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Eleven-Year-Old Boy Ordained as Minister: Too Young... or Too Awesome?

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When Ezekiel Stoddard was ordained as a minister at the Fullness of Time Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland, last month it was a unique celebration -- one that turned heads and raised questions. Why? Because Ezekiel is just 11 years old. According to "Good Morning America," the son of two pastors decided to become a minister at this very young age when God spoke to him in a dream.

The young minister said, "God gave me that particular scripture [Psalm 23] because a lot of people, they try to draw you away from the Lord, trying to get you on the wrong path." When asked if people thought it was strange, he said, "People come to you, they ask you questions about why you should act like a child and not a minister. I do things like a child, but still I am a minister. I am an evangelical." But do you think Stoddard is too young to take on the role of a minister?


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  • boring_male 2014/08/05 21:56:49
    Too Young
    boring_male
    The Bible says that a pastor should be a married man with children; I seriously doubt he is married.
  • carlos garrido 2014/04/04 20:50:45
    Too Young
    carlos garrido
    This is the Marjoe Gortner scam all over again. Don't you people ever learn from experience?
  • Marlene Wilkins 2012/07/20 05:34:59
    Too Young
    Marlene Wilkins
    +1
    This gives me a headache just thinking about it.
  • MissDiva 2012/07/15 15:42:18
    Too Young
    MissDiva
    WAYYYY too young! He's eleven! He should be having fun and running around, not being a minister!
  • NUCKLEDRAGGER 2012/07/14 09:37:40
    Too Young
    NUCKLEDRAGGER
    I think it is great his love of the Lord is so strong but he is far to young to be a leader of a church. The word of God says pasters should be men respected by others with a wife and children of good character.
  • valeria la potra 2012/07/12 03:46:59
    Too Young
    valeria la potra
    +2
    To younggg! He should be in school,and playing with toys.Not brain washed by religious freaks!!
  • NUCKLED... valeria... 2012/07/14 09:39:50
    NUCKLEDRAGGER
    Is name calling all you can do when you disagree?
  • valeria... NUCKLED... 2012/07/14 13:49:49
    valeria la potra
    +1
    No,is just i think he's too young,hun:)
  • MissDiva valeria... 2012/07/15 15:42:43
    MissDiva
    I agree with you 100%
  • valeria... MissDiva 2012/07/15 15:55:04
    valeria la potra
    Theres is an age for everything in life,and a time:)
  • xadelta850 2012/07/12 01:43:57
    Too Awesome
    xadelta850
    It might not be appealing to everybody, but I think God works in mysterious ways, as the old saying goes. And he works through anything.
  • NUCKLED... xadelta850 2012/07/14 09:45:37
    NUCKLEDRAGGER
    Yes he does, God once made a donkey talk, should that animal be a paster? There is a time for all things and this young boy will grow into a great man of God but until then he should be in sunday school with the other children.
  • Quazimoto 2012/07/06 14:45:11
    Too Young
    Quazimoto
    With age comes wisdom. I would love to sit in on one of his Bible Study sessions.
  • ~Here Comes The Sun~ 2012/07/04 19:27:28
    Too Young
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +1
    this kid doesn't have a childhood... religion has been drummed into him too much by his parents!
  • squire 2012/07/02 23:52:49
    Too Young
    squire
    bunch of hot mess like the rest of religion. some more of the white man's superstition, especially this christian bullcrap.
  • NUCKLED... squire 2012/07/14 09:53:31
    NUCKLEDRAGGER
    I will pray that God will bless you and your family.
  • squire NUCKLED... 2012/07/14 22:10:02
    squire
    don't bother, especially if it's the same one that let his son (according to the book of fantasy called bible) let his son be terrorized, tourtured, and murdered.
  • WilliamS 2012/07/01 18:19:48
    Too Young
    WilliamS
    +2
    The kid couldn't possibly be mature enough or educated enough to be a pastor. He obviously hasn't graduated high school or been to a seminary. To me, ordaining an 11 year old is blasphemous.
  • Dave 007 2012/07/01 11:54:34
    Too Young
    Dave 007
    It'd just a phase he's going through. In two years he will be in the Bobby Brown phase.
  • squire Dave 007 2012/07/15 19:02:27
    squire
    no, he'll probably be in the BEN CARSON or the BARACK OBAMMA , or the SQUIRE SKIMP STAGE INSTEAD.
  • Dave 007 squire 2012/08/04 12:39:37
    Dave 007
    I like it.
  • squire Dave 007 2012/08/07 20:45:27
    squire
    good.
  • opaleyes 2012/06/29 16:22:22
    Too Awesome
    opaleyes
    I think what he believes is pretty awesome, but I also think he's too young to run a church on his own. So I'm really in the middle.
  • Earthling 2012/06/29 02:38:57
    Too Young
    Earthling
    +3
    This poor kid will probably never have even the most rudimentary understanding of reality, thanks to his parents' brainwashing. There should be a law against parents dragging their kids to church and polluting their minds with that nonsense. Let the kids grow to legal adulthood, and make their on choices.
  • esarias3 2012/06/28 19:50:59
    Too Young
    esarias3
    apostle paul told thimoty not to appoint elders either to young or to new in the "way"
  • squire esarias3 2012/07/15 19:05:24
    squire
    according to the superstitio, paul was also told not to take the teaching (eventhough none of this existed) to the gentiles (white man); but he did. this is all according to the book of superstition called, bible.
  • right-choice 2012/06/28 18:32:58
    Too Awesome
    right-choice
    His choice to follow God, and God will lead so leasve the True believes alone.
    To the fake believes Democrates - if you were a true believer you would not be a Democrates - By God's Words they are against Him., Try reading the Bible instead of changing it.
  • Earthling right-c... 2012/06/29 02:50:11
    Earthling
    +1
    Keep your prehistoric nonsense to yourself and stop trying to insert it into my government.
  • right-c... Earthling 2012/07/05 15:15:25
    right-choice
    YOur government sucks then, moron
  • Earthling right-c... 2012/07/10 03:54:32
    Earthling
    +1
    So let's see. I'm a moron for believing in the Constitution upon which my country was founded; my country sucks because it seeks to treat all religions equally; and you - a bible thumping "christian" - are Mister Clean because you judge both me and my government in direct contrast to the explicit instructions in your bible, and insult us both in spite of that same book's admonition to love your neighbors and your enemies. Not bad. In five words you display your ignorance of history, your ignorance of the basic tenets of the religion you espouse, and your basic lack of civility.
  • valeria... Earthling 2012/07/12 03:53:44
    valeria la potra
    Sweety not all christians are the same ok. Im a christian myself sweety,but im not a religious freak. Like others who try to rammm the bible on others:)
  • right-c... valeria... 2012/07/16 15:58:51
    right-choice
    because we don't ram it, is why we are in this Godless world, We compremised so much you don't know what ramming is, to you a little push is ramming, I don't like ramming either but people like you who want a sotf easy , weak voice to talk to you is why God don't do more for this country and it's people, Because people like me have a backbone to take a stand for God is the only reason people Know about Him.
  • valeria... right-c... 2012/07/16 16:05:26
    valeria la potra
    Sweey lol OMG! You can't force people to believe what you believe.Is ok to talk to them about GOD,but if they say i;m not interested or they seem they are not interesting,you tell them...'I wish you the best,and GOD bless you" :) Calm down sweety,and breath haard:) Ok!
  • right-c... Earthling 2012/07/16 15:51:44
    right-choice
    Idiot first the Consitution is strongly found on those bible thumping ideas, 2nd their is only one real bible, 3nd the Bible did not say coward behide stupidly, tell the truth it says, nothing abourt cushing it to make it appeal to them, sin is sin which is death, so stop stripping the strenght of God's word so you don't upset someone whose is allready heading to Hell, So tell the truth, with love but still with it's power in tact.
  • Earthling right-c... 2012/07/21 10:36:45
    Earthling
    +1
    I strongly recommend that you start participating in reality. Your fantasy world is not relevant, and will not help you deal with events that actually occur here on the planet you actually live on. Get your head out of the sand and look around.
  • valeria... right-c... 2012/07/12 03:51:47
    valeria la potra
    Reallyy!! Wow! A kid should be a kid,and not brain washed by religion,ok!!!
  • right-c... valeria... 2012/07/16 16:01:21
    right-choice
    Again wrong The child felt lead by God, and made His choice, Try reading were God says Like the faith of a child is blessed.
  • valeria... right-c... 2012/07/16 16:06:57
    valeria la potra
    LOL i'm not arguing with you:) OMG! Is a beautyfull morning,to start arguing lol
  • squire right-c... 2012/07/16 19:58:04
    squire
    show us the book written by this god. is it the same god that led his son to slaughter? sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeii!
  • Earthling right-c... 2012/08/10 10:07:03
    Earthling
    Why not try reading some fact-based material instead of bronze age fiction?
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