Pastor Steven Arnold: Resigns After Sex Scandal

6 Oct

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

Bishop Steven Arnold, a prominent pastor in Little Rock, Arkansas resigned this week after admitting to an affair with a female in his congregation. He was the pastor at First Baptist Church, where he’s had the post for 21 years.
Bishop Arnold’s revelation to his congregation led to the church’s Board of Elders accepting his letter of resignation swiftly and issuing a statement:

"It is with a heavy heard that we accept the resignation of our pastor. Under his leadership, we have experienced tremendous growth, both spiritually and numerically. We love and deeply appreciate all that he has done for us through God’s enablement these past 21 years. In our efforts to curtail speculation and gossip, the Board of Elders made the decision to be more specific about what led to Bishop Arnold’s resignation. But out of respect and sensitivity to the families and all that are involved, we will not release any more information other than this. We prayerfully hope that the public will show the same respect and be considerate of the feelings of family members and our church during this difficult time."

 

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14 Responses to “Pastor Steven Arnold: Resigns After Sex Scandal”

  1. Tony October 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    Get the heck out of here and get your facts correct. The first thing you have wrong is the simplest thing to fact check and that is the church name. The name of the church is St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. If you can’t get the church name wrong then I’m sure your story doesn’t represent the truth or facts of the situation going on in Little Rock, AR.

    • thedeacon's wife October 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

      St. Mark is no longer and has not been for many years a Missionary Baptist Church. There are no Bishops in the Baptist Church. Does anyone have the facts? Personally, I feel each Pastor Bishop, Elder, etc. should be subjected to an annual or regular audit. They have begun to use a place of worship for many things…not just sex. Sure you might believe yes, at additional costs to taxpayers. I believe that it is possible to appoint one person (already on the the government payroll) in each state to oversee this from the IRS. As I’ve heard many Judges say, follow the money trail….it leads to various activities. Once parishoners understand how they have been duped….all of this might become a minimal issue at best. I am not saying it won’t exist, but maybe these Ministers will begin to hear and understand that the word cuts as a two-edged sword. Right now most just like to hear themselves talk and compete with each other. (The one who has the most when he dies, wins.) Money the root of all evil. Whoa be unto the shepherd who leads his flock astray.
      I could go on. Everyone will be judged by the Most High Judge. Stop following man….Listen for sound doctrine and study the word…therefore you will develop a spirit of decernment and know for yourself. Preachers come and Preachers go. The word remains the same and so does God. Knowledge is power.

      • Angelia Moore October 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

        I truly agree with you on that. I refuse to join a church if the pastor does not have a 9-5 just like i do. Why on earth do people pay these people so much money for them to live insanely better than you and sit on their butts all day. I am an intelligent person and can read the bible for myself. I don’t have to pay some one thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions to interpret the bible for me.Jesus was poor or is it that preachers only want you do do what they say and not what they do. You are suspose to live by the examples of Jesus but there a very few pastors who do unfortunately. Until they can live the life that they advise me to do, they can stop talking

  2. Little T October 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    when you do a article, make sure the facts are correct. Steven Arnold was the pastor of the ST. MARK BAPTIST CHURCH, not the First Baptist Church.

    • thedeacon's wife October 9, 2010 at 1:31 am #

      Again, ST. MARK IS NOW A FULL GOSPEL CHURCH……THERE ARE NO, NONE, ZILCH, NADA BISHOPS IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH. FACTS ARE AWESOME. True, he was the Pastor of St Mark Full Gospel Church. And, when all this settles, since he admitted to this, he should be stripped of being a Bishop….Wrong will NEVER rule over RIGHT!

  3. Little T October 14, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    Judge yea not, lest yea be judged. Steven Arnold was wrong, but don’t get it twisted, it is not about him or any other pastor, bishop, preacher. It is about the will and the word of GOD. Man is not to be followed, GOD is.And Ms. Moore, you pay your tithes like Malachi3:10 states. Maybe that is a problem with you , your own interpertation of the bible. Be ye transfromed by the renewing of your mind. This Christian walk is a tedious journey and no one is better than anyone else. We need to pray for Steven Arnold, the church, his family and all other people who have weaknesses, which includes you and me. GOD BLESS!!

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