Tuesday, January 15, 2008
You call that the will of God?



David Mattingly
360 Correspondent


A year ago, I reported on the story of Mona Brewer, a former member and employee of Bishop Earl Paulk's Atlanta-area megachurch. Brewer claimed that Paulk used the scriptures to manipulate her into a twisted, 14-year sexual relationship.

In a lawsuit, she alleged that Paulk even had her perform sexual acts with other men, including a visiting minister. All the while, she said that Paulk had her convinced she was serving the will of God.

If a new perjury charge sticks, Paulk could end up serving time.

A district attorney accuses Paulk of lying under oath when he said Brewer was the only woman with whom he ever had an extramarital affair. That claim failed to stand up after a DNA test revealed Paulk was the father of his own nephew.
Posted By CNN: 1:04 PM ET
  4 Comments
David,
I have to say that this story was absolutely ridiculous to me! I can't see that any woman who actually knows the Bible would or could be talked into having a relationship with a married man. Seeing as though it is stated very clearly that having affairs is a sin. So I never did buy that these women were talked into this. I think they wanted to be with him because of his stature in the community and the U.S.! Plus because of his money.

Saying that I do think he was wrong too for what went on. And for lying on the stand he needs to be punished!

People like these nuts give us christians a bad name! Why not report something good about christians every now and then!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 1:41 PM ET
David/AC360:
I believe the Christian community is starting to address the trend of megachurches. In some faith-based organizations, when a church becomes too big, it may want to consider dividing into another new church or a smaller group. This not only keeps more churches personal, but it also is easier for members to be held accountability and reduces the incidences of "celebrity" clergy.

Earl Paulk is a predator and should be in jail.
Posted By Blogger Sharon from Indy : 2:20 PM ET
The leaders of all religions, from cults to organized religions, are only human like everyone else, subject to all the temptations around them.

When people give up their free thought for the group thought of organized religion, crimes like this will frequently occur.

I do feel sorry for those manipulated by these false leaders, but If people would use some common sense when dealing with religion, much of this could be avoided.
Posted By Anonymous Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA : 3:14 PM ET
My dad always tells me "Power corrupts absolutely and absolute power corrupts infinitely."

I believe that, especially when you get these large organizations.

I was watching a show on TLC about Hinduism (Book of Kama Sutra)and Deepak Chokar, whom you have one once in a while, had the best quip to explain religion I have ever heard. He said : "God gave us the truth and the devil came along and said,'let me organize that for you, we'll call it religion.'"

Soo true I fear.

I have learned a lot of different religions and I have seen how the interpretation can be vastly scewed based on the inflection.

The same if true for most if not all wars...All in the name of God.

Buddhism is nice and simple.
Posted By Anonymous Sabrina in Los Angeles : 6:10 PM ET
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