Poor churchgoer told: Give more $$$ or lose membership

Friday, April 18, 2008
By Frank Lockwood

A Kentucky senior citizen on a fixed income got a letter from her pastor telling her to give more money or she’ll lose her church membership. The elderly woman was so distraught after receiving the letter that she was taken away in an ambulance.

WKYT television in Lexington has the story. To see it, click here.
HT: Bart McQueary

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  1. carol

    2 Corinthians 9:7 7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

    This was in the corner of the page. This verse does not say how much or when to tithe, but not to —of necessity— This makes the person in charge of the church a false prophet. He will not be able to find anywhere in the New Testament, scripture on tithing (for it all belongs to God-and we are to take care of what we have.

    The 10% tithing was actually for the Levitical priests, and they had no part in the inheritance, and this was to sustain them in their duties. Jesus took all that away with his death on the cross. Otherwise, people would be still sacrificing burnt offerings.

  2. That pastor ought to be ashamed of himself, I have little or no respect for anybody that hurts the elderly, I don’t see how anybody, who has had an elderly mother or grandmother could be that heartless, it’s not right, it would be bad enough, if this was something in the secular circle, but it makes it more disgusting coming from a church. One can hope that pastor might read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

  3. peach

    I’m guessing that their might be some signs to go up in the neighborhood about where to find a church close by that will take the elderly on small paychecks, we even will pick them up and give them groceries to boot. My church is about four blocks from this heathen church, and I’m guessing it might be a different religion but the only difference would be in membership qualifications.

  4. Maybe the blunt way is the best way sometimes: if I ever got a letter like that from a pastor, I’d tell him where he could stick his church membership.

  5. Mike M. in Colorado

    Welcome to the Church of Amazing Ungraciousness.

  6. perplexed

    There is a new twist on this story, now this woman and another who is also a senior is claiming this pastor took their money, over 500 hundred dollars. He refused to be interviewed.

  7. Caleb Powers

    If what perplexed says is true, that explains it all: This guy is just a con man trying to extract money from people. And I’m with Prester John on the anatomical aspect of it.

  8. peach

    Caleb: I wrote in on the article and challanged anyone to find in the New Testament anything on tithing. The only thing that someone could come up with was 2 Corinthians 9:7-which was in the corner of the letter.

    2 Corinthians9: 7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. — this plainly and clearly states that one is not to give of necessity; which I would think would be an elderly lady on a fixed income, living in subsidizing housing.

    Once again, to all pastors that preach on tithing, please come up with a satisfactory verse from the New Testament. If we live by Old Testament, then we should be doing burnt offerings.

  9. Caleb Powers

    Peach, I don’t know about the biblical aspect of the whole tithing thing, but it’s certainly been around a long time. If giving ten percent to the church is not technically biblical, it’s at least gained some status as a kind of common law rule. But I’ve never heard of anyone carrying it to the extreme of throwing someone out over it. That’s against the whole spirit of Christianity. And if you think churches don’t have burnt offerings anymore, have you been to a church cookout lately?

  10. perplexed

    peach, I read something in proverbs a couple of nights ago about giving to God first. Don’t have the vs but I’ll look again tonight.

  11. peach

    Perplexed: Proverbs 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: —notice that this verse does not say 10% tithe. The 10 % tithe was originally from Abraham to Melchizedek- it was also from the spoils of war-all that he had. The ten percent tithe was then given to the Leviticus priests-as that had no part in the land or inheritance that the rest of the tribes took, this was to feed and take care of those priests.

    The New Testament never says to tithe-rather render to Caesar’s what is caesars and to God what is God’s.(Matthew 22:21, Luke 20:25) — It is our offering–for it all belongs to God-making it more than the “10%”. My house, car, bank account, and family all belong to God, I merely taken care of what He chooses to bless me with. I often tell him on Monday, that if he wants me to give to the church next Sunday, he might want to put some money into his bank account–and you would be surprised how quick we get enough in to do just that. It only takes faith.

  12. Larry Levin

    In Wikipedia, there’s an extensive item under “Tithe”, which goes into the history of the practice in some depth. It may be more than anyone cares to know. I have to confess that I couldn’t get through it.


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