Tall Tales to Increase Flock
A pastor who regaled family and parishioners with tales from his time in the Navy SEALs is backtracking after his story turned out to be nothing more than a self-described “ego-builder,” according to reports.
Rev. Jim Moats, a 59-year-old pastor at the Christian Bible Fellowship Church in Newville, Pa., was exposed after The Patriot-News interviewed him for a story about life in the elite force.
It didn’t take long for readers to spot the missing elements in Moats’ account.
“His story was full of gaping holes that any SEAL could see straight through,” explained Jason Ertola, 39, in an email to The Patriot-News. “It is very infuriating to have these posers claim the honor that many good men have earned and died for.”
Don Shipley, a retired SEAL who says he has access to the database containing the names of all SEALs, told The Patriot-News that the pastor was never part of the team and had never served in Vietnam, another claim by Moats.
Shipley called Moats on Sunday evening to confront him on the issue, and shortly after, Moats came clean, explaining that he had served in the Navy, but not in Vietnam, as he had previously stated.
“We deal with these guys all the time, especially the clergy. It’s amazing how many of the clergy are involved in those lies to build that flock up,” Shipley told The Patriot-News.
Read the full story at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42975023/?GT1=43001
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