June 20, 2014
I saw a news item about accusations against John Balyo this afternoon that shocked and devastated me. We regularly listen to his radio program on WCSG with his co-host, Amanda.
I’m angry because a child suffered this evil.
I’m angry because what he did makes every song on that station sound cheap to me today.
I’m devastated to think what his new wife might be going through. I find it almost unbearable to think about how she is feeling.
I am most upset that this sin dishonors the name of Christ in such a massive, public way in the community.July 7, 2014
More and more details have come out about John Balyo’s dark side. His secret sins have left a terrible wake, and there will likely be more devastation coming.
What happened to Bethany Balyo (John’s new wife) is my worst nightmare come true. As a mother, it brings up fears for my own children. Perhaps many women feel this way. This episode has brought back memories of grief and pain. There have been some sleepless, restless nights because of getting stuck in a loop of thoughts and worry. However, along with that grief comes opportunity for more healing.
I can choose to focus on the devastation, or I can get back into God’s Word, and find peace, comfort and refuge in Him. I am thankful for my husband and a few others who have listened to my thoughts and feelings about this issue and are helping me process through them.
Looking back, God has never, ever failed me. To keep letting myself go in these circles of thought and being obsessed about the case against him, does nothing but let the enemy have his way. This results in depression and despair. I have a beautiful family and life that has been given to me. Satan would love to take away my joy and cause me to live in fear, but by the grace of God, that won’t continue any longer. I choose to cling to Christ and on His promises in Scripture.
Chris Lemke, general manager of WCSG spoke to Chris Fabry about John Balyo on his radio program on Moody radio on June 24. I highly recommend listening to hour two, “Processing a Moral Failure”. Highlights/quotes from Chris Lemke:
-He was called ‘the boyscout’ here because he was squeaky clean.
-He was married just 7 weeks ago and his bride and new step son had recently lost her husband to cancer 2 or 3 years ago…
-Saturday night I got home late and my wife and I had a heart to heart talk and she asked me ‘Honey, how do I know I can trust you?’
Here are concrete ways to help:
Pray for the victim, and any other potential victims that are involved in this case.
Support and pray for organizations that help children and other victims of sex trafficking such as Women At Risk, International (WAR). WAR offers many ways to get involved.
Support and pray for Bethany Balyo.
Support and pray for WCSG radio station and Cornerstone University.
As difficult as it is, we can pray for John Balyo, that he will repent and seek God’s mercy. He has apparently been struggling for many years and will likely spend the rest of his life in jail. Pray that any others who are struggling with an addiction or similar issues will understand the potential consequences because of this news story, and seek out help.