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Minister sentenced for lying to lenders

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An Augusta minister has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for obtaining a loan of more than $200,000 as a result of fraudulent statements to a lender.

According to a statement released by U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver, Heyward Kelly McKnight Jr., the former senior pastor of Bible Deliverance Temple on Fenwick Street, caused an application for a mortgage loan with false statements regarding his father's income, his father's intent to occupy the property and other information to be submitted to Wachovia Mortgage.

The court ordered McKnight to pay more than $250,000 to the victims of this fraud.

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KSL
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KSL 07/01/11 - 07:03 pm
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Make him pay it back.

Make him pay it back.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/01/11 - 08:59 pm
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How do you make a statement

How do you make a statement about another person's income on a mortgage application? That part makes no sense. The only income you can claim is your own. I guess maybe he made a false application using his fathers name. Still makes no sense. The bank requires id and so does attorney if you are not known.

runnermom
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runnermom 07/02/11 - 04:01 am
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Emerydan! You made my day!

Emerydan! You made my day! lol

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/02/11 - 06:11 am
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It must be nice to be so

It must be nice to be so perfect that you have time to mock and make fun of someone else mistake.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/02/11 - 06:26 am
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Emerydan, funny. I remember

Emerydan, funny. I remember Jerry Lee Lewis talked about his cousin Jimmy Swaggert. They were teens in Arkansas and Jerry Lee said Jimmy came to the house in a pick-up to borrow the family piano Jerry had learned to play on. He was going to use it at a revival meeting and bring it back. Jerry Lee said he never saw that piano again.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/02/11 - 06:54 am
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Praise the Lord and pass the
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Praise the Lord and pass the plate!

Truth will Reveal
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Truth will Reveal 07/02/11 - 10:16 am
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First of all these comments

First of all these comments are so silly but people just are going to right whatever however the paper has quoted wrong and Mr Tarver he is NOT the Former Pastor he is Still and Will always be our Pastor! God will be Glorfied and will use him as never before No matter where!

april herring
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april herring 07/02/11 - 11:14 am
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FORMER? Funny, made me

FORMER? Funny, made me laugh! Um, he is still preaching and will be preaching tomorrow! Don't fret... everyone who has to get on here and make ridiculous comments, the truth will reveal itself at it's appointed time! And it will reveal itself! Stay tuned!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/02/11 - 12:09 pm
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Hogwash; make sure you watch

Hogwash; make sure you watch the whole clip. Another one of God's men sinning. Don't get me wrong I know that some niave people think the preacher is without sin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIjwXhSqc3g&NR=1

Truth will Reveal
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Truth will Reveal 07/02/11 - 12:21 pm
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We are not naive we know what

We are not naive we know what sin is but we also know the TRUE MEANING FOR FORGIVENESS!

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shamrock 07/02/11 - 10:46 pm
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Interesting. According to two

Interesting. According to two comments above, Tarver is wrong and McKnight is still preaching at this same church. How? Didn't he get sentenced to 15 years?? And the money he has to pay back, where does that come from ... probably the church members?

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InChristLove 07/03/11 - 06:17 am
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Myfather15 I agree with you.

Myfather15 I agree with you. Pastors/Preachers/Priest/Deacons/etc, they are not God and will make mistake but God also said that they will be held to a higher accountability. I agree that we are to forgive but also remove them from their leadership position. Seems to me those who are in leadership position who have been found guilty in our judicial system, should volunteer to step down themselves, comes across as being prideful when you know what you should do according to the teachings of Christ and you don't follow them.

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Willow Bailey 07/03/11 - 05:55 pm
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I agree about him stepping

I agree about him stepping down as pastor of this church and making financial restitution.

It is wonderful that some of his supporters are on here posting about how they will forgive him. That is good. What would not be good, is getting in his way of recovery and what God wants to teach him through this. Love and forgive, but always seek to hold one accountable; it's the loving thing to do.

I would like to add that his life does not have to be lived out in dishonor and fruitlessness and his ministry doesn't have to be over. God can use him more than ever, in a different kind of ministry, IF he honestly takes personal responsibility for his wrongs, publicly admits them, makes complete restitution, and pays his debt to society. He then can have a new ministry built on honesty about his own weaknesses, struggles and mistakes and how God can use those things to bring us to a better and more honest relationship with Him and others.

That IS the Gospel, not that we are strong, but God is, not that we are without sin, but God is, not that we can save ourselves, but God can.

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Truth will Reveal 07/03/11 - 10:01 pm
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Just so you all know our

Just so you all know our Pastor did offer to step down but the church wants him to remain and if he does go to prison he will still be our pastor and we will and do what God tells us too I know Mr Tarver very well and I believe this paper misquoted him the Pastor is not a former pastor. Its not about man its about God so none of you have a right to judge. Also he was not sentenced to 15years. He has repented before God and his church and truthfully none of you have a right to judge him. I bet if alot more people would focus on their own lives they would not have time to be so judgemental of others! Please don't tell his members what we need to do we know who God is and he will be the one to speak and be Glorified!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/04/11 - 01:16 pm
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Truth will Reveal, we are not

Truth will Reveal, we are not judging him. Judgment is about motivation. We are observing...that is about actions. Blind trust with no accountablility is toxic love, not what God has in mind for us, which is agape love. One is harmful, the other helpful. God is glorified with both truth and love. It is not a one over the other choice. Love without truth, accountability and consequences is not an option from God.

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Reapwhatyousow 07/13/11 - 09:56 am
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Its just like the OJ Simpson

Its just like the OJ Simpson saga all over again. He wasn't punished for what he did in the 80s but now he gets a chance to pay for all his mistakes. Dont be blinded by a silver tongue.
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