North Carolina Pastor and self professed Apostle accused of abuse .


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- He is a Charlotte pastor who calls himself an “apostle” and is described by some as “charming” and “charismatic.” But former church members tell the I-Team, there is a darker side to this self-proclaimed disciple.

Pastor Clavon Leonard started the Church of Philadelphia in Charlotte’s Hidden Valley neighborhood. “We live by the word. People do by the word. It's a church of love,” said Leonard.

But six former church leaders have come forward with accusations of spiritual, physical and sexual abuse. "I would describe him as barbaric,” said former minister of music Talitha Williams. Former church member Ayanna Armstrong described Leonard as a cult leader. “His whole being, that’s all he is, is mind control,” said Armstrong.

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an adopted son of The Most High God John 6:37-40
2Co 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2Co 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
2Co 12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
2Co 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
2Co 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
2Co 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2Co 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
2Co 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
2Co 12:13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
2Co 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
2Co 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
2Co 12:16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
2Co 12:17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
2Co 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?
2Co 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
2Co 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
2Co 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

Let's see, Paul displayed the signs of an Apostle....raising the dead, healing the sick, delivering the demonic, surviving a stoning, speaking in tongues (real human languages Paul did and could not know), preaching in power and truth, and he didn't want their money or adulation. So, is there anything about these modern-day would-be "apostles" that smells a bit stinky? Any basic Berean would be able to tell, in an Antioch minute....


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In all honesty why didn't they recognize that it's not biblical for anyone to be called an "Apostle" anymore so they wouldn't even be under him in the first place?

The foundation of the Apostles and Prophets have already been laid and Jesus is the cornerstone. The Bible plainly teaches that these two ministries were (foundational)- "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone-Eph.2:20 Once the foundation-(the apostles and prophets) was laid their ministry was finished. And 2 Timothy 2:19 says "God’s solid foundation stands firm "

we have many credulous people who don't even know the word of God.