An open letter to Jeffrey Epstein, and all other predators and abusers

To Jeffrey Epstein and All Other Sex Predators

and Abusers, From a Former Victim and Survivor

[Matt. chapter 7, verses 16-23; Luke 6, verses 24-26]

by Web Minister Paul J. Bern

Dear (or not) Mr. Epstein: Allow me to introduce myself. I am Minister Paul J. Bern, an independent, nondenominational Web preacher, published author, and occasional public speaker based in Atlanta, GA. I am also a survivor of abuse due to being on the receiving end of much emotional, psychological and occasionally sexual abuse as I was growing up. I was abused to such an extent that found myself hospitalized and diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) back in 1995. It is a set of circumstances that I am, and have been, stuck with throughout much my life.

As I write this, you have at least two women who have become your accusers, and I expect there will be plenty more by the time this gets posted tomorrow. Sex in 21st century America means it occurs between two consenting adults. The meaning here is fairly explicit. So, Mr. Epstein, just because your sex partners(s) are willing and able, the law says that this is not permissible if one of the partners is not yet of legal age. The same goes for a boxing ring, or a wrestling match. The match is official, refereed, and always gets the match on pay TV at a preset time and place. So that type of competition, and by extension contact sports, are fine as long they are legally operated. But when the ‘play-by-play’ involves persons who are young enough to be their grand-children, that’s where the line needs to be drawn in the sand.

When 60-year-old men and women turn having sex with teen-aged girls and boys into a hobby, they devastate the young minds they abuse for their own pleasure. The psychological effects of being a victim of abuse, and especially of having nowhere else to turn, are incalculable and can often last for an entire lifetime. To get an extent of how serious legal authorities and mental health professionals take this, please go to this page. Another aspect to this is your wealth, Mr. Epstein. If you are guilty of any of these charges, you should receive appropriate punishment, and I don’t think your massive wealth will save you either. Not this time, sir.

What does the Bible say (that’s right – the Word of God) about those who abuse their power and authority? Here’s one example from Luke’s gospel: “24) But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. 25) Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26) Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” Hear that, Mr. Epstein? That means people like yourself, who spent their whole lives accumulating as much wealth as they could, and usually at the expense of scores, or thousands, of workers. People like yourself, Mr. Epstein, should be pursued and punished to the greatest extent the law allows.

Would you like more proof of what the Word says? “16) By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17) Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18) A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20) Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21) Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22) Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23) Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 6, verses 16-23)

Rich philanthropists like Jeffrey Epstein – they know who they are – cannot buy their way into heaven, nor can they do enough good deeds on their own to get them into Paradise. And, if any one of these individuals professes to be ‘Christian’, no matter how much they “tithe” at church, those tithes won’t do the job either. Showing up and dropping your designated 10% won’t cut it. All one has to do is stand back and watch one of these mega-rich billionaires on the street when a homeless man asks them for a dollar, or even some spare change. They turn and run, or call 911, and it’s usually both. When I ask them why, they always say they felt “threatened” by some hapless street dweller. By reacting that way, those mega-rich individuals place themselves in the same category as the police officers who are gunning down unarmed people of color. So it’s no wonder when I see guys like Jeffrey Epstein, I experience what I would call a big knot in my stomach, like some old wounds that have been reopened. My doctor says that it’s part of the healing that has already begun. I can only hope and pray that she’s right.