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February 9th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Virginia Beach preacher dies after giving sermon

A 62-year-old preacher from Virginia died immediately after giving his final sermon on Sunday morning. WAVY reports.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • United States • Virginia

soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Who invited me?

    Didnt his sermon save him? Snicker...

    July 24, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  2. Meh

    He most likely ended up the play thing of some low ranking quasi deity from the lower planes.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  3. Miriam

    If you fear death then you have not come to the full assurance of what your beleif is established on. If you fear death and claim a beleif then that beleif is only manifested outwardly and not planted inwardly. If you claim a beleif and fear death your a coward and the truth of your beleif is not in you. If you fear death simply because you don't know what will happen – ask, seek, and study to show yourself approved as one rightly dividing the truth!

    February 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  4. Miriam

    Whatever one believes in the fact is and goes without saying that we will all die and then the truth will be made known. By that time it will be too late to change your mind. One life – one death – one answer. Are you willing to die for what you believe in?

    February 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  5. Ed

    Believe in the Easter Bunny or you will burn in everlasting fire! But that's ridiculous you say?! Absolutely not!!! You just have to have blind faith. Maybe all evidence you come across every day appeals to your common sense that the Easter Bunny does not exist, but ignore common sense; such evidence is the work of Leprechauns, who are here to lead you astray from your faith in the Easter Bunny. Believe, and you shall be rewarded. No, there is no evidence of any reward. Rather, your reward is given to you in your afterlife so of course there is convenient no evidence, nor anyone being able to confirm to you it's true. No living person can tell you what happens after death; only the Easter Bunny, which is why you must have blind faith. Belief. Faith. The Easter Bunny.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  6. Greg

    It obvious the righteous and unrighteous will never live together in peace. This is why they will need to be separated.

    February 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • momoya

      Usually the most unpeaceful among us are those who claim to be righteous. God believers like to force people to do as their god supposedly commands. Most of the righteous people I see are agnostics and atheists; most of the unrighteous people I see are those who claim their god is going to punish and burn people who don't have the same non-provable OPINIONS as they do.

      February 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  7. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer is completely ineffective.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Confused in CA

      In my own life, yours is a compiled list of completely false statements! God bless!

      February 11, 2012 at 2:48 am |
  8. jimtanker

    @Nii,

    “If you love your neighbor as yourself and prove it by your actions then you are righteous. “

    You mean like Lott was a righteous man?

    February 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  9. Nii Croffie

    Hippypoet science will admit the Bible as evidence so let go the legal arguments and start the experiments.

    February 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • jimtanker

      Now that was the silliest statements that I've read all day.

      February 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Kelly

      What a delusional comment!

      February 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  10. False Dichotomy

    Is there supposed to be some implied meaning here?

    I sympathize with the family, but this appears to be the reason for the "morbid" in morbidly obese.

    Another thought, it would be interesting to see what the believers would be saying if someone dropped dead immediately after denouncing God. I bet the implied meaning would be spun in an entirely different direction.

    February 10, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Preaching or denouncing God is not the problem. If you love your neighbor as yourself and prove it by your actions then you are righteous. Our God does not look at your religious persuasion either ways.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Why do the atheists have to teach the Christians about their own religion?

      Nii, ther are many passages in the Bible that clearly state that salvation is by faith alone. There are as many passages that state that faith alone is not enough, and that acts must occur for salvation. The one thing that is NOT in the Bible is what you said, that acts alone without the correct faith will get you in heaven.

      And there is yet another reason we don't believe. Your Perfect God in His Perfect Book gave you two totally contradictory and incompatible positions on how to achieve salvation. That is a core question for believers, and God answered it like that?

      That is very obvious evidence that the Bible was written by many men over many years and in different places, then put together later. It is just too contradictory to be the unified text of an all-knowing supreme being.

      February 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Salvation is by faith alone. Faith is internal the external evidence of which is obedience. Religious observance is not evidence of faith. Faith works by love. If you have faith you will love. Conversely if you love then you have faith. This is the theme of Romans n not a scattered theme as you say.

      February 11, 2012 at 4:24 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      As to religious observance not being faith. The Parable of the Good Samaritan, The Parable of Sheep n Goats, The Parable of the Two Sons, Romans 1&2. In Christianity being religious is not necessarily being spiritual. Spirituality is faith evidenced by love. Faith is trusting n obeying God not rites

      February 11, 2012 at 4:32 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Religion is to promote spirituality. And for this reason there is no right religion. Religion is an advert. Spirituality is the product. The advert being bad may affect sales but product quality remains the same. This is why we make the distinction between churchgoer and true christian.

      February 11, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Lot or Lott. If you mean Lot. Yes he was righteous for the fact that his daughters did not inform him of what they were going to do and he was unsuspecting of their motives. If you mean Lott, I do not know.

      February 11, 2012 at 4:48 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Meant for jiimtanker above.

      February 11, 2012 at 4:52 am |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things!

    February 10, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs."""~~~~~~~~~~~~~""

      February 10, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • Al

      So this man prayed for God to take his life?

      February 10, 2012 at 8:17 am |
  12. The Phist

    Great News!

    Thanks CNN!

    February 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  13. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are really exciting.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • MH

      Those without faith have no basis to judge those who do find prayer to be effective. If it were so ineffective, people would have abandoned it long ago. "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned."

      February 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  14. scottpt1

    I get a kick out of the Atheist talking about how religious people try and ram their faith down throats...and then you see clowns like hippypoet and the prayer is not healthy kook...guess they are hypocrits just like everybody elese.

    February 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      So what you are saying is that no one can disagree with you or ask for proof of religious assertions. How can folks who say we do not believe in a god until you produce proof be ramming things down your throat.. put up the proof of god..thats all we ask.. you can't of course so .....

      February 10, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • sam

      Who the fuck is 'the Atheist'?

      February 10, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • hippypoet

      su.ck it lol
      god is an idea.!
      Until you have evidence for the existence of god, the notion of god remains in the realm of ideas.
      And thats a factual statement!

      February 10, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    February 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.""""""`

      February 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      I prayed to become a moron, and it worked!
      I prayed to become a pathetic little internet troll, and presto zippo, it worked!
      I prayed that people would shun me for being a creep, and it worked!

      The trick to prayer is to pray for things that will already happen whether you pray for them or not.

      Don't pray for world peace or an end to birth defects or a cure for cancer, because God does not do those sorts of things.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • bringoutyourdead

      demon opposes prayer while trembling with fear

      February 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer makes you fear demons under your bed.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      February 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Demon with arthritis

      Prayer gave me arthritis! Screw you guys!

      February 10, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • HIM

      yeah, remember that Response Rally in Texas-those mustard-seed Christians praying for rain? What happened there? Too many atheists in America; did they clog up the prayer gun?

      February 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  16. giggity

    this has nothing to do with being religious or not, just some respect and empathy to the man's death and his family's grief

    February 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • American

      I give them the same consideration they give me. None.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  17. hippypoet

    God is an idea. Such an improbable idea that many have, to make the idea inarguable, said that the idea is beyond human comprehension and so by doing remove the need but more importantly the ability to prove and so make it an untouchable notion of truth based on an idea. How is that different from being delusional? You hold fast to an idea of an improbable, incomprehensible, and untouchable nature as if it is fact!
    Until you have evidence for the existence of god, the notion of god remains in the realm of ideas.
    And thats a factual statement!

    February 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Plz don't go down that copy/paste road of Reality...you're too young of a man to end up like that.

      February 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lol, use of another's tactics is not living there life nor walking in there footsteps... its just use of another's tactics.

      to copy and paste is not (btw) reality's own!

      February 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Greg

      "Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you." This is hilarious. I pray and still spend time with ma and pa.

      February 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  18. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how very stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Rude much?

      February 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Peridot

      The Bible says tells that one day, EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. I hope, for your sake, that you confess this before you die. Your email was very sad. I actully feel sorry for people who think that this is all there is. Someday, when you are sick and your body is wracked with pain, I'll bet you'll cry out to God (pray) and hope He hears you!

      February 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer makes you so dimwitted that you think a comment post is an "e-mail".
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      February 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Peridot..Your god sounds like a real monster.. I am glad he is not like all the rest humans have invented...happy dreams... I hope you enjoy eternity with your particular megalomaniac ..do you know how long eternity is by the way...will it out last the evaporation of diamonds? or the evaporation of the smallest black holes?

      February 10, 2012 at 12:21 am |
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