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Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.
He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him.
He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change.
He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back.
He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such.
When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation.
“We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.
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Someone posted that on Facebook the other day and I got the distinct impression, after having read it, that it was a made-up story.
Internet hoax expert Snopes.com recently took up the case of the undercover pastor and found the anecdote contains echoes of several others, including a Princeton University psychology experiment from 1970, the true story of a Tennessee Methodist pastor who lived as a homeless man for four days before delivering a sermon on the experience and a best-selling book published in the late 19th century.
Perhaps more tellingly, Snopes, as well as Hoax-Slayer.com, revealed the stirring image of Steepek was in fact a picture of an English homeless man taken by photographer Brad Gerrard and readily available on Flikr and Tumblr.
Gerrard describes the photo, originally uploaded to Flikr in 2010, in a Tumblr post:
I was walking down the street in Richmond, saw this man talking to someone, could see he was quite a picture in the making. On the way back, when he was free I had a short conversation with the gentleman and he agreed to let me photograph him. I liked the result. He was very friendly.
Although sites such as The Blaze and The Examiner have also voiced doubt over the veracity of the Pastor Jeremiah Steepek parable, the story is still being shared on the Internet.
The Huffington Post, too, failed to turn up any evidence of a Pastor Jeremiah Steepek independent of the parable, but if he does exist, we would love to hear from him.
I am not religious myself as I have my own views and perceptions on things. But my mother is a devout Christian. She has told me of the Christian Way. Helping those who are in need. And she is very proud of that. I have emailed her this article to see what she makes of this.
This certainly would have been a very interesting service. And I wonder if the Pastor was saddened by the reactions of his fellow Christians.
Pastor Jeremiah decided to disguise himself as a homeless man and enter the Church were he was due to lead a service infront of 7 - 10,000 members. What a good lesson for all involved. Many Christians are happy to preach to those that follow other religions or have no religion. Yet they do not practice their own beliefs in everyday life.
It is truly disgusting how these hypocrites behave. they think a homeless man has no rights to even exist; dude, I am really glad the global economic situation is messed up and those hypocrites who think they own the world for themselves will end up on the streets. Look at the sheeple in Greece and Spain, they're fighting for bread and looking for food in dumpsters. Way to go, most of these slaves were treating others the same way and they ended up looking for food in dumpsters, how pathetic.