Bishop Bobby Davis of Miracle Faith World Outreach Church, Connecticut, USA, reportedly died of heart attack while confessing his previous acts of infidelity to the congregation. According to Christian Post, he decided to openly confess his sins to the church after his wife of 50 years, Christine, asked him to make that move.
The Connecticut Post reported that the bishop, who was also a certified marriage and family therapist, was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital after the ordeal.
“After the service on Sunday the bishop’s family asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that happened long ago,” Judy Stovall, an elder at the church, said. “He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness.”
“We were shouting, ‘We forgive you, we love you.’ But the stress of all of it — he had a heart attack,” an emotional Stovall continued. “I held his head as he lay on the floor. … Our congregation is hurting now.”
Christian Post also revealed that a source, who asked not to be identified during an interview said the confession wasn’t that clean-cut based on what they were told, and feels the situation could have been handled better.
“He (Bishop Davis) had confessed it (infidelity) personally to his wife prior to the service, and she called a meeting after church with just the members and the members stayed. He wasn’t there at the time, he was somewhere else apparently, neither of them were in the service that morning. They had one of their pastors do the service,” explained the source.
“From what I was told, she (pastor’s wife) told the congregation what he had done. And so, when he comes through the door he had no idea what he was walking into. So it wasn’t even. ‘We’re gonna make an announcement today’ … in a unified way as a couple,” the source continued.
“I’m told that when he walked through the door she basically told him, ‘Tell them what you just told me,’ which is what induced the heart attack, because it’s not like he was walking into it knowing,” the source explained.
“She said it and he said, ‘Yes, that’s right.’ She asked him to say who exactly it was. And he said, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter [because] that person has passed. God forgive, let’s get past it.’ Apparently it was his family members who reacted out in anger, from what I understand. It was not the congregation,” the source noted.
“It got physical. One of the sons attacked him. I was told one of the daughters poured water on him. It was like something out of, not even like the Old Testament, but a bad reality TV show,” said the source. “My heart is so devastated because it could have been handled in a private manner.”