It took telephone negotiations with police officers for the husband to return Simmons' property, the Democrat reported. He turned his handgun over to the president of the Tallahassee branch of the NAACP.
The woman told police her husband never threatened her with harm and declined to press charges, as did Simmons. Citing the interests of all involved, the state attorney decided not to prosecute the man.
Simmons, who has served as Jacob Chapel's pastor since late 2005, said he does not plan to step down as pastor. He addressed the scandal with his congregation in a sermon, which was recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
In the address, the husband and father of a young son told those present that he had already received what he sought from God -- forgiveness. He asked his congregants for their forgiveness, as well as their prayers.
"I'm hurting because I've hurt you. I can't speak for people on the outside, because I'm not Tallahassee's pastor," Simmons told church members Jan. 22, to applause and murmurs of approval. "I'm not Florida's pastor. I'm not the world's pastor. I'm Jacob Chapel's pastor."
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“It hurts me that you have to defend my actions,” he continued. “Because, when you love somebody, you want to fight for them. You want to defend them. But let me be very clear. You cannot defend sin.”
He told the congregants that they couldn’t get defensive or try to justify his sin, saying that the situation was not about anyone but him.
“The world doesn’t operate like we operate. And so you will be attacked for loving me.”
He said there were likely people in the church at that moment there solely to see what was going to happen when he addressed his indiscretion.
“Come on, pastor! Come on, pastor!” several people shouted in agreement.
Simmons likened the internet to an ocean full of sharks.
“The sharks eat you up because that’s their world,” he said to more applause. “I know you and I dive in and out of social media and all that stuff, so every now and then when we jump in, we get bit. You can’t defend sin. You’ve got to defer to your savior. The same Jesus I preach to you every Sunday.
“You defer to him. Because when you love somebody, it’s tempting to jump out there. My baby brother’s here, sitting on the end there. I have to keep him from shooting people, because he ain’t all the way saved yet. (I have to) talk him down.”
At the end of the address, the congregation stood and applauded Simmons for several minutes.
Simmons often posts inspirational messages to his Facebook page, where he posted an image the day of the Jan. 17 incident that advised his church members not to let problems paralyze their progress in life.
Earlier this month, he posted about using time wisely to make dreams come true.
Simmons' sex scandal occurred during a weeklong celebration of his 11th anniversary as pastor of Jacob Chapel. The celebration included a Jan. 20 book signing for Simmons’ first book, “I Need a Man.”
The book is described on Simmons' personal website as offering "a fresh perspective on the issues of godly manhood and mentoring." It was published through Certa Publishing, a Christian partner publishing company.