COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Pastors in Alabama and Georgia are speaking out about recent sexual misconduct allegation practices.
In light of several sexual misconduct allegations in national media, pastors in Alabama and Georgia say they're avoiding speculation by following the Billy Graham rule, which states that figure should not be alone with another woman or man other than their spouse.
The Graham Rule goes back to 1948, when Reverend Billy Graham, a famous traveling evangelist—made it clear he wanted to avoid speculation.
News Leader 9 spoke to one Alabama pastor about how they handle being in the public spotlight and avoid these situations, "Pastors are not excluded from this, pastors are men too and the same temptation comes to them. Yes, we should hold a higher standard but we are not immune from this temptation."
The Graham Rule has since morphed into the "Graham-Pence" rule.
After now-Vice President Mike Pence made a statement in 2016 saying he lives by the same rule and does not stay in any room alone with other women without his wife.
Pence was criticized for his remarks.