It was a big story in the news a while ago, but these days hardly anybody seems to remember it:

A new parson arrived at a small church and slowly but surely turned it into a secretive cult. He demanded more and more from his congregation and recruited young men from the youth club to enforce his rulings. Soon he had complete control of the whole congregation and eventually reached a point where he was able to demand that members should sell their property and give him the cash. Most of them complied but one parishioner short-changed the parson and kept some of the cash for himself.

The parson was livid. He sent the young men to get the parishioner and bring him down to the church. When they arrived the parson took the man into the vestry and demanded to know why he hadn't handed over all the cash from the sale of his property. There was a long, loud, argument and then, suddenly, complete silence. The boys from the youth club ran into the vestry where they found the man lying dead on the floor! The parson told them it was an accident and that it might be best to just get rid of the body - so the boys carried the man out of the church and buried him in the vacant block of land across the street.

A few hours later the man's wife arrived at the church looking for her husband. The parson took her into the vestry and after a short argument there was an ominous silence. The members of the youth club re-entered the vestry and discovered that there had been another accident - the woman was lying dead on the floor! Once again the parson told them to get rid of the evidence and the boys obeyed. They took her across the street and buried her beside her husband.

Despite the two murders, the parson was able to convince his flock that it had nothing to do with him and that god had killed the couple for disobeying his orders. Amazingly, the church members accepted that explanation and went about their business as if nothing had happened! 

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Comment by Michael Penn on March 17, 2016 at 7:22am

I had the Bible story in mind as I read your post. It's strange that deep down most reliegious people think like this, then they always change pastors when they think one has gone too far. This is another reason that there are too many churches as well.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 16, 2016 at 11:52pm

There was a similar "preacher" in the movie Johnny Mnemonic, a Keanu Reeves stinkbomb.



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