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Unforgettable crime; Forgivable sin

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus is known for its variety of ministries and community outreach, but now facing controversy as the congregation learns a former employee and another woman stole nearly $400,000 from the church.

Pastor J.H. Flakes Jr. says though the case is still in the courts, he and his congregation still have something to celebrate.

"We are tremendously thankful God has blessed us with a congregation of unity and togetherness. I know that incident brought bad publicity but the congregation has remained together and we are moving on in celebrating the 109 the church has been in existence," says Flakes.

Nikiena Rogers and Lalinriafaye Wilson were both indicted by a Muscogee County Grand Jury on 6 counts each of theft by taking.

"We trusted the bookkeeper and what happened was, we trusted the wrong person," added Flakes.

Flakes says in a spiritual sense, nothing was taken from his body of believers who understand forgiveness.

"We're praying for the persons who caused this incident to happen and we regret that it happened, but now we can only pray for them and hold no grudges," says Pastor Flakes.

And now as the church celebrates a 109 years of service, the pastor and congregation are still going strong with its outreach and evangelism. Pastor Flakes says he's trusted God through this whole ordeal and has kept a song in his heart.

A brighter day ahead, even through controversy.

"This battle is not mine it's the Lords and I trust him and everything that has happened to this church happens because of our faith in God through Christ Jesus. And your'e going to have bumps in the road, you're going to have storms but you can't let that stop you or discourage you," says Flakes.

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