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story.lead_photo.caption Shanta and Bishop Steven Arnold. - Photo by Rachel Chaney

A leading Arkansas megapastor announced his resignation during Sunday morning services, stunning parishioners at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock.

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Front Section, Pages 6 on 10/05/2010

Print Headline: Pastor resigns from Arkansas megachurch


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  • Walter
    October 5, 2010 at 2:03 p.m.

    In the Baptist churches that I attended, and according to the BIBLE, he should not have been a pastor, since he was married to his SECOND wife.

  • ugogirl2010
    October 5, 2010 at 2:32 p.m.

    God shall judge man,man can not judge man..

    October 5, 2010 at 3:34 p.m.

    I don't know about those Baptist churches mentioned in an earlier comment but in my Bible Jesus stated the only reason that a divorce may occur, so unless the reason from his first wife is known there was no need to make that comment. But also in my humble opinion, a pastor should follow the example of Christ and stay out of politics and concentrate on spreading the Word for no man can serve two masters and love them equally.

  • Oldearkie
    October 5, 2010 at 3:37 p.m.

    Walter, read further: Llith was the first wife of Adam according to the ancient writings of the Talmud. The "Holier than thou" come latelies adulterate the Bible with modern versions, leaving that out. Careful on throwing the first rock...

  • LevitiCuss
    October 5, 2010 at 4:34 p.m.

    I'm thinking he jumped the gun in panic and outted himself to someone on some other unrelated "indescretion" when the ADG came snooping about the property tax deal, i.e., private counseling sessions with the woman the Lord WANTS him to have...
    Either that or it was one remarkable coincidence.

  • TrueKindness
    October 5, 2010 at 5:31 p.m.

    We should not judge but be prayerful for Bishop Arnold, his family and the St. Mark congregation. Sometimes pastors become so powerful that they take their eye off their God and allow the world to misdirect them. They, and we, have to remember they are human and make mistakes too. We can forgive but we do not have to wallow in the wrongs. Whatever indiscretion, it is personal and should remain as such, so all involved can move forward. As we are taught in the Baptist church, we are held accountable for our sins/indiscretions.

  • NickieD
    October 5, 2010 at 5:51 p.m.

    What a load! The liar and cheat was diddling... stop making excuses for these creeps who hide under the guise of being "good" Religious folk when in fact they are as corrupt and rotten as the worst of us.
    Gee-sus, how many of these lying, cheating perverts have to get caught before you Religionists actually do see the light.
    When one makes a living off telling their sheep lies everyday and living off the good graces of that same flock, they begin to understand that there is no punishment other than being caught.
    These guys are all freeloaders and liars leading a bunch of fools no place.. get real and get a life! Stop making excuses for these thieves and cheats, what use will more prayer be to a guy who supposedly already has your gods ear? It is as water on a ducks back or a cup of sand to a beach.
    There is no doubt he got caught with his pants down... or maybe his panties.