CCSO: Local female pastors receive ‘threats’

by | June 30, 2015 3:19 pm

Last Updated: July 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the person responsible for possible threats to the female pastors of three local churches.
Maj. Kipp Coker said Tuesday that Greater Union Cypress AME Church, Society Hill AME Church and Reeseville AME Church have all received letters address to their respective female pastors from a man identifying himself as “Apostle Prophet Harry L. Fleming.”
“The letters quote several Bible verses, which the person writing the letter feels makes reference to women not being head of the church, man, nor home, and the women must repent and turn away from what (they) are doing in the church, home and the world or (they) and (their) children will die,” Coker reported. “The pastors of all three churches are female and the letter caused them to be concerned for their safety, as well as for the safety of their congregation.”
Coker said deputies are seeking the person or persons responsible for distributing the letters, and will have deputies posted at each church that received them.
“The citizens of Clarendon County will be able to worship in peace knowing that the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is working vigilantly to protect them,” said Sheriff Randy Garrett Jr.

UPDATE: Man who wrote letter to female pastors apologizes, says no threat meant
Letter To Church

comments » 13

  1. Comment by Gerald Winstead

    June 30, 2015 at 18:38

    The writer was wrong in making implied threats, but correct that there is no authority in the Bible for a woman to be a pastor of a local church or take part in the leadership of a local church. Actually, there is strong warning against doing so. As there were no women allowed in the priesthood in the Old Testament, there are no precedents of women being allowed to take positions of leadership in the early New Testament church. Sadly, according to Scripture, false teaching/teachers are rampant in the Church today.

  2. Comment by Jeannie E. Hess

    July 1, 2015 at 06:57

    This guy’s grammar and spelling are as atrocious as his “theology”.

    It’s been well said, if you want to use the Bible as a club to beat others over the head and keep them down, be sure to keep it closed.

    I really do hope that when they catch this person, he is charged with a hate crime.

  3. Comment by Jeannie E. Hess

    July 1, 2015 at 09:12

    Gerald Winstead, are you appealing to the same “theology” as this guy does?
    And like I already said, when you want to use the Bible as a club to keep people down, please remember to keep it closed.

    By your standard of reasoning, that women weren’t priests in the OT, that would exclude the vast majority of people. Unless you are Jewish and of the tribe of Levi, you are likewise disqualified from leadership.

  4. Comment by Jeannie E. Hess

    July 1, 2015 at 09:13

    And where is said warning against women being teachers? And yes, I am conversant with 1 Tim, 1 Cor, Gen 3, etc.
    You’ll have to do better than trotting out the same tired arguments.

  5. Comment by Gerald Winstead

    July 1, 2015 at 09:28

    God’s “same old tired argument(s), not mine. Why is it when the Bible is quoted, those who do not believe what is being quoted from it accuse those quoting it as “beating over the head” those being quoted to?

  6. Comment by Gerald Winstead

    July 1, 2015 at 09:30

    I should have placed quotation marks at the end of ‘arguments(s)’ for those hung up on proper grammar.

  7. Comment by Jeannie E. Hess

    July 1, 2015 at 09:38

    That is the last refuge of someone who cannot make a case–logically or biblically–that “God said it, I didn’t”.
    Ever hear of the entire counsel of Scripture and not just your pet verses that affirm your own sense of male entitlement and privilege?

    And yeah, I can proof text also.

  8. Comment by Gerald Winstead

    July 1, 2015 at 10:01

    If I didn’t go by “God said it” then it would only be my opinion, and as most everyone realizes, opinions are a dime a dozen.

  9. Comment by Gerald Winstead

    July 1, 2015 at 10:12

    And why are you being so mean-spirited?

  10. Comment by Samuel

    July 1, 2015 at 12:08

    I firmly believe that the Bible supports the full inclusion of women in the leadership of the church.

    “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
    Galatians 3:8

    The case for women in church leadership is much stronger than that verse alone, but I won’t repeat it all here as it is readily accessible from many sources on the web and that passage captures the essence of the fact that God is not bound by the sort of identity markers that humans tend to use to divide ourselves, whether they be ethnic, economic status, or gender.

    The most important thing to note here, though, is that any “Christian” who threatens violence against others cannot be trusted as anything like a reliable interpreter of the Bible or spokesman for the Christian faith.

  11. Comment by gerald winstead

    July 1, 2015 at 17:34

    This verse has to do with our position in Christ. By our everyday experience, while we’re on this earth, in this time period, God has ordained an order of of office and/or position so that our lives will not be chaotic.

    From 1st Corin. 11:1-12: 1st Tim. 2:8 thru 3:16, Titus 2:1-5, 1st Peter 3:1-7 are scriptures that tell us the order in which he has ordained and why. It has nothing to do with our worth!

  12. Comment by gerald winstead

    July 1, 2015 at 17:43

    Further (I’m adding this here as I didn’t want to get “timed out” again before I finished my thoughts) 2nd Peter 2:1-3 warns us of false teachers that will begin showing up in the local assemblies. They are here now and being welcomed! Sexual immorality is no longer being deemed as a sin in most of the denominations today. This issue is splitting churches apart. Chaos is reigning.

  13. Comment by gerald winstead

    July 1, 2015 at 17:46

    Am I missing something here? Did the writer of the letter actually make threats himself or was he just misusing scripture?

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