St. Mark Baptist Church Little Rock New Pastor
It is no surprise that Phillip Pointer was chosen to pastor St. Mark. He was the only candidate who had experience of converting a traditional Baptist Church into a Full Gospel (COGIC) church. He will continue the conversion from traditional baptist to Full Gospel (COGIC) started by Steven Arnold and the teaching of British Israel. (Aryans Jews are God’s Chosen people)
Based on the tenants of Full Gospel and Phillip Pointer’s on-line college degree – he will promote the diabolical Luciferian rapture doctrine, eternal security, and the new age prosperity religion.
Pointer’s Salary at St. Mark is $700,000 a year plus a $50,000 anniversary bonus.
I have some serious questions and concerns:
1. Did Phillip Pointer hijack St. John Baptist Church in Alexandria VA?
2. How did Pointer name get on the long list must less the short list?
3. Did the Elders of St. Mark know of Pointer’s abuse of Church members at St. John Baptist?
4. Are the Elders part of a larger conspiracy?
5. What is the Elders agenda?
6. Why did they invite Pointer to St. Mark?
7. Are the elders looking after the spiritual welfare of the church members or what they can financially gain by having a pastor with experience of stealing church assets and running off the older members?
8. Why did Pointer betray the members of St. John Baptist?
9. Are the Elders of St. Mark betraying the members by bringing a pastor with a history of being a church demolition man? (Pointer only had one church and that church has cease to exist.)
10. Are there masonic developers looking at St. Mark’s property?
11. Is the Little Rock research park in the picture?
12. Do any of the elders of St. Mark belong to the Freemason cult?
13. Are the elders of St. Mark following the orders of their white masonic masters ?
Is St. Mark the largest plantation in Arkansas?
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.
1Cor.14:33For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
2 Tim.3:1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2.Cor.11: 13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
If what Pointer’s former members are saying about him is true, he should be behind bars at Laurel Hill Correctional facility than behind the pulpit at St. Mark.
Pointer won his lawsuit against St. John. He was able to sell the building. Did he pocket the money? St. John no longer exist. The church has been demolished and a housing project has replaced St. John Baptist.
St. John Baptist Church vs. Phillip Pointer .
A Church Divided
By Alex Hampl
The History Members of St. John’s Congregation wrote a brief history of the church in Alexandria. According to that history, the “St. John Mission” was formed on N. Alfred St. in 1925. Later that year, Deacon David Askew, the chairman of the Deacon Board, wrote letters to 13 churches asking that the mission be made a church. The council approved and in 1926 the mission became the St. John Baptist Church. The church quickly grew, enough that it was able to purchase the current building, dilapidated at the time, and remodeled it. In 1948 the renovation was complete. Later, in 1973, numerous renovations were made. An educational building and a kitchen with a separate dining area were built then, and 10 years later, after the congregation had outgrown the original capacity, a 100-seat addition was built. In 1993, the church finally convinced the City of Alexandria to sell them the parking lot behind the church. The Split Providence St. John’s pastor Phillip L. Pointer. (Image from http://www.psjbc.org) In December 2000, St. John’s Rev. John W. Johnson retired as pastor, and the church formed a search committee to find his replacement. By 2002, Phillip L. Pointer, Sr. had been installed as the pastor-elect and was given the position permanently the next year. Under Pointer, several major changes were made to the church. In 2004, St. John’s was incorporated as a non-stock, non-profit organization through the State of Virginia State Corporation Commission. About one year later, the church met to appoint trustees who were then verified as legal owners of the church property in court. (St. John’s Baptist Church owns the property and the trustees make the decisions on behalf of the congregation.) This group of trustees had no intention of moving services or selling the property. Pointer, however, felt differently. After he was appointed pastor, he also named himself CEO. According to evidence submitted in the ongoing civil case, the church’s new Constitution gave Pointer total authority. However, the trustees were the only ones recognized in court as owners of the property. Pointer announced that St. John’s would be merging with Providence Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, Md., a failing church run by his grandfather. The group of trustees led by Diggs alleges that Pointer gave the pastor of that church, his grandfather, a “generous retirement package” and also failed in his promise to maintain and operate St. John’s in Alexandria. Additionally, sources confirmed that Pointer had put up the church and Providence Baptist as collateral in order to obtain a $1.8 million mortgage on the property in Maryland. Pointer refused to comment for this article, citing his lawyer’s advice. “We elected the pastor for St. John’s, not for this church in Upper Marlboro,” Diggs said. “I understand he wants to help his granddaddy, and as Christians we are supposed to help people, but not at the expense of 80 other parishioners.” The Civil Case Services have stopped being held at the church because the group led by Pointer and Traverse Gray, Sr. is attempting Members of St. John’s Congregation are now holding services at Charles Houston Rec Center. (Photo: Alex Hampl) to sell the property. Approximately 60 – 90 congregation members are currently attending services at Charles Houston; Pointer would not say how many, if any, parishioners had followed him to Upper Marlboro. The group contends it has the right to sell the property because it transferred the deed in a sort of legal end-around. Gray signed a “Confirmation Deed” in 2006 as both “Grantor” and “Grantee” for the St. John Baptist Church. Essentially he had transferred the deed to himself. However, the Diggs group is challenging the legality of this transfer, citing that the previously approved group of trustees was still the owners of the property and that Gray’s deed was never actually approved by the Court. “The corporation that transferred the deed to Providence St. John’s was not the owner of the property at that time,” said Horace McClerkin, the lead counsel for the Diggs group. “The trustees were the owner of the property, and they do not have the authority to transfer the property without church approval.” “He [Pointer] just decided he could sign all the papers,” said Diggs. “But it’ll play out in court. It’s just not good for St. John’s, period.” The case went to court when the Diggs group filed an injunction against Pointer after the pastor had removed all of the church’s property and moved it to Providence Baptist in Maryland. “They removed all the church’s assets, which is why we filed the injunction to begin with,” said McClerkin. The Pointer group motioned to have the injunction dissolved, and the judge agreed, unless Diggs and the trustees could post a $1.4 million dollar bond, a somewhat unusual measure. “I believe the burden is not on the trustees and the fiduciaries in this case to put up the million dollar bond,” McClerkin said. “The trustees are the owners of the property.” Diggs went further, saying, “A bond was not needed and never had been installed in a case in Virginia.” McClerkin said that he has been “aggressively” pursuing discovery and has served an interrogatory request, but his requests have gone unanswered. “It’s very difficult to respond to a request for documents when you don’t have the documents and you know you don’t have them,” he said. Diggs added, “They have had 60 days to respond to discovery and they haven’t at all. They seem to think they’re above the law.” McClerkin did not seem optimistic about a settlement between the sides, given the lack of response from the Pointer camp thus far. “Unless they’re willing to return all the property they took and basically undo everything, I don’t really see settlement as an option,” he said. “It’s really too early to talk about it though, anything can happen.” Potential Buyers The sale of the church is currently at a stand-off and not just because of the disputed ownership and the pending court case. According to sources, Pointer’s group approached developer Eakin/Youngentob about selling the property, valued in 2011 at $303,419. EYA is the developer that has partnered with Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority to build Alexandria’s newest public housing units, many of which are mixed in with the developer’s market-rate town houses in Old Town. Specifically, Eakin/Youngentob just redeveloped the James Bland and James Bland Addition Projects into a mixture of public housing and market rate units, known as the Old Town Commons. In essence the EYA – ARHA partnership controls all the property immediately surrounding the church. According to sources, ARHA was approached by E/Y about developing on the church property but declined to get involved in the church’s ongoing struggle. EYA also had preliminary discussions with Alexandria Capital Planning Staff, who also advised them that there would be difficulties in tearing down the church. EYA now has no plans to move forward with the church property. To make matters more complicated, St. John’s sits in the heart of the Parker Gray Historic District and is protected by the Parker Gray Board of Architectural Review. Any potential buyer would face the hurdle of having the church designated as an historic site by the Board, thus preventing its demolition. The building itself has always been valued by the City at $0, and it could be deemed a historic site. This has led to the current situation where buyers are wary of the property until after the ownership case is resolved, and even then if the Pointer group is allowed to sell the property, the church may still be protected. In the Meantime For now, much of the St. John’s congregation has continued to hold services at Charles Houston, led by minister Charles Hall. It is still unusual for the parishioners, and it is impossible to not be distracted. Still, despite all the acrimony over the cancellation of services at the church and the subsequent injunction, Diggs and the others haven’t forgotten the root of their disagreement – faith.
St. John Baptist no longer exist. The 8o year church was sold and demolished. Pointer was their last pastor. The job description for a pastor is to feed the sheep not fleece the sheep, gather the flock not scatter the flock. Many members of Alexander St. John Baptist were able to walk to church. Pointer scattering of the flock, which he called merger, to another state, twenty-five away. He is the worst possible example of a pastor.
St. Mark Baptist Church Little Rock Pastor Search in Review:
March 11, 2012
St Mark Pastor Search Up-date
Here we go again.
A few months ago the elders asked the church to pray and fast for three days on the two candidates that the search committee had as their finalist after a year long search. It had been a while since I had fasted for three days but decided to go along with the program. The result of the corporate fast was one name. WOW the church-wide fast worked. God had answered St. Mark’s prayers. But wait…a few on the elders committee decided to over ruled God’s answer to St. Mark’s prayers.
Here we go again..
Did God answer the prayers of St. Mark the first time?
I would like to commend the nominating committee for doing an excellent job, unfortunately their tiring efforts are in vain. Their work is only a facade. Their real choice and the people choice will never get pass the controller or the elders who are serving as illuminati agents.
Two of the current candidates are traditional baptist ministers. They are well qualified to pastor a traditional baptist church but St. Mark’s constitution from hell call for a pastor who is an Illuminati religious agent. St. Marks’ constitution of 2002, implemented by Steve Arnold is far more damaging to the destruction of St. Mark than any moral failure. I see why Bishop Arnold received such a generous severance package. He hijacked St. Mark.
The pastor that the illuminati and the elders will choose will be successful in hijacking traditional Baptist churches and turning them over to Full Gospel. Full Gospel is a branch of The Church of God in Christ. C.H. Mason alleged founder of COGIC received the name and doctrine from Charles Fox Parham (founder of KKK West Coast, founder of Assemblies of God, Grand-master of Freemason) Parham believed in Anglo Israelism or the Anglo European is God’s chosen people. Parham was also a disciple of Albert Pike who worshiped Lucifer as his God. Thus you have COGIC and Full Gospel teaching the Luciferian Rapture Doctrine.Although this doctrine is taught in Southern Baptist Churches and seminaries, it was not the teaching of traditional Black Baptist Convention Churches nor is it in harmony with the truth that emerge from the Protestant Reformation. It is a anti-protestant and anti-reformation doctrine.
Illuminati ministers will believe and teach Anglo Israelism (British Israel -Rapture) and they will promote the COGIC-Full-Gospel and Illuminati agenda. The question is who will make the best over-seer. The master ofthe plantation usually chose the Negro that was best suited in keeping the other Negros on the plantation in check.The master controlled what the HNIC thought and what he taught.What the master controller feared most was an independent thinking black man.
Only one candidate is qualified to be the illuminati religious agent of St. Mark. He received his undergraduate college degree from an on-line correspondence school. He come from a family of hijackers who use the title of Bishop.
The other two candidates are for show.
St. Mark constitution forbid any other minister to be a senior pastor other than a hijacker who will be under complete control of the illuminati kabal.
Who is the controller of St. Mark?
Whose constitution should St. Mark follow, God’s or Man’s?
Is St. Mark God’s Church or does it belongs to the Illuminati?
Did God answer St. Mark’s prayers the first time?
Who will stand up for the Kingdom of God?
Will the vote for a new pastor turn out to be like the rigged Florida vote of 2006?
Let the Church vote on the name that the nominating committee wanted to present in the first process.
Don’t allow the Illuminati religious agents (so-call elders) control St. Mark.
At a special called meeting on October 15, 2011, it was announced that St. Mark will maintain the current status quo: the church will continue to function without a senior pastor and the Board of Elders will maintain full control of the church.
The members were asked to suggest names for a senior pastor.
Back to square one.
Prior to the called meeting the search committee presented the final results of their year long search for a new pastor. A name was presented to the Board of Elders but three elders rejected Pastor Vincent Windrow as senior pastor of St Mark because that selection pose a threat to their Illuminati agenda.
To maintain their power and current salaries, the elders decided to re-start the search process.
According to the current constitution, the name of the search committee should had been presented to the members for a vote. This was not done.
The action of the Board of Elders was not in harmony with St. Mark’s current constitution, nor the will of the people nor was the action in harmony to the will of God.
The actions of the Board of Elders was in harmony with the Illuminati agenda and the prince of Darkness.
St. Mark Board of Elders grossly abused their power and authority.
God is not the author of confusion.
The Board of Elders rejecting the search committee recommendation caused serious damage the reputation of St. Mark.
The action of the Board of Elders was unconstitutional and illegal.
It was an absolute violation and breach of the governing by-laws.
The action of the board showed contempt to the process, blatant disregard to the will of the church membership and most of all the action of the Board of Elders showed shameful disrespect to all the ministers who applied for the position. Their action will cost St. Mark millions of dollars in lost offerings as well as making the church liable to court litigation.
A restart of the process would allow the church elders to retain control of the church for maybe another year or until the search committee present a name that the board could easily control. The concept of the board of elders is foreign to the constitution of The Baptist Convention or Missionary Baptist. The concept of Board of Elders is part of the Full Gospel and COGIC organizational structure.
The root of the problem at St. Mark is their constitution.
The current constitution does not allow a pastor outside of the Illuminati sponsor Full Gospel (COGIC) to be accepted by the board of elder as senior pastor. It allow for only an illuminati trained minister to serve as senior pastor. The current constitution is a chaotic mixture of Baptist and COGIC (Full Gospel) but mostly COGIC.
The board is made up of elders picked by the previous pastor who was a COGIC minister and ordained as a COGIC Bishop. Every bishop regardless of denomination is sponsor and supported by the Illuminati. St Mark Board of Elders was hand pick by an Illuminati minister.
In essence the current constitution was formulated by Illuminati religious agents. It is the foundation for Illuminati control of St. Mark Baptist.
St. Mark must decide if they are a Baptist church or an Illuminati sponsor Full gospel (COGIC) church. If they are a Baptist church, St. Mark must formulate and adopt a new constitution and by-law.
St Mark need to change their name to St. Mark Church of God in Christ or St Mark Full Gospel if they keep the current constitution.
The current constitution is unworkable in a Baptist church.
The Luciferian Rapture Hoax
Many books have been written concerning the rapture and it is a billion dollar business. Is the rapture theory Biblical? or is it a mystical Harry Potter like fairy tale? What is Armageddon? Most of the books have little to do with the Second Coming or the truth relating to the events surrounding the second coming.
Books by Tim Lahaye, John Hagee, Pat Robinson, Jack van Impe, Benny Hinn, Jerry Jenkins,Thomas Ice, Hinson, Hal Lindsey, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, R. Humbard, Grant Jefferies and most of the Armageddon and Last days events books are used to promote an anti-reformation, anti-protestant and Anti-Christ doctrine. The rapture is a Jesuits Luciferian theology used by agents of the Rothschild /Illuminati cabal.
What is the difference between the Rapture and the Second coming?
The Second Coming of Christ is often confused with the Rapture… The word rapture does not appear in the Bible but some people have often used the Greek word harpazo – caught up for the rapture.
Rapture comes from the Latin word RAPIO define as – seize by force, pillage, ravage and rape. When Jesus comes for His people he will not rape them, nor pillage or seize by force.
Jerome mistranslated the GK. word harpazo for rapio when hewho was commissioned by Pope Damasus I in 382 to make a revision of the old Latin translation the Vulgate. It is unclear weather the mistranslation was a mistake or a deliberate attempt to deceive. Jesuit Priest Dr. Thomas Ice uses Jerome mistranslation to claim that the rapture is Biblical. ( RAPTURE MYTHS – by Thomas Ice – The Term “Rapture”
First of all, the word “rapture” is found in the Bible, if you have the Latin Vulgate produced by Jerome in the early 400s.)
Harpazo – caught up and second coming is the same event. Let me repeat…SAME EVENT…1Thess.4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first, 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (GK. Arpaghsomeqa, harpazO v_ 2Fut Pas Ind 1 Pl SHALL-BE-BEING-SNATCHED) The Bible is clear.. When Jesus returns… He will return the same way as He left. Act 1: 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Vs.10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel:
Vs.11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Jesus was taken or caught up in a cloud… The Greek word for caught up in Acts 1:11 is analambanO, – one being taken up.
When Jesus returns, He will come in a cloud – Rev.1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Christ return will be not be secret, nor quiet, nor will only a select group see Him… The dead or those who fell asleep in Jesus will be resurrected,
And the righteous living will be caught up with the resurrected saints to meet the Lord in the air.
1 Cor.15: 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
What happens to the wicked when Christ returns?
Rev.6:15 and the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 2 Thess. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
The Bible is clear… the wicked living will see Christ Second Coming, they will try to hide, and be destroy with the brightness of the Second Coming.
What happens to the wicked dead when Christ returns?
Jn.5:28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
There are two resurrections. One of life and the other is of damnation (death) The is a period of 1000 yrs that separate the first and second resurrection.
Rev.20:5-6 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years
How long will the righteous be in heaven and what will they be doing?
Rev. 21:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
What happens at the end of the Millennium?
Rev.21: 2 And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev.20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Rev.21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Rev.16:15-17 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Armageddon is the place where the Lord will destroy the wicked once and for all. The whole earth will be cleansed with fire, and than it will be made new again.
Rev.21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Jesus will bring the Temple or the Tabernacle with Him at the end of the 1000 years.
In summary, the events that will take place at the Second Coming of Christ are:
The Dead in Christ will be resurrected;
The Righteous Living will is caught up;
The wicked living will be destroy with the brightness of the Second Coming;
Satan will be bound on earth with no one to tempt for 1000 years; (bound by a chain of circumstance – out of business)
The Righteous will live and reign with Christ for a 1000 years in heaven;
At the end of the thousand years,
The wicked will be part of the second resurrection, Satan will convince them to take over the New Jerusalem which they will see as the city come down from heaven;
Fire will destroy Satan, the wicked, and sin. The effects of the fire will be everlasting. Sin and sinners will be forever eradicated from the earth.
The earth will be cleansed and made new;
The Tabernacle of God (Jesus is the Tabernacle) will live with man.
The Righteous will live on the earth with Christ forever.
The Second coming is not the secret rapture, no secret snatch, no second chance, no third earthly Jerusalem temple, no seven year tribulation, no anti-Christ making a new covenant with Israel, no two plans for salvation (one for Jews and the other for non Jews), no eternal torment (the effects of the fire is eternal).
Yes beloved, in the beginning God took chaos and made cosmos… soon He will reverse His creation and take cosmos and make chaos, He will destroy this old sinful world with fire and than He will take chaos and make cosmos…
Rev. 21:4 and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away..vs.5 Behold I make all things new.
This is the New World Order… not as the man envision it but as God see it.
Study to show thyself approve… Ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.
Two years ago, one of Arkansas’ most respected preachers, Bishop Steven Arnold, hit rock bottom – because of an affair with the wife of a young couple he counseled at church.
Why the affair?
“To a certain extent, I felt empty,” Bishop Arnold said. “To a certain extent, I felt drained, and sometimes when you get to a point of feeling drained and empty, you compromise.”
That led the elders at St. Mark Baptist Church to force Bishop Arnold to resign from arguably the largest African American church in central Arkansas, with 7,500 members at the time – and plans for expansion.
“Two weeks after everything happened, I went straight into counseling,” Bishop Arnold said. “In the midst of depression, discouragement, I knew that I needed help and that I could not pull myself out of that valley, that dungeon, that cave by myself.”
Arnold’s fall from grace made headlines and divided the congregation.
The scandal became a nightmare, causing his marriage to collapse.
“Losing the church I had been at for 21 years, losing so much credibility, [the marriage] was the one thing I was hoping would survive the storm,” Bishop Arnold said. “But it didn’t.”
It didn’t take long for Bishop Arnold to get back in the pulpit with a following from his former church, moving first to different locations – including the old “Linen and Things” store – to now the former “Rock Creek” church building.
His new church is called Grace Temple.
“I’m determined I’m going to finish strong.”
He is ministering to roughly 500 people, some members from the old church, but some new members too.
How do his parishioners know he will never make the same mistake?
“I have determined that in my heart and my mind. That’s one of the reasons for the counseling,” Bishop Arnold said. “I’m at a season in my life now I know whatever I do has to count.”
There are people out there who say, “How dare you stand in the pulpit and preach?”
“Oh, I respect their feelings. But at the same time, I know God has called me to do this.
“Everything that I’ve always done has been about reaching people, which means its not just about a sermon, a song, a shout.
“But it’s about rendering the love of God and touching lives. That’s what it’s about.
“The worst is behind me, the best is yet to come.”
Bishop Arnold has written a book called I Am Steve, After the Mountaintop. It tells the story of the affair and his resignation from St. Mark but it also gives biblical life lessons that he says he hopes people can learn from and most importantly lean from his mistakes.
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