The church is where millions of people around the world go for spiritual support, guidance and understanding. Where your beliefs or views are shared among a community of individuals seeking higher understanding of Christ and how we should live like him. Where you learn not to talk the talk, but walk the walk towards your salvation. My question this week “Are some Pastors walking the walk”? Are men who took an oath to teach God’s word and to walk the walk, doing just that? Churches in the last 20 years have gone from small community based organizations to a global empire (Mega Church).
The typical mega church has a total budget of over $5 million and often more than 50 full-time staff.A 2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article detailed accounts of the wealthy pastors club. According to the article, Creflo Dollar drove a black Rolls Royce and travels in a $5 million dollar jet; Benny Hinn lived in a $3.5 million home and drove an $80,000 Mercedes-Benz G500; T.D. Jakes had 2 mansions; Robert Tilton’s ministry owned a 50-foot yacht; Randy and Paula White’s ministry owned a jet airplane, a Cadillac Escalade and a Mercedes-Benz sedan. Salaries for these ministers were typically kept confidential. But in 1997 CNN interviewed Benny Hinn who said he earned between $500,000 and $1 million annually. Wow!!.. Well we know why we attend church and what church means too many of us. However, should the pastor have a moral responsibility to the community and their congregation? Outside of their teachings of the bible, what messages are the pastors promoting when the bible states to be humble as a child?
Can the church be part of the problem or maybe a solution in helping our community’s begin to restructure? Join me Wednesday 8-10pm and let’s talk about it. SaYWorD
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