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Pastor to his church: Thou shall not Facebook

November 17, 2010 | 12:58 pm

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Facebook and adultery seem to go hand in hand, according to the Rev. Cedric Miller of Neptune, N.J.

So, on Sunday, Miller is going to ask his congregation at Living Word Christian Fellowship to delete their Facebook accounts, the Associated Press reported.

Miller told the AP that, over the last six months, 20 couples at his church have run into marital problems after a spouse reconnected with a former love interest on Facebook.

Because of the troubles, the pastor is forcing about 50 married church leaders to delete their Facebook accounts. If they won't give up Facebook, they'll have to resign from their leadership positions at Living Word, the AP reported.

In the past, Miller had asked married church members to share their log-in passwords with spouses, but that didn't seem to be a good enough solution.

"I've been in extended counseling with couples with marital problems because of Facebook for the last year and a half," MIller told the AP. "What happens is someone from yesterday surfaces, it leads to conversations, and there have been physical meet-ups. The temptation is just too great."

Miller is married and has a Facebook account that he told the AP he uses to keep in touch with his six children. But Miller's Facebook account will also be deleted this weekend.

"The advice will go to the entire church," Miller told the AP. "They'll hear what I'm asking of my church leadership. I won't mandate it for the entire congregation, but I hope people will follow my advice."

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Photo: The Rev. Cedric Miller of Living Word Christian Fellowship in Neptune, N.J. Credit: Living Word Christian Fellowship.

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