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Mayor of Hamlin, WV asked to resign as pastor after deputies use church bus
WOWK ^ | Jessie Shafer

Posted on 09/11/2013 5:19:41 AM PDT by Morgana

Hamlin, WV -

The mayor of Hamlin, WV was asked to resign as pastor of his church after he let Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies use the church bus in a drug bust.

Chris Wilkinson has a few jobs in Lincoln County. He's the mayor, the Chief of Police, and up until Monday, was the pastor of Morningstar Community Church. After being pastor for ten years, he said his congregation asked him to resign. He said the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department asked him if they could use the church's bus last Thursday. Nine officers needed to get to a meth bust in Harts without being noticed. Mayor Wilkinson said. "Rumor had it that people living at the mouth of the holler were calling them people living up in the holler, telling them that the police were coming."

He said the officers parked their cruisers in Hamlin, and rode to the scene of the meth bust in the bus. Three people were arrested on meth related charges as a result but Wilkinson said his congregation wasn't happy that the church bus was used by the Sheriff's Department. Then, he said he got the phone call from a church member Monday night asking him to resign.

He said he stands by his decision. The mayor said this wasn't the first time the bus was used in this capacity. He said the State Police used it around three months ago and netted nine arrests. "I just assumed since they didn't care that time, that they wouldn't care for me doing it again," said Wilkinson.

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TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: bus; church; mayor; westvirginia
FReepers did the mayor/pastor really do a bad thing? I thought the church was suppose to help the community. Meth is a serious problem and by lending the bus it was a great help. Not like the officers were putting meth materials in the bus.
1 posted on 09/11/2013 5:19:41 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Religion Moderator

Could you please fix the title? It should say “Church Bus”

thanks.


2 posted on 09/11/2013 5:20:34 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

More likely that some of his flock were mad because they had to bail their family out of jail. I coukd see them being concerned that their bus might be targeted while church members were using it.


3 posted on 09/11/2013 5:26:15 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Morgana

Trust in the church took a hit with this ill-conceived stunt. What other activities of the church could be undercover operations? This is what the founders feared, the church as an arm of the state.


4 posted on 09/11/2013 5:26:31 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: Morgana

Well this IS WV, and the “community” consisted in the past of a different group of locals (shine runners),who are now in the meth business. Both debilitating businesses, and both manipulated the churches. The control of the place is the coal companies, and legendary are the tales of how people have tried to escape.

True in KY also in certain areas.


5 posted on 09/11/2013 5:29:29 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: USNBandit; GeronL; All

“More likely that some of his flock were mad because they had to bail their family out of jail.”

I so never thought of that! I can believe it however. Small towns and such.

Look at the bright side of it however. Now they may use the church bus to take relatives to county lockup and hold religious services for the inmates!!


6 posted on 09/11/2013 5:29:57 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana; Revolting cat!
Chris Wilkinson has a few jobs in Lincoln County. He's the mayor, the Chief of Police, and up until Monday, was the pastor of Morningstar Community Church

Hey Revolting cat! - is this any of our business?

7 posted on 09/11/2013 5:40:53 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Morgana

I support the mayor/pastor!!!


8 posted on 09/11/2013 5:46:36 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Morgana
FReepers did the mayor/pastor really do a bad thing? I thought the church was suppose to help the community. Meth is a serious problem and by lending the bus it was a great help. Not like the officers were putting meth materials in the bus.

Who's actually responsible for the use of the church's property? The pastor may not be.

9 posted on 09/11/2013 5:47:37 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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“Who’s actually responsible for the use of the church’s property?”

Don’t know that. Not a church member. However I thought the pastor had the final say on everything?


10 posted on 09/11/2013 5:51:22 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

In a scipturally-organized church, the pulpit minister is merely a hired hand with the job to preach to the faithful in worship services and provide supportive ministry (visit the sick, comfort the grieving, etc.) at other times. The elders have the responsibility to run the church, including discipline of the pulpit minister and to oversee church operations, like use of the bus.


11 posted on 09/11/2013 6:04:47 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Morgana

This guy allowed power to go to his head. He had no right to use church property that way without approval.


12 posted on 09/11/2013 6:15:54 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Morgana
Then, he said he got the phone call from a church member Monday night asking him to resign.

A church member? Just one? My priest once told me that if he didn't have at least a part of the congregation mad at him about something then he wasn't doing his job.

13 posted on 09/11/2013 6:19:30 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Morgana

not necessarily


14 posted on 09/11/2013 6:41:06 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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To: Lee N. Field
Who's actually responsible for the use of the church's property? The pastor may not be.

Longer answer, it depends on polity. There may be a properties committee. A board of elders may have the final say. The pastor may very well not be top dog.

15 posted on 09/11/2013 7:41:58 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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To: GeronL

Agreed. And it also smacks of smearing the “line” between church and state.


16 posted on 09/11/2013 8:19:40 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Morgana

The church counsel has the final say, not the pastor.


17 posted on 09/11/2013 8:20:10 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Morgana

Looks like he got thrown under the bus.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 8:21:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Morgana

Why didn’t he ask to use the school buses?


19 posted on 09/11/2013 8:27:41 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Morgana

The apostle Paul was also that sort of Guy until he was converted, i imagine he would also have used the Church to bust up drug rings, kill Christians,throw people in jail,and do any thing else to be bigger and greater.

It was only after he was converted to Christ that he realized all of his abominations and became a leader in the Church.

Maybe this pastor needs a conversion.


20 posted on 09/11/2013 8:37:06 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: Morgana

He should be fired, because he confused the line between the neutrality of the church, and involvement in secular matters.

What if next time, the bus was full of church goers when it ventured into the territory of a ruthless and armed meth lab operator?

Not ironically at all, this is little different from the days of moonshining. Were a pastor to aid “revenuers” against the local moonshiners, using the same logic that alcohol harms people, his name would have still been ‘mud’.


21 posted on 09/11/2013 8:41:46 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: Morgana
FReepers did the mayor/pastor really do a bad thing? I thought the church was suppose to help the community. Meth is a serious problem and by lending the bus it was a great help.

Yes, because now the bus could be a target of the dealers thereby putting innocent children/adult members of the church at potential risk.

22 posted on 09/11/2013 9:14:03 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: SgtHooper

Where is the line between church and state exactly? That is not a Constitutional statment.


23 posted on 09/11/2013 1:18:07 PM PDT by Bruinator ("For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question")
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To: Bruinator

These are “agents” of the government (whether local, country, state or federal) using church property to further government purposes. The agents should have bought and outfitted their own bus for their purposes.


24 posted on 09/12/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: USNBandit

Yeah, and they got hit in the pocket book. I always heard that the kicked dog yelps.


25 posted on 09/12/2013 8:21:15 AM PDT by sport
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