The former pastor of Victory Temple Church was arrested after he shot at and wounded his wife.Lewis’ wife drove herself to the hospital with her husband in pursuit.Riva Tims, 38, also left the church and filed for divorce in 2008.The couple share joint custody of their four children.He says he is from the hometown of Jesus, and claims to have preached the gospel in 82 different countries. Anis Shorrosh is accused of putting dozens of his Daphne neighbors in danger.Shorrosh was arrested, and is now facing charges of attempted arson. Assassination —Virginia—A Republican religious leader stated on television that the assassination of Venezuela’s democratically elected president, Hugo Chavez, would be a good thing.Pat Robertson, a TV evangelist and close friend of George W.Bush, said killing Chavez would be cheaper than starting a war to remove him. New Haven, CN—Robert Nelson pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to seven more years, for a total of 22 years behind bars.
The following information is an amalgamation of my picking and choosing over a few days.Murder, attempted murder and rape are some of the more heinous crimes, but the list goes from the horrendous to the absurdity of a preacher stealing a dildo in a house robbery.The results that follow are taken directly from the news and reflect just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sins of the “fathers.” Protestant preachers are every bit as noxious as Catholic priests are when it comes to child molesting and throw in a few twists, such as selling drugs and robbing banks.In a written statement to Charisma, Tims, 40, said he has been involved in counseling since the affair became public.Many members left the independent church after Judy Nguyen posted details of her affair with the pastor on the Internet.State police said Nelson tried to persuade a woman outside the prison to kill one of his victims.—Ardmore, OK—A Stephens County judge ordered a former Ardmore minister to serve a 25-year sentence on attempted murder charges. Lewis, who entered a blind guilty plea to charges he intended to kill his wife when he shot her in 2004, appeared before Associate District Judge Joe Enos.Enos ordered Lewis to serve 19 years of the sentence behind bars.A simple Google search will reveal a line-up of preachers, ministers and evangelists that fell a lot short of the law. Go to the Google search page and type in “Preacher convicted 2010” and pages of information will fill your computer screen.Try “Preacher arrested 2010.” The search is not difficult, but since there is no hierarchy for any religion outside of mainstream Protestantism, there is no trail to follow like the Catholic church that stretches all the way to Rome.A paternity test revealed Paulk was the father of his nephew, who is now leader of the church. Paulk, who for years was known publicly as Earl Paulk’s nephew. Jim Creason told the officers who arrested him that he was financially desperate.The former church leader was at the center of a sex scandal in 2007 that ended with the revelation that he slept with his brother’s wife and fathered a child by her. The Sheriff’s office says they have more property crimes occur when the economy is down, but a psychologist says that it is not enough reason for someone to resort to crime. Arson Orangeburg, SC—A former pastor received probation in connection with the suspected arson that gutted his Summerville church in April 2005.