After watching this news clip, regarding this former pastor of The View church in Illinois, we heard two different opinions, regarding if Joshua Swain should be forgiven for theft. In our opinion, Pastor Joshua Swain should be forgiven, but should move forward in his life so God can deliver him from the spirit of theft. However, we think people make all types of mistakes and can be delivered and set free from them.
The question is, should or could Pastor Joshua Swain be pastor of The View church ever again? However, many people do not forgive and may not trust Him. However, once he is delivered and set free from the demon of theft, God will trust Him to pastor again in the future, if He called Him to oversee a church or preach the gospel.
According to wpsdlocal6.com, prosecutors also said Swain stole the money from The View church, formerly First Baptist Church, and also used the name of a congregation member to take more than $10,000 from a bank. On July 26th, Swain was arrested and charged with theft and aggravated identity theft.
In the meantime, we will keep Pastor Joshua Swain in our prayers. Also, we pray for The View church and that God will lead the right pastor to take over the ministry. In the meantime, we also pray that God will lead all members and officials of The View church to forgive Pastor Swain. For this reason, if they do not learn to forgive people in the church, how can they every accept all types of sinners coming to the church to be delivered and set free from their past sins?
Backlash in local community after pastor's arrest
Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
JACKSON COUNTY, Il—There is backlash in a local
community after a senior pastor is accused of stealing from his own
church members. Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Swain is facing charges after
police said he stole more than one hundred thousand dollars from his
church in Carbondale, Illinois.
Photographer: Michael Bradford
Prosecutors also said Swain stole the money from The View church, formerly First Baptist Church, and also used the name of a congregation member to take more...Read full article, here.
Source, photo and video: wpsdlocal6.com