Sunday, January 27

Texas City Church Closes after Pastor's Arrest

From: ABC 13 News

TEXAS CITY, TX -- A church which had its pastor arrested for drug possession and family violence appears to have shut down

A bank has foreclosed on the Baypoint Community Church's property in Texas City. The news comes weeks after the church's pastor, Terry Gass, was accused of pushing his girlfriend out of his SUV. Police found him and the SUV in the church's parking lot in November.

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Security at Church: The title of this story is what first caught my attention. I thought it was important to illustrate that this church had to close its doors based on the actions of its pastor. This story is sad for multiple reasons… the pastor allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, pushed her from a car and was found with drugs in his wallet. This makes me wonder what he was teaching his flock and how he was caring and pastoring. If you are a church leader do not think your actions will not affect the rest of your congregations. There is a reason that scripture holds pastors to a higher standard.

(James 3:1 ESV) “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”

1 Timothy Chapter 3 and Titus Chapter 1 both talk about a pastor being “above reproach”.

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