Con­tro­versy swirls around church leader af­ter video sur­faces

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The leader of a Chris­tian Church, who branded him­self as Guyana’s first Pope, has found him­self at the cen­tre of a con­tro­versy over a sex tape with some of his con­gre­ga­tion ques­tion­ing his lead­er­ship while oth­ers ve­he­mently de­fended him.

Last Satur­day evening a sex tape and sub­se­quent pho­tos of Pas­tor Philbert London went viral and trended through­out yes­ter­day with nu­mer­ous lo­cal so­cial me­dia com­ments on the is­sue as it per­tained to re­li­gion and sex.

This news­pa­per viewed the tape and vis­ited the church; Dr Philbert London’s Mir­a­cle Cen­ter, lo­cated on D’ur­ban Street, Ge­orge­town and tried con­tact­ing London by mo­bile phone. Sev­eral calls to his num­ber went unan­swered but a text mes­sage was re­ceived ask­ing who was call­ing. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion ceased when this news­pa­per in­formed him who is the caller and the rea­son for call­ing. How­ever, the church was closed, with neig­bours in­form­ing that while there was a ser­vice last Sun­day morn­ing, London did not show up. The self-pro­claimed pope had one post to his Face­book pro­file, taken from Psalms 35:4, which read “Let them be put to shame and dis­honor who seek and re­quire my life; let them be turned back and con­founded who plan my hurt!”

Many per­sons were quick to crit­i­cise London over the tape.

How­ever, for one fol­lower, it was a con­spir­acy by per­sons jeal­ous of the church to bring him down; a plan that she would not be a part of.

She said that while she did not see the tape she knows that her leader would not be­tray his con­gre­ga­tion.

“I do not be­lieve. It is evil peo­ple that wants to bring him down…not his ho­li­ness. Look peo­ple can do all sorts of things these days. They prob­a­bly take his pic­ture and put it on some­body and make what­ever video. Don’t play with this thing called in­ter­net and so I tell you. All sorts of things is hap­pen,” the woman said.

“…he didn’t come to­day be­cause he has a lot of things to do and is maybe out of the coun­try. He trav­els a lot you know. It is not the first time he not there,” the church mem­ber said.

The pho­to­graphs and videos were re­port­edly leaked by a for­mer “sex mate” of the preacher who claimed that she was in­volved with him for a num­ber of years.

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