The sermon that David Fisher had prepared on a recent Sunday for the congregation he pastors in Prineville was about a topic he said God told him that it needed to hear: forgiveness.
After all, when an international religious organization is suing you, saying you ignored its rules and policies, changed the locks on its building, and illegally took control of one of its churches, there’s bound to be plenty to forgive — or ask forgiveness for.
The emotional burden his congregation at Faithpoint Ministries of Prineville has carried has grown steadily since parting ways with the Oregon District of the United Pentecostal Church International last October. That’s when Fisher became pastor and took control of the Pentecostal church building. In response, the district filed a lawsuit against him, alleging that his selection as pastor was illegitimate, and that he’d illegally taken over the church building. The accusations are not easily forgotten.
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