When it comes to Other Women or Other Men who are congregants of a preying pastor, I consider them in the same category as sex trafficking victims.
True, they are involved in sinful sex acts, yet their situation ought to engender compassion towards them as opposed to censure. These individuals are exploited individuals.
They are victims, too!
A pastor is abusing his or her position of authority to exploit the Other Woman/Man congregant. By having sex with them, the pastor is abusing his or her congregant.
The married pastor is the one who ought to experience the severest censure!
The power dynamic makes free consent impossible.
So, I guess I am arguing here for compassion towards these individuals as I would for a sex trafficking victim. If it is not a free choice, then it is a coerced choice.
Would you want to be held responsible for choices you made under abusive coercion? I certainly wouldn’t.
That is why I say the problem is the one abusing the power and not the prey of such power abuse.