Talking about sexual assult in churches

The famous “Bishop” Dawit Molalegn of FBI church recently did this to my friend.

She was walking down the street, and Dawit kept slowly following her in his car. When she realized who it was (Dawit’s face is on billboards and TV in Addis), she assumed he was offering her a ride and got in.

But then he offered to buy her dinner “wherever you want” and kept asking, “Do you know who I am?” She was shocked and tried to leave his car, but Dawit kept locking the doors. When she finally got the door open and left, he asked her to kiss him.

Dawit’s church has this motto in big letters on its doorstep in Gerji: “Mind Your Own Business” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). Paul’s point is that Christians should work hard and avoid harming others. In fact, Paul explicitly names sexual abuse as an evil God will judge: “No one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before” (1 Thessalonians 4:6).

But Dawit seems to use this motto “Mind Your Own Business” as a shield for his impunity and zero accountability. “Men of God” think they are unquestionable and can do whatever they want, as if they are above others and God himself. They assume that women will feel privileged to be exploited by them. Hence Dawit repeatedly asking my friend, “Do you know who I am?”

Christians at FBI church should investigate this and similar reports, and make sure their community is led by someone who will uphold the ethics required for a Christian leader. The Apostle Paul warms, “The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins.”

The corruption of spiritual leadership is being exposed around the world. We should not become numb or defensive when it is someone in our community. I urge the good people at FBI to hold Dawit accountable and set an example for the other “bishops,” “apostles,” “prophets,” and “men of God” whose power has corrupted their character. The gospel is being badly damaged, and vulnerable people are being abused.

PS: My friend will be accused of lying and satanically trying to attack “a man of God.” But what incentive does she have to make up this story? She doesn’t go to Dawit’s church. She’s doesn’t have any prior history with Dawit. She only knows who he is because his face is advertised around Addis. She is a Christian with a professional career who is not on social media and doesn’t want attention. She gave me permission to tell her story because this pattern has become alarmingly normal in church leadership and needs to be confronted.

I expect to receive anonymous emails and phone calls with threats from “Christian” defenders of their “bishop.” But I will not be intimidated. We must stop tolerating impunity and corruption in the church - even if these men are extremely powerful and threatening.

Story by Andrew DeCort