"Kingdoms are not built by people who worry...churches do not grow by people who worry, SO DON'T PUT THEM ON THE DEACON BODY. People are not saved by people who worry. Goals are not reached by people who worry. Worry does the believer no good."
What is so sad is that Mac offers no scripture or context for his comments. He doesn't bother explaining the difference between what might be "worry" and "spiritual discernment" or "Godly concern". In this sermon Mac is preaching about Jacob, and "worry" is one of the ways that Jacob "became his own worst enemy". This kind of preaching is "Osteenish" (Smyrl's word). Mac uses an Old Testament story, and tells it in narrative form and picks off from the story a list of Jacob's character traits from the story.
But then Mac explains what is the root of these people that Mac considers to be "worriers":
"All it is is a sign that you don't trust Jesus, that's all it is."
The message to our deacons and other church members is obvious, and it should send chills down the spine of church members: if even a deacon dares ask the pastor a question, or dare expresses concern over the direction of our church or the pastor's decisions....they will be labeled as a "worrier" and someone who is not "trusting Jesus" and unworthy of being a deacon. Perhaps Mac could show us in scripture where a deacon is to be one who "does not worry". As I said, this is classic spiritual abuser behavior. Talk to the folks at Trinity, and they will tell you that those who dared to raise questions about Bob Gray were told to "trust God". The more a person questioned behavior, the more they were told they weren't "trusting Jesus."
Sure, we're not talking about sexual abuse at FBC Jax. But this, like so many other problems I've pointed out under the Brunson regime, is a TERRIBLE and DANGEROUS precedent. We're told by our pastor to shut up and go along, else you're a marked person. Right now the questions might be about finances and soggy preschool buildings and budgets...but it just as well in the future might be over more serious matters.
Below is the audio of Mac's comments. At the end is an example of how he took a swipe at our finance committee behind their backs and accused them of not having enough faith when they expressed concern over financial expenditures.