|Pastor John Thomas Lindsey, armed robber|
"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked him to forgive me." - Emo Philips
It seems that John Thomas Lindsey, 47, a pastor at True Love Church of Refuge, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA also understood that basic Christian principle and the great benefit to be had from having a faith that means a few magic words can conveniently re-set your sin counter to zero without needing to make reparation to those you have wronged. He has been arrested and charged with nine counts of armed robbery!
After enquiries from a local tv station, Chanel 9, the True Love Church of Refuge issued the following statement:
We, the leadership and membership of True Love Church of Refuge, are deeply saddened and disappointed that our leader and brother, John Thomas Lindsey, is facing charges associated with criminal activity. Though we denounce any involvement he may have had, we love him and will continue to pray for him. The ministry will continue to stand strong despite the latest allegations and will continue to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom.
The security camera evidence is quite compelling.
Police were led to Lindsey by an alleged accomplice, Fernando Carillo-Hernandez, who has been charged with various firearms-related offences and three counts of armed robbery. He is not believed to have any connection with the church. It is alleged that Pastor Lindsey robbed four Circle Ks, two Sam's Marts, two 7-11s and a Family Dollar. A shot was fired inside the Family Dollar store.
The motive for the robberies is believed to be drug-related. According to Joe Bruno of Chanel 9, court records show that Lindsey has two previous convictions for drug offences dating back to the 1990s.
As a Christian, of course, if he truly repents for his crimes and accepts Jesus he will still go the Heaven - and he doesn't even need to repay the money he stole.
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