Pastor E. Dewey Smith Jr., longtime friend of Pastor Teddy Parker Jr., who shot himself outside his home as his church and family waited for him on Sunday, dismissed “diabolic” chatter about his friend Thursday, including the notion that he is going to hell for what he did as “ludicrous” and “unbiblical.” Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., agrees.

“People have been saying absolutely diabolic stuff. My friend wasn’t even cold yet, he hadn’t even left the crime lab. … My friend was not in anything illicit or immoral,” said Smith, senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest), to The Christian Post Thursday.

“My friend was sick. He was the most kind, loving, humble, most genuine, loyal person I’ve ever met in my life and he was sick. He had a sickness and that’s it. He had a sickness just like somebody who had cancer and it was a sickness that was beyond his control,” he said.
In an interview with The Christian Post on Wednesday, Smith had revealed that his friend the late Pastor Teddy Parker Jr. had struggled with manic depression and had emotional issues, and had sought treatment.
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