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Members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., plan lawsuit against Juan Demetrius McFarland, who made shocking pulpit confession last month.


Members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., have hired lawyers in an effort to oust their longtime pastor, Juan Demetrius McFarland, who last month made a shocking pulpit confession.

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Pastor McFarland told congregants in September that he had full-blown AIDS and yet had numerous sexual affairs with church members, mishandled church funds, and abused illegal drugs.

By a vote of 80-2 on Sunday, Oct. 5th, members voted to remove McFarland, who has led the church since 1990. But last weekend, he was back in the pulpit, delivering a sermon on divine healing, according to WECT-TV 6.

“The majority of the members were shocked,” Julian McPhillips, a Montgomery attorney who along with his law partner, Kenneth Shinbaum, represents the church, told the news station. “There were only about 50 people there. But why show up to a church you have been voted out of? A lot of members are intimidated. He has run that church like a dictator over the years.

“We are finalizing paperwork right now,” McPhillips continued. “We plan to file a civil lawsuit Tuesday, which will include a restraining order keeping him away from the church property.”

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