By the sound of things, Pastor Sandy (see below somewhere) has pretty much got her excuses off pat already. But should she need another she could do worse than contacting Mike Raneses, a ministry director at Calvary Chapel Tustin, who has a real gem of an excuse for ministerial bad behaviour that is guaranteed to deflect any feelings of guilt a naughty, good evangelical conservative might fall prone to after a moment's, completely uncharacteristic of course, indiscretion.
Farrukh Ahmed of Ontario, a former administrator at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, was sentenced to 270 days in jail for grand theft. He was initially charged with embezzling nearly $1 million from the church after getting arrested in 2009 when a staff member caught him with money in his hand.
Mike Raneses, a ministry director at Calvary Chapel Tustin, says that there will always be spiritual attacks against Christians and church leaders. "While it saddens me, it doesn't particularly surprise me," he shares. Considering Ahmed's situation, Raneses laments that church leaders often fall prey to the work of the enemy. "Certainly, one way to attempt to discredit the church is to attack and discredit church leaders," he notes.
I'll be down the pub being discredited by Satan (no fault of my own, you understand) this evening, if anyone wants to join me.