With all due respect to pastors who are good shepherds to their congregations, the number of pastors who are using their pulpits to manipulate their members, continues to increase. The methods being used to pimp church members are quite unique.
According to an April 26, 2011 story by Margaret Minnicks/Richmond Christian Education Examiner, John Goodman, Pastor of he Unity Baptist Church in Houston, Tx., refused to serve Holy Communion to some members of his 30-member congregation, because they refuse to give him their income tax refund checks. A video where Goodman explained his side of the story is no longer available.
This type of manipulation seems to be trend a trend. I have attended more than one church, where church leaders were removed from position if they did not tithe, or did not attend Intercessory prayer every week. I was also an assistant to a minister, who ran an Internet ministry.
When I missed a Friday night telephone conference call this man later said I was required to be on every call, and I owed him my tithes. I have a cousin in Georgia whose associates told him that in order to belong to a mega church there, you must show your W2 form as proof that what you give is really 10% of your income.
A church in Winston Salem N.C., is removing members from the role because they do not give financially or serve in any capacity. This prompted one couple, Bob an Julia Clark to begin tithing, so they could retain their membership .In my opinion that is precisely the response the pastor is looking for.
Dan Delzel wrote an article for the Christian Post, where he state that II Corinthians 9:7 says God loves a cheerful giver And he questioned how cheerful a giver could be, when they were hearing about tithing in every sermon.
I recall talking one day to an older woman who still attended one of the churches I used to belong to.She said the pastor was teaching them about tithing.I wanted to cry. Tithing a giving filled 90% of the sermons in this ministry during the 10 years I was a member. Now 4 years later i was still all about money.
Yes it takes money to obtain and maintain a building for an organized church. And it is true that II Corinthians :9:6 says Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously, however verses 7 through 9 tell us something important
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
If you are tithing reluctantly or under compulsion in order to keep a title or position, you cannot be a cheerful giver. And if a pastor or other preachers are forcing you to give and telling you what amount to give, you are not giving as you have purposed in your own heart. You are giving what someone else has suggested