Remember the video that went viral, when Sam Rader secretly ran a pregnancy test and was able to tell Nia Rader that she was pregnant? Well, the couple is back in the spotlight but not in such a good way: Sam’s name was found in the last of Ashley Madison users that hackers posted online earlier this week.
The video with Sam announcing her pregnancy to Nia has gotten them a lot of attention but not necessarily the most positive attention. Many people wondered if Sam’s secret testing of Nia’s urine from the toilet was even valid, and when the couple announced that she miscarried a week later, there were grumblings that the whole thing was a hoax for attention. Add in Sam’s decision to quit his job as a nurse so he could focus on their YouTube channel (which became much more popular after the pregnancy announcement video), and people became even more skeptical.
Now it turns out Sam had an Ashley Madison account. The fact that the couple are evangelical Christians makes this latest bit of news even more shocking. Here’s the note written that accompanies the video:
The bible tells us in James to confess our sins to one another and to pray for one another.
I am a sinner, and a hopeless one at that. In no way do I meet the expectations of God for my life. I fall short of all his commands and I choose to disobey him repeatedly at my own consequences, which is why I am in such need of a savior like Jesus.
I feel ashamed of what I have to admit but I think it’s more than necessary for my dedicated followers, those who have entrusted their time and love in our family.
Over 2 years ago I did create the Ashely Madison account. To be clear this was only an account I used to navigate the site in my sinful curiosity and any messages or data pulled from that account would be evidence of that. I absolutely did not meet up or see another woman from the site. It was clearly a bad moment in my life and I acted on a sinful desire to be with another woman but never came close to going through with it.
It’s easy to watch our channel and think of us as a perfect family, but that’s simply far from actual reality. However, I am definitely not the man that I was then. I pursue my relationship with Christ on a daily basis and have since been involved in a weekly discipleship. We have our issues with sin like anyone else in the world. This is just one instance of my fallen self, one example of my imperfection and my fleshly desires. I will let you down, your friends and family will let you down, and yourself will let you down, just as I have let myself and family down. But Christ doesn’t let anyone down, which is why we are called to put our identity in Him and nothing and nobody else.
My wife and I plan to move forward as normal with our vlog, as we will not allow Satan any foothold in our lives. I have no doubts that we will continue to be attacked and shamed as we live our lives for Jesus in the public eye. It’s the reality of our humanness. You won’t see or witness any perfection from my family and especially not from myself.
I hope you are praying for one another and you pray for me. I do not plan to comment or say anything else about this situation. I am very sorry for my actions and regret it immensely. Our family would like to move on despite the hatred and criticism that will certainly ensue.
Thank you for listening and thank you for your understanding and forgiveness in this matter.
And here are Sam and Nia in their video, titled ‘Forgiven’: