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Pastor-Facebook Edict

A pastor who barred church officials from using Facebook, saying it can lead to adultery, will take a 90-day sabbatical and return to his post, a church elder announced Sunday. The decision follows the pastor’s admission that he engaged in a three-way sexual relationship a decade ago.

Leaders at the Living Word Christian Fellowship Church in Neptune gave the Rev. Cedric Miller a vote of confidence as the church’s spiritual leader during a meeting Monday, Associate Reverend Linda Parreott said during church services.

The unanimous decision came after “prayer and thoughtful consideration” by the church’s board of elders, along with recommendations from other local pastors, she said.

Miller announced earlier this week that he would be “taking some time off” and planned to return to his post at a later date. He offered to step down after the Asbury Park Press reported on court testimony he gave in April 2003. In it, he admitted having a threesome with his wife and a male church assistant and said the encounters sometimes took place during Thursday Bible study meetings and Sundays after church.

Church leaders had not commented publicly on his status until Sunday.

“We are confident that Pastor Cedric Miller is the man that God has chosen to lead this church into our destiny,” Parreott said. “After 90 days, Pastor Cedric Miller will resume his goal to be senior pastor of this church.”

Miller first made headlines earlier this month when he urged congregants to drop their Facebook accounts because he believes the social networking site facilitates affairs.

Facebook has not commented on Miller’s statements about the social networking site.

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