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8 Church Scandals That May have Challenged Your Faith

 Altars elevate religious leaders, making them more visible to their congregation. Consequently, they also make their flaws more visible. Preachers gain stature with their position, but their human flaws often surface under the strain of the calling, mirroring the theory of Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard. “People have an idea that the preacher is an actor on a stage and they are the critics, blaming or praising him,” he said. “What they don’t know is that they are the actors on the stage; he (the preacher) is merely the prompter standing in the wings, reminding them of their lost lines.”

Here are six men of the cloth who have reflected man’s fallible humanness through scandal.



Creflo Dollar
Creflo Dollar, 50, founder of The World Changers Church International, an Atlanta mega-church boasting over 30,000 members, was arrested in June 2012 after allegations of domestic violence. His then-15-year-old daughter said Dollar choked her during an argument. Dollar has denied these claims publicly.

“The truth is, she was not choked, she was not punched,” he declared to his congregation. Dollar was fined $1,000 and required to take an anger management course.

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15 thoughts on “8 Church Scandals That May have Challenged Your Faith

  1. EA Afolabi says:

    Why are black people still Christians? Christianity is a slave religion.

  2. Naw… Mammon.ites, hirelings, fakes, catamites, and the like hav been at it since antiquity. 1 Corinthians 6:9 for the deadly bOoTy Call group of 10!
    B not beguiled…

  3. Because they refuses 2 become evil like ur melanin Pharaoh.ism ancestors… Or the sex-god worshipping Canaanites..!
    Now ain't dat

  4. Cheryl Miller-Holmes says:

    I believe that the grooming and the sexual exploitation of male church members in need of male parental guidance in the name of Jesus will have negative generational repercussions. As far as African Americans being christians, Christianity is one way to develop a relationship with God there are others. I don't think that accessing God through Christianity is a detriment to our community as long as we don't leave our brains out of the process.

  5. Bwire Vincent says:

    Jonathan Hines But why are White people, the most evil (two world wars), the most racist (no need to explain the obvious) and the unGodliest ( boast of the most atheists and gays)?

  6. Andrew Auten says:

    "the Bible’s immaculate conception story" refers to Mary being born without original sin. Jesus was born of a "virgin birth," which is an entirely different matter.

  7. Andrew Auten says:

    Bwire Vincent , everybody is a sinner. If you think black people ar exempt from sin, read about what is happening in Rwanda, Central African Republic, Gold Coast, Timor, etc. We're all pretty terrible.

  8. Bwire Vincent says:

    Andrew Auten
    Of course, everybody sins every now and then. What I meant was, Christianity was brought to the Black man by the White man, who, ironically, happens to possess all the qualities I mentioned in my earlier post.

  9. Brad Will says:

    Wrong. It was as a sign to Israel. Read your Bible. Original Sin is a Gnostic heresy, and a myth.

  10. Also Islam, Saudi Arabia was the last country on Earth to officially abolish slavery.

  11. It's a "travesty," but vengeance is mine; I will repay, said the Lord. Romans 12:19.

  12. U obviously flunked HISTORY…!educateUP @ http://www.TCT.TV/faithinhistory

  13. Joan Brown says:

    I found out a long time ago that man is not perfect. Because that is not how God created us. But, God gives us what we need to strive for perfection in Him. So knowing about those pastors did not deter my faith in God one way or the other. Pastors, like all people, are human beings. And like all human beings, they are subject to flaws and mistakes. People are only as powerful in your life as you allow them to be. If you allow scandal about a pastor cause you to lose faith in God, then you have no faith in God.

  14. Joan Brown says:

    …And you know,…Terry Hornbuckle, the former pastor of Agape Christian Fellowship in Arlington, Texas, was charged with drugging, and then, raping 3 women. He should have served every bit of that 15, 10, and 14 years consecutively, instead.

  15. why is it when Christians felt cornered by discussion they twist the subject trying to implicate Islam in their mess? Nevertheless , a response is not needed, since I sense your desperation and indeed" a drowning man would cling to a straw".

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