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Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide
CBN News ^ | Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | Heather Sells

Posted on 12/11/2013 3:48:01 PM PST by robowombat

Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide

By Heather Sells CBN News Reporter Wednesday, December 11, 2013

News reports indicate that Florida megachurch founder Isaac Hunter has taken his life.

Altamonte Springs police discovered Hunter's body Tuesday morning in his home, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

Hunter, 36, founded Orlando's Summit Church. The non-denominational church eventually grew to five locations. He resigned from his role as lead pastor last year, after admitting to an affair.

Hunter is the son of Joel Hunter, another megachurch pastor in Florida and spiritual advisor to the president.

His death marks the second time this year that a prominent pastor's son has committed suicide. In April, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren's son took his life.

CBN News spoke with Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, in May about mental health awareness in the church.

Page recently wrote a book Melissa about his experience with his daughter's suicide and the need for the church to help those who battle with mental health issues.

"There are legitimate, serious issues that people struggle with, and the church needs to be the place where we say, 'We understand,' Page said.

More than 36,000 people commit suicide each year in the United States


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: isaachunter; joelhunter; megachurch; mentalillness; pastor; suicide; ybpdln
This is a sad story. I wonder if the approach of the Christmas season was a factor in this man's despair.
1 posted on 12/11/2013 3:48:01 PM PST by robowombat
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To: robowombat

Let’s wait until the audit is finished....


2 posted on 12/11/2013 3:52:22 PM PST by ken5050 (I still miss Howlin)
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To: robowombat
Hunter is the son of Joel Hunter, another megachurch pastor in Florida and spiritual advisor to the president.

Is Joel's church non-denominational like his son's?

Are these Unitarian sects or "non-denomination Christian"?

3 posted on 12/11/2013 3:52:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

Mega churches? I’m guessing non-denom Christian….


4 posted on 12/11/2013 3:53:41 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: robowombat

So his father is a “spiritual advisor to the president”. Does he take after his father? Because I know what type of people our Dear Leader chooses as spiritual advisors. That might explain something.


5 posted on 12/11/2013 3:54:55 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: robowombat

In Church, I completely love Advent and Christmas. Out side of Church I hate them both — they are pain, sorrow, sleeplessness, tortured memories, and all that.

All I can think of is to pray for the consolation and soothing of those who loved this person and that God will have mercy on him.

Lord, let this not be our adversary’s victory!


6 posted on 12/11/2013 3:55:50 PM PST by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes, they are also non-denominational


7 posted on 12/11/2013 3:56:14 PM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: robowombat
For a spiritually trained and aware man to take his life, I'd suggest he had a spiritual violation he couldn't deal with in this life.

Adultery is a sin and can be seen as an organic act that may be overlooked or "lived with".

Violating Almighty

(they don't call Him that for nuthin' .. )

God's Commandment would be something a man who wasn't born again, or never understood God's forgiveness might be more than he'd want to bear in this life.

sad ... and un-necesarry.

8 posted on 12/11/2013 3:58:02 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: robowombat

“We understand” is not to be confused with “You are normal and society is sick”


9 posted on 12/11/2013 4:08:18 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: markomalley; DocRock; del4hope; Alex Murphy; Gamecock; Dr. Eckleburg; jude24; Ottofire; fishtank; ..
YBPDLN Ping List Ping!

The YBPDLN Ping List is generally published infrequently, but based on the exploits of the megachurch pastors, posts can spike for a period of time. If you would like on or off of this list please FReepmail me.

Because 18,000 People Can’t be wrong!

10 posted on 12/11/2013 4:09:48 PM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: robowombat
Well, one of Jesus Christ's very own Apostles, one of the twelve, did the same thing.
11 posted on 12/11/2013 4:10:28 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Gamecock

YBPDLN? I think I need the Mandela funeral sign language guy to help me out on this.

What is YBPDLN?


12 posted on 12/11/2013 4:14:33 PM PST by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation sucks.)
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To: OwenKellogg

Your Best Purpose Driven Life Now.


13 posted on 12/11/2013 4:16:52 PM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: Gamecock

What does YD... stand for?


14 posted on 12/11/2013 4:26:13 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Gamecock

Okay, I see. Now what does it mean? Is it a parody of Osteen or something?


15 posted on 12/11/2013 4:27:04 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: a fool in paradise
Joel Hunter is a former United Methodist pastor from Indiana. Northland Team: Joel Hunter

So presumably the church is Methodist-influenced simply because Hunter was a former United Methodist pastor (he is also the brother-in-law of Mark Beeson, senior pastor of the third-largest UMC in the country).

16 posted on 12/11/2013 4:29:09 PM PST by The Grammarian
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To: Doctor 2Brains

They’re mocking megachurch pastors. Your Best Life Now is the name of a book by Joel Osteen; the Purpose Driven Life is a book by Rick Warren.


17 posted on 12/11/2013 4:30:41 PM PST by The Grammarian
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To: robowombat

Pastor Isaac Hunter of Summit Church resigns amid adultery scandal

November 29, 2012|By Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel

Isaac Hunter, the popular lead pastor at Summit Church in Orlando and the son of presidential spiritual advisor Joel Hunter, has resigned after admitting to an affair with a former church staffer.

The church, one of the fastest-growing in Central Florida, made the announcement on its blog Wednesday after mailing a letter to parishioners stating that Isaac Hunter’s “moral failing has made it impossible for him to continue in ministry.”

Isaac Hunter, 35, is a married father of three. He could not be reached for comment.

He founded Summit in 2002 with friends from his youth-ministry days in his father’s Longwood megachurch, Northland, A Church Distributed. Three-hundred people attended Summit’s first service, and it quickly outgrew its first home. It now has five locations and nearly 5,000 worshippers.

Many in both the church and community reacted with sadness to the news.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Scott George, senior pastor at Pine Castle United Methodist Church and co-founder of the Community Food & Outreach Center in Orlando, one of many local nonprofit organizations where Summit members often volunteer. “He is a very gifted leader, a tremendous motivator. From the moment I heard about this, I’ve been in prayer for the entire church, the family, the community. The ripple effect of something like this is devastating.”

Isaac’s father, Joel Hunter, is a widely known evangelical pastor who became part of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He did not respond to calls seeking his comments.

In the letter to Summit members, newly appointed lead pastor John Parker said Isaac Hunter had offered his resignation Monday and that it had been accepted. Parker urged church members to avoid gossip “as much as humanly possible” and said the church “is bigger than any one of us.”


18 posted on 12/11/2013 4:34:09 PM PST by bkopto
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To: robowombat

satan often attacks pastors through their children


19 posted on 12/11/2013 4:38:52 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: robowombat

OMG!! TWO Baptist preacher;s sons commit SUICIDE?? That seems VERY SUSPICIOUS!!


20 posted on 12/11/2013 4:41:32 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Mad Dawg

I pray for you.... you sound like your life is awful.


21 posted on 12/11/2013 4:42:46 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: bkopto

Dear Mr. Joel Hunter......YOU ARE BEING USED by OBAMA....WAKE UP!!! You have been LED INTO TEMPTATION!!


22 posted on 12/11/2013 4:45:04 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Pretty much.

The Purpose Driven Live by Rick Warren meets Osteen's Your Best Life Now.

23 posted on 12/11/2013 4:47:26 PM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: robowombat
Experience has given me a very dim view of megachurches. Their large concentrations of money and power stifle accountability and puff up megastar preachers who cannot possibly pastor such giant congregations. In a perverted reversal of roles, these giant congregations often shower their "shepherds" with undue deference and vulgar wealth. The air of privilege bred in such unquestioned environments often leads to a dynastic succession to the megastars' offspring, who claim the divine right to inherit the lucrative family "businesses."

I know there are exceptions, but I doubt there are many. Human nature - our sin nature - is a very powerful force, and few megachurches retain the checks and balances required to keep their megastars' powerful egos in check. Wrecked megachurches often reveal a surprising lack of evil intent, just a realization that "it just happened." So it is with sin, and mega-anything allows that sin to be writ large.

Give me a smaller church where the pastors can be pastors and know the families and their children, and members truly fellowship together through life's ups and downs - not just while listening to the superstar's preaching.

24 posted on 12/11/2013 4:48:36 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: The Grammarian

Mocking?

Nah.


25 posted on 12/11/2013 4:48:40 PM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: knarf

Look at it this way: the guy screwed around and got caught, so he lost his wife and kids, the woman he probably thought he was in love with, and his career. All the people who used to respect him must be horrified and disgusted. I’m sure his parents are heartbroken and profoundly disappointed. He can’t preach anymore, and if he’s like most middle-aged guys who just lost a career, he may not have any immediate way to support his kids—a further cause for shame. He knows he is wholly responsible for destroying the happiness of every innocent person around him. If he started taking antidepressants, that may have been the last straw.

I’ve seen more than one adulterous husband driven nearly to suicide by the knowledge that he has blown everything up.


26 posted on 12/11/2013 4:52:55 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: robowombat

Sad that a pastor would kill himself, especially at this time of year. Never having heard of, let alone heard him preach, I have no idea of his beliefs. A quick look at the church’s website doesn’t reveal very specific values or beliefs.

Suicide is a result of depression which can be an organic condition. Such a condition can be natural or can be caused or made worse through spiritual attack by the Accuser and his minions. Only God knows, but we do know that satan is a sore loser who hates Believers and tries to destroy them and their happiness. We also know that the deeper we get in our faith, the tougher the oponent from below.

Prayers up for his family as they get through this very difficult time.


27 posted on 12/11/2013 4:53:52 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: robowombat

Sad. RIP.


28 posted on 12/11/2013 5:01:39 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Ann Archy

If it makes you feel better, Joel Hunter is a former Methodist who now pastors a nondenominational church; not a Baptist. ;P


29 posted on 12/11/2013 5:04:33 PM PST by The Grammarian
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To: robowombat

joel is my daughters pastor. terrible.


30 posted on 12/11/2013 5:09:32 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Ann Archy

you are right. my daughter said her pastor was an adviso to obama.
. i immediately did not trust him n tried to warn her.


31 posted on 12/11/2013 5:12:36 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: The Grammarian

WHAT is a non-denominational church and what do they preach?? Never mind, I think I know......not much. What is Joel Osteen??


32 posted on 12/11/2013 5:22:47 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Gamecock

This is amazing to me. We get to make fun of Osteen (and he deserves it) but somebody posts his crap here, and the one and only allowable thing anybody is allowed to say to it is “Yes! Definitely!” We can debate unions, capitalism, Reagan, sex, guns, the 9th and 10th amendments, the 2nd amendment, but some clown posts osteen’s words, and that is 100% completely and absolutely and totally off limits. Bizarre. Osteen = Jesus. Who knew?


33 posted on 12/11/2013 5:34:52 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: robowombat

Isaac Hunter, 36 and father of three, had resigned from his own megachurch after he admitted that he had engaged in an affair with a staff member. His wife of 13 years had filed a domestic-violence petition against Hunter, describing him as unstable, erratic and suicidal, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Responding to a call from his brother who received a text message speaking of suicide, police found Isaac Hunter dead from a gunshot wound, said Officer Rob Pelton, Altamonte Springs Police Department spokesman. Police are investigating the death as a suicide, and the medical examiner will have a final cause of death in the next 10 days.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/isaac-hunter-dead_n_4427371.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics


34 posted on 12/11/2013 5:35:00 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Doctor 2Brains
This is amazing to me. We get to make fun of Osteen (and he deserves it) but somebody posts his crap here, and the one and only allowable thing anybody is allowed to say to it is “Yes! Definitely!” We can debate unions, capitalism, Reagan, sex, guns, the 9th and 10th amendments, the 2nd amendment, but some clown posts osteen’s words, and that is 100% completely and absolutely and totally off limits. Bizarre. Osteen = Jesus. Who knew?

Agreed. Joel Osteen is nothing more than Dr. Phil in a pulpit, preaching a secular, feel good philosophy that glorifies man while reducing God to a generous errand boy who wants us to be rich and always happy. It is the kind of false gospel that Paul warned about in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths."

America is falling away.

35 posted on 12/11/2013 6:36:57 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: Doctor 2Brains

In the rules of the RF we can only say amen in devotional forums.

Can only enter caucus threads if we are a member of that particular denomination.

Ecumenical? Open to all but have to behave.

Everything else if a free for all.


36 posted on 12/11/2013 6:44:28 PM PST by Gamecock (There are not just two ways to respond to God but three: irreligion, religion, and the gospel. (TK))
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To: The Grammarian

you really want to get them:

Your Best Purpose-Driven Life Now: Name It and Claim It, Money Cometh


37 posted on 12/11/2013 7:28:16 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: robowombat

Joel Hunter is a putz and a charlatan. And that statement should in no way be taken as to denigrate Isaac Hunter.


38 posted on 12/11/2013 8:14:18 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: fwdude

Yes, but he was an unbeliever.


39 posted on 12/11/2013 9:57:45 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: yldstrk

Satan also provides false pastors, Rick Warren for example.


40 posted on 12/11/2013 9:59:04 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Ann Archy

Oh, thanks.

I suppose everybody has rough spots. This time of year is mine. But I love giving presents.

And I love doing my Dominican Laity stuff. And I had a great lunch yesterday with a retired cop who told me how Jesus came into his life and rearranged the furniture.

It’s not easy, but it’s not bad. BUT I “get” the depression that could lead to suicide, and my heart goes out to those who succumb and those who love them and mourn for them.

Though my own personal window may be dirty, I know the sun is shining. And I hope you enjoy the light as much as I am grateful for your prayers... which is a lot.


41 posted on 12/12/2013 12:07:32 AM PST by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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