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Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church, Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise
http://truthseekerdaily.com ^ | September 18, 2013

Posted on 12/05/2013 8:06:39 PM PST by grundle

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.

He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him.

He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change.

He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back.

He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such.

When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation.

“We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.

The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him.

He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.

He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”

He then dismissed service until next week.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about you and share in.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hoaxes; urbanlegends

1 posted on 12/05/2013 8:06:39 PM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

Urban legend. Pops up on facebook regularly


2 posted on 12/05/2013 8:08:37 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: chae

Yep.


3 posted on 12/05/2013 8:10:22 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: chae

Do you have link? I ask so that I can share it with folks who lapped-up this story.


4 posted on 12/05/2013 8:11:49 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: grundle
truly astonishing, Id heard about this on the radio but that experience lacked the imagery which makes this really stunning.


5 posted on 12/05/2013 8:14:12 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: chae; grundle
Agree: Urban Legend. I have seen at least three identical (word for word) repetitions of this just on FR in the last month.

Try using a Search Engine with the relevant points listed, since the FR search function works marginally better than Barky throwing a baseball.

6 posted on 12/05/2013 8:15:17 PM PST by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: AppyPappy

Still it sounds like something that a church might try.

The sheep/goats prophecy is too often taken as a tutorial on how to save oneself, by trying to act good enough, and that it can never be. It’s descriptive, not prescriptive, and delineates two groups, the saved and the unsaved. The saved are rewarded for every good thing no matter how small. The unsaved are punished for every bad thing no matter how small. The lesson to be taken away is: PRIMARILY, believe, and thus be a sheep. It’ll go better for you. SECONDARILY, if you believe, then the more you do for the Lord the better your reward will be.


7 posted on 12/05/2013 8:19:10 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: grundle

This is a HOAX ...
http://www.snopes.com/glurge/homelesspastor.asp


8 posted on 12/05/2013 8:20:01 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: grundle
Model Church
9 posted on 12/05/2013 8:20:02 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Ive been checking for any references to Pastor Jeremiah Steepek on the net.

Other than references to this tale there dont appear to BE any.

A pastor of a 10K member church might have something in the web SOMEWHERE

I think I have been gad! oh well


10 posted on 12/05/2013 8:21:24 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: grundle

My favorite scritures growing up Catholic attending Catholic school. Now it is my way to live and treat others as a priesthood holder of the Lord’s church.


11 posted on 12/05/2013 8:21:40 PM PST by WilliamRobert (Rafael Cruz is an American hero)
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To: Army Air Corps

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/homelesspastor.asp


12 posted on 12/05/2013 8:22:21 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Army Air Corps

I’ll try to find it, it was totally debunked the last time it was going around on facebook.


13 posted on 12/05/2013 8:22:59 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: Army Air Corps

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/homelesspastor.asp


14 posted on 12/05/2013 8:25:18 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: grundle

Reads just like the plot of the book, In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. Book was written in the late 1890s and basically has a similar plot device with the clergyman asking, “what would Jesus do?


15 posted on 12/05/2013 8:30:08 PM PST by miele man
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To: grundle
give me a break....I wouldn't be encouraging hobos to hang around church and that's what you do when you start handing out money...

money is EARNED by most people...

16 posted on 12/05/2013 8:31:21 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: chae

The pastor sounds like the author of “Black Like Me,” a book we were forced to read in junior high by a writer selling attention with a disguise gimmick. He decides results he wanted and made his experience fit it. His photo looks like he rented a chip for his shoulder & an attitude to match.


17 posted on 12/05/2013 8:31:28 PM PST by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: grundle; All

This particular incident may be an urban legend, but this scenario happened in an LDS church very recently

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/29/21675617-the-congregation-was-besides-themselves-mormon-bishop-dresses-as-homeless-man-to-teach-flock-a-lesson


18 posted on 12/05/2013 8:33:23 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: cherry

Would Jesus encourage hobos to stay away from churches?


19 posted on 12/05/2013 8:34:50 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: cherry

give a hobo a job? naaah we are too classy for that!


20 posted on 12/05/2013 8:43:17 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: grundle

I don’t like to be around stinking beggars. I think I’d change churches.


21 posted on 12/05/2013 8:53:46 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: grundle

It’s true! The supercomputer (the Beast) in Begium has verified it.


22 posted on 12/05/2013 9:01:45 PM PST by MNDude
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To: cherry

Give *you* a break?

How ironic, given the story’s point.

Not everything is about you, or me, or a perfectly pristine experience of our every moment whether in the church, near the church, on the grounds, or anywhere else.

Jesus expressed it better than I, as the story attests, but you know that already.


23 posted on 12/05/2013 9:12:19 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I wonder how many of us would hang our heads in shame at the beama seat of Christ on that final day.......
24 posted on 12/05/2013 9:13:18 PM PST by primrose (PRIMROSE)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I wonder how many of us would hang our heads in shame at the beama seat of Christ on that final day.......


25 posted on 12/05/2013 9:13:54 PM PST by primrose (PRIMROSE)
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To: chae

Right - I got caught posting this story a few months ago. It looked so legitimate when I did it and usually I vet stories before posting. In this case I didn’t.


26 posted on 12/05/2013 9:36:58 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

If this happened at all I would find another church to attend. The pastor would be a leftist fraud.


27 posted on 12/05/2013 9:44:17 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: SkyDancer
Right - I got caught posting this story a few months ago. It looked so legitimate when I did it and usually I vet stories before posting. In this case I didn’t.

Yep. I saw no reference in the article as to the location of Pastor Jeremiah Steepek or his new megachurch, so I went looking. The only thing that popped up was the Snopes article debunking the story. The picture was of a photogenic soul in England somewhere that caught a photographer's eye.

28 posted on 12/05/2013 10:32:35 PM PST by RhoTheta ("We're from the Government, and we're here to help you ... NOT")
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To: Star Traveler

Thanks for the link!


29 posted on 12/05/2013 10:33:20 PM PST by grundle
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To: bigdaddy45

Thanks for that link!


30 posted on 12/05/2013 10:34:46 PM PST by grundle
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To: Eagles6
I didn't read the article, but a church I had gone to a few times in college, the pastor dressed as a beggar, sat in the pews, then “interrupted” the service and gave a talk. I don't recall much of what he said (30+ years ago now) - just the uneasiness of it at first, then the well-stated message he gave, and then he left. Looking back now I'm not sure if the regular members could tell it was their pastor or not. But he was not miss-treated.

I recall the time I went to a small-town church having been on the road, no showers, sleeping in my clothes and hung-over. Got plenty of treats and conversation at coffee hour, and then invited to the picnic lunch afterwards.

On the other hand, lots of homeless people take advantage of the church's generosity. In my suburban town there is a organized effort of all the churches to go over the “homeless” or “poor” people's names and their requests. Some of them keep popping up over and over again, alias, etc.

All a scam. Folks calling for $50 to help pay their electrical bill. We would offer to pay the entire thing for them - come in with the bill and we'll write a check for the entire $238.97 and even put the stamp on it and mail it for you. Very rarely would someone come in.

We did have vouchers for the fast-food joints down in town so at least if they were begging for money we could give them something that hopefully would go to good use rather than directly supporting any bad habits they might have.

31 posted on 12/05/2013 10:49:08 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

Yes, congregations should be attentive to the whole counsel of God, which includes awareness of the perverse nature of fallen men (e.g., John 2:23-25). Having practices that filter out the grifters and frauds from access to church beneficence is not a slam on the poor any more than having security measures and audits in banks and other repositories of wealth is a display of undue suspicion of the well-to-do. People from both groups need to be accountable.

Giving cash to beggars is easier than inviting them home or to a nearby eatery for a meal together, but is reinforcing bad behavior, not helping them. Likewise for shelling out cash to clever con artists, when it could be directed to those truly in need by doing some simple verifications of the sort you mention.


32 posted on 12/06/2013 4:13:01 AM PST by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek (No good deed will go unpunished by those who benefit from the evil it challenges.)
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To: grundle

Reminds me of the movie “Brubaker”


33 posted on 12/06/2013 5:57:14 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: chae

There was a guy on Fox news claiming to be this person....I think this might be true!!!


34 posted on 12/06/2013 6:32:25 AM PST by ontap
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To: cherry
give me a break....I wouldn't be encouraging hobos to hang around church and that's what you do when you start handing out money...

Agreed. You don't give him money. Instead you tell him, "Come sit with us. After church, we'll all go out for lunch."

35 posted on 12/06/2013 7:12:21 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: primrose

“I wonder how many of us would hang our heads in shame at the beama seat of Christ on that final day.......”

Because all our good works are filthy rags?


36 posted on 12/06/2013 7:13:26 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: MeshugeMikey; grundle

It’s fake; but it keeps coming up


37 posted on 12/06/2013 7:14:51 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: 21twelve

One thing I have learned is that people who ask for money are rarely helped by it.


38 posted on 12/06/2013 7:15:17 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: chae

Well I did see Roger Waters do this at a concert for Pink Floyd: The Wall.

That’s almost the same thing, right?


39 posted on 12/06/2013 7:19:21 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: cherry

There but for the grace of God.....It’s always good to keep that in the back of your mind. Then follow your heart to do something about it.


40 posted on 12/06/2013 7:20:37 AM PST by MWestMom (We are not designed to sacrifice for the state, we were designed to sacrifice for each other.)
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To: ontap

Lack of a church name kinda gives it away as wishful thinking by someone.
We don’t really have homeless people here. We have to import them for our homeless ministry. So we would naturally be suspicious.


41 posted on 12/06/2013 7:23:40 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: grundle
Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk.

Yeah, apparently we're supposed to make up make up stories and then publish them on the internet, claiming them to be true? Sort of an odd way to proselytize.

42 posted on 12/06/2013 7:29:02 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

Ever heard of a parable?


43 posted on 12/06/2013 8:42:40 AM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: BubbaBasher

This wasn’t a parable, though, was it. It was presented in a condescending way as the truth.


44 posted on 12/06/2013 8:51:18 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: 21twelve

True. And one would be foolish not to realize that the vast majority of homeless are mentally ill, have substance abuse problems, are criminals and are a threat being around women, kid, the elderly.


45 posted on 12/06/2013 6:19:07 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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