When the Rev. Terry Fox resigned as pastor of Wichita’s Immanuel Baptist Church, he said it was because some church members thought he traveled too much, and that any other explanations were just rumors. Getting a top leader at Immanuel to talk about the abrupt departure has been almost impossible. But this week the church released a statement that Fox’s use of church funds to support his radio program was a factor in the resignation. It also said that testimony from many witnesses “reflected negatively on the Scriptural qualifications expected of a pastor” — whatever that means. And it said that Fox threatened to sue “individuals who might say anything negatively” about him.
Earlier, two Immanuel deacons told The Eagle that, in addition to the travel issue, other church concerns were Fox’s “arrogant” attitude toward the congregation, “the appearance of integrity failures,” and his constant references to political and social issues, such as abortion, from the pulpit. Fox denied that he did anything wrong by using church mission money to support his radio program, and he said that he didn’t threaten to sue anyone when he met with church officials.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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