PASTOR WILLARD MAXWELL OF NEW BEECH GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH, NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA, WHO IS RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE IS NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CAMPAIGNING DURING A CHURCH SERVICE. Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society International, warns both black and white pastors, including Raphael Warnock, just like you cannot be WOKE and a PASTOR, just like you cannot be a HOMOSEXUAL and a PASTOR, you cannot be a POLITICIAN and a PASTOR. Why? Politicians have to talk outside of both sides of their mouths, thus making them liars and compromisers with the world on all kinds of sins. Either be a pastor for the Lord or a politician for the people. You cannot be both.
A Virginia pastor is facing allegations that he used his pulpit to promote his campaign for Newport News City Council, a move that critics contend runs afoul of the law.
Willard Maxwell serves as pastor of New Beech Grove Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, Maxwell is running as an independent for a seat on the Newport News City Council against fellow independent candidate Curtis Bethany. The candidate’s campaign website reveals that he is seeking Newport News City Council’s North District Seat B.
The Daily Press reported Saturday that Maxwell encouraged his congregants to support his campaign during a recent sermon. “We have signs out there if you want to take a sign to your house, that would be great,” he said in the speech.
“Anytime you want to donate $5, $25 — it doesn’t matter, or get other people to donate, I would really appreciate it,” he added. Maxwell acknowledged the concerns that political campaigning from the pulpit constitutes a violation of the law, which prohibits tax-exempt churches from engaging in political campaigning.
Source: CP, Ryan Foley
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