Started by Recusant, October 19, 2017, 03:38:16 PM
QuoteA North Carolina pastor has "repossessed" the grave marker of a 5-year-old who died of leukemia, because the bereaved family still owed his company money for the monument. Wayne and Crystal Leatherman, who buried their son a year ago, say they're in shock."He repossessed it, like it was a car," the boy's mother told WBTV [autoplay video at link ].JC Shoaf, a Baptist minister who owns Southeastern Monument company, countered that the couple needed to pay up. He told the station that the family initially paid for the stone, but were in debt after requesting a number of changes that "added 400 pounds to the size of the marker and $2,500 in additional costs," per local outlet News & Observer.[. . .]"If you buy something, you've got to pay for it. No matter what it is," Shoaf told the news site. "I told (Wayne) I would take it up if they didn't pay. I was told: 'Go ahead.' They probably owe less than $1,000 on it."The family contends that they were never alerted the account was in arrears. The first notice came when they went to visit the grave site and the headstone was missing.[Continues . . .]
Quote from: BooksCatsEtc on October 19, 2017, 09:35:44 PMHe realizes now this could ruin his reputation? This pastor is about as smart as he is charitable.
QuoteOn Tuesday, [JC Shoaf] offered an apology and said that the marker would be returned. "We waive all expenses from the Leatherman family," he told WBTV. "If there are charges to be paid to the cemetery to have this reinstalled, we will pay all expenses for doing that. ... In hindsight, it was a big mistake to have the cemetery remove it, we see it now, but we do offer the family our condolence and forgiveness ... we hope they forgive us. It has hurt everybody involved, and we hope they have it in their heart to forgive us for it. Our prayers are with the family, and we hope we can be friends down the road."Shoaf had said earlier that Wayne Leatherman paid for one grave marker, then Crystal Leatherman came in and requested more than a dozen changes that added 400 pounds to the size of the marker and $2,500 in additional costs. The added costs were never paid, he said.Wayne Leatherman said he and his wife were never told the changes would add to the cost.
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 20, 2017, 02:32:47 AMChristian principles often take second place to monetary concerns. It is appropriate to point out the discrepancies.
Quote from: Recusant on October 20, 2017, 03:04:28 PMYou're just looking at it from your godless point of view. In reward for your landlord's piety, Jesus gave him a financial windfall. In the light of the prosperity gospel, it would have been un-Christian of him to have refused it.
Quote from: Dave on October 20, 2017, 05:29:43 PMQuote from: Recusant on October 20, 2017, 03:04:28 PMYou're just looking at it from your godless point of view. In reward for your landlord's piety, Jesus gave him a financial windfall. In the light of the prosperity gospel, it would have been un-Christian of him to have refused it.That's the, "God helps those who help themselves," clause I take it? It does not specify to what though . . .