Pastor & Parishioners Torture 13-Year-Old to Get Him to Behave

churchWe've all heard of the Bible passage, spare the rod and spoil the child. However, one California pastor and two members of his congregation have taken that notion to a dangerous new level. They are accused of viciously torturing a 13-year-old boy in order to scare him straight.


The boy was allegedly acting up and Pastor Lonny Remmers admitted to hurting him during a Bible study session. He, along with two other men, drove him to a remote area, beat him, then forced him to dig his own grave while they threw dirt on him. Sounds frightening, right? They didn't stop there.

They eventually took him out of the hole, let him shower, and then rubbed salt in his wounds. Then they tied him up and sprayed mace in his face. Even then, they weren't done with this sadistic lesson. They next day. they twisted the poor child's nipples with pliers in front of a dozen other men.

Fortunately, the pastor and his cohorts didn't get away with it. The three men plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporeal injury, and making criminal threats. Remmers will likely get two years in prison and the other two were given one year of house arrest.

This entire story is just unbelievable in this day and age. This goes far beyond just trying to scare him straight. Reports say he was brought to the church by his mother.  I do somewhat empathize with the desperation of parents who have out-of-control children but this is unacceptable. What kind of  man of God does this? And what kind of parent would allow it?

Are you surprised a minister would do this?


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