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Aug 8th 2008 4:49AM Unfortunately this is what is happening to our religious community. I watch Pastor Joel Olsteen who presents a good message of hope and faith to many.
But, this 'fad' of placing the spouse in a position of leadership, based off the presumption that the couple is 'one' is most unfortunate for the religious faithful. Having personally worked at a church for the most nicest person Pastor, I have ever met, it was his spouse that was so authoritarian, demanding, condescending and just down right nasty. Hard to believe they were a couple.
The church brings forth a leader, the Pastor; we shouldn't be 'required' to accept the spouse as a 'spiritual leader' merely because of the marital tie. I must agree with Ms. Johnson/Brown whomever is seeking the damages, such encounters do tend to shake your faith, something that you have been taught since birth. So I would agree she's suffered so sort of damage; couldn't attest to the physical damages, however, the mental and faith is life-altering, if you are a Believer.
Let's go back to the good ol' days, when the Pastor's wife sat on the front pew and gave candy to the little kids when church was out! That was when we use to have church. If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, who brought this all about co-pastors, what happen to associate ministers, associate pastors, sr. pastors etc. Just the way 'we' are changing God to fit our needs, not the way things were.
God Bless and May the Lord's Blessings Shine Upon All