The old story goes where an angry king killed the messenger for bringing a bad report; and so is the case additionally true for newspapers that were recently tagged for bullying Pastor Jerry Hanoum of Mountain View Christian Center in Oakley, California. Rev. Hanoum eventually chose suicide, but not because of the tactics of the newspapers, but due to Rev. Hanoum’s own personal demons catching up with him.http://www.mercurynews.com/break-news/ci_17993109?nclick_check=1
Superficially, it did appear newspapers as the Contra Costa Times and Brentwood Press seem to have a vendetta against Rev. Hanoum by continuously following up on the financial dealings of the troubled pastor.
Sadly, the trail left behind by Rev. Hanoum from ministry to ministry was a pattern that involved the old story of a shepherd that fleeced his own flock for financial advantage. He was a dynamic charismatic individual on the platform, but off the platform he personified 1 Timothy 6: 9-10 which warns of the love of money being a snare which plunges men into ruin and destruction.icedjamb.com/religion-politics-in-san-jose/pastor-jerry-nanoum-faily…
Despite being warned Rev. Hanoum could never control this personal demon and ultimately it was the newspapers God used to execute “your sin will surely find you out”.
Church members and leaders tried to assist Rev. Hanoum off of this ungodly path, but ultimately it consumed him to his final act of selfish expression.
Rev. Hanoum was an extremely likable individual. He had a persona that was magnetic in listening to the many accolades that people gave regarding his various ministries and vision. But there were also those quite aware how ruthless Rev. Hanoum could be regarding obtaining ill gotten gain.
The newspapers as the Contra Costa Times and the Brentwood Press ended up doing what the legal system. church leadership boards, and individual failed to do properly, and that was to call Rev. Hanoum to accountability for the financial wreckages he engineered in the area. This not only included Mountain View Christian Center but his other VacaValley ministry that he left in financial jeopardy. This pattern was conducted wherever he hung his hat.
This writer assumed that the Contra Costa Times removed the piece on Rev. Hanoum because of potential liability for a sensationalized story, where in actuality it was done probably out of respect for the family since Rev. Hanoum committed suicide. Sincere apologies are extended to the Times for making this unfair assumption and for claiming their stories were possible “bullying” tactics.icedjamb.com/christian-perspectives-in-san-jose-were-newspapers-such…
Church “pastors” or “leaders” should never be involved in the finances of the ministry. The bible says to “refrain from even the appearance of sin”. The temptation to leverage their position or access to funds is many times too much for the human will to bear. Having “absolute power” corrupts absolutely, even those with the most genuine in motives.
Rev. Hanoum did mean well, unfortunately the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak.