Let's not call a bishop a sinner now. PTA Lets say this bishop travels to his parishioners houses on a regular basis and doesn't have a place that he can call a permanent home. Would you criticize him for seeking the best deal on insurance that he can manage. I for one would call him a good stewart of the money that he has saved and I would light a candle for him in church.
I don't feel comfortable saying whether it's okay or not. I don't feel too bad about pulling a fib on insurance companies, considering all the misery they cause people. Did he discuss this with you before he did it? Regardless of the misery insurance companies may cause us, this does not justify lying to them just to get a cheaper rate. I agree with Heorhij that this sinful business practice is disgusting. To me, it's nothing short of fraud.
I don't presume to know the man or his deeds, so I'm not passing judgment on him. All I know is what was posted on this thread, and to that alone am I replying. The practice so described in the OP is what I call sin. I'm not calling anyone in particular a sinner for the specific scenario described in the OP, since I don't even know if it really happened.
Would you criticize him for seeking the best deal on insurance that he can manage. I for one would call him a good stewart of the money that he has saved and I would light a candle for him in church.
In the light of the disclaimer I submitted above, I offer the following general critique of this practice of which you speak: I have no problem with someone seeking the best deal they can find on insurance, as long as they do so in a way that is ethical and legal. However, I do not see such a good and frugal end justifying the employment of such unethical and criminal means as fraud to accomplish that goal. To me, lying in order to gain a cheaper rate on one's insurance is NOT good stewardship.
Now, do I know that anyone is doing this? No, I do not, so I cannot apply this to a particular situation, nor am I equipped to judge another person, much less a bishop. All I'm doing here is laying down general principles of ethics and morality in response to what I believe to be demonic rationalizations employed to justify conduct that, if engaged in, would be nothing short of sinful and illegal. That is all.