North Carolina – Pastor Rodney Wills was just about to reach 4 years at Mt. Salem Baptist Church. He is the youngest pastor to be installed at 26 years old and is now the shortest term pastor in Mt. Salem’s 109 year history. On Saturday, Mt. Salem voted him out for attending a local Rick Ross concert. With a vote of 11 to 3, the 14 deacons met at 11pm Saturday night to discuss and come to a conclusion that they did not need his services anymore.
Rev. Wills arrived to the church the next day for Sunday morning worship service and notice his parking sign taken down and his name removed from the office door. The deacons even asked another minister from the community to officiate the service that morning.
“We cannot have our leader supporting people of this world who are tearing down the kingdom of God.” said Deacon Miles Langley.
According to Deacon Langley, this is not the first time Rev. Wills has attended a concert while pastoring Mt. Salem. 9 months ago the diaconate board met with Rev. Wills when word was given to them that many youth and young adults spotted the pastor at a lil wayne concert.
“We know that many saints will have mixed opinions from our actions, but this is not how we do things here at Mt. Salem. We cannot have a pastor praising the world one minute then praising the Lord the next. Period” said Deacon Langley.
Mt. Salem told AmericaPreachers.com that they will have guest ministers preach each week while they move forth with the next step.
Rick Ross recently made nationwide news when he was dropped from Reebok and other endorsements for lyrics advocating rape towards women. ”Put Molly all in her Champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it,” he raps on the track.
I agree with the church on this one. It’s unfortunate, but if you believe in Christians leaders being held accountable, then you won’t blame them either. I really love what my man Allen Thomas said in response to a friendly debater on his FB post of this article link:
“I def agree that we all have issues to work with but Im sorry, I cant go to a church where the Pastor is doing things that I am too saved to do because of the love that I have for Christ…I don’t drink….Im not going to a church where the Pastor is seen at the bar getting wasted…just an example.”
“Every job has things you can and cannot do…and if you do something you should not have done, you get fired. Simple as that. Thats not throwing stones. Under that idea a Pastor can sleep with all the women in his church, curse people out, get locked up for selling drugs and he still be welcomed to the pulpit because you dont want to throw a stone. Come on…” – Allen Thomas
“If it were an organized church event where they wanted to witness to people on their way into the concert and on their way out that would be different, thats not what happened from the story.” – Allen Thomas
Well said my friend.
Read the article for yourself: http://www.americapreachers.com/christian-news/pastor-fired-for-attending-rick-ross-concert/