Bishop Bobby Davis of Miracle Faith World Outreach Church in Bridgeport, Conn. approached his congregation after a service on Sunday so that he could share something important with them.
As it turns out, Davis confessed to them that he had engaged in an affair years ago, and it had been weighing heavily on him emotionally. In the midst of his church members confronting Bishop Davis about what he had to say, he dropped dead in front of the congregation.
According to the Connecticut Post, those present outside of the church during the time of Bishop’s confession say it was very loud in the sanctuary, and it didn’t seem positive, but members of the church that were inside at the time claim that they were actually shouting out their support to Bishop Davis, not yelling at him negatively. But elder Judy Stovall said the stress of it all and the secret in general caused him to fall out.
“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. 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. I held his head as he lay on the floor. Our congregation is hurting now.”
But according to the Christian Post, others that were there claimed Bishop Davis was ambushed and things got messy, so that’s what caused the heart attack.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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. My heart is so devastated because it could have been handled in a private manner.”
Bishop Davis was taken to the hospital in Bridgeport, where he was pronounced dead. Bishop Davis had been the leader of Miracle Faith World Outreach Church since it was founded in 1967 and founded the church with his wife.
Interesting enough, Davis was actually a certified marriage and family therapist according to reports, and he and his wife just celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer.