By Graham Smith
Last updated at 3:01 PM on 21st December 2009
A clergyman has been criticised as ‘highly irresponsible’ after advising his congregation to shoplift following his Nativity sermon.
Father Tim Jones, 41, broke off from his traditional annual sermon yesterday to tell his flock that stealing from large chains is sometimes the best option for vulnerable people.
It is far better for people desperate during the recession to shoplift than turn to ‘prostitution, mugging or burglary’, he said.
The married father-of-two insisted his unusual advice did not break the Bible commandment ‘Thou shalt not steal’ – because God’s love for the poor outweighs his love for the rich.
What in Heaven’s name is happening ?
My own church body (the ELCA) promotes fornication and homosexuality, so I’m not just pointing the finger at others.
I think a high up muckety muck in the Anglican Church just gave a nifty talk the other day extolling the virtues of the Taliban, for cryin’ out loud.
All I can say is , “Come Lord Jesus, come.”
PS- I know there are plenty of good pastors and churches out there. I am blessed to be in a faithful congregation with a faithful pastor.
Lord, please lead people to churches that are faithful to your Word.