"...When He [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matt 9:36

"Do not rob the poor, because he is poor... for the Lord will take up their case and plunder those who plunder them." Proverbs 22:22-23

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Power of the People

Readers - Just a few comments as we move into the Chest of Joash Sunday:

- I have a few posts that I will be making this weekend as we get ready to be fleeced by Mac Sunday, so please stay tuned over the weekend. Readership of this blog is increasing, and more people in our congregation are opening their eyes to the abuses of Mac Brunson at our church. Granted, these abuses are not gross moral abuses like a Gilyard or Gray perpetrated at their churches and thus they won't ever gain media attention, but they are abuses nonetheless that the church should be on guard against. Many of the abuses we are facing we were warned about by our previous pastors.

- Don't be afraid to pass this website on to others in our church. We need more people to begin to think deeply about what is going on at our church. Its no coincidence that our pastor has been using Sunday sermon time to express his concern about "what you all are reading" and expressing that he thinks we are gullible enough to be led away. The pastor doesn't want people to read this blog that shines light on his actions and words because he knows the end result of people thinking about what they are hearing and seeing at their church.

- As I said in my previous post, one of the insidious actions taken by the Brunson regime and his band of trustees, was the unexplained bylaw changes that took power away from the congregation and gave it to the mostly rich lay leaders appointed by Mac Brunson. But I do declare, they can pass all the bylaw changes they desire, and grant themselves all sorts of power to exert their will in the church. But I want to remind the readers of this blog: the power will ALWAYS belong to the congregation, because the power the leaders have is derived from the willingness of the people to give.

- Mac knows this is true - that is why in his two stewardship sermons his methods to get you to give to the church were guilt, obligation, right fellowship with the church, tradition, and words of dead pastors. He never put forth the New Testament principles of giving, and to make it worse, he didn't even bother to make a biblical case for tithing but misused scripture pointing to Romans 13 - believers giving a special offering to help poor believers in another city - as justification for us to tithe when that scripture had absolutely ZERO to do with the biblical principles of tithing that Mac has legalistically taught since arriving.

So I implore you to NOT give money to the special offering. Mac admitted that we met the budget needs of the church, and that we are $800,000 below budget on expenses. The church has the money, or they can get it in the next fiscal year by better budgeting. I also ask you to consider reducing your giving to the church - this is the only way you have to take the power back from the pastor and his trustees that stole it from us last December in the bylaw changes. Furthermore, don't be afraid to pass this website on to other believers so they can get another side to the FBC Jax story than the lies of Mac Brunson.

Stay tuned...I'll be writing about the many lies of Mac Brunson in his 9/21 sermon which was chock full of legalism and lies.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

WD - I agree that the only way to get the leadership to be better steward's of God's money is by not giving more and more to them whenever they ask. Like the U.S. Government, raising taxes and raising money from the people, is abusive when so much poor stewardship is going on by those collecting it. Joe Biden told us to be patriotic and pay more taxes. Mac tells us to love Jesus by giving him more money. We already gave $15,000,000.00 dollars to the church. They took it for salaries and benefits and travel to exotic locales, while collecting change in buckets for Bibles and the poor.

For those that have conviction that you must tithe to the local church no matter what they do with the money, I would humbly suggest you still give your tithe and offering, but give it specifically to where you see a real need. To a neighbor, family member, friend, the naked, the hungry, the orphan, or the widow. By giving it to Team Brunson, you are in effect withholding God's money from those Jesus tells us to help. Why buy a full Mac Brunson a $150 steak when you could buy a hungry family groceries for a week? That is what Mac is asking you to do.

So please, give generously this week-end, but do so anyplace else other than to Mac Brunson and his trustees who have shown they cannot be trusted. You may be shocked at how Jesus uses the millions in our community to minister to those He loves and cares for. Thank you for praying about this.

Thy Peace said...

I do not wish to take away from anything WD has said.

I would like to add the following.

The power of prayer is very poorly understood. We only pray when we are at our wits ends. I think this is one of those times.

I would encourage everyone to pray for Dr. Brunson. That he would become more Christ like. That God would open his eyes. That he realizes the wisdom of Lindsay's when they were pastors of this great church.

I would encourage everyone to pray for our fellow Christians. Especially those who are currently hurting as a result of the changes that took place at fbcjax. I pray that the current members of fbcjax who do not see anything wrong with the current administration, that their eyes will be opened and their hearts will become more compassionate to those who are less fortunate.

I would also encourage everyone to pray for the bloggers and commenters, that their faith be renewed in our Lord Jesus Christ and that we show grace and compassion with whom we disagree.

Anonymous said...

Ditto 5:33: Isn't it interesting how this misuse of funds by this church administration wants a bailout similar to the debacle in Washington. Someone needs to face this paper tiger and tell him NO!