published Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Tennessee: Women say church shunned them after they accused pastor of theft

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    Rickey Alan Reed, former pastor of 1st Free Methodist Church, appears Tuesday in Smyrna General Sessions Court. He is accused of trying to break into a house to steal prescription drugs. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean)

By Brian Haas and Mark Bell

NASHVILLE -- A woman says she is being ostracized for coming forward with new allegations against Rickey Alan Reed, a Smyrna pastor accused of breaking into church members’ homes for drugs.

“I’ve been in that church since I was about 8 years old,” said Kimberly Cannon, 48, who lives in Rutherford County. “We were all close. Now it just seems like they don’t want to have anything to do with us.”

Cannon called the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month to say that Reed, 55, who was pastor of 1st Free Methodist Church in Smyrna, may have stolen her pain medication. She’s at least the second person to accuse him of that, the first having caught him on video trying to break into her Smyrna home.

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esaletnik said...

She's going to hell now. But seriously, do you really want to associated with people who are so narrow minded? You really don't have to be a member of a religious organization, corrupt as they are, to get to heaven. Just live by the golden rule and you will be fine. The guy was caught red handed and they are defending him?

November 23, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.
TrailRunner said...

Esaletnik -

I am saddened by pastors not living godly lives & I agree with you that membership in a religious organization doesn't get you into Heaven. However, living by the golden rule doesn't secure a reservation either!

Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

St. Paul wrote: "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

We should be thankful this Thanksgiving that "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Would you repent of your sins, accept Jesus Christ's offer of forgiveness, and confess Him as Lord?

I have repented, asked forgiveness, and confess Jesus as my Lord and will be eternally thankful in Heaven because of what Jesus did. I fail every day at living by the golden rule (just like everyone else including pastors). Soli Deo Gloria!

November 23, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.
Jemmy said...

Christianity is a fraud. Wake up folks, and embrace reason instead of myth.

November 23, 2011 at 6:38 p.m.
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