Monday, February 06, 2006

LCMS Pastor Arrested Mid-Sermon!

Strange but true, according to the Chicago Tribune:

The Associated Press
Published February 6, 2006, 7:31 AM CST

Some members of a Lutheran parish on Chicago's far South Side said they are outraged police arrested Rev. Jimmy McCants in the middle of his sermon.McCants, 54, has been the focus of a dispute between rival factions at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The church's board of directors told police the board fired McCants on Christmas Eve, and a woman affiliated with the church signed a complaint against him for trespassing on church property, said Chicago Police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

But a Lutheran Church official said the board fired McCants without going through the proper steps to resolve disputes.

``They have removed a pastor inappropriately,'' said Rev. William H. Ameiss, president of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. ``The real tragedy is the ministry gets put on hold for a power struggle.''

McCants was not handcuffed when police led him out of the church Sunday. He was booked on a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing and released in lieu of $1,000 bond.

``My church is the house of the Lord, and I had not committed a criminal act,'' McCants said. ``We're going to see what the lawyers say. I intend to go back next Sunday.''


Carl Vehse said...

The Chicago Sun-Times has its version, but also notes what NID President Ameiss said about the action:

"They have removed a pastor inappropriately," Ameiss said. "The real tragedy is the ministry gets put on hold for a power struggle."

David Eaton said...

I like the way the article states that he was the "focus of a dispute between two rival factions..." Maybe some sort of charismatic movement? I wish I knew more about the congregation's situation there.

Preachrboy said...


According to the Sun-Times article, it's a fight about money.


David Eaton said...

Very sad, a congregation fighting about money. Maybe if they would prayerfully consider both sides, things would not have come to this.

Lynn of St. John's said...

Having read this link was helpful...
Having read this link was more helpful...
Matthew 5:25
Romans 13:1
James 5:16
Romans 2:12 & 3:23
I believe it's God's will that we offer up a word of prayer today for Jimmy and His congregation.
It just proves that God keeps His promises, He continues to chastize His children who He loves.
"Can we mend a broken heart ?"
Pastor Chryst maybe you'll have an opportunity to comfort your brother in Christ remembering :
Psalm 34:18
Psalm 147:1
Isaiah 61:1

Todd Ruth said...

very sad that there are not only wars around the world but within the church too.