WATCH: Fight Breaks Out In Macon, GA Church!

  UPDATED:  We’ve obtained video of the fight. Watch below!   BREAKING NEWS: Pastor David Stephens is the embattled leader of the Greater Bellevue Baptist Church in Macon, GA....


UPDATED:  We’ve obtained video of the fight. Watch below!


BREAKING NEWS: Pastor David Stephens is the embattled leader of the Greater Bellevue Baptist Church in Macon, GA. The church has been divided for several years over his leadership. On multiple occasions, church leaders have sought his resignation or termination, to no avail.

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Tonight’s (Monday’s) meeting had been called with the purpose of deciding if the members wanted the pastor to remain. The divisions are so incredibly deep that bedlam broke out. Fist fights, profanity and chaos led to local police being called to the church campus. The meeting was suspended by law enforcement.

Raw video footage of events leading up to the fight is linked here.

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46 Comments on this post.
  • ub
    12 September 2017 at 7:10 am
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    lololololol…How long have yall been praying?………..Keep praying and see what changes….NOTHING………

  • TRusty5
    4 May 2017 at 3:45 pm
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    It’s all to common that these situations are breaking out in Church. It’s nothing new, when people act out in the flesh things like this happen it sends out the wrong messages. Jeremiah 23:1 Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture declares the Lord.

    Satan looks and lurks for the opportunity this was so not cause for, I wished it could have been handled in another way. Especially in front of our younger people, thus escalated into a another level quickly.. I can’t judge who is at fault here, but if the leader is having to deal with a bunch of folks like this I wouldn’t have waited for them to release me me of that position.

    That’s why it’s so important when called to take officer position that God is The one has given you the permission to do so. Don’t get distracted by salaries. If this is of God it’s not the God I serve my God is about decency and order. Satan is the author of confusion. I pray that the congregation can come in peace to resolve their problems or just lock the doors because acting like this not helping no one. Shalom

    • Lisa
      6 May 2017 at 11:51 am
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      AMEN! Well written with truth,all of it!

  • Carlos Wilson
    4 May 2017 at 11:29 am
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    Hello! The church was fighting before Jesus came. The church was fighting when Jesus came and the Church will be fighting when Jesus returns. For some of you to claim otherwise you are simply living in a religious, spiritual hole. I make the analogy all the time about those of us who went to the club, dressed to the nine. A fight broke out, a gun was fired and you crawled out of there, on that dirty floor, in your clean clothes. You discussed it. You talked about it, but the next weekend, you were right back up in there!
    I fail to see how you can see the Church as any different. Just like we went to clubs looking for something and some crazy people showed up there: why do you get all bent out of shape when immature, zealous people show up at church? There is no real indictment on the church. The indictment is on your faith and my faith and our faithfulness. Do you remember Peter? He was Jesus’ ace, boon and coon. A fight broke out and Peter cut a man’s ear off but he was actually aiming for the man’s head. Christians really need to get it together. There is a war going on. The only question is, whose side are you on????

  • Tony
    4 May 2017 at 6:41 am
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    Religion ain’t nothing but propaganda a way of controlling and manipulating the minds of those that is not using their brain or conscious….black ppl subconsciously wake up your spirit and leave that bible/church alone. …Everything is within YOU. …

  • Mitchell
    3 May 2017 at 10:45 pm
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    There is too much world in people who claim to be Christians. I don’t call these people the Church meaning the Church of God because there is only one. To be in the Church of God is a privilege it’s when we confess Jesus incorporates us into the Church of God body. Change come from within … you cannot change who you are and join the Church its the other way around. We want to get our lives together and then join so fool ourselves to be faultless. When the Bible say non is righteous but God. We bring old habits in God’s house to make us feel good … make it a ministry, twist God’s word around not to save people but to save membership. So the very elect of God compromise and allow sin in their homes and it bleeds into the congregation all because we don’t want to loose a child, a spouse, a family member or congregation. We preach God is love and forget He hates sin … when the true people of God speak against sin they are considered haters, they don’t have the love of God, they loose their jobs … just for doing what God said … If the don’t tell people about their sin, their blood will be on your hands. There are too many Reverends and not enough Pastors. What’s the difference? If the elect understood what Reverend was they would carry the title Pastor with more humbleness. The truth is only God is Reverence … a Pastors duty is to serve, Ministers, Evangelists etc…. The term Rev. is out of place when it’s applied to man, the term Reverend is out of place when applied to man. Men use Reverend to want to be like God and appear holy but there is only one God. People join church because its almost the same to their current lifestyle so they are comfortable. They don’t join out of conviction … and that’s what there is fighting in churches out in the front or behind closed doors. What if God fixed it where the church building didn’t have to pay any utilities, no bills, everyone had a job to live comfortably, would the church staff function? I guess what I’m asking if your congregation did not want for money, would they tithe, of give an offering, would the musician play for free, would the minister and staff do their duties without compensation?

  • Churchpeopleneedto stopit!
    2 May 2017 at 9:56 pm
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    I guess they’re not reading their word in the good book. To be acting like gutter church rats, by that mess. Fighting in church and all and putting that mess on social media. C’mon! Church people are the worse people and they have the nerve to be praying ova people. With the same hands they need to be praying for themselves. The leader should be a shame of his/her self to even be preaching and teaching on the pulpit with a stain on his or her garmet. That’s why the people in the church are acting like that..

    • Frank
      2 May 2017 at 11:24 pm
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      Everything that calls itself ” holy ” is not, all who have the title “pastor” is not anointed by GOD and all who sit in the pulpit is not of GOD. The church is not in the four walls of a building. The church is in the heart (mind) of the individual.

  • Bill
    2 May 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    This church is weak because of the people…and because of the people this church is weak.

  • Thompson
    2 May 2017 at 7:07 pm
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    We all sin daily an are accepted in God’s eye sight only by Grace and Mercy. The bitterness and hatred should never get that deep to lose it like that in God’s House. I would have been found another church home.

  • Thompson
    2 May 2017 at 7:03 pm
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    None of us are exempt from daily sin. Hatred and Bitterness should of never got that deep. I would of left myself/ walked away before I went that low in the House of God.

  • JamesEArlMoans
    2 May 2017 at 6:24 pm
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    They should all be very proud of themselves.

  • K Johnson
    2 May 2017 at 5:49 pm
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    This is exactly what nonbelievers relish. However, they confuse this anarchy as any reflection of Christ’s message. This “church” needs either a lot of help or it should disband. It is not a place of Christian faith.

    • L. Sanders
      2 May 2017 at 7:53 pm
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      Amen this is ungodly none of this folks are saved Gods people don’t use opportunity to act up they use opportunities for Gods Glory to show up these backslidders must repent to God get right and find another church no one can be spirit filled the Holyghost would have told you he is not the author of confusion its unfortunate the devil has infiltrated this powerless church satan has been giving another weapon shame on everyone in attendance.

    • Bree
      3 May 2017 at 7:48 am
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      Many people have been saved set free from this church. No church is perfect just like no man. The leadership needs to change and they continue to do Gods work

  • Sandra
    2 May 2017 at 4:41 pm
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    God is not the Author of Confusion! The Bible also states That my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge! The devil is truly busy, and we as Christians, must not allow him to get the Victory over us. We must fight the devil with the Word of God! Not with our hands! People of God must show some respect in the House of the Lord!

  • Diane Battle
    2 May 2017 at 4:10 pm
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    Real episode of Saints and sinners and Greenleaf.

    This is disgraceful!

  • Omega Man 3
    2 May 2017 at 3:06 pm
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    He’s a fraud. Enough said. Lied about being a member of Omega Psi Phi Frtaernity, Inc. That’s enough.

  • Francesca b
    2 May 2017 at 2:13 pm
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    And on top of everything else, he lied about membership in Omega Psi Phi. He knows damn well he ain’t no Que. he’s a lyin’ asshole. He pledged his life to the DEVIL!!

  • Gwen
    2 May 2017 at 1:57 pm
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    This is what happens when you have a group of people with no displine of rules and regulations. No method of resolution. Just a bunch of folks doing what they want to do.

  • Sam
    2 May 2017 at 1:35 pm
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    We are so damn lost at times and I truly pity this congregation for this is merely a reflection of subpar church leadership.

  • John
    2 May 2017 at 1:18 pm
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    This type of stuff should stay in house and not on a website or in the news. Handle conflicts within the church INTERNALLY. All a story like this does is mischaracterize the ENTIRE BODY of Christ to the public, when the truth is these instances are OUTLIERS, not the norm. No mature Christian claims perfection nor expects such of anyone else. I encourage people watching this not to let it lead you into the trap of excusing yourself away from a true relationship with the Lord and the church. The foolishness of others will not serve as an acceptible excuse for you when the time comes.

    • Later
      2 May 2017 at 3:19 pm
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      So what you’re saying is… “He deceitful and cover it up.”

      • John
        2 May 2017 at 3:58 pm
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        No, what I am saying is this story should not be publicized by a faith-based media outlet, as God’s Word is clear about how the Church (ie. Christians as a whole, not just this specific church) is supposed to handle internal conflict. If he needs to go, then so be it. It’s just unfortunate that these stories serve as a stumbling block and sticking point for people to ridicule Church as a whole.

  • Kl Green
    2 May 2017 at 1:13 pm
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    Anonymous, if you were confident in your statement regarding the preacher, his job, and what you THINK you know about the business of this church, you would have revealed your true name. Stand behind your statement and reveal yourself.

  • Jessie
    2 May 2017 at 12:54 pm
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    The fight broke out because someone stood up and said the pastor was sleeping with his wife. The pastor need to resign . This is not acceptable in the house of the lord

    • Francesca b
      2 May 2017 at 2:14 pm
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      Actually he’s sleeping with the devil

    • Francesca b
      2 May 2017 at 2:30 pm
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      Jesse is this your church? If so, perhaps the Board should verify his credentials. Is he really a pastor?? He lied about pledging Omega. He was caught wearing paraphernalia and then lied about pledging at Mississippi State. He is now banned from ever pledging Omega Psi Phi. What he’s doing in this church is serious and it appears that it may be a pattern of behavior. This man desperately wants to be something that he’s not.

    • KaY
      2 May 2017 at 6:34 pm
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      Know your facts. This fight broke out because someone was being disrespectful and another person didn’t take kindly to it. That’s what happens when you have YOUNG men who are not DISCIPLINE.

    • TRusty5
      4 May 2017 at 3:57 pm
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      Oh my I didn’t know this, praying

      • Joseph B.
        6 May 2017 at 8:46 am
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        Yours is the only tesponse I have read so far that reflects the heart of Christ. All of these self righteous condemning comments make me as sick as the event they are attempting to describe. I ammpraying as well. God bless this mess so that Your name is glorified in the end and someone’s life is changed for eternity.

  • Libra 2k
    2 May 2017 at 12:31 pm
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    Amen I agree God is Not the Author of Confusion .I would just step out on faith and Leave.. Enough is Enough..No Fear of God,, Reverence in the House of God ..Father Jesus .Libra2k

  • Jonathan
    2 May 2017 at 12:30 pm
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    What else should you expect from today’s churches? All of em should shut their doors, relearn the Bible and teach the truth.

    • anonymous
      2 May 2017 at 3:36 pm
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      I agree Jonathan!

      • 1 Corinthians 14:33
        4 May 2017 at 5:26 am
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        To Jonathan and anonymous, you have a right to your opinion and I wholeheartedly respect that. However, I couldn’t just read past your statement without noting, not all of “today’s churches” are operating in this manner. There are churches that are teaching God’s word, growing His people and being led by the Holy Spirit!

  • Tee
    2 May 2017 at 12:28 pm
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    This is typical of where we are headed as a society. Church is suppose to be a place of worship. This is recorded evidence of grown people and youth being hypocrits. How can you even over shadow the house of God by letting the devil into his house. Neither one of you own this house. So it is not yours to make fowl with evil acts. I am ashamed for our people and the City in which I was born.

  • Haymay
    2 May 2017 at 12:03 pm
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    Just awful.

  • RAy
    2 May 2017 at 11:23 am
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    Praise the Lord everybody!!! Don’t think that these are Christians because real Christians may not like you but will not attack you because they have respect for God’s house!!

  • Clare
    2 May 2017 at 11:09 am
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    My question is why is the cop just standing and not doing anything with all this chaos and fighting

  • Unknown
    2 May 2017 at 10:10 am
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    This is sad!!!!

  • Carlton
    2 May 2017 at 9:35 am
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    • Anonymous
      2 May 2017 at 12:21 pm
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      How do we know he is part of the problem? Maybe its someone else’s problem. We need to be careful when passing judgment and if every time there’s a problem, you jump ship WHAT DID YOU SOLVE? Yes, God will take care of him, but how do you know that God has not sent him there to break the DEMONIC SPIRIT over a church that has voted out their last 4 Pastors because he wouldn’t do what the DEACONS wanted. You have to know the WHOLE story and TRUST GOD in the process. It’s easy to step out, but if God has not told you to, then you don’t and you trust and KNOW that even in the chaos God is going to continue to take care of you. I know that he doesn’t do it for the money. Has his own job, it’s about the calling ON HIS LIFE to lead a people that are going astray. Just my thoughts on your comment Carlton. Sometimes you can’t walk away, not because you don’t want to, but because God is trying to DESTROY something in the church and sometimes He (God) has to EXPOSE EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY. Be Blessed my brother and Know that “ALL THINGS (good and bad) WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD, TO THEM WHO LOVE THE LORD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. God has the Final Word, NOT MAN!!

      • Edward
        2 May 2017 at 1:50 pm
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        Let’s be clear God is not the author of confusion. He has and will always do things decently and in order. For the record you will not defame the church and say they have voted out the last 4 pastors. The immediate last pastor was beloved and left to fulfill the mission that God gave him in Ohio.

        The current pastor knew their history and accepted the church anyway. He came in with a mindset to change the church and the culture and never sought to understand it to change it. He is not without his faults as we all are but to say the church is acting irrationally is an understatement. They have looked past indiscretions and abuse from their leader. It is at a point where the breach cannot be repaired and in good faith he should’ve left years ago. It is not to say he was the bad guy it is to say the longer it goes on the more marred both parties and their names become.

        • KaY
          2 May 2017 at 6:40 pm
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          Let me correct that for you. The last Pastor was loved, but left for the church in Ohio, because of a $1.00 candy bar. He couldn’t take their FOOLISHNESS any longer. The other 3, YES THEY GOT RID OF THEM. I do agree with you concerning your last statement. It is time for them to move on.

      • Denise
        2 May 2017 at 2:50 pm
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  • Pamela
    2 May 2017 at 8:02 am
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    That’s awful to behave that way inside of a church. They allowed the Devil to win and he is rejoicing.

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