Iconic Southern Baptist Pastor Charles F. Stanley, who led the 13,000-member First Baptist Church Atlanta in Georgia for greater than 40 years earlier than retiring last September, needs the world to know that he has not began a CBD oil enterprise, and any claims that he has will be dismissed as a “rip-off.”
“In Contact Ministries has obtained stories that scammers have been posting Dr. Charles Stanley’s picture, falsely reporting that Dr. Stanley is starting a brand new enterprise enterprise in CBD oil. A number of the articles even make the most of faux Fox Information headers to seem extra convincing. Nevertheless, none of it’s true. IT IS A SCAM. Dr. Stanley has not begun any new enterprise,” the ministry based by Stanley announced in a statement over the weekend.
CBD is brief for cannabidiol, the “second most prevalent of the lively elements of hashish,” often known as marijuana. Whereas it is an “important element of medical marijuana, it is derived immediately from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant,” according to Harvard Health. Regardless that CBD is certainly one of a whole lot of elements present in marijuana, taken alone, it doesn’t trigger a “excessive.”
Stanley’s staff urged followers to keep away from sharing any private info with web sites related with the “misleading posts” which have been exploiting his likeness.
“PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THESE DECEPTIVE POSTS, EMAILS, TEXTS, OR WEBSITES. Scammers try to trick you into giving your private info or infect your digital gadgets through the use of Dr. Stanley’s picture,” the ministry warned.
On Dec. 10, 2017, Stanley announced a succession plan for his ministry, naming Anthony George because the church’s future pastor. Roughly three years later, as COVID-19 marched throughout the nation killing a whole lot, Stanley introduced in September 2020 that he would retire and change into pastor emeritus.
“I’ve little question there are numerous nice days forward for the First Baptist Church of Atlanta. My hope is that the best days are nonetheless forward,” he stated.
Stanley turned senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta in 1971 after a tough fought battle for the place, according to CNN.
His son, Andy Stanley, was as soon as his father’s inheritor obvious, however later based his personal church and is senior pastor of the multi-campus North Point Community Church in Georgia, one of many largest church buildings within the nation.
The elder Stanley met one other hurdle when the veteran preacher’s spouse, Anna, formally divorced him after 40 years of marriage in 2000, saying she experienced “a few years of discouraging disappointments and marital battle. … Charles, in impact, deserted our marriage. He selected his priorities, and I’ve not been certainly one of them.”
Whereas many within the Southern Baptist Conference referred to as on him to step down over his divorce, Stanley refused to surrender his function as senior pastor.
“God stated you retain doing what I referred to as you to till I inform you to do one thing else,” he told CNN. “I acquired that straight from the Lord. … I used to be merely obeying God.”