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Saturday, October 16, 2010

What is the Cause of the Economic Downturn in the US?

Well, according to Mac Brunson, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, the third largest church in the Southern Baptist Convention with 28,000 members, it is because "God's people" are not tithing (i.e., giving 10% of their income to the church). Last Sunday (10/10/10), he said this to his congregation:

"I want to tell you something. You cannot convince me, that a big portion of the economic downturn in this country doesn't rest squarely on the shoulders of Christians who will not honor God with the tithe. When you come to the place in this country where only 2 to 3 percent of the people tithe that call themselves Christian, we should expect the judgment of God."


We Should Expect the Judgment of God for Non-Tithers from FBCJax Watchdog on Vimeo.

As the FBC Jax Watchdog, put it:

If God is judging America for Christians and their financial stewardship, I'll go out on a limb and say it is not for non-tithers. It is more likely we face God's judgment because we are forking so much of our money over to mega-palaces of entertainment to enrich rock star preachers and to build grand and glorious buildings with new pews and carpet, and in so doing we are neglecting our brothers and sisters who are in need during recession, we are not caring for our families and their future, and we're failing to give to the poor and stand for justice as we are called to do under the New Covenant

Wouldn't it be great if all churches had a "watchdog" like the FBC JAX Watchdog? Of course, expect harassment from the church if you do. See what happened to FBC Jax Watchdog.

6 comments:

  1. I'm all for more and more people hearing these preachers in action. They could get some good feedback from a wider audience-more objectivity.

    And I think it's a good thing to have a blog and show the lengths a powerful preacher will go to if you criticize him. It sure forces them to remove their mask of being a humble servant of Jesus Christ. It's sure not about humility.

    The internet has leveled the playing field a lot. When you're at church, you're all sitting there listening to one man. He's not interested in what you have to say. Well, now people can have their say.

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  2. Wow, that FBC Watchdog comment is scorching.

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  3. ** where only 2 to 3 percent of the people tithe that call themselves Christian, we should expect the judgment of God." **

    So ... God loves us so much that He gives us free will, and then gets punishes us when we make decisions He doesn't like. Got it.

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  4. I sure wish these Southern Baptists would get right with God and start tithing. I really need the economy to pick up. And all this time, I thought it might have something to do with what the clowns (I mean politicians) were doing in Washington.

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  5. Funny how tithing didn't disappear with the New Covenant. The rest of the "ceremonial Law" supposedly did. Or are we to believe that tithing is somehow part of the "moral Law"?

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  6. I have begun challenging Christians to start being more Christian-like, stop making offerings to their bloated churches and start sending that money to Oxfam, The Smile Train, [insert your worthy secular charity here] etc. Once we can get over that hump, let's concentrate our efforts on getting them to stop wasting their time in church and instead to use that time productively to help the less fortunate. Amen.

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