Yet again… a stalwart reminder that sin is never a private affair but that it affects everyone around it.
A Sevier County church is being forced to close its daycare just as police launch an investigation into allegations the church’s pastor stole church funds for his own personal use. Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church spokesman Bill Ball says the daycare, which has been open since 1995, will close on Thursday. Ball said the church daycare is being forced to close because it owes $40,000 in unpaid federal and state unemployment taxes and is unable to continue operating and also settle the debt.
Former pastor Ronald Lukat joined the church in February 2011. Shortly after his hire, the church treasurer resigned and Lukat offered to take over those responsibilities. In December 2012, Ball said the church discovered that Lukat has been using the church’s business credit card for personal expenses, which he estimated to be roughly $3,600. Around the same time, he also uncovered the unpaid taxes the daycare center owed. Church officials confronted Lukat about the charges and taxes and he confessed on both accounts and resigned from his post.
Come on people- the Pastor should NEVER have charge of the checkbook. NEVER. It’s basic common sense and for the same reason that Pastors should never visit the homes of women younger than their Grandmother alone: temptation is real and even the appearance of impropriety (not to mention the actual practice of depravity) is completely destructive.
I feel complete empathy for the Church and those undone by Pastor Greedy.
- Youth pastor Dustin Werneburg gets 10 years (mojoey.blogspot.com)
- Norfolk church daycare closes, leaving parents with few options (wvec.com)