to right to sit and judge who is or who isn’t Christian. I wonder sometimes if those who protest the loudest really know their faith.

  • SSGT_Randolph

    Gov. Bentley, my spouse and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the fact that our same-sex marriage has destroyed your “traditional” marriage.

    • Carlos M

      Homosexuals cheat on their “spouses.” Your “marriage” is a pathetic joke. Homosexuals lack the capacity for emotional love. You will never be equal to heterosexuals emotionally, nor can you have children together. Equality is beyond you.

      • TR

        You are what happens when a sick old methskank gives birth. You should have been aborted.

      • Jesusismyquarterback

        That’s some strong love Carlos.

      • Susan Harrison

        Carlos: shame, shame, shame. Or are you running for Mr Mean 2016?

      • SSGT_Randolph

        Carlos, Carlos, Carlos. My spouse and I have been together for 37 years and only just recently married after it became legal for us to do so. So much anger and so much bitterness. Are you one of those self-loathing homosexuals?

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    The smart thing for Bentley to do is to convert to the Democrat Party, claim his affairs are his own business and that this was all a vast right wing conspiracy, publish his sexual infidelities all over the internet, and charge 6 figures for each speech he gives in his new rock star status.

    • arc99

      First of all there is no such thing as the Democrat Party.

      If you are referring to the Democratic Party, I can tell you that as a lifelong member we do not tolerate hypocrites like Gov. Bentley. President Clinton did not build a political career pretending to be some paragon of virtue. What a person does in private is their own business, UNLESS they engage in the inherent dishonesty of citing their marital fidelity as a qualification for office.

      So you go ahead and change the subject to President Clinton. I will take him over sleazy hypocrites like Gov. Bentley any day of the week

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        It sounds like what you are saying is that Demon-crats have no moral standards, and that the same can be said for those who vote for them? I already knew this since most people voting for Hillary admit that she is untrustworthy.

        So, because Bill Clinton nowhere ran on the platform of not having killed anyone, it would have been OK for him to kill someone?!? (We can debate whether or not that happened.) Or, because Bill Clinton nowhere ran on the platform of not having groped multiple women, not his wife, it was OK for him to grope multiple women, not his wife, repeatedly, including women under his political power?

        Thank you for providing me with another example of “liberal logic.” 🙂

        • Jesusismyquarterback

          I guess the concept of hypocrisy is something you are not familiar with.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Sure it is – I spent half my life as a liberal. I earned a PhD in hypocrisy. 🙂

    • Wes Ackerman

      I think the point is that If a person can break a promise to God and their spouse (till death do us part) they have no problem breaking promises to us.

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Amen! Fortunately, he has kept the vast majority of his promises to me.

  • Guest

    If he had to step down, why isn’t Ted Cruz resigning from the race?

  • Dennis Warren

    Typical, oh so typical of Southern Baptists to do what this preacher did. I would think that one’s religion and relationship with God is not something for a pastor to bandy about and try to make any kind of political (religious) hay from. He is not anyone I would even consider listening to as a leader of my faith. What a grandstanding putz this guy is. For shame and I hope when he gets to Judgment, that special place in hell is reserved for him. The Bible says that those who are called to witness for God are held to a higher standard than the rest of us sinners, apparently he never read that passage.

  • Wes Ackerman

    Read Acts 2:47. The Lord adds to His Church and only He can remove anyone. Discipline and removal are two different things.

    • Carl

      How about Matthew 18:15-20 and 1 Corinthians 5 where Jesus and the apostle Paul command the church to remove the unrepentant church member?

      • Wes Ackerman

        Dis-fellowship in love is to try to let the person in see their error. If the Lord had added him to His church only He can remove him. It is like Mat 19:6 and divorce. If God recognizes a marriage it doesn’t matter what a judge says only God can undo it. Mat 5:32 explains that.

  • Susan Harrison

    If the church is the place for sinners; if the church is to be the good shepherd who goes after the lost sheep; if “forgive seventy times seven” is to be lived; if Jesus did not condemn but worked to save sinners, why does the First Baptist Church kick someone out? IF that is a true story; IF the governor did not choose to leave.