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Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Test Everything"? Pastors Plead Guilty in Scams

By Rick Pearcey • October 31, 2009, 11:03 AM

Yes, and That Includes, Especially Includes, Religious Leadership: "Officials say two pastors and a deacon from a Houston church have pleaded guilty to fraud charges stemming from student loans and reimbursements for housing Hurricane Katrina evacuees," reports AP in a story published at OneNewsNow. "The U.S. Attorney's Office says the three were leaders of the Fishers of Men Worship Center."

Standing in a pulpit, wearing holy robes, leading a ministry, delivering goose-bump sermons or radio commentary (written by somebody else), or being a big name in the church of Celebrianity, of this or that national fellowship, may in fact have little to do with genuine, Biblical, Christian leadership. Wolves in sheep's clothing, etc. (Matt. 7:15, 1Thess. 5:21).

Whether we are talking about "little ministry" or Big Time Professional Christianity, it is crucial to overcome what Francis Schaeffer calls "The Central Problem of Our Age."