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The Saint's Brother

There were two evil brothers. They were rich and used their money to hide their despicable deeds. They attended the same church and presented the impression of being faithful Christians.

Their pastor retired and a new one was called.  Being either more honest or a better judge of character than his predecessor - or both -  he could see right through the brothers' deception.  He was also an effective preacher and a diligent pastor.  The church grew in numbers.

Suddenly, one of the brothers died. The day before the funeral, the remaining brother sought the new pastor out and handed him a very large check for the church's building campaign.

"I have only one condition," he said. "At his 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 cheated on his wife and abused his family.  But, compared to his brother, he was a saint."