Bishop’s wife takes over services

ARLINGTON – Members of Agape Christian Fellowship soldiered on Sunday morning without their pastor, as they have become accustomed to doing lately.

Bishop Terry Hornbuckle, who was reinstated three Sundays ago after being suspended more than six weeks, was in the Tarrant County Jail in lieu of $655,000 bail.

Hornbuckle’s wife, Renee Hornbuckle, delivered the sermon.

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“I’m sensing a spirit of heaviness in this room,” Renee Hornbuckle told the 300 people attending the service at the church on East Mayfield Road. “Don’t be mad and upset. Have the confidence to know that God is working.”

Terry Hornbuckle, who was indicted on four counts of sexual assault in March, was rearrested Wednesday after his $405,000 bail was revoked for failing a drug test.

The new bail amount was set over the weekend.

Terry Hornbuckle, 43, is accused of sexually assaulting three former parishioners and of using date-rape drugs to overcome two of the women. He was also charged with drug possession after methamphetamine was alleged to have been found in his Cadillac Escalade after his arrest.

The women have filed a civil lawsuit. Hornbuckle has said that he is the victim of extortion and that the women asked for millions of dollars before taking their cases to authorities.

On Sunday, Renee Hornbuckle preached about forgiveness and not judging others.

“The Bible says we all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God,” she said. “God has not called you to play ‘I Spy Private Eye.’ He has not called you to be judge and jury.”

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Star-Telegram, USA
May 16, 2005
Mark Agee

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