Then their pastor retired, and a new one was hired. Not only could the new pastor see right through the brothers' deception, but he also spoke well and true. As a result the church membership grew in numbers, and soon a fund-raising campaign was undertaken to build a new assembly.
When one of the brothers died unexpectedly, the remaining brother sought out the new pastor the day before the funeral and handed him a check for the amount needed to finish paying for the new building. "I have only one condition," he said. "At the funeral, you must say my brother was a saint." The pastor gave his word and deposited the check.
The next day at the funeral, the pastor did not hold back. "He was an evil man," he said. "He cheated on his wife and abused his family." After going on like this, he finally concluded, "but compared to his brother, he was a SAINT."