A woman in Michigan has won a sizable monetary judgement against her church..Â Here’s the deal.Â Mount Hope Church held a service in which Judith Dadd got a little too much of the Spirt and fell, injuring herself…
Sounds like a Benny Hinn push gone bad.
But anyway… in her lawsuit, Ms. Dadd claimed her pastor defamed her when he accused her of insurance fraud, faking her injuries, and renouncing her faith.Â A previous jury had awarded Dadd $317 in damages for her injuries as well as slander, libel, and false light.
The most recent court decision affirmed Dadd’s negligence claim (worth $40k), but reversed the damages for libel, slander, and false light.
You can read the article here.
Hmm… lots of questions here.
1.Â Would God allow you to hurt yourself while worshipping him?Â I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard of this kind of worship-related injury before.
2.Â What responsibility does a church have in this kind of instance?
3.Â Can we agree that it probably would have been good for the pastor not to accuse of insurance fraud and faking injuries?
4.Â But what if she really was faking injuries and committing insurance fraud?Â Should the pastor have been justified in calling her out if that’s what she was doing?
5.Â Maybe we should change the terminology from ‘slain in the spirit’ to ‘impaired in the spirit’.Â If she would have actually been ‘slain’, there would have been a lot more damages.
Ok.Â Time to turn off my mind.Â It’s getting me nowhere.
What do YOU think?