Pastor's 'reckless spending' on trial | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 20 comments on the Aug 19, 2010, Columbus Dispatch story titled Pastor's 'reckless spending' on trial | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A former pastor accused of stealing more than $1 million from World of Pentecost Church was negligent, not criminal, in handling church finances, his attorney said yesterday.

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Lfod

Canal Winchester, OH

#1 Aug 19, 2010
Vinager and waterbag. does it think it is rev rod parsley or rev Leroy Jenkins

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

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#2 Aug 19, 2010
wow...hmmm, wwjd? evidently Thompson thought jesus would live high on the hawg baby, high on the hawg
Buckeye Chuck

Dublin, OH

#3 Aug 19, 2010
Reckless behavior is when you overdraw your checking account. This slime bag stole a million dollars. Then he tried to cover it up by submitting false financial records. I hope he has time to minister to the prison population he should join for the next 20 years.

This holy dirtbag has addmitted to stealing it but is still denying it was wrong. God must have wanted him to have these things. Maybe it was a baptismal lap pool he installed
Whatever

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 19, 2010
A six figure salary from the church. I think I am in the wrong profession. Guy made double than what I did.

Hey if there is anybody from the church reading these posts I will do the job for half of what you paid Mr Thompson.
Tea Party Tim

Columbus, OH

#5 Aug 19, 2010
If your pastor has a big house and drives a fancy car, get as far away from that church as you can and never go back.
Jon H

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 19, 2010
did this guy use a limo service like Rod Parsley?

Hopefully he at least left the choir boys alone.
MAO

Louisville, KY

#7 Aug 19, 2010
Organized religion, biggest scam on the planet!!

Praying on people with weak minds that need to believe in something bigger than themsleves, like a being floating around in space, or some demon lurking in an imaginary place called Hell..They almost deserve it, but I don't agree with stealing..
Really

Galloway, OH

#8 Aug 19, 2010
MAO: You shouldn't call people with religious belief's weak minded. Just because you apparently don't believe in God, is no reason to cast judgement down on those of us that do.
The fact of the matter is that he stole the money and lied to the people in the church. He created false documents and presented them to the church members. He should go to jail for what he's done.
Really, if you can't trust your pastor....who can you trust? It truely is a very sad day that we are living in.
ramseyjames

Bellefontaine, OH

#9 Aug 19, 2010
$1 million from World of Pentecost Church...Thompson received a six-figure salary...Just a little reminder folks, this guy STOLE over a MILLION dollars, he was being paid over $100,000 dollars every year, and NO TAXES were paid on any of this money!!! This is an ongoing rip-off that continues with the thousands of churches and church employees soaking up our money and paying no taxes. ALL OF THESE PHONY CHURCHES, ALLEGED NON-PROFITS, ETC., SHOULD BE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES JUST LIKE THE REST OF US! These places are no more that scams that have been going on forever!
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Galloway, OH

#10 Aug 19, 2010
MAO wrote:
Organized religion, biggest scam on the planet!!
Praying on people with weak minds that need to believe in something bigger than themsleves, like a being floating around in space, or some demon lurking in an imaginary place called Hell..They almost deserve it, but I don't agree with stealing..
Yea, especially when these groups show up during every national disaster. They always have their glad hand extended and a box of necessities or a shoulder to cry on. Most the time they bring members of their congregation who what to help you rebuild your dwelling. But what really gets me about these churches is they don't care about the race or religion of the people their helping. They just do it because it's good. What a bunch of self-centered, weak minded people.
Oregon Buckeye

United States

#11 Aug 19, 2010
"this is a civil matter". Ames, you're nothing but a boldface liar.

Submitting FALSE expense reports to COVER UP illegal activities does NOT qualify as a "civil" matter.

Thompson, based upon his actions, is nothing more, perhaps even less of a person than Judas ever was.
Cru Jones

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 19, 2010
MAO wrote:
Organized religion, biggest scam on the planet!!
Praying on people with weak minds that need to believe in something bigger than themsleves, like a being floating around in space, or some demon lurking in an imaginary place called Hell..They almost deserve it, but I don't agree with stealing..
Couldn't have said it better. I can't believe there's actually intelligent people in Kentucky.
Hmmmmm

Westerville, OH

#13 Aug 19, 2010
Tax churches. Especially the ones that brainwash other people's minor children and enjoy the benefit of tax-exempt status while doing so.
The Best you got

Columbus, OH

#15 Aug 19, 2010
Oregon Buckeye wrote:
"this is a civil matter". Ames, you're nothing but a boldface liar.
Submitting FALSE expense reports to COVER UP illegal activities does NOT qualify as a "civil" matter.
Thompson, based upon his actions, is nothing more, perhaps even less of a person than Judas ever was.
Couldn't have said that any better-you've summed up what I 'was thinking' as I read this piece, but with far more clarity.

I would add only that 'What comes around goes around.' He'll get his.
Lolita Shih Tzu

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 19, 2010
And the holy crook has still money for his defense?
Church goers: Wake up!!
Thompson is not the first or the last crook who is milking your faith!
Old Timer

AOL

#17 Aug 19, 2010
Wow...over 100K in salary (was it tax-exempt?) and over 80K per year In "assistance" funds? This sounds like a public school employee's salary.

I'm not even in the profession of clergy, and I've taken a vow (begrudgingly) of poverty, and on most days a vow of chastity (imposed upon me by the wife). As for obedience, that one vow always got away from me. Maybe that is why the other two vows have been imposed on me.

Anyways, why is it we see so many of the clergy living a lifestyle none of us can afford? I will personally bless everyone I see for 90K per year (with health insurance of course). I will also promise all contributers a higher place in heaven (but two levels below me), and can guarantee none of them will ever file a complaint with the BBB.

The argument of a civil case is really appropriate, because that will require restitution (maybe) or a requirement that the good pastor pray a lot harder. If this were a criminal matter, geesh, the guy could go to the slammer, and his cell would be way too small to house 180K worth of cigarettes (currency of choice).

Finally, given this snapshot of a "Jesus-like" lifestyle, we have less commandments to deal with. Thou shall not steal is irrelevant, as is coveting a neighbor's goods (hope that is all he coveted), worshiping a false god (money in lieu of the real Guy).

Hey, maybe following the seven commandments would be easier....
Dan Gleesack

Columbus, OH

#18 Aug 19, 2010
And probably all tax-free.
It's time to get the IRS involved.
MAO

Louisville, KY

#19 Aug 19, 2010
Really wrote:
MAO: You shouldn't call people with religious belief's weak minded. Just because you apparently don't believe in God, is no reason to cast judgement down on those of us that do.
The fact of the matter is that he stole the money and lied to the people in the church. He created false documents and presented them to the church members. He should go to jail for what he's done.
Really, if you can't trust your pastor....who can you trust? It truely is a very sad day that we are living in.
I agree whole heartedly, it does bolster my opinion on religion however. Maybe weak minded is strong, but I find it hard to take sometimes when you see this sort of thing time and time again. Sexual indiscretions, rape and sodomy, lying, cheating, stealing.. Living "high on the hog" off the backs of people whose minds they control.. Murder in the name of religion...Not to mention the fact that no matter how hard one may pray the cancer doesn't go away, the killer does not spare the life, the rains don't stop and wash away the people, the food... the only "miracle" happens when normal people persist, and change their destiny, not some make believe invisable being floating in space. I hope there is something bigger than us, mankind out there but not a "god".. or a "jesus"....Based on how long other religions have been around and how comparitivly new chritianity is I'd say it's a "man-made" religion written to best suit the author(s)/"gang leaders" of the time...It's all about money.. the chruch always has it's collective hand out and demands those lucky enough to work would be required to automatically deduct money from their pay check... No thanks... But good luck with that.
MAO

Louisville, KY

#20 Aug 19, 2010
charlie wrote:
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I thought the liars that worship graven images of buckeyes and golden gophers ran the biggest scam on the planet and need to go to the stadium church to praise their god brutus and then get drunk afterowrd and stumble around and **** themselves.
LOLOLOL... now that's funny, I don't care who you are...

Oh and I'm a Buckeye, but somehow got the location tag incorrect on the account and don't care enough to change it...
MAO

Louisville, KY

#21 Aug 19, 2010
Cru Jones wrote:
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Couldn't have said it better. I can't believe there's actually intelligent people in Kentucky.
I'm from Ohio, I just don't care enough about the location tag on my account being wrong to change it...

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