There's so many con artists preachers these days, fleecing their flocks, that it gives a decent con men a bad name.
The ones especially irking are the 'prosperity gospel' preachers, that more or less blather that by turning yourself over to their idea of Christ, you'll become rich beyond your wildest dreams.
Here's a glimpse at one of the sleazier ones, out of North Carolina, one Steven Furtick....FurTICK? An appropriate name for a blood sucker.
A Charlotte, North Carolina pastor has been taking some heat for a massive, 16,000-square-foot home he is currently building with his wife. Steven Furtick, who leads Elevation, the largest mega-church in North Carolina, was forced to address the multimillion dollar mansion during his sermon on Sunday. "My wife and I made a decision, and we built a house," the 33-year-old Furtick told his more-than 12,000 followers from the Elevation stage, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer. "It's a big house, and it's a beautiful house, and we thank God for it... We understand everything we have comes from God." While he did not apologize for his decision to build such a large house, Furtick did say he was sorry for the "uncomfortable conversations you had to have this week."
Here's where it gets good. Furtick says he has an oversight board, that makes sure he doesn't steal too much from his parishioners. But the board is made up of other preacher con artists.
Pastor's salary set by board, not congregationAnd all of this is loot is tax free?
Furtick and his lieutenants refuse to tell the people who pay his salary, the congregation at Elevation Church, just how much he makes.
Furtick recruited a so-called “board of overseers” to set his salary. The board is made up entirely of other megachurch pastors, just like him. Smith said to him, the board looks like a paper tiger. “The financial well being of those guys are intimately intertwined.”
That means Furtick agrees to pay them to preach at Elevation, and they pay him to preach at their conferences or megachurches. “They attend each other’s conferences and are compensation for that regularly,” said Smith. When Furtick held his Code Orange Revival last year, three of the headliners, pastors Stovall Weems of Jacksonville, Fla., Perry Noble of Anderson, S.C., and Kevin Gerald of Seattle, were all board members at Elevation. Those are three of the five votes that set Furtick’s salary.
"How sweet it is!"
If this thief in sheep's clothing wanted to really serve Christ, he'd build a mission in the poorest part of his town, with living quarters for him and his family. That way, he could tend to the sick, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless, which some wise man said around 2,000 years ago.
Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick responds to his criticsSteven Furtick’s House Bigger Than Wealthiest Family in North Carolina!
Furtick told his followers they could always have copies of audited financial statements of the church but he has yet to make those statements public.
Furtick has refused to answer questions about his salary, his tax-free housing allowance, how much he makes from books and speaking fees promoted by the tax exempt church, and how Elevation Church is governed – which is not by an elected group of elders made up of church members but an appointed “Board of Overseers” made up entirely of other mega church pastors.
How a pastor built a multi-million dollar home
What's the point of having all that loot, unless you can make obscene displays of wealth to others?
Some saying about a camel and the eye of a needle comes to mind.